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Could you be a 'puppy parent' to help handle diabetes?

'Alert dog' Scoobie and Sophie when they were both younger and getting to know each other Photo:

A Kent-based charity which trains dogs to help people with diabetes is asking for 'puppy parents' to come forward to look after the animals while they are being trained.

The dogs then go on to live with people who have diabetes to help them in potentially life-saving ways as 'Diabetic alert dogs'.

The company 'Hypo Hounds' teaches the puppies to detect changes in the blood sugar levels of their eventual owners, using only their sense of smell.

The dogs are called 'Hypo alert dogs' because they can tell when their owner has low blood glucose levels, a condition called hypoglcemia.

For his report, Andy Dickenson met 16-year-old Sophie, who has diabetes, and her dog Scoobie. The girl and dog have been the best of friends for years. Watch the report below.