Diabetic alert dog helping Tattnall Square Academy student
You could call them a “celebrity” couple.
“We just walk down the halls and they [students] say, ‘Hey look, there’s Jordan and Mocha,’” Jordan Malcott said.
TSA’s newest student won’t be the head of the class. In fact, she is not even there to learn. Instead, Mocha is constantly studying Jordan Malcott.
Jordan is a type one diabetic. Mocha is her service dog. She alerts Jordan and tells her when her blood sugar is too high or low.
“With Mocha being around, I’ve not missed school at all this year.”
That is a big deal for Jordan. She missed more than 40 days of school last year.
“This time last year, we were in the hospital. For a while it was every four weeks and it had gotten to where after the first of January it was like every two to three weeks,” Karen Malcott, Jordan’s mother said.
After months of training, Jordan brought Mocha home in June. Since then, she has been hospital and ER free.
“She’s gotten off to a great start this year. Mocha has been a big help to her this year,” John Hankinson, the upper school principal of TSA said.
Jordan says life is better now that she has Mocha. She is leading the marching band as drum major. This past Friday she won homecoming queen. Of course her loyal companion was by her side.
“It’s just great all around because she’s always with me and I feel safe,” Jordan said.
This job can wear Mocha out.
“Usually after lunch is when she snores more, but she’ll go to sleep under the desk, just lay there.”
But she is always on alert, ready to step in and save Jordan’s life.
The Malcott’s raised more than $18,000 to get Mocha. Jordan plans to bring Mocha with her when she goes off to college next year.