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Debbie Flint

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A Word About my Charity – Medical Detection Dogs.

watch this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6BOh5HRPA4

I first found out about Medical Detection Dogs at the Moonwalk charity event in May 2015. I was invited to be an ambassador after raising £5,500 in the summer, and have been working alongside them ever since. Their work involves some incredible life-saving relationships between canine and owner – some of whom have life-threatening conditions like brittle type 1 diabetes, Addison’s disease, POTS, and more. The canine partners alert the owners eg when blood sugar goes too low or too high and the transformation in their lives is incredible.

Other clever cancer detection dogs help with the research being carried out into early prostate cancer detection, which down the line should mean integrating the efficient accuracy of a dog’s nose into regular NHS screening, and the development of an electronic nose to cut waiting times and avoid false positives. Currently a PSA test can be up to 75% false positives and worse, up to a third false negatives. Biopsies are intrusive and stressful and costly. By 2018 MDD hope their studies will be published and the vital next steps can begin.

My work involves continual fund raising. My latest paperback version of my non-fiction work, Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 - tips and tales to inspire, is in aid of MDD. Last year's fundraising resulted in me donating enough to be able to name a little MDD trainee puppy – a golden Labrador called Derek! (After my late dad, I thought it was funny! Poor dog.) and another called Lesley after my mum! All the info, pics and videos, are in the archives below.

Do check out more information on the charity on their own website –

www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk  

And do donate on our ongong MDD page which will list the events you can attend to see some of these magical animals at work, plus support our endevours to raise funds for them.

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What an amazing afternoon. Medical Detection Dogs on stand 94, hall 3, drew in crowds interested in these amazing dogs and how they help people. Diabetic Alice was there with little brown and white spaniel Clive, as were cancer detection dog Teezel as well as my pal Jill Dowding Walker and her assistance dog Nesta.

 

 

The top cheque was from dog insurance company Agria (great deals here) thanks to lovely Lorraine and co! And MDD also received another big donation from one of their regular contributors, the Golden Retrievers Society. 

They stole the show! See top pic for the way they all laid down to be in the shot. Then they all waited patiently ready to perform in the arena, showing how well they walk to heel.

go here to see the video of some of the performance. Super control.

Plus the stand itself got lots of visitors - if you are due to go there, on the final day, Sunday (13th March) make sure you enter the competitions to win something cuddly in the tombola, or a few days holiday at a super dog-friendly woodfarmsbarn in Suffolk or a wonderful little collectable mohair Bones Charlie Bear dog donated by the lovely Charlie and Will Morris who visited recently (see other blog in archives.) He costs £90 and you can buy your own collectable Bones here direct from Charlie Bears. 

Plus Dr Claire Guest got to be interviewed and feature on the televised coverage on Crufts 2016 on channel 4 Saturday night. Pic below is of the crew in action.

Go here to see Dr Claire on the telly on Crufts 2016 

   

 

And a final look around from me - click here.

If you'd like to contribute, you can either donate by texting an amount to MDDC14 or go here to help fund a £5000 training cost for a new cancer detection dog.

Lovely day and I hope next year to go for longer!

other news - 

- diabetes alert dogs boost quality of life - official - go here to read it on diabetes times online mag.

 

 

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To find out what MDD do, watch this and for the main website go here.

 

11 March 2016

Alice and Holly's Story

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Alice's story. This is why i support this charity x

"Almost 10 years ago I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes, a condition that not only changed my life but that of my whole family...forever! Hospital became home, no home comforts, no socialising with family and friends, my peers lives unfolding and a family both geographically and emotionally torn! A condition that required invasive treatment to stabilise, requires regularly finger pricks to test my blood sugar levels, insulin being a way of keeping alive and a three and a half year continuous stay in hospital! A condition that is notoriously difficult, sometimes demoralising and carries a relentless burden of responsibility that is thrown upon Type One Diabetics through no fault of their own; attempting to be 'normal,' carrying on with life and telling people you are 'fine' even though fine is far from fine.

Then along came Holly in October 2011 and completely transformed my life with her life saving nose and has enabled me to manage my condition better than ever before! Medical Detection Dogs have given me the greatest gift of all and something no one else could ever give me! Holly is a dream come true; she has given me confidence, independence, companionship, friendship and a purpose in life.

Since getting Holly, I am no longer known as the girl that lives in hospital. We are a very special partnership that grows stronger every day! She has taught me so much and has given me a better quality of life both in my health and well being! She has made me realise that life is for living and that is what we are going to do, even if we don't do things the conventional way!! We are different and always will be but I'm proud of who I have become by being diagnosed, the different opportunities we have had and of course the difference Holly has made to my life! Anything is possible with the courage and inspiration to pursue it and actually...together we CAN do lots of things!!

Happy 6th Birthday Holly"

Bears Meet MDD Dogs Lovely pals and ‘ambassadets’ Charlie and Will from Charlie Bears visited my charity this week – here they are with a selection of the pooches. They were overwhelmed with emotion seeing what these clever dogs can do, in early cancer detection studies and also by helping owners with serious diseases like diabetes type 1. Will and Charlie said –

that link for more about Will and Charlie’s little Bones dog here – hope it comes to QVC! 

If you’d like to donate you can help out with a contribution to another cancer detection dog here

 

DEREK UPDATE1

Trip to Milton Keynes HQ for Medical Detection Dogs

Biggest news this week was that I got to meet up with the lovely little MDD trainee assistance alert dog, Derek. I love this little pooch soooo much. Yes, ok I’m a bit broody when it comes to puppies. And hasn’t he grown since our New Year Back to You shows when I saw him last – he’s now 20 weeks old and doing really well. Click the link to my blog for a video chat with his trainer to find out what he beat 7 other dogs at.

