Wow, I’m meeting the coolest dogs lately. Coach isn’t just a celebrity; he’s also a medic-alert working dog! Like many working dogs, Coach not only makes life better for his person, but brings joy and happiness to her entire family. He brought me much joy by agreeing to interview with me. I had so much fun getting to know him, and I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I do!
Napa: What breed are you?
Coach: I am a yellow lab.
Napa: Tell me more about working as a service dog.
Coach: I am a diabetes-alert dog who is trained to detect dangerous changes in blood sugar levels using my incredible sense of smell.
Napa: What is a typical day like for you?
Coach: I spend weekdays accompanying my person to high school and weekends are often spent with her in theater rehearsals or dance classes. While I don’t consider myself a “theater geek” I prefer time in the auditorium than in the gymnasium with all those referee whistles.
Napa: When you get bored (in between important tasks), how do you keep busy?
Coach: I never have time to be bored. My person’s blood sugars are always changing, so I am almost always on-duty or sleeping. I do enjoy playing fetch when it is time to play.
Napa: What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten around the house (even if you weren’t supposed to)?
Coach: I love tennis balls!
Napa: Where are you from? What’s your favorite trait about the area you live in?
Coach: I am from Kansas, but I love living in Portsmouth, New Hampshire now and being close to the seashore.
Napa: If you could tell your humans anything, what would it be?
Coach: I want my family to know just how much I love sleeping in my person’s bed instead of on my dog bed.
Napa: It seems like you travel quite a bit. What is your favorite destination so far?
Coach: I am happy to go anywhere as long as my pack comes along with me.
Napa: Tell me about your training. What is the process like to find work as a service dog?
Coach: CARES, Inc. provided more than 2,000 hours of training for me from the time I was born. First I was hosted by a foster family, and then I went to work with a man named Michael at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility where I learned lots of commands and how to sit through long days.
When I was about one-year-old, I went back to CARES for advanced training where I learned how to detect high and low blood sugars using scent samples that are collected from people who have diabetes. My person continues to work with me and every so often I need to be reminded of things like not to pay too much attention to other dogs.
Napa: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Coach: If you would like to learn more about my adventures and the incredible girl who I get to help, please check out a book that was recently published about us titled ELLE & COACH.
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