This summer I conducted research on puppy training methods, so I worked with 8 puppies to compare training method results. The breeder of the puppies (Kathy Burgess) agreed that I could keep one of the puppies as a Diabetic Alert Dog in training to return to school with. It was an 8 week research study and I had 4 weeks to choose the pup I wanted. I'm so appreciative of having the opportunity to get to know all the puppies for such a long period of time prior to having to choose. However, within about 2 days I had narrowed it down to 2 puppies and a few days after that I had chosen the one - JR2, who after much indecisiveness, has finally been named 'Liberty'.
My plan is to place Liberty with a type 1 diabetic near Philadelphia so that beginning in early 2017 we can gradually transition her over to the new family. If you or someone you know is interested and in need of a Diabetic Alert Dog, Liberty will be available at the end of May to be placed with a family - when she is 14 months old. Feel free to contact me through email, phone, or by filling out the DAD application (tab above) if you would like more information about her.
I'm really excited for the upcoming year with Liberty at Penn, and I hope to update the blog at least once a month with her progress. For more frequent updates you can follow our Instagram account @libbysloving leashes or our Facebook page "Libby's Loving Leashes".