Puppy's Thank You
My name is Puppy and I understand you all know me,
"There's a whole crew of sugar-babies", says Momma Jeri.
I have diabetes as I am sure you are all well aware,
But that's not the whole story, so I'll take you there.
I am a ghetto dog and from Cleveland I came,
My previous humans were not too humane.
One day I got sick and went to the vet,
He poked me with needles; I was scared you can bet.
The news wasn't good, wasn't good nosiree,
The humans said "Big Shot" and I almost peed!!
I wasn't ready to sleep for all of eternity,
So my Guardian Angel found a home just for me.
But it was so very far, very far, far away,
In another state, by car a whole day!
Momma Jeri wrote, "Help, We need your assistance",
Everyone wrote back and there was no resistance.
Auntie Margo said, "Fly her, I will get you out of this
She wrote out the check and rushed it to Pam.
While arrangements were made I needed somewhere to stay,
Angel Rescue to work-- I got a nice place to play.
Aunt Janet is a sweetie, who watched over me daily,
She talked to me nicely saying "Good job, young lady".
Aunt Janet has a human and his name is Frankâ€¦
He is a hottie, you can take that to the bank!!
Together they loved me and taught me to play,
They told me I was moving to a place I could stay.
I made a quick friend there-Jasper the cat,
Hottie Frank called him Lil Fart. What's up with that?
Uncle Ed checked the airlines and then told Aunt Margo,
That US Airways would take me into their cargo.
So off we went in the night and rushed down the pike,
Looking for Pam who was taking me to the flight.
Aunt Janet said "Be a good girl and have a safe trip",
Hottie Frank gave me huggers and I snuck in a lick.
Pam loaded me up with no time to spare,
She said, "Puppy girl we gotta get you in the air."
I was nervous as ever as I boarded the plane,
But in no time at all I landed in Maine.
Mom Jeri said "Puppy, you are a queen,
Aunt Barbara's dad's Mercedes will be your limousine."
I rode in the back with my head in a lap
Of another Hottie Mom Jeri called Dad.
I have sisters and friends and my own set of Humans,
And Momma Jeri keeps saying "Don't forget list-ones".
Sister one is Betsy, she's a Golden Retriever,
She hunts for food like she is a beaver!!
Sister two is Mollie and she's quite a sweetie,
We are great friends and share similar stories.
Sister three is April Fool Burgles the Castle,
She is a Mini Pin and geez what a hassle!
Pandora the Maine Coon cat met me at the door,
She said, "Hope you sleep well cuz Betsy can snore."
The backyard, Oh WOW, There's acres of land,
A Pup can get lost without a human at hand.
I am so excited, so happy and content,
The journeys been long, the money well spent.
I love my new kids, Momma Jeri and her human Jim,
But I will never forget all the places I've been.
So thank you my list-ones, I am doing quite well,
You all are my Angels, You saved me from Hell.
Written by Jeri 2002
In August the email list received an emergency plea for help to rescue
and older dog that
had diabetes and whose owners were going to have her put down...I responded
that I would be
willing to take her. She was in the ghetto part of Cleveland
Ohio. Her owners were given Humulin U
and pee strips to test her and work back and forth with her numbers/units....I
knew this was dangerous
and would result in a hypo situation. The male owner was mean
and was giving the rescuer (Deborah)
a deadline or he would put her down. On a Friday she was taken
in to check her BG levels and
as I expected she was too low to fly...68...she was also in heat.
They thought she was about 12 years
old...and at somepoint was abused. Janet and Frank agreed to foster
her. Once she got to them
I asked Janet to put her on Humulin N and because she was 40ish pounds
to go ahead and start
with 7 units BID...still spotting a bit...but eating and playing and
learning all kinds of new tricks
with Janet and Frank....I didnt have the money to fly her to me, as
I was in the process of moving
a 3 generational household (my 76 yr old mom lives with me as well
as my 3 daughters) --so I posted
to the list for assistance--Margo stepped forward and paid that bill...Ed
coordinated the flight for us--
to make sure that she would be on a straight through flight she would
have to go to Pittsburgh PA
and fly to Boston MA...both of these areas required considerable driving
times on both ends...
Janet and Frank were put in touch with Pam Roudebush (non member
but animal lover
extraordinaire) via Ed--and they met in the middle of the night to
get her to PA---This was in
the middle of a heat wave and drought in the northeast--we were afraid
that it would be too
hot for them to accept her but that wasnt the case--the Airlines (US
Airways) stated she would
be on the ground before the heat set in--2 hours later she landed in
Boston and Barbara
Gunvaldsen (spelling?) took us to get her in her father Mercedes.
It only took us 2 1/2 hours
to get to Boston but it took us 5 hours to get home (due to the pee
breaks that Puppy needed)...
I noticed that she was bleeding quite heavily...but never having a
dog that went into heat I didn't
know it wasnt normal...This was Augsust 19th , Sunday...When we got
home her BG was
about 135 so I kept her on the 7 units of N and for a week ran around
cleaning up blood...
The following Sunday night I realized that she was digging her ears
furiously--so I tried to flush
them out with foaming ear wash--I noticed a god awful smell coming
from her ears and realized
that she had ear mites pretty bad...On Monday I called the vet and
they saw her that afternoon...
it wasnt the ear mites they were concerned with but the "blood" coming
out of her was actually pus
and she had pyometra--a severe uterine infection that happens when
a dog in heat get bacteria
in her vaginal cavity. If left untreated the cervix will close
up and the infection will blow up the
dogs uterus in a matter of hours...obviously with a internally hemmoraging
organ she would die
before we knew what was wrong with her...She needed an emergency spay....$418.77...
well I didnt have it but the vet was allowing me to make a payment
I talked to one of my friends online (Todd) and told him what was going
on---he paid the bill!!
I didn't ask him to do it and he doesnt even have an animal...he is
just a great human...
When they did the surgery they found that she also had mastitis (sp),
they cleaned her ear
mites out....sent her home 2 days later in an Elizabethan collar, with
a drain in and stitches
from stem to stern.....longest incision for a spay that I have ever
seen...her uterus was the
diameter of a big banana--it should only have been the diameter of
the vet was hopeful that her diabetes was gestational in nature and
would go away with
the spay--unfortunately, she had been givin so much insulin over the
course of a month
that her Beta Cells were damaged and that is not the case...so now
we are trying to regulate
her--I believe she will need around 6-7 units BID when all is said
and done...I also homecook
for her...her current weight is 35 pounds....She loves to go for walks
and loves attention--she
has a slight jealousy issue regarding the other dogs in the house but
we are working on that...she
loves to fetch and play---and the vet is certain she is around 8 years
old as all indications ie ears,
eyes, internal organs and bones are pointing to that....she also has
slight cataracts due to high
sugar levels but she can see really good even still...The one thing
I be said in Puppys story is that
had she been spayed from the onset--she would never have been a diabetic
(as hers was
gestional in nature and because she was given insulin HUMANS gave her
this disease) let alone all that has happened medically... among obvious
other things a non spayed female can develop Pyometra
which will kill them. That old wives tale about letting them
have a litter calms them down is a lie---
and it can be deadly in the interim---also not having an animal spayed
or neutered can lead to
cancer which is also devastating..to the animal as well as its human
Much love and many hugs