| I let Amstel narrate the text for the story .... well after
all, it is HIS story !!
Hope this works for you ......
Hi Everyone, I'm Amstel (yeah... yeah, named after the Beer ...)
I'm 10 yrs old and as you can see I have spots so that makes me a zebra
Oh wait, zebras have stripes don't they .... well then I must be a
Dalmatian !! Cool !
Last May (2004) I was diagnosed with diabetes. It was pretty rough
Dad went out one night with some friends and when he came home he found
the floor unable to move .... boy did he freak out ... I was kind of
freakin' out too
but it certainly wasn't noticeable. Dad rushed me to the local
vet clinic and tests
were started right away. The vets thought I had a mass pinching
on my spine so
they opened me up to take a look .... ouch ! Well, thankfully
there was nothing there
but they did find that my kidneys were enlarged. After some more
tests and some
inconclusive results, Dad requested a referral to Angell Animal Medical
in Boston, MA. Angell has 24/7 coverage and an ICU unit and care/treatment
options which the local vet couldn't provide. I was admitted
on May 24th and
promptly put into ICU. Angell found my glucose levels off of
the charts but initially
could not determine why my back legs wouldn't work. After many
more tests and
several biopsies (all normal/OK) and several more days in ICU/CCU it
that I definitely had diabetes, but nothing else could be diagnosed.
It was over a week
before I got to go home. I still could not walk on my hind legs
.... Dad had to 'sling'
walk me for several weeks ... it was quite a challenge but Dad,( I
call him "lucky")
had a secret weapon to help with my care .... in fact 2 secret weapons
(dad's girlfriend) and Jill ( Cathy's daughter) !!! Cathy is
an RN and Jill had recently
graduated from college as a Veterinary technician !!! Boy ...
my dad got the pick
of the litter there (especially for me!)_
Well, after a few weeks I got my legs back under me .... Whew
!! What a relief !!
After several months of trial and error with diet and different amounts/types
I finally got regulated.
I'm really doing well these days, except I have developed cataracts.
I have difficulty
seeing but I still get around pretty well ..... Dad's seriously considering
surgery for me
.... say's he is tired of me stepping on the cats .... I think it's
I've included some pictures of my Mom ( Bailey ... yeah, named after
Bailey's Irish Cream .... seeing a pattern ?) and 1 of our 2 cats (Buckwheat),
the other cat is 'Punkin' (a short haired tuxedo cat, he's camera shy).
I was 1 from a litter of 12 !! 9 boys and 3 girls .... and I was
sooooo cute that Dad decided
to keep me ...... some of my litter went to live with firemen, a policeman,
a school principle,
some of dad's friends, a former governor of Massachusetts (where I
live). My brother
"Steinway" moved to Minnesota and he went on to win some championship
Here's me and Mom ...... I'm laying down ..... I like doing that!
Me again !!! Damn I'm cute aren't I?
Hey, how do you like my "I'm a diabetic" tag .... it's really a key
fob, Dad got
it at the local drugstore ..... now anyone and everyone can see I'
M SPECIAL !!!!
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