Four legged diabetic friend

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2011-10-03 10:58:45 -0500
Started 2011-09-23 14:44:05 -0500

So, who is your favorite 4 legged, diabetic friend? You know, the one that does not care if you had a good day or bad day, whether you went off your diet or not, one who loves you unconditionally?
Mine is my Shadow. She was a mistake. The people that gave her to us raised purebred collies and purebred border collies, with a 10 foot high fence between the two. Shadow is about 6' long from nose to tail and 52 pounds. I bring her to kids camp with me each summer where she heals the home sickness, pays attention to autistic kids, calms the kids with ADHD, and is a friend to all the "normal" kids! They love her and she loves them. To me, she is always delighted to see me, loves to be right at my side, and she knows when Dad needs attention. So tell us about your 4 legged friend.

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Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-10-03 10:58:45 -0500 Report

Just to let you all know, this has been a really fun post for me. I loved reading about your 4 legged friends, I know I will never be without one again.

MrsCDogg 2011-09-29 05:09:40 -0500 Report

My favorite four legged friend is our bassett/beagle Chester. He's the inspiration for my screen name here on DC. He was a shelter dog when we got him in March of 07. He was very sick with kennel cough and very thin. We brought him home and gave him meds and fed him good food and nursed him back to health. He is the sweetest dog I've ever known. If there is a nap to be had, a snack in the making, or a walk to be had he is so there! He always seems to know when something is wrong and comforts me with his presence. He can't stand to see me or my husband upset. He's a great guard dog! He woldn't bite anyone but by golly he's let me know if someone was coming. His lovable wrinkly face, long floppy ears, and giant paws all add up to 40lbs of pure unconditional love. I can barely remember our life before him and can't think of a future without him.

Brother Raoul
Brother Raoul 2011-09-28 14:53:04 -0500 Report

Hey, guess what? I am about have a four legged feline in my home by Friday. There was a flyer on the board for a person to to accept a cat in there home. After talking to to the man it seems the cat has diabetes and high blood pressure. I said, damn I never heard of animal with those kind of problems. but lo and behold its true. So I'm going to take her in and care for her to the best of my abilty. Who knows, I mifght need someone to care for me one day.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-30 16:11:53 -0500 Report

I wonder about stuff. We are often told it is our diet that is the trouble. So, how about our 4 legged friends, is theirs a diet issue also. I know this, often a 4 legged friend saves a life, sometimes it is a physical life, sometimes an emotional or mental life. they all count as saves.

dietcherry 2011-09-27 19:01:16 -0500 Report

I have 2 furry kids, Rufus and Blu, who are the Sunshine of My Life! They were both strays. I found Rufus first and about a year later, rescued Blu. Blu was so young, his Mom was run over, that when he first came home with me, he would try to nurse on Rufus, and Rufus would lie there and let him-and hes a boy! LOL I have pics of them under my Photos tab :X)

Brother Raoul
Brother Raoul 2011-09-28 14:58:48 -0500 Report

I'll have to check out those photos. I don't know how to upload or download my photos from my memory card to the computor and then either to this wesite, fb or e-mail. maybe i can get some help with that. take it easy and again thnks for the hug

dietcherry 2011-09-29 12:22:21 -0500 Report

I know with my laptop, I had to buy an adapter that slides into the slot at the front of the computer and then the memory card slides into it. I got mine at Radio Shack. :)

Brother Raoul
Brother Raoul 2011-09-29 16:51:15 -0500 Report

I'm in a computor room at my apartment building. My computor has a tower with aslot for a memvery card. I know how to import the photos onto the harddrive but how to send photos via email I am lost in the sauce. Maybe some one will see this and school on how to do it. Thanks for taking the time to help me. And as always you are looking good.

dietcherry 2011-09-29 23:25:43 -0500 Report

When you compose an email, you will see a paperclip icon under the subject line; click on it and it will open a new window and ask you to Choose a File to Upload; click on Pictures and then choose a photo and click on Open. This will attach the photo to your email. Did this help?

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-28 09:28:56 -0500 Report

No up in the air purebreds for me. Our one was a definite rescue dog (as in she and 6 others were dog napped during the midnight hour from a very abusive place) our other, my Shadow, wasn't wanted. The people raised purebred colliers and purebred boarder collies. Somehow they intermingled and we now have a double purebred!

jladytiger1979 2011-09-26 20:41:43 -0500 Report

I have two wonderful kitty cats! A big 18 lb boy that is a sweetheart named Bear. He has Lupus & my little baby girl that just turned 1 Christmas. She has a defect in her eye & nobody wanted her…but me!! Awesome post Jim!! :)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-28 09:26:00 -0500 Report

Your 18 pounder reminds me of one I had years ago name Schroeder. He walked across the piano keys as a kitten, hence the name. Topped off at 24 pounds and not really fat. Extremely quick. His nick name was "Fat Butt!"

jladytiger1979 2011-09-28 09:28:03 -0500 Report

I love it! His nickname is "The Fat Man"!

