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Paws for Piper raises money for diabetic 6-year-old girl

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A young girl is hoping to get some help with her diabetes from a new dog.

Tegan Peterson held a Cut-A-Thon Sunday in Madison to help raise funds for a diabetic alert dog for her daughter, Piper.

Peterson says 6-year-old Piper has type one diabetes, and having the dog will help monitor her health.

"Piper's had diabetes since she was two," Peterson said. "She doesn't feel her highs and lows like some people do, and so there's the constant checking and the worrying, and I know that the dogs can alleviate some of that."

Peterson said the training for those dogs usually lasts between three to six months.

"They're trained as regular service dogs, but then beyond that they're trained specifically on her highs and lows, her blood," Peterson said. "So we do samples of blood for her and the dog is trained on how that smells when she's high or low. So when it smells that it will alert her until she does something about it." 

Peterson said they raised $2,800 on Sunday. So that, plus other donations they received, will be enough for a deposit. But the total cost for a diabetic alert dog is $18,000, so she says the fundraising will continue.

If you'd like to help, check out the "Paws for Piper" Facebook page or click here to donate directly to the cause.

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