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Rainbow Bridge-July 3, 2007
In September 2000,
My husband Gene and I were sitting on our back patio enjoying a beautiful
We noticed a lady (Cheryl) walking 2 poodles and one of them really
He was prancing his stuff like you wouldn’t believe and he was such
a beautiful, apricot color.
We remarked about how pretty that boy walked! Cheryl said,
“oh, I’m glad you think he is so pretty, would you like to give him
We sat out on the lawn for a couple hours visiting our soon to be pet,
though we didn’t know it
at the time. Peaches and I clicked immediately, so we couldn’t
pass up this opportunity.
At this point we had only been married a few years and were just getting
each other’s ways. But what better time to start our family?
From that day forward Peaches has been the center of our attention and
the light of our lives!
I only wish that we could have raised him from birth – he was about
10 years old when we
adopted him from The Poodle Protection Agency, so we don’t know his
birthday. They had
found him as a stray and he had been in pretty bad shape. Before we
adopted him, he
was neutered, had oral surgery to remove his decayed teeth (he only
has 3 left), and was
almost blind in one eye. But other than that he was a very healthy
The Poodle Protection Agency Rep. (Judy) took care of his grooming and
vet visits for the first
couple of months. Peaches would get so excited when Judy would
stop by for her weekly visit
and I remember feeling jealous. I wondered if he would ever act
that way toward me.
Now he is my shadow and he follows me all over the house.
We don't know why, but Peaches doesn’t bark. When we get home after
being away too long,
he squeals with excitement and runs all over the house jumping for
This is about the only exercise he gets.
We like to show him off and Petco is his favorite place to shop.
He always gets so much attention and he loves it.
Most people comment that he looks more
like a little lamb than a poodle.
In the beginning, Peaches had very good manners. However, he became
spoiled rather quickly
(not just spoiled, spoiled rotten!). We tried to win his love by giving
him table food and
that was our first mistake.
We fed him everything from ice cream (his favorite) to steak.
One day, we noticed a sudden change in his behavior. He began drinking
tons of water and urinating all over the house. At first, we scolded him
(just a little- he has never had a spanking
from us). I’ll never forget the look in his eyes, as he tee-teed in
his bed. He knew he
was doing wrong – but the poor fellow couldn’t help it.
We feel partly to blame for his onset of diabetes.
When he was diagnosed with diabetes July 19, 2001, he weighed around
How could we have let this happen?
Why did we feed him all the wrong things?
Why did this happen to us?
He was our pride and joy.
The vet told us he would die if he didn’t lose weight and get his diabetes
under control. Gene and I
were in tears! Peaches had to be hospitalized for one week. At least
he had his own private room
where we could visit him. He had a TV, ceiling fan, sofa, rug –what
more could you ask for?
Peaches was started on Humulin U, 10 units 1x day, with 1 cup of w/d
dry. I thought we were
going to torture this HUNGRY boy. We achieved our goal
with his weight – he dropped from
23 to 15 pounds in just 2 months. Within a six month period, 10 units
was increased to 20 units.
However, a 15 lb dog on 20 units per day was asking for trouble. He
began having seizures.
I didn’t know about home testing at this point.
On January 6, 2002 at about midnight, we observed some changes in Peaches’
went off by himself, and faced the wall with his nose in the corner.
Gene picked him up and put
him on the bed. Suddenly, Peaches he reared back, stiffened up and
his eyes rolled back in his
head. We were in shock, but we tried to remain calm. I ran for the
Karo syrup and tried to get
some into his mouth, but couldn’t because he appeared to be choking.
He started gasping for air
and appeared to be swallowing his tongue. I put my fingers in his mouth
to clear any obstruction
from air (thank GOD he doesn’t have teeth –it was a tight grip). Gene
and I prayed and
comforted him as his condition improved. Although he was 11, we felt
it wasn’t his time to go.
We rushed him to the vet that morning. His bg was only 23.
The vet said his pancreas might be healing and took him TOTALLY off
That lasted for 2 weeks and we were right back at square one… still
on Humulin U.
In April 2002, we moved from Houston to Austin, Texas. Gene was transferred
for new job
and was laid off 6 weeks later. Bad timing - Peaches was having lots
of attacks and gained 5
pounds in a short period of time. He definitely needed medical attention
and we couldn’t afford it.
I found the Pet Diabetes Website on August 5, 2002. I sent out a
message and got lots of advice.
Tears of joy were flowing down my cheeks as I read the responses.
It meant the world to me to know there were so many loving caring people
We owe it all to the Rainbow Email List & Bridgers. Yes, we finally
We are proud to announce that Peaches was switched from U to N on Sept.
He is not yet regulated, but we are almost there.
