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Kansas boy meets couple who donated his diabetic alert dog

By GRANT STEPHENSMay 17, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — For the last several months, WIBW-TV has been covering the story of Isaiah Ramirez, the boy who needed a diabetic alert dog.

In mid-February a local couple donated the full $5,000 cost to make that dream a reality.

The two families hadn’t ever met in person — until this month.

Scott and Sherri Hunsicker have been in close contact with Leslie Lewis and Isaiah over the phone, but this was the first face-to-face.

“I was really excited to be able to meet Isaiah and Midas,” Scott Hunsicker said.

It was also the first time they got to meet Midas, the diabetic alert dog they bought for Isaiah.

Isaiah named him Midas, and it’s a fitting name.

“Isaiah’s golden gift because he was a gift, and he is a golden retriever so it’s kind of a coincidence,” Lewis said.

Midas has an important job to do — helping Isaiah keep his blood sugar levels in check with his acute sense of smell.

“Anything under 90, anything above 140,” Lewis said.

“He does different things like sniffing around, trying to figure out where it’s coming from and he’ll kind of stick his nose up in the air and lift his head back and that’s usually when I know when something’s wrong.”

Lewis continued, “The first time it happened, I think it was the third night we were home and it was in the middle of the night.”

Lewis told Scott and Sherry Hunsicker about the spike, “She told me that was in excess of 500 ... that’s real serious. That’s the kind of thing you wanna avoid in broad daylight.”

Ever since they got the dog in mid-April, Midas has kept close watch of Isaiah, even in the middle of the night.

“Diabetes is 24/7. You don’t get five days on and two days off,” Scott Hunsicker said.

While the families met, Midas not only paid attention to Isaiah but even alerted Lewis that Scott’s blood sugar was off, himself a diabetic.

“I have a new respect for what those dogs can do,” Scott Hunsicker said.

Now with a special guardian, Isaiah can rest a little easier knowing he’ll be safe from an overnight low or spike.

“It’s basically like you’ve been put on a rollercoaster. It’s up to you to be able to level that rollercoaster out,” Hunsicker said.

“This is just a new beginning rather than any part of it being over with.”

“They both have the same amount of energy so it’s been a plus,” Lewis said. “They’re really great together.”

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Information from: WIBW-TV.

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