Michelle Sutherland and her husband, Kris, got Clive back in 2012 when he was only a puppy. After a few months, Michelle suddenly got very ill. She was brought to the hospital, and there she was diagnosed with Addison’s disease. This is a rare disorder on the person’s adrenal glands.
Then, Michelle noticed that Clive, a cocker spaniel, started to get clingy. He would try to climb up to lick his mom’s mouth. Clive would do this about five or six times every day. Michelle’s two other border terriers, Oscar and Jeremy, acted as usual. So, Michelle was puzzled.
Clive’s unusual behavior caused Michelle to struggle to bond with him. It was only during the March 2013 Crufts when she finally understood what was happening to her pup. It turns out that Clive was warning his mom about her medical condition.
Michelle got the chance to speak with Dr. Claire Guest, the Medical Detection Dogs’ co-founder. She mentioned about Clive’s clingy behavior. The doctor then explained that the pup might be signaling something.
That’s when they figured out that Clive was picking up the changes on his mom’s scent. Because of that, the pup was trying to get his mom’s attention. Michelle couldn’t believe what she just learned.
Cocker spaniel, Clive, was brought into the Sutherland family as a loving pet but after a chance meeting with Medical…
After that, Clive underwent an 18-month course for him to get certified as a medical assistance dog. He trained at home so that he would learn to signal in his usual environment. In 2014, Clive passed the course.
Clive has learned how to behave in public after the training. He never left Michelle’s side too. As his mom’s medical aid, Clive warns Michelle whenever he senses that she needs her medication. Because of that, Michelle never had to go back to the hospital.
Michelle is extremely grateful to her pup. Because of Clive, she got her freedom back.