So my little sponsored dog is doing very well - here he is in the fabulous video that was created by my lovely mate Mark at our monthly trip to the MDD HQ end of Feb. It tells you more about the charity itself too! click here

Doggy Pup-date 2 I’m so excited to be seeing Derek the Medical Detection Dogs Trainee whom I named, after raising funds for the charity for which I’m an ambassador. He will be at my next visit to the MDD HQ near Milton Keynes and I’m going again on Tuesday with a few more VIPs. More next week. For now, here’s his Oxford TV debut – what a lovely look at the little lad and how he’s progressing! I feel like a proud auntie! Lol.

And don't forget Derek will be with me at Crufts on Friday next week - 11th March in the afternoon! Plus put 10th April in your diary for the Dogs Day Out if you are near Swanbourne in Bucks - more here

exciting news

So it seems the other puppy I'm able to name, will be arriving at the end of March! It may be a little girl. question is, what should I name her?! Let me have your suggestions on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.... I may do a raffle/competition to let someone else choose, and raise some more funds - what do you think?

more soon!

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Received this update about my little trainee Medical Detection Dogs alert pup whom I named Derek, having raised enough funding last summer!

how sweet is he! And how lovely to get this update on his progress! He's 'socialising' for many more months, then will go meet his potential new owner.

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IN PROGRESS

Speech in Speaker’s House First I went to speakers house, within the house of commons, to support the medical detection dogs team at a big event where over 150 dignitaries and fundraisers and supporters watched another display featuring these clever canine. If you've never been inside, here's a sneaky peek.

 click here to see inside Speaker's house at the MDD event.

We also had the usual display of genius including wonderful Midas – something you’ll rarely see inside the House of Commons – a display of detection dogs sniffing out the right urine samples! And Dr Claire Guest gives her explanation to the group of fascinated onlookers.

 click here to watch Dr Claire Guest explain about the cancer detection work 

The thing that made this so special is that little seven year old Archie was also there with his new best friend domino, the medical alert dog who now keeps him safe and saves his life. What must it like being his mum? Jane told us the story. This is an incredible video, because he actually alerts arch Archie halfway through. Here's a little of his mum Jane's speech - click here

Archie is a changed little boy - and he and Domino feature in the latest 'Sniff' - the MDD magazine, with more about their story.



They are in desperate need of fundraising to fund another cancer detection dog so in the week we had World Cancer Day if you can spare a donation please click here.

more to come

IN PROGRESS

posted this on my Facebook page this week - 

 

What a great idea this is for anyone who has/had a precious pet. Look at some of these models - how about getting a beloved pooch made into one. I'd get patch done I think. She's 15 in March.

Foscott’s Friends www.naturealwayswins.co.uk/gift-ideas/ can commission one from £45, but be sure to quote Medical Detection Dogs with your order & 5% will be donated to the charity. 8cm to 20cm tall too! Clever.
Do share!
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http://www.naturealwayswins.co.uk/gift-ideas/

 

 

Did you see the superb article by Andrew Pierce in the Mail perfectly summing up the work the Medical Detection Dogs team do and posing the question ‘if I get near a sniffer dog will it sniff out prostate cancer on me? (the answer is no, by the way!) But fascinating nonetheless and a good explanation of what they do. Their noses are so good they can sniff the equivalent of one drop in an Olympic sized swimming pool by the way (one part per trillion!!!) more here.

And UPDATE - NEWSFLASH - STOP PRESS - and all such things - the total of my fundraising this year so far is nearly £19,000! Soooo proud of all of you! And of me!

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Hi all I just wanted to say thank you for this. (Anyone who buys a raffle ticket you don't have to say going because you clearly have already gone!smile emoticon X)

When I first found out about medical detection dogs I was blown away by how amazingly talented these gorgeous creatures are. The lovely canine companions alert their owners when they go below five and above 15 blood sugar measurements, for instance, in the case of serious T1 diabetes, meaning they can live a more normal life - with their routine at least, just taking the dog with them wherever they go.

Secondly this charity is doing research into detecting prostate cancer, early, and more accurately , considering how many false positives the standard PSa measurements give.

When they asked me to be an ambassador I was over the moon, because it encompasses so much. It helps children, it helps all sorts of people with all sorts of illnesses, it helps detection of prostate cancer and even down the line also breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and it won't stop there.

But there is a long 3 yr waiting list for owners to have puppies, it cost £11,000 to train a puppy from start to finish plus £750 a year upkeep, and the more we can do , the sooner someone like eg a little boy or girl under 10 with type 1 diabetes can live a more normal life.

Thank you so much if you could possibly share this page as well - the just giving page I mean, fingers crossed you will get some other people give to it too.

And after all you stand a chance of winning some amazing prizes! Thank you to everyone who is buying more than one it's wonderful to have your donations X

It's here everyone! time to buy your raffle tickets to win the amazing prizes listed in the pinned post! It's an incredible list -https://www.justgiving.com/Sara-Brown14/

 

And follow the new prizes as they go up on organiser Sara Brown's Fbk Event page here

thanks again - you're all wonderful

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It's here! The Amazon Wish List for Medical Detection Dogs!

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=sr_1_1_acs_wl_1?cid=A8R512VCE8K9H&ie=UTF8&qid=1448644795&sr=8-1-acs

Firstly to provide doggy supplies

Secondly to supply stationary so as not to waste fund raising on paper cips! (OK so they don't use many paper clips but you get what I mean!)

 

best wishes

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ps just click on the links - coming soon - and you can donate to the charity by ordering some supplies. Thanks so much.

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