You are in for a treat!  Amanda King was diagnosed with T1 diabetes at the age of 14 (in 1993) … she remembers the date and the feelings she had of being overwhelmed and scared. 

I have made it my mission, with the help from Cody, to help every scared, overwhelmed, and confused child that has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. This made me see a need to use my graduate degree in Early Childhood Special Education to write a book for children to explain Type 1 Diabetes in an appropriate age and development level for them to understand.” 

And truly, I can promise you that ANY T1 will enjoy and smile while reading about Cody! 

In fact, Amanda has now author and photographer of 2 very precious books:

  • Cody and His Type 1 Diabetes
  • Cody Gets an Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitor

“Cody is a Shih Tzu Maltese Mix that was adopted into my family 12 years ago.  He has spent every one of these years supporting me and helping me through every blood sugar testing, insulin injection, glucose sensor change, insulin pump site change, emotional roller coaster of blood sugar highs/lows, and so much more. Even though Cody does not have Diabetes, he is the perfect partner to help comfort and encourage children with their own struggles with Diabetes.”

Amanda has her graduate degree in Early Childhood Special Education and loves teaching and learning from her students.  She currently lives in St. Charles, MO with Cody and Sammie and her 2 nearly grown up twins boys, Harrison and Theo.



“We’re bombarded with gloom and doom every minute on the TV, but this is my piece of paradise,” said Roberta Strugger, who recently watched her Labradoodle, Harvey, romp in a dog run in the Bronx.

“It’s a weird vibe,” said James Broadley, whose golden retriever, Lily, ran about. “Usually people are in groups chatting.”

But some dog owners insist on getting too close, said Ms. Strugger, a retired city schoolteacher.  “It’s a dance,” she said. “Someone takes a step forward, you take a step back.”

Cristine O’Neal, 81, said she has continued to walk her Border collie, Dexter, in Riverside Park, despite the virus’s threat to older people. “I keep six or seven feet from everyone,” she said, “and I only break my quarantine to go to Zabar’s.”

In Riverside Park, Lindsay Potenza, 35, watched her miniature Australian Shepherd, Piper, play with Russell, a Chihuahua dachshund mix.

“Thank God we have her, or I don’t know what we’d do,” Ms. Potenza said of Piper. “She’s the only thing keeping me sane.” Russell’s owner, Minya Quirk, said, “He’s our reason to go outside now, and since we’re all home, he definitely gets walked longer and more frequently. “The problem is, he’s so cute that everyone wants to pet him,” she said. “So when we get home, we wipe him down with pet wipes.”

The down side to all this bonding: Professional dog walkers, however, are experiencing much more troubling consequences from this scenario, including loss of income and jobs.Many dog walking services have had to let walkers go because of the lack of work.“Most of my customers are working from home now, so they don’t need a dog walker,” said Randy Peralta, 23, a walker from the Bronx who said he went from handling 20 dogs a day to three. “A bunch of them just took the dog and headed to their second homes.”

Read more:  When Walking the Dog Is ‘a Piece of Paradise’

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