|Monday, August 18, 2008
GingerBear was diagnosed Aug 28th, 2003 .....the vet she was going
didn't know very much about diabetes so I tried another vet and it wasn't
very much better there.....my first vet when I asked questions was giving
me answers like "if it isn't broke don't fix it " and "you're looking for
things"....I was doing so much crying seeing GingerBear go down hill and
I felt deep down I would be losing her if I didn't get some good help......
so a few days before Thanksgiving 2003 I got on the computer and just typed
in dogs with diabetes and it opend to the google pages with lots of websites
and I clicked on a few and when I clicked on the rainbow bridge one I started
to read and it had a spot to where I could email Judy and I did that...she
got back to me .... I started to ask a lot of questions and she said I
should get on the site..... I aked her how I did that and she said its
done..... the mail started to come in and I was so thrilled....everyone
welcomes us and I just has such a different feeling and outlook on the
disease..... no matter what the question there was someone there to answer
them with what they knew or what they tried and what worked for them......
its such a wonderful feeling to ask and have such information at your fingertips.....
GingerBear had a very good life for 4 years...thats 4 that I know I wouldn't
have had without everyone here.... it's a feeling of knowing there are
so many wonderful people that care about you and most importantly your
furbabies.... GingerBear had diabetes,ear,eye & foot problems
then in June 2006 she was diagnosed with Cushings and my little girl was
still the little fighter..... her diabetes & cushings were under
control and was tested and had a mass in her intestines Sept 2007 .....
she passed away Sept 13th 2007 but she did have a good 4 years .....I have
always been so thankful for all the love and care she got from the Rainbow
Believe me there is always hope !!
Nanc "Angel" GingerBear & TeddyBear
It certainly has been a fun filled 9 months and 1 week with TeddyBear
in the house....GingerBear knew exactly what she was doing having him
show up for my birthday. Shadow would have been a very good name for him
...he is with me everywhere I go and has gone with me in the truck accept
for 4 times now and he rides so nicely.....
he has 3/4th of the front seat with his blankets and his one chewey......
I have one story that I have to smile everytime I think of it......I have
never tried to train anyone.... ..I just let their own natural personality
and whatever they become I have never had any complaints..... well I got
a great book on dachshunds... I learned so much about them.... it also
has some pet training tips .... so I thought it would be so cute if I could
teach him to sit all the way up..... so I bought the little training dog
treats and I worked with TeddyBear for 3 weeks...just a little a day...first
I started with the basic sit ...then all the way up....he was a fast learner....so
it was the next time TeddyBear and I went to Petco I had two different
people come up to me and they ask if he sits up !!! I had to laugh because
they both said theirs did.....so who was the smart one here..... they told
me theirs did and without treats......urrrr.... ! He does that all
the time.... he'll come over and sit the whole way up when I'm on the computer
or I'll turn around and hes' right me just everywhere and I sit down with
him and play or just pick him up and give him a hug..... he's another one
of a kind......
I hope you like the pictures of TeddyBear..... one is at Petco
and one of his party and one of him being the Pest he is.....
TeddyBear's webpage and additional pictures: http://www.caninediabetes.org/teddybear.html
Love,Nanc & TeddyBear
What is your name and your pet's name? Nancy Lee
Focht & "Angel" GingerBear
How old is your furbaby and what kind? 12 years old
& Dachshund/ Bassett
When your pet was diagnosed ?
Aug. 28th 2003
What is your pet's weight?
Name of the insulin being used?
What is the insulin dosage now? was 7
units 2 BID
What time(s) of day do you give the insulin?
9 am & 9 pm
Do you home-cook or use a commercial pet food? homecooked
If Commercial - what brand? Hills Prescription
Dry & Canned
Do you urine test? Yes in the beginning
Do you blood test? Yes
If yes, what kind meter are you using? Gluco Pet
Does your pet have any other health issues (medication for anything
else)? Eyes,Ears & Feet
GingerBears Webpage: http://www.caninediabetes.org/ginger.html
We have members all over the world - where are you from?
Finally, could you tell us how you found us? Was doing
a serious search for information of pets with diabetes and was fortunate
to find Rainbow Bridge and emailed Judy....
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Write an introduction, send a picture of your pet
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way each pet is the star for a week.
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