|Boo was my very first foster boy when I started doing Maltese rescue
7 years ago.
He had been in a home where the teenaged son and his friends used him
football—even now he is terrified of feet, but has finally stopped
I realized pretty quickly that he needed a lot of love to make up for
the hell of his
previous life and that he was not going to be a “foster” but MY boy.
For the first
6 months he was here, he sat at the window with his paltry pile of
dirty old toys
and watched for his family to come for him. For the next 6 months
he isolated himself.
He would let me feed him and pet him but was really pretty non-responsive.
Finally, at about year two he started to understand he was home and
He is the dearest, sweetest, most loving and patient boy in the world,
which turns out to be a very, very good thing, because he has never
once fought his insulin shots, even when they have hurt (mom’s fault!).
Boo was diagnosed with diabetes in February 2002.
He had lost weight and was peeing an awful lot. I was talking
to a friend who
had a diabetic dog and she told me to check his urine with diabetic
I did, and he went to the vet that very day. His blood glucose
was over 500
and he had the beginning of ketosis. We started him on a diet
of w/d wet and dry
and 5 units of insulin twice a day. We got his bg’s down with
in insulin (up to 12 units twice a day), but never really got him well
After many, many tests, x-rays, etc., we learned Boo also had Cushings,
even though his Alk Phos never was elevated and he had no hair loss.
He did have quite a belly, but that wasn’t a “new” thing. He
with Lysodren and is now on maintenance. I have the “old” Boo
He plays with his toys, is full of energy, and always has a kiss for
Boo is now 13 years old (not really old for a Maltese) and I am hoping
will have a wonderful happy and healthy life for many, many years.
As for me, I am ever so thankful that I have had the support of folks
on this list and the Cushings list
likely neither Boo nor I would have survived without that help.