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    DEADWOOD | The dog knew before anyone else.

    As a teenager, Amanda Vrem loved sleeping with Lucy, the family’s pet boxer. Sometimes Lucy would nap by Amanda’s side. Other nights the dog would bed down in her nearby kennel.

    But one night when Amanda was 17, Lucy’s frantic barking woke up the entire family. Laurie, Amanda’s mother, raced to her bedside and found her daughter in the midst of a seizure.

    It would be the first of many.

    “That dog saved her life,” Laurie said last week while combing out a Sheltie at her pet grooming and boarding business, The Paw Spa in Deadwood. “Oh God, I was so scared.”

    Amanda was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11.

    “It changed her whole life overnight,” her mom said. “All at once she went from being a kid to being an adult.".............
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