Life StoryFeb/Mar 2010 Issue

A Nose for Trouble: Peanut-Detecting Dogs

A Nose for Trouble: Peanut-Detecting Dogs

Concerns about anaphylaxis kept the Gensel family and their peanut-allergic son Billy from staying in hotels while traveling. It hovered over the prospect of playing at friends’ houses due to this deadly food-allergy. Billy missed out on holiday parties and the family reunions. But now, Billy cites travel as one of his favorite activities as Remy the family peanut-detecting dog checks out the hotel rooms and sniffs plates of food for Billy’s meals. This past summer, Karen Gensel, Billy and Remy embarked on a five-week trip where Billy was able to enjoy experiences that had previously been off limits.

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