Service dog Charlie does his duty in defeating diabetes

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ST. LOUIS - Service dogs are capable of guiding the blind, helping wheelchair-bound individuals, and even monitoring small children with special needs.

‘Charlie’ the service dog helps Kimberlie Gregg manage her diabetes by anticipating sugar highs and lows far in advance, through paw presses and other canine gestures.

However, just as in the case of adopting children, adopting a service dog costs lots of money, sometimes as much as $25,000. Fortunately, Gregg has raised nearly 96 percent of that amount, through fundraisers, outreaches and personal sacrifice. She'd like to hold more fundraisers in the community, and publicity about her cause would increase interest in upcoming events/initiatives.