Thank you all – to each and every one of you that helped us financially
as well as emotionally.
Shelly, Gene and Peaches
Update Saturday, July 19, 2003 7:06 PM
Happy 2 year 'Sugar'versary Peaches
I wanted to take a moment
and wish my Peaches a HAPPY 2 year SUGARVERSARY today!
As I look back when he was first diagnosed with diabetes, I MUST take
moment and say a very special prayer. (Peaches says really good
prayers too, he
has the form down perfect. His paws touching at the tips directly over
and then you hear little squeals or sighs and feel his energy. SO CUTE!)
Peaches struggled his first year because he was on the wrong
don't like thinking of those days much because I start feeling a little
that I wasn't able to help him more. Heck, I knew NOTHING about diabetes
didn't do too much research at first because I thought my vet "knew
So I like to think of him NOW because he is the TRUE/REAL Peaches that
never knew. We adopted him about 1 year prior to his diabetes so I'm
not sure how
happy a life he had prior to meeting us~his REAL Family! The bond we
almost too hard to put into words. (Geez, I wonder what it would be
actually have a baby - own flesh and blood...yikes tee hee) I
feeling the way I do about him. I guess since we have yet to be blessed
children, Peaches gets our full 100%
We think he is 13,
so hopefully he will have many more healthy, happy years to come.
I guess I better go give Peaches some extra special luv-bug-hugs today.
He deserves it and MORE. I wish I could give him what he really likes
cream. But that type tablefood went off the menu once he was diagnosed.
He doesn't mind green bean treats though - just as long as he is getting
FULL attention. That is all he would ever ask for.
Shelly & Peaches dd dx 7/19/01
Shelly took pictures taking Peaches blood for home testing
and shared them in order to help others!
Getting his Blood Tested!
|Update July 22, 2005
I have been so busy that I forgot my Peachy-Pooh's 4th year Sugarversary
days ago)..........bad Mommy.
Anyway, Happy 4th Sugarversary Peaches!!
I would have never thought I would see this day, especially after the
first year of his diagnosis. My poor boy had so many hypos because he was
on the wrong type insulin (Humulin U). That vet told me it was "normal".
Boy was he ever wrong!! Then I remember when I switched vets all
to find out this guy wanted to try the Atkins diet and do away with insulin
completely. I'll never forget all the emails from the list warning me to
PLEASE switch vets because Peaches would die without insulin. So indeed
I did and at that point I started hometesting and became the "Queen
of Pricks". hahaha
It was a rocky road there for a while but I thank God each and every
day that I never lost faith because I can now say that Peaches is probably
the happiest and most regulated I have ever seen him since adopting him
5 years ago. I know deep in my heart that if I hadn't found this list that
Peaches would not be here. Thank you ALL for everything you have done to
help make this day a celebration. (belated)
Love & Hugs,
Shelly & Peaches (15 yr., dd dx 7/19/01)
|Update: Tue, 18 Jul 2006
Subject: [RB] Peaches diabetic 5 Years - wahoo
Hello to all,
I am happy to announce my little boy Peaches' 5 years Sugarversary
7/19..... I would have never thought he would live to see this day when
he was first diagnosed. It started out pretty rocky......he was on Humulin
U for about the first year and had so many seizures. It was the wrong insulin
for him - but the vet said it was normal.......yea right. But anyway that's
when I found the list and gained so much knowledge and started hometesting.
He is now doing better than ever!!!
I adopted him about 7 years ago and so I'm not really sure his
'true age'. Supposedly he is16 - but he sure doesn't act like it. He is
so full of energy and loves to play. I embrace each and every day I have
with my boy - like it's forever. He is my soulmate!!
He also went blind a few years ago and he is also Hypothyroid.
His thyroid is under control. And you would never know he is blind.
Anyway - I just wanted to share this 'special day' with you.
You all are in my thoughts and prayers daily.
You can see me and my little boy at: http://www.caninediabetes.org/peaches.html
and there is also a link within showing how I get blood from Peaches' ear.
Shelly & Peaches (dd dx 7/19/01)
Peaches Loves His Yum-Yums
Peaches Photo Album
Mom & Dad
aka Gene & Shelly
The PROUD parents
Chelsea is my Mom's Pom and
she loves to eat ice cream.
Peaches and Chelsea looking
PRETTY after the groomer
shaved them....They are
||The "before and after" trip
to the groomer.
He seldom gets a
He is such a "Snoopy-Butt".
|I teach Peaches to dance
and he boy can he put on a show.
||Peaches showing off with his ears
- it's one of the many
ways he communicates
since he does not bark.
He will do almost anything for a
green bean treat.
Then of course he
Thanks me in so many ways.
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