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Who am I?
A weekly feature in the pet diabetes email support group.
Monday, April 7, 2008
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Meet our first Who Am I? email

Hello everyone,   
My name is Linda Underhill, my husband is Larry, we had two mini schnauzers, Heidi and Crosby, brother and sister out of the same  litter.

Heidi became diabetic when she was 7 years old, Crosby when he was 9 years old, Heidi went to the Bridge on April 3 2005, she would have  been 14 years that June, Crosby went to be with his sister on April 16,  2006, he would have been 15 years old.  Both my kids were diabetic, both had had cancer and Crosby also had Cushings.  I became a member of a diabetic list right away , this list is the greatest.  I could go on and on about the RB group and what I have learned from it, the people are all fantastic, we all laugh, cry together and help one another. I don't know what I would of done without it, we had a great vet, but he would always ask me what the list was talking about and what they thought of certain things pertaining to animal diabetes. I really  think, no, I know I trained him in certain ways of treating pet diabetes, he  was amazed at the things I knew (and he didn't) because of our group.  Larry & I waited a year before even talking about another pet, Heidi  and Crosby took our hearts with them the day they left us all alone, it has now been two and three years since they went to Heaven, not a day goes by that a candle in front of their pictures is not lit.  Finally, one evening I was reading the paper and I saw an ad for a mini-schnauzer for sale. Well, that did it, I told Larry I was going to call but I really don't think he thought I would, we were getting ready to leave for Tennessee in a few days, but that never entered my mind at the time, I called and the lady said they couldn't take care of this little girl any longer  and wanted to sale her, I ask a few questions and a few hours later we got to meet this little schnauzer, she looked so pitiful, the lady had cut her hair so short she did not even look like a mini, I looked at Larry and our eye contact said yes, we will take her, her name was Olga, yep, after the couple left I picked her up and looked her right in the eye and said You are no longer Olga, 

Your name is Gretchen Rae Underhill, 
She has been the best, sweetest little girl ever, she is not Heidi or Crosby but she sure knows she is loved and I guess you could say just a little spoiled...We are trying real hard to keep her healthy, she was 10 months old when we got her, she had first time baby shots from the breeder but nothing since then, she was not abused but really neglected. I only pray she does not become diabetic....but IF it happens I know it is treatable and I know where I can get HELP if needed...    See Ya! Linda

Heidi's Information

Diabetic Pet's Name: Heidi Samantha Underhill 

Breed: Miniature Schnauzer Birth: 6/16/1991

When Diagnosed: 12/22/1998 

Heidi Rainbow Bridge: April 3, 2005

Age Diagnosed: 7 yrs 

Weight: 30lbs 

Kind of Insulin and Amount Per Injection: Humulin N 14u 2xday 

Food: Hill's canned W/D and Eukanuba Optimum Weight Control 

Do you hometest?(blood, urine and/or observation) urine and observation 

Other Health Problems? Mast Cell Cancer 

Webpage of Pet: http://www.caninediabetes.org/heidlinda.html

Heidi's Rainbow Bridge Webpage: http://www.caninediabetes.org/rbheidi.html

Your Location: Lafayette, Indiana 

How did the diagnosis of diabetes in your pet change your life? We were devastated at first, didn't think we could do it, but after we got the hang of it with food and shots and the help of the Rainbow list it got to be old hat, our friends and family knew we could not go out in the evening until after 6:00 when Heidi was fed and had her shot, they all understood, we never traveled much so we did not change our life style much at all. She was our child and she came first.. 

Crosby's Information

Diabetic Pet's Name: Crosby TJ Maxwell Underhill

Breed: Miniature Schnauzer Birth: 6/16/1991

When Diagnosed: 2006

Age Diagnosed: 9 yrs 

Weight: 30lbs 

Kind of Insulin and Amount Per Injection: Humulin N 14u 2xday 

Food: Hill's canned W/D and Eukanuba Optimum Weight Control 

Do you hometest?(blood, urine and/or observation) urine and observation 

Other Health Problems? Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Cushings Disease 

Crosby Rainbow Bridge:  April 16, 2006

Crosby's Rainbow Bridge Webpage: http://www.caninediabetes.org/rbcrosby.html

Webpage of Pet: http://www.caninediabetes.org/heidlinda.html

Your Location: Lafayette, Indiana 

How did the diagnosis of diabetes in your pet change your life? We were devastated at first, didn't think we could do it, but after we got the hang of it with food and shots and the help of the Rainbow list it got to be old hat, our friends and family knew we could not go out in the evening's  until after 6:00 when  both Heidi  and Crosby were fed and had  their  shots , they all understood, we never traveled much so we did not change our life style  hardly  at all.  They were our children and came first.

Thank you Linda for taking time to be a part of this!!

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 website

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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?
 

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