Lexy was born sometime in August of 1996.
We got a call from my brother in law on day back in 1999. He had
dog from the farm beside him, the animals were abused and neglected
couldn't stand it. The owner next door never did care about that.
Lexy was now on the other side of the fence the other animals got very
and tried to attack her a couple of times . Although she was
shepard mix, she was the runt of the bunch and all the other dogs there
tried to get at her. One day after the third brawl between the
brother in law decided to ask us if we could take her. We were
a dog at that time so it was perfect timing! Dad brought her
home that fine
day, and my idea of a dog was to pamper and have her live in the house
us. Well, she had other ideas. She was a farm dog after
all. She didn't
like being cooped up in the house and escaped many a time, but never
far. I think after a couple of months she realized she had it
at this new place and decided she didn't need to escape anymore!
whatever reason, she became my dog. She loved my husband Spencer
guarded me like you wouldn't believe! I should have called her
because she was literally my shadow, every step I took she followed!
was never much of a fetcher or swimmer, but a couple times we went
at the Lake and no matter what I did , she wouldn't go in the water,
until I set foot in the water. You could see the look on her
Yikes, what am I doing, I am not very good at swimming! But out
followed me in the water whenever I went out!We had fun taking agility
classes, which she was proud to show off her talents to me! And
we used to
have our daily walk, rain, snow, sleet or hail, we were out there!
first child Payton was born, I thought she would be different.
just protected our little guy, even from the health nurse who came
to do the
checkup after the hospital! She was never angry or vicious, just
stand in front of whatever she was protecting and sniff you out to
you were okay or not!
In April of this year, she was starting a decline. She was slower,
drinking alot of water. One morning I woke to find her bed soaked
with pee. I thought the worst. I thought she had lost her
controls and age
had gotten her. Luckily I decided to pursue the issue and alas,
diagnosed with diabetes! She had very high readings at the beginning.
Around 36. Normal was between 4 - 10. So we got her on
Humulin -N and she
never once flinched at the needle. In fact I think she liked
attention she was getting! We slowly progressed and got her pretty
stabilized , down to around 7 - 9 for her blood glucose levels.
seem to improve back to normal after that though.
She didnt pee the bed
or anything, but I think it was hard on her! We recently moved
and I think
that had the greatest impact on her. She loved the new trails
and hikes and
beaches we have here, but its so hard on animals to move! Just
ago, she woke up and it was like overnight her vision was gone.
large cataracts in her eyes. The first week was hard, but with
sense of smell she kept going. Figured everything she needed
to do out
again. Sometimes if she went for her pee at night and I watched
got a little lost coming back to the house. Then in the last
month her hind
legs just didn't want to work so well anymore. She could barely
get out of
bed in the morning and if I ever took her anywhere shed want to sit
a matter of seconds. She couldn't put much pressure on her hind
anymore, and it was amazing to watch her learn to strengthen her front
to compensate. When she went for her pees and business she almost
of her weight on her front two legs. I'd say once she had the
husband and I spoke about limits we were going to go to. As many
although diabetes is certainly no death sentence, it can lead to many
illnesses and we had decided we would keep her going until she told
otherwise! Well, I sat down with her just last week, giving her
massage which she loved. I said she needed to tell me when she
wanted to go,
because she just wasn't the same. She wouldn't even sit in her
we have in our tv roon anymore. She just couldn't get up into
On Sunday morning, she went out for her morning business and for whatever
reason I walked out with her. I noticed a stream of blood in
Throughout the day, she had several expulsions of blood and matter
of her. The vet thinks she may have had a tumor or cyst rupture
or that her bladder wall was infected and was failing.
I didn't think it
was right to put her through an exploratory surgery. She was
not in a good
state to recover from that. As soon as this happened I just cried.
it was the sign she was trying to give me. Even throughout
all of this she
never once yelped, or whined. Not ever! We decided to free her
of any pain
before it got any worse. This has been the toughest decision
I have had to make.
I stayed with her until the end, holding her hand and whispering her
favorite words into her ear. I hope that she had a safe journey
Bridge. We laid her to rest last night down at the golf course,
where we go
daily. That was very difficult, but the harder part was waking
her today. Not hearing her paws clicking on the linoleum, or
her nugging my
hand to remind me that its pee pee time. I will miss her every
God sent you to me that fine day and Ill be thankful forever
Til we meet again my faithful friend!
Hugs and kisses Lexy!
She received her wings on October 24, 2005
5:15 pm and is now at Rainbow Bridge.
by John Quealy
With heavy hearts and a tear in our eyes,
after all these years, we must say goodbye.
Please understand we've done all we could.
If there was anything we could do, you know we would.
I'm sitting right here gently rubbing your ears,
while I talk to you softly, trying to hold back the tears.
The memories you gave us we'll never forget.
Especially the ones of the day we all met.
One last hug and one last kiss.
You have no idea how much you'll be missed.
To look into your eyes this one last time...
you tell me it's ok, you know it's your time.
Close your eyes now, and go to sleep.
We'll pray to the Lord your soul he'll keep.
Go in peace now, our good friend.
We'll stay right here with you until the end.
Dream of that special day and time,
when we'll meet at the Bridge and all will be fine.
We'll run and play, side by side,
with a soft warm feeling deep down inside.
Your memory will live on in each one of us.
You'll always be number one to all of us.
Have a safe journey through the night.
I promise when you awake, you'll be in God's light.
So with heavy hearts, and tears in our eyes...
just for now my friend, we say goodbye.
Some More Pictures of Lexie
Lexie's New Home
Lexie was our first baby!
Lexy was diagnosed with diabetes in March of 2005. When her initial
glucose levels were done she was at about 31.6, the normal range was
3 - 10. So she was very high. She did show signs of excessive
which I didnt really notice until she had wet the bed a few times.
prescribed Humulin -N intially to see if we could regulate her.
on two doses of insulin, one at 7 am and one at 7 pm, started at 15
each injection, totalling 30 units per day. She was checked every
week.to see what the blood glucose levels were at. It took about
1 month to
get down around to 22. So we increased her insulin almost weekly
extra each injection. She slowly went up in her amounts as she
regulating on the insulin. We discussed changing insulin but
after we had
gradually increased her dosage to about 45 units per injection ( 90
per day) she finally levelled out . Her most recent readings,
were 4.5-6. So she was doing well.
After about 5 months of treatment she did get cataracts in her eyes,
her almost blind. She struggled with that but managed to carry
on and learn
to deal with it.
Her sister had lived with my brother in law, and she had died of cancer
almost two years ago. I dont know what finally happened with
Lexy but that
day that she started bleeding out, the vet thinks it could have been
or cyst rupture. I did not want to have an autopsy done out of
her body. I do believe she probably had suffered with cancer
as well, as
she had lumps and bumps around her body, but they never seemed to bother
her. I think the diabetes was hard on her body, especially with
cataracts eventually blinding her. One thing I will say is that
was not hard for us to deal with. It seemed like a big deal when
first diagnosed but you get into a routine as does your animal and
really easy. The cost is fairly minimal, I spent around $40 a
insulin. Vet checks etc. were around $60 per month. It
is a small price to
pay to help your animal out. I would be happy to speak to anyone
diabetes and how Lexy's story could be of any help.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
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