What could be sweeter then a canine with diabetes!

Hootie my little yorkie poo (also known as my little "fluffy puffy") is 8 years old--almost 9.  My little Hootie came into my life at about 4 weeks old.  I  was 22 years old.....I remember my dad saying "no dogs!" until he saw that little face.  I was lucky enough to work for an ambulance company at the time.  My boss let me bring him to work.  Hootie went everywhere with me! As a puppy he didn't begin barking until he was about 4 months old, therefore I was able to take hime many places (sneaking him in of course!).  

My little fluffy is my protector, and has been that way since he was a pup.  All I have to do is say "Ow" and he'll bite whomever is troubling me (I didn't teach him that either!!!). Hootie lets me do anything to him--cut his hair, dress him up, anything--he's my little buddy.  Where ever I go, you can always find my little Hootie.  Unfortunately my little Hootie suffers from fear of loud things (thunderstorms, fireworks, etc...).&nbs; But we muddle through, and he gets lots of hugs and cuddles when he's scared.  When he goes outside to play and rest, if you can't find him, you can always find him hiding in "Grandma's" flowers!!!--Right smack in the middle of all the flowers, well hidden!

Hootie was diagnosed in March of 2007 with diabetes.  It was quite the scare---he was in DKA and hospitalized for 5 days.  It was a long road getting him regulated.  He gets 8 units of Vetsulin twice a day after meals. His diabetes is a family affair.  Not only does it effect him, but the rest of the family as well.  All our lives now are dictated by his diabetes/meal/insulin schedule--And I wouldn't have it any other way! I will say, once we reached regulation, he became a puppy again!  Running and playing like he hadn't in ages.  It made me smile just to watch him. Unfortunately, he forgot he was almost 9 years old and managed to tear both ACL's!  In August he had ACL repair on both knees and came through with flying colors! He's still in the process of recovering but doing very well--just a little slower but picking up speed everyday! He's my best friend, and my companion, I couldn't imagine one day without him in my life!

Thanks for letting me share my little Hootie Fluffy's story!!! Nikki

Just call me Handsome Hootie!

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