|Monday, April 28, 2008
Hi, my name is Mike Smith and I have lived in Reno Nevada for
the past 25 years after leaving the Sacramento Valley of California.I have
always had pets and for a short time raised Persian cats just for fun.That
came to a stop when the two females we had began having problems with litters.Both
of our girls,mother and daughter lived to be 18+ before leaving us to cross
the bridge and catless again.
Mike and Andee
My roommate Gary went to the local shelter and brought home an orange
tabby named Redford.We had him for a few years before loosing him to a
brain tumor.Gary once again went down to the shelter and that is when Samie
joined our family.She is defiantly her own cat only wanting attention when
she wanted it.In March of 2001that is when Andee showed up from our local
shelter.I was home for several days in bed with the flu and woke up to
find this little white fur ball crawling up my shoulder to curl up and
go to sleep under my chin.
Andee's First Week
Gary assured me that he was old enough to leave the litter and was
able to eat on his own.I soon found out that this was not to be the case.
Needless to say I spent that week with the flu bottle feeding Andee and
trying to rest with a small fur ball tucked under my chin.Andee soon learned
the fundamentals of eating regular cat food and using the litter box like
the other cats.He still insisted on sleeping under my chin.Growing up Andee
would bring his scrunchy ball toys up on the bed for me to throw down the
hall so he could run and get them fetching them back to me.He has been
the only cat that I have had that loved to play fetch. Andee and I grew
a very special bond over the next few years.It was not hard to tell who
Andee had picked out to be his human.My roommate Gary went to work for
the Humane Society here in Reno and that is when Binks a 13 year old Siamese
and Chewie a ten year old Australian Terrier showed up at our house.Both
had been in line for euthanasia,Binks because of age and Chewie because
of age and only having one eye.A few months later Barnie,a orange tabby
showed up to be fostered until he was at the adoption weight of one pound.
Ten pounds and two years later he is still being fostered.
In the summer of 2006 I started to notice that Andee was drinking a
lot and using the cat box more than the other cats and being diabetic myself
knew what the signs were.In October of 2006 Andee was diagnosed with diabetes
with a blood sugar of 700+.He was put on Lantus and armed with a spare
glucose meter I had we had him regulated and honeymooning by the last part
of November.I know now that this was all luck.In July of 2007 Andee came
out of his honeymoon and for the next four months we were beginning to
think not only would Andee be on insulin for the remainder of his life
but also not be regulated.It was then I found our group and with the help
of Margo and the others had Andee regulated and honeymooning again in a
short two months.As of this post he has been honeymooning for four months.I
know the day will come again that Andee will return to insulin so I thank
God for the time that we both can spend Insulin free.
Diabetic Pet's Name: Andee
Breed: Lavender Point Siamese
Birth: February 2001
When Diagnosed: October 2006
Age Diagnosed: 5.1/2 year old
Weight: 18 pounds
Kind of Insulin and Amount Per Injection: Lantus / 1.25 units
BID at time of last honeymoon January 2008.
Food: Natures Variety Instinct Chicken Meal Formula
Do you home test?(blood, urine and/or observation): Blood,Urine
Other Health Problems?: None at this time
Webpage of Pet: http://www.caninediabetes.org/andee.html
Your Location: Reno, Nevada
How did the diagnosis of diabetes in your pet change your life?:
This has left me realizing that our pets truly depend on us.While we can
control illnesses like diabetes in ourselves or pets need us to assist
them in their treatments.
If you would like to participate in the Who am I? emails
then contact one of the moderators listed at the bottom of this email
write an introduction, send a picture of your pet
The moderator will send you the blank questions to fill in
Then the moderator will post your email for you....One will be going
out every Monday Morning....This way each pet is the star for a week.
Michael will take the email and turn it into a pdf file and upload
it to the yahoo groups files and I will turn it into an html file for the
Michael Jay Smith
Jane, Lee and Margo have a lot on their plates right now so the above
moderators are available to do the Who am I Email?