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Earle Brown's Special Skills dog, Belle, helps detect when his blood sugar counts are low. Brown has Type 1 diabetes.

Hearing and Service Dogs do so much more

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By Tom Larson, Sun Tribune

Earle Brown was sitting behind the backstop at a youth baseball field, enjoying his son's game, when suddenly his Golden Retriever, Belle, began to gently nudge him. Brown blew it off. Belle nudged him again and again, and Brown finally relented.

But instead of taking the insistent dog off for a bathroom break, Brown checked his blood sugar.

Belle was telling Brown, a Type 1 diabetic, that his levels were getting perilously low.

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