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Funny Story April 11, 2009

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Wednesday was a beautiful day here so I decided to get in some yard work.  One of things I wanted to get done was some prep work in the vegetable garden.  groupwinter06I can’t go outside without the dogs, Bubba and Allie wanting to come with me, so we all went out back.

I was in the fenced garden clearing out all the coverings I had left on the beds during the winter.  I also had a pocket full of trash that had blown in.  Needing to dump the ground covering material in the compost pile and throw the trash away I came out of the garden. 

There was Allie wagging her tail and running around.  But no Bubba, I didn’t see him anywhere.  So I asked Allie “Where’s your brother, where’s the Bubba dog?”

greenhousesAs soon as I said his name Bubba comes a running, from the greenhouse.  Now at the end of fall I knew I had gotten the greenhouse ready for winter and all zipped down tight.  But somehow Bubba got the front zipper up just enough so he could go inside.  I’m guessing to lay on the warm, dry ground.

After putting both dogs in the house I checked to greenhouse.  Bubba had done no damage, there really wasn’t anything to damage.  I also check the thermometer that I had put in the ground.  It was reading 80 degrees.

I didn’t plant in the greenhouse this winter and hadn’t gotten it ready yet to move the tomato seedlings into.  But it’s being used, as an over sized dogie sauna.

Up dates April 8, 2009

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The tree guys are coming today to start removing the old tree.  It’s exciting and sad at the same time.  I’m sorry to see it go but at an estimated 120 years old it had a good life and we won’t have to worry about it damaging our house in a wind storm.

All the tomato seedlings are doing great.  The first pepper seedling popped up yesterday.  Now I’m just waiting for more.  I’ll keep a close eye on them the next couple of days.

Bubba is finally regulated on his insulin and diet.  He has lost about 4 pounds and doesn’t have to go to the vet again for 3 months.  I know he’s happy about that.  He’s such a good boy for the vet techs but we know he hates having to spend the day there.

With any luck I’ll get a load of manure to add to my compost this weekend.  The last several weekends have been crappy weather (pardon the pun) so we couldn’t get it.  Along with the manure I’ll get some straw to use as mulch.  It’s all coming from a local dairy farm. 

Great news, the afghan is done.  I finished it Monday night.  Now I need another project to keep me busy at night. 

And after 13 years in this house we are finally doing something to the kitchen.  Paint, some new cabinets and counter tops and a new floor.  The old floor is from about 1950.  It sucks

Collecting Pee March 14, 2009

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That’s right, I said collecting pee.  We need to test Bubba’s urine for his blood sugar levels this weekend.  Definitely something easier said than done.anatomy-anotated_jack_russell

My husband tried on Friday a couple times with no success.  Every time he went outside with him, Bubba just sat there.  No pee forth coming.

I tried a couple times today with the same outcome.  None.

Then it hit me.  We needed to take both him and his sister out front on leases.  Finally, he peed on the neighbors fence (he has always been particle to fences) and I was right there with the cup.  He did kick it out of my hands, but enough stayed in the cup to test.

Now we just need to do it again two or three more times.

Just Wondering March 9, 2009

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_cutedogspicturehomeHow many people have a dog like Bubba with diabetes??7-14-cats2

How many of you have a cat with diabetes??

How long have the lived with it??

Did it change your life when you found out they were sick??

Bubba’s Health Update March 3, 2009

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groupwinter06Updates on Bubba’s health and how he is doing with doggies diabetes as turned into a weekly feature.  I think that’s a good thing because the more I talk to people the more dogs and cats I am finding with diabetes.  Most of them are doing quit well.

I also have a close human friend with type 1 diabetes.  We are both amazed with how similar the disease is between dogs and people.  Talking with him as also helped me a lot and kept me from calling the vets office like every day.

He has insured me that the shots don’t hurt.  Yes that’s what the vet said but how does he know for sure.  He told me that yes it’s important to give the insulin at the same times every day, but if we’re off by 15 or 20 minutes it is highly unlikely that something horrible will happen.  Yes, I worried about a lot. 

