Jasmine and Colby

Colby has gone to the Rainbow Bridge
Monday, March 21, 2005 
Subject: [RB] Colby Ingels, 1994-2005
We are home. She has a cancer that is rapidly destroying her liver. 
Even with surgery best prognosis is 3 months and I won't do that.
So today at 5:00 her vet is coming to send her to the Bridge. 
I can't even imagine life without her.
Please tell your babies at the Bridge to get ready. I don't want her to be afraid.

 She is gone. I spent the entire day on the floor inches from her face.
Loving her. Crying. When the vet got here it was time. She is at peace and
so am I. But dear God I am going to miss her so much.


They haven't really been taken away.
They have only gone with the Angels to play.
They have been given wings with which to fly.
All their troubles have passed them by.

Their life in heaven now must start.
But we'll hold their memory in our hearts.
Nothing about them will be forgotten.
But now they sleep on billowy clouds of cotton.

This is Colby's Story...His life as a diabetic!
Hello everyone.  My mom says I should tell my story so here goes!
   I am a Golden Retriever and am 8 years old.  I was born in a puppy mill of 
sorts-our furmom was havin' us babies as fast as she could to help this woman 
pay her bills.  I was glad to get a human family to love me.
   Things got bad real quick because the day after I came to my new home I 
came down with Parvo.  I had to go to the emergency vet and then to my 
regular vet for a week.  I came real close to the Bridge a couple of times 
but Mom says love pulled me back.  She would come visit me lots-called it 
bonding.  I don't know what bonding is but now she says we are Velcro'd together.
   When I was 7 I started losin' a lot of weight.  Mom says I was a bit 
fluffy to begin with so that was ok but then I lost too much.  I was real 
thirsty and would wake up from my naps in a puddle!  Mom says a 2x4 hit her 
in the head (must've hurt!) and away we went to the vet.  I have a human 
brother who has diabetes too so she had figured it out.  All I remember about 
that day was Mom cryin' and the vet tellin' her it would all be ok.  That she 
would give me shots and that was all there was to it.  I started on Lente but 
my numbers didn't come down so we switched to N.  I got 15 units twice a day 
at first . She got the shots good right away but was leakin' around the eyes 
a lot for a while.  Mom says my numbers were all over the map but at least I 
quit losin' weight and was dry after my naps.

  After a lot of reading, Mom decided to change my food.  She had to do some 
convincin' to get the vet to think that was ok but they finally agreed and 
now I get good stuff like chicken, broccoli, green beans, and oatmeal.  And 
pumpkin! I love pumpkin!  My numbers quit travellin' on the map and my 
insulin had to be lowered.  I am now on 10 units at night and 11 in the morning. 
    I keep her on her toes by havin' a couple of hypos now and then.  Last 
one I had I was on my walk and then I fell down and was rollin' around in the 
street but I got some honey out of it and an extra helpin' of food.  Mom 
tests my blood (ow!) and says she keeps track of me that way.  All I know is 
that if my numbers are low, I can't go for a walk right away.
   I have a sissy-dog, Jasmine.  She is a Labrador.  I call her Lumpy.  I 
also have a cat named Sasha.  She wrestles with me all the time and I let her 
sleep in my bed lots cause I sleep on the tile.
   I am a happy dog.  Thank you for bein' my Rainbow friends and thank you for 
helpin' my Mom.  I love you all,
Colby (dd, dx 5/02) 

Look Mom I am a Christmas Present! 

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