|My name is Alfie. I am a 13 year old min. schnauzer and have
been a sugar kid for 6 years this August. Right around the time I
was diagnosed, I was also very sick with pancreatitis, and ever since,
my mom has to watch what I eat in more than one way. But she must
be doing something right, because I am fine and feel fine also.
She has fed me a home prepared meal of boiled chicken, whole grain brown
rice, green leafy veggies, broccoli or zuchini, some carrots, oat bran
and chicken broth from the start. She fed this to me for both of
my daily meals. Here recently, my morning meal was changed to boiled
chicken breast & Hill's RD (can and kibble), and I've been able to
tolerate it well. The reason for the change was to make it easier
for me to have a food supply to last me through a Florida storm.
I have kept my weight steadily at 18.5 lbs mainly because I always eat
the same amount and same type of food, and it's all very low in fat.
With the years, I developed hypothyroidism and take L-Thyrozine for
that. My liver also started to show high levels of ALP (Alkaline
Phosphatase) and I take a supplement for that. What I now take is
a med. we brought from Chile, S.A., and after I run out of that, my mom
is planning on having me take Maryn, Milk Thistle or Sam-E. I also
take Vitamins C and E as antioxidants, a multivitamin (Pet-Tab) and 1/2
tablet of Pepcid A.C. with my evening meal to help with my digestion.
I use Lantus and Humulin R insulin to keep my blood glucose at a good level.
Sometimes I hear my mommy say it's too high, but this usually happens when
she's giving me some rawhide to chew because I want to chew on them just
like the other dogs in my house do, and I know my mommy doesn't want me
to feel different. I have developed cataracts over the years, but
I can still see fairly well. My mom takes me and my brother Domino
for a walk in the morning and a mini walk at night. The rest of the
time, I just go out in the backyard.
I have travelled internationally twice to Chile, S.A. where we lived
first for a few months to try it out, and later for 3 years. We lived
at the coast there in a house my mother built to her specs with lots and
lots of land around enclosed with a tight wire fence and an iron gate with
remote control and intercom. I liked it there just fine, but my mom
wanted us to travel back home this time to Florida, and here we are.
We live in Port Saint Lucie in the Treasure Coast and I like here also.
I am happy as long as I am with my mommy.
She is sending you a picture she snapped with her cell one time that
she woke me out of a nap and took it. Her computer crashed last week,
and she lost a few pictures she had stored there. So she says this
is all she has of me right now that is recent. It's by far the least
favorable picture I've had taken, but it'll have to do. Maybe, I
might send another one in the near future and have it replaced.
I want to tell all of you furkids out there that diabetes becomes
second nature after the rough beginning. You can trust me on that.
I mean it.