|HEIDI AND CROSBY’S STORY
Heidi and Crosby were born on June 16th, 1991. After losing another
Mini-Schnauzer to Lymphoma, I told my husband no more pets, the pain
losing them is just to much, but my husband was a firefighter at the
worked 24 hr. shifts, so I was home alone nights and was lonely.
I saw an
ad in the paper for Mini-Schnauzers and that was all it took.
We decided to
get two puppies this time to keep each other company while we were
We decided on two females (Heidi and Holly) well, the day we went to
them there was only one female left, we knew though we still wanted
puppies. One little male would come up to my husband then run
back to the
rest of the litter, he did this a couple of times, that was the one
we knew would
be coming home with us and his sister Heidi Samantha. On the
way home I
named him Crosby TJ Maxwell, (TJ for Tyler Jr. our much loved Mini
passed away only 3 months earlier, and Maxwell, his Daddy’s name.
and Crosby are best buddies. They love each other, but do have
once in awhile like any other brother and sister.
Heidi was diagnosed with diabetes on Dec. 22, 1998. Not a very
happy Christmas that year. Like everyone else we were devastated,
although not totally surprised. At her annual check-up in August
vet told us she was overweight and to start watching her diet because
of diabetes. I remember looking at him and saying ”Oh my God”,
way could I ever give my dogs a shot, little did we know at that time
we would be giving both of them 2 shots a day. Heidi did
start to lose
some weight and we were so happy thinking we were doing a good job
with her diet…..but then it happened, the more than usual drinking
peeing started, and then one night I was up all night with her.
I would give
her a drink and set the bowl up on the counter, she would look at the
bowl and cry, I could not wait for morning to come to call our vet.
was the beginning of what we hoped would never happen. Heidi
14 units of Humulin N twice a day. She weighs 30 lbs, still
a little on the
chunky side. Hard to believe she will be diabetic almost 4 years.
Heidi has had 2 mast cell cancerous lumps removed along with some
fatty tumors. She had cataract surgery March 7th, 2001 and her
was a success, although we had a scare a week after the surgery with
high pressures in both eyes, with a very good ophthalmologist and a
of eye drops the pressures went down and have remained good.
Crosby developed a tumor on his toe the same week that Heidi
had cataract surgery, Crosby had to have the toe removed because
of Sequamous Cell Carcinoma, a few days after his surgery he
with the drinking and peeing, tested for diabetes and sure enough he
was also diagnosed with the dreaded disease. Our vet said he
not surprised being both out of the same litter and he also thought
of been brought on by the stress of the toe. Now, Crosby has
a mind of his
own compared to Heidi, my husband and I wasn’t quite sure how this
business of giving him a shot would be compared to Heidi, she is so
easy giving shots, needless to say we were scared that this wasn’t
going to be quite so easy, well, that little stinker surprised us,
he is so
good, all we say in the mornings is, whose going to be first, and they
both come, of course, I have treats in my hand which helps a lot. In
August of the same year Crosby had another lump come up on another
toe, different foot, this time we took him to Purdue Vet Hospital.
the toe which was another Sequamous Cell Carcinoma, they did a complete
body scan and found no other signs of cancer. We were told that
tumor had been on the same foot as the first we would of had to have
his whole leg removed, we don’t know if we could of done that to our
or not, thankful we didn’t have to worry about it. Crosby has
pretty easy to regulate and keep regulated. He is on 20
units of Humulin N
2x day. He is a slim 28 lbs.
HOW HAS DIABETES CHANGED OUR LIVES?
Not much really, since Heidi and Crosby both eat and get their shots
6 and 6:30, our friends know that we can’t go out until after 6:30.
never been deprived of doing anything, never were ones to do a lot
vacationing so we have not had to worry much about getting someone
in or taking them to be boarded. They are our kids and we will
do whatever it
takes to keep them happy and healthy, if it bothers anyone then I guess
just weren’t as good of friends as we thought. My husband and
I take turns
going home for lunch, letting them out to potty and to give them their
If we are gone for the whole day, we have a relative who comes in and
care of them. I am positive that if it wasn’t for this Rainbow
Pet Diabetes Email List
I would have never felt as confident coping with diabetes and keeping
both kids as healthy
as they are right now. I have everyone on this list to thank
for that. May
God bless all of you, your families and your sweet babies. Hugs
Heidi went to the Bridge on Sunday, April 3, 2005
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Crosby went to the Bridge on April 16, 2006
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