Luke was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was just 2-years-old; his pancreas suddenly stopped producing insulin. Luke, who is also hypoglycemic unaware, can’t tell when his blood sugars are running low.
This is where Jedi comes into the picture. Luke’s family wanted to do all they could do to help him take care of his Diabetes; so they decided to adopt a Diabetic Alert Dog. Jedi, a black Labrador Retriever, is trained to alert family and friends when Luke’s blood sugar levels are too high or too low.
Diabetic Alert Dogs are a new type of service dog; Jedi can smell dangerous changes in Luke’s glucose level before his diabetic sugar monitor can. He has even beaten the monitor by 10 minutes!
When Jedi senses Luke’s blood sugar levels are dropping he grabs a “bringsel — a short stick used by service dog — and brings it to whoever is home as an alert that something is wrong. Nuttall then trained Jedi to wave a paw if Luke’s blood sugar is high and to bow if it’s low” as written on CNN.com.
The two are best friends, they are inseparable. You can learn more about Luke and Jedi’s journey in their documentary Luke & Jedi that came out in 2018 or on their official Instagram or Facebook page.