Dog More Than Pet To Diabetic Teen

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Blac Hughes, left, walks with Snap, his medic-alert dog, and his mother, Delores Church at a store in Memphis. Photo By Stan Carroll

By Yolanda Jones for Scripps Howard News Service

MEMPHIS – Wherever 15-year-old Blac Hughes goes, his dog Snap is right by his side.

Snap is more than just Blac’s new best friend; he is a lifesaver for the teen, who pronounces his name “Blake.”

Snap, a boxer-golden-retriever mix, is a medic-alert dog bought by Blac’s family in June to monitor the diabetic teen’s blood-sugar level.

The family has had no trouble adapting to Snap, but the same cannot be said of some area restaurants and stores that have not been as welcoming to the service dog.

“We were told by one restaurant that unless he was a seeing-eye dog, he could not come into the business,” said Blac’s mother, Delores Church. “After I told them they were violating state and federal laws, they let us in, but they made us come through the back door and put us in a separate part of the restaurant.”

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