A Canine from Australia with Diabetes Mellitus
What could be sweeter then a diabetic pet!


Rainbow Bridge January 19, 2005


I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.

I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me."

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.

It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew ...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "Goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out ... then come home to be with me.

Author Unknown 

Bella's Diabetic Story
We adopted Bella when she was 8 months old ,she was always a fit and
healthy girl until she was about 4 years old when she developed pancreatits.
We changed her diet to low fat food and she seemed to be ok with that ,she
had the occasional attack of pancreatitis but nothing severe. In January
2003, I noticed Bella was scratching at her ear, I took her to our vet who
examined her and told me Bella's ears were badly infected ,she needed
surgery to have them cleaned, she had the surgery on 24th january 2003, she
came home with meds and she seemed very sleepy which I thought could only be
the anesthetic, however she wasnt any better by Monday so I took her back and
told the vet that she was just laying around and not wanting to eat,
also I noticed that Bella had some overnight accidents and I told this to her vet.
He asked about her drinking which had become excessive, so he took her off
all steroid meds and did  a blood sugar test ,which was 16, he said to take
her back Thursday for another blood test hoping that with the removal of the
steroid drugs things would get better,but no the blood sugar was higher so I
had to take Bella home and make some decisions about what having a diabetic
dog would mean , the costs for one thing would be way out of my reach ,
we live on a disability pension.
Friday morning Bella was still no better and still refused to eat , I got
some tablets from her vet which would hopefully give her an appetite.
After struggling to get them down her throat she went outside and threw them
up, I called back to her vet, he had gone home for the weekend and I got
Lucy (my saviour) I took Bella straight back and Lucy started insulin ,Bella
stayed 5 days at the vets and came home with her new diet ,insulin and
needles and tablets, I managed well with the shots Bella was very good for
me while I learned to do it right.
Bella was blind by the time August came,
she had cataract surgery in October and she sees very well now , she can
catch a biscuit now without it hitting the floor , she plays again and runs
laps around the back yard , she is my Bella again. We have  constant u.t.i problems
the last one, in November was stubborn , December came and Bella went off her
food she refused food for 3 days and I took her back to see Lucy who put her
straight on the drip, we noticed Bella was jaundiced which meant liver
problems , an ultrasound shows a large mass in her pancreas, I didn't want
Bella to have major surgery , she had been through enough, I went to pick her
up on 24th december to have her final days with us at home over christmas, I
was told it was more than likely cancer with a slight chance that it could
be an abcess(very slight)so she was on antibiotics , just in case ,well on
christmas day I prayed like I never prayed before and Bella started to
improve ,she got an infection on her tummy where she had been shaved for the
ultrasound so I took her back for some relieving cream ,the vet on duty
noticed a change in Bella after only 3 days of antibiotics, she wasn't so
yellow now, I started to hope all might be well and on the visit on Monday
after christmas when I took Bella for which was to be her last visit to the
vet she was so much improved , no one could believe it was the same Bella,
she had blood tests which said her enzymes were coming down to
normal, thankfully that was 5 weeks ago now and all is still looking good,
how I wish I was on this list while I went through all that just before
Christmas , I'm thankful now that any future incidents can be shared with all
these wonderful caring mums of diabetic pets.
from Margaret and Bella

Oh the grass feels so good on  my tummy!

Just Priceless!!

Did someone call My Name??

This page was made on Tuesday, February 3, 2004

Update - Fri, 29 Apr 2005 
Pictures of siblings from Bella's Picture Book & Dad too!

Manz he is 5 years old and he is the one with the
cancer in his mouth which doesn't seem to be 
bothering him right now.

 Thumper, he is 15 yrs this year, he has been 
attacked by the same dogs twice exactly one 
year apart, he still has a limp from the broken leg, 
hes doing ok though

Thumper enjoying the grass!

This young lady is my baby, she is 15 
also this year , she and Thumper 
are full brother and sister, her name is Misty.

 Misty and her brother Thumper are best of friends

Bella and her dad relaxing

This little girls name is Baby, 
she is 10 this year, same age as Bella.

Another pic of me Bella!!
I am a handsome fella if I do say so myself!
What can I say!!! I am not shy!

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