STEPHEN LASKO/For the Chronicle
Shari Wayne asks 9-month-old Josie to sit and stay as part of her obedience training Thursday at the Tractor Supply store in Homosassa. The class is held weekly. www.spiphotos.smugmug.com
Dog trains to detect diabetes

When Terry Hanson first saw Cocoa at Howard’s Flea Market, she was attracted to the Maltese/Shih tzu’s coloring, a cocoa brown.

She liked the way the 2-month-old “dust mop” puppy stood. Her dog, a lhasa apso, had died several months earlier from diabetes, and she was looking for another dog.

Hanson has diabetes, too.