He also told me that insulin is very oily.  One night Bubba moved a little while I was giving him his shot.  I knew that he got some insulin but I also felt some on the fur.  My human friend said that insulin is so oily that if he moves and just 1 mm get on his stomach it will smear all over it.

So two goods friends have diabetes and one is telling me what the other can’t.  I think that’s kind of cool.

Doggies Dreams February 26, 2009

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There is nothing me, Bubba and Allie enjoy more than an afternoon nap.  I enjoy it because it gives that little pick me up for the rest of the day and evening.  I think the dogs enjoy it for the dreams.

I’m sure they dream at night, but I notice it more in the afternoon.  One of them will start moving their muzzles, then their feet.  They almost always make a puppy kind of bark.  This can go on from several seconds to several minutes.

I always wonder what they are dreaming about.  Since they are Jack Russell’s I think they are dreaming about the hunt and chase.  I’m sure they’re after some rabbit or fox.  I also wonder if they remember their dreams. 

I guess this will remain a mystery.

Like New Dogs February 24, 2009

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anatomy-anotated_jack_russellIt’s been 2 weeks since Bubba was diagnosed with diabetes and we are all doing very well. 

The new eating schedule is getting to be routine.  Most of the time Bubba doesn’t even mind the shots, which we are feeling more comfortable giving.

It made me feel so bad the first week when I would eat in front of Bubba and Allie.  For almost nine years we had always let them lick the dinner plates.  Instead, now what we do is maybe give them a piece of their food.

Both dogs are losing a little weight, but it’s controlled and because we are measuring their food we know they are getting enough to eat.

The energy levels they have is almost like having puppies again.  I’m not sure that’s a good thing when they are Jack Russell’s, but it’s much better than having Bubba sick.

Bubba’s Health Update February 17, 2009

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jack_russell_artMonday Bubba had his first diabetes check up.  He is doing well.  The vets  made no change in his care, his food and insulin will stay the same for now.

We thought that he was doing much better this week, but it was great news for the vet to confirm it.  I can actually breath a little easier now.

While Bubba is doing well, Allie is not to pleased with us.  Since Bubba had to go on a diet and very specific feeding times Allie has had to do the same.  She is having a harder time adjusting than Bubba has.

As always I’ve done a little web research myself this week.  I have read pieces of several dog diabetes sites.  I’m glad they are out there and plan to keep doing more research.  I hope in the future to recommend some of these sites.

This must be a test February 14, 2009

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and I feel like I’m failing.  I am a creature of routine and that routine keeps changing. 

I have a new nightly routine with Bubba’s feeding and insulin schedule.  He has to have dinner and insulin at 9am and 9pm.  My husband does the morning and I do the night one.  He seems to be doing much better and we’ll know more on Monday when he goes back for a follow visit.

My work routine has also changed.  Trying to keep ahead of the bad economy we have changed a lot of things.  So far it is working and everybody has kept their jobs, but it can be stressful.

Even the weather has changed it routine.  It has been hot and dry and each day I worry about the gardens moisture and the spring planting.

While I realize we can’t go back to the way things were I waiting for the new routines to feel familar.  I hope it happens soon.

Doggie Diabetes February 12, 2009

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groupwinter061We found out on Monday that Bubba has diabetes.  We knew that he was not feeling well and not himself.  He had most of the classic signs.  We was drinking lots of water and peeing all the time, even in house.  Bubba is not a power house of energy, but even that had dropped off.  The only sign he didn’t have was eating a lot.  He wasn’t eating hardly at all.

The diagnosis came pretty quickly at the vets office, but he still had to stay for several hours for further tests.  Surprisingly Allie did okay at home by herself.

There was never any question about if we would treat or not.  If Bubba still had a chance at a good life, we would treat.  I was hoping that my husband would be the one to give the insulin shots, but as it worked out we both give one a day.

The first visit was pretty expensive but they should be less now.  And there will be lots of visits, especially in the beginning while they try to regulate the insulin.

Only three days later and he is doing much better.  He is drinking a normal amount of water.  He is eating, a lot less than before because he is on a diet but his appetite is good.  The energy level is even up.

I’ll be keeping you updated as we all go through this.  And while it is Bubba with the diabetes it is effecting all us, me, my husband and his sister Allie.