My name is Kevin Turpeinen and I live in Portland, Oregon
with 2 pugs (Dominic & Bandit, black and fawn respectively)
and 1 chihuahua named Rodney.
I work for a non-profit medical organization which on the Web at http://tie.telemed.org.
It is a fine group of folks to work with.
Eight years ago I decided that I wanted another member of the family.
I researched the ads and kept looking out at Animal Control (I had
one pug named Brutus, a pit-bull terrier named Cano, and a whippet
Most of the rescues were older and eventually died from natural causes.
get dumped out at the pound there isn't always a lot of health history
I still had Brutus in '95 and I thought another pug would be cute. I
finally saw an ad in
the paper at the Oregon Coast and I called the lady and drove down
the Coast (2-3
hour drive) and found the home were the little Pug was living with
The first time I laid eyes on Dominic I knew that he was a special little
came to me immediately and I bought him on the spot. The lady said
wasn't papered but had all of his current shots (she gave him one while
I was there)
and we came back to Portland. Brutus has since died (we guessed his
around 13) and I have adopted two more since. Rodney the Chihuahua
next, and then 3 years ago Bandit- a rowdy Pug.
They have all been healthy and happy. Rodney did have one bout with
stone a few years back. In June 2003 I noticed that Dominic seemed
not as happy. He had gained quite a bit of weight over the years and
I was trying
to get all of our weights down. I had been taking care of my partner,
Rick who had
died from cancer last year after a two-year battle and I watched everyone
house like a hawk (my boys and myself).
July 15th, 2003 he was urinating uncontrollably and the subsequent wetness
very sticky to the touch. He had not lost any weight yet but he was
starting not to
eat. He was drinking water like there was no tomorrow. It scared me.
during the second weekend in July 2003 and a friend of mine who is
a physician was
visiting, and he diagnosed Dominic immediately. I took Dominic to my
Vet on Monday
Brian (Vet) called me back as soon as he got in with the diagnosis.
Diabetes! I couldn't
talk and my jaw hit the floor- along with my heart. Two thumps, major
spiritually and emotionally. I couldn't lose another family member
so soon....but it
wasn't totally in my hands, how could this happen to a sweet, calm
Brian gave Dominic his first shot that day and I have been giving him
his 2-shots daily
since. We have had two trips to the Vet, the first initial visit and
then one after I
joined this group....so far. I talk with my Vet on the phone every
day. We are
working hard to keep Dominic stable and he is already improved greatly.
working with my Vet with regards to making sure that Dominic has the
medications. There always could be change...it all depends how Dommie
and I am learning as much as I can to keep up. His diet is regulated
now and I
test his urine in the morning or whenever I can. It has been a challenge
but I would do
anything for this little guy or any other. I would like to say THANK
YOU to this group.
Worried Dad is somewhat better these days. These boys are my world.