ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI)-- A St. Charles County family will be celebrating Christmas with a new dog, but the dog is a lot more than a family pet.
It was the moment that 10-year-old Liam McCarty and his family had been dreaming about for months.
Their new lab Skittles finally arrived at their St. Charles County home.
Skittles will become Liam`s best buddy, that`s because Skittles is a service dog trained to help Liam with his diabetes.
His blood sugar levels fluctuate all the time and can be tough to control.
Liam and his family say sometimes it`s hard to tell in advance when a blood sugar issue might be coming. That is where Skittles comes in.
She is trained to recognize a blood sugar level problem 20 to 30 minutes before it becomes an issue.
Erin Gray trained Skittles and brought her to the McCarty's. That ability is going to make a huge difference for Liam and his family.
Skittles will actually indicate to Liam that his blood sugar level was too high.
Liam then gave himself some insulin through a device attached to his body.
Liam named the dog Skittles because he always keeps Skittles candy with him in case he needs sugar right away. Now he has his own sweet dog to help him.
Skittles is from a non-profit Virginia based group called Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers.
Her trainer will stay with the family for four days to help get Skittles accustomed to Liam`s specific levels.
The family has two years to pay the $24,000 cost of the dog. They waited for Skittles for nine months.
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