My name is Madelaine Travis, but you can call me Maddie
because that's what my parents call me. I am an eight-year
old white, toy poodle with a little peach color in my ears.
I used to have more color but you know what age can do to a
lady's hair. I love to play with my sponge ball, tease my
litter-mate brother Pappy and, in general, just drive my
mistress crazy. That's because I am cute and I know it,
especially after I have just been groomed
(See my picture. Don't I look grand).
It hasn't all been easy for me, however. When I was just
three years old I developed hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, and
it took some time for me to recover. That was a long time
ago, and I was doing well until recently when I suddenly got
really thirsty and very hungry and also tinkled a lot more
than usual. My parents took me to a veterinarian and they
told us that I had developed diabetes. It made my Mom real
sad and my Dad didn't say much but I know he was also pretty
unhappy about the news. Now I get insulin shots twice a day
and have to be watched carefully. The shots hurt a little,
but if it gets rid of the hunger and thirst I know it will be worth
Don't worry about me.
I plan on living a long, poodle life.