15-year-old reunites with Grand Strand nurse she named her service dog after

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) — A 15-year-old girl met up with her favorite nurse Monday at Grand Strand Medical Center to introduce her to the service dog that bears her name.

Penny Doyle has been a nurse for over 30 years and called the reunion with Caroline Kay “emotional”.

“I remember very well,” Kay said of Doyle’s care. “And I even talk about Penny to Penny.”

Penny is what Kay named the one-year-old labradoodle who is now her service dog. She was trained to smell Kay’s blood sugar, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes while at Grand Strand Medical Center more than two years ago.

“It was scary,” Kay said. “I was a little beside myself.”

“24 to 36 hours, at least, you were very lethargic and sleepy,” Doyle said.

Doyle took care of Kay through the nights, and Kay remembers the care she received to this day.

“She had to prick my finger once an hour, for about 24 hours,” Kay recalls. “And at first, I didn’t really like him because of that. But after a while she was so nice and apologized every time.

That’s why she knew she would call her service dog Penny. The dog now goes with her to school and even sleeps nearby.

“My mom and I were coming home from the hospital and I was like I really wanted a service dog,” Kay said. “And she was like, well, what would you call her, and I was like Penny, of course!”

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