CALIFORNIA
Check out the new California section

Topics

Diabetes
Companion dog for diabetes keeps Upland kicker in check
Companion dog for diabetes keeps Upland kicker in check

The best-known wonder dog named Astro was from "The Jetsons," the futuristic family featured in the 1962 television cartoon series. In 2014, Luke Van Ginkel, the senior kicker for Upland High, thinks his 3-year-old Labrador retriever named Astro is every bit a wonder dog. "I think he's a lifesaver. I think he's pretty amazing," Van Ginkel said. Astro carries around his own school identification card attached to a harness with a patch that says, "Service Dog. Working. Do Not Touch." Astro is with Van Ginkel almost everywhere — in the classroom, on the football sideline, in his bedroom at home. Van Ginkel has Type 1 diabetes, and...

Loading