jladytiger1979 2011-09-28 10:30:00 -0500 Report

Funny! Well Bear is lazy and snuggly & Christmas is my I'll love you now but I need space later as long as that space means I can have eye contact and be out of arms length in every room you go in. LOL!! She loves bathtub peek-a-boo!

jladytiger1979 2011-09-30 21:15:18 -0500 Report

This is true! Cats have such silly personalities & they really make great companions toooo! I have a few pictures too. Need to upload more. I agree Jim. Preys cab be amazing for us physically, spiritually & mentally!! They never fail to teach us things!!

jladytiger1979 2011-09-30 21:15:18 -0500 Report

This is true! Cats have such silly personalities & they really make great companions toooo! I have a few pictures too. Need to upload more. I agree Jim. Preys cab be amazing for us physically, spiritually & mentally!! They never fail to teach us things!!

savvy22 2011-09-26 19:13:52 -0500 Report

How do u get diabetic dogs?

jayabee52 2011-09-26 20:45:42 -0500 Report

do you mean dogs which can detect lows in People with diabetes? Or dogs who themselves have diabetes? One of my friends had a dog who had diabetes.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-09-26 20:51:17 -0500 Report

I had a bulldog a few years ago that had diabetes. We didn't know until it was almost to late. We took her to the Vet because she suddenly went blind and that's when we found out. We had to start giving her shots of insulin. She died a couple of weeks later. She was 8yrs. old.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-09-26 20:28:16 -0500 Report

I got my doggie Anna Belle when she was a pup. She's 13 now. She just naturally knows when I am too low or too high and so does her daughter Belle. I think I was diabetic a few years ago because of my symptoms then but also that is when Anna Belle started noticing when I was really tired or really jittery. She gets up on me and wakes me up. She only had one litter of puppies and the ones that lived are like her. We couldn't get rid of them because they are like family. You can get diabetic dogs. I was thinking about breeding Belle and training her pups to donate to diabetics that need them. We haven't had her fixed because of her gift.

AutoX 2011-09-23 19:16:30 -0500 Report

We also have 2 friends. Our dog was a "2 time looser". She was in an animal shelter in Arizona, then several years later we adopted her in an animal shelter in California.When we brought her home she was very good with us (appreciative that we "saved" her?), but very aggressive with anybody else that come to our home. She has since calmed down and is very friendly to anybody that comes into our home. A friend of my wife's asked her if she would like a stray long haired kitten and my wife fell in love with her. When she brought him home, I was afraid that our dog (45 pounds) would eat the kitten (6 pounds at that time), but they got along great. We thought the cat was a female and took "her" into the vet to get checked out and her fur trimmed (she was all matted down). When we went to pick her up, the lady at the front desk said, "We found kitties friends." My wife and I looked at each other with our mouths wide open, both thinking "Oh no, fleas!" The lady saw our expressions and said, "kitty has testicles." What a relief! The cat is a great lap cat

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-09-23 16:26:54 -0500 Report

I actually have 2 four legged friends they are Austrailian Sheep dog mix. Anna Belle, 13 & her daughter Belle. They are both diabetic sensitive. When Anna Belle was younger she was really good at catchig frisbees. She could do jumps and flips and alot of tricks to catch the frisbees. She loved it. Then she tore a tendon in her leg and hasn't been able to catch frisbees like she use to. Belle is a sweetheart and loves to do jumps and stuff with the water coming from the garden hose. My husbands dogs are Buster and Bruno & they are Belles brothers. They are really unique and we love them all so much. Buster and Bruno do jumps as well and are diabetic sensitive. When my BG is really low they all hang really close to me. Anna starts licking my face to wake me while Belle licks my hand and nudges it with her nose until I get completely up.

jimmyjames43 2011-09-23 16:22:57 -0500 Report

I have 2 friends both Labs,Eva 2years(we call Diva,and she is) and Ceaser 1 and a half years..Its like having twins in there terrrible twos!!…love them to pieces they are right by my side as i sit here and write this

Abby888 2011-09-23 15:58:30 -0500 Report

My 4 legged friend is Frankie. He is a rescued white Bichon Mini Poodle mix weighing 23 lbs. He is my best friend. He doesn't care what I look like or if I'm having a bad day. He jumps up on my bed and cuddles with me. He recently stopped eating and drinking water and was very lethargic. I was so upset. I didn't want anything bad to happen to my walking buddy. Thankfully it wasn't serious. He was diagnosed with a pulled muscle in his neck and is on the mend. Everyone should consider adoption their first option. A cat or dog that needs love just like everyone else :)

MEGriff1950 2011-09-23 15:18:18 -0500 Report

Awww Jim that is great you must be proud of Shadow and the way she helps the less fortunate children.
Pandora was my nurse after a bout with cellulitis. I was in the hospital for 5 days with it and ordered 4 weeks of bedrest after release. Padora came to us one day. I opened the basement door and there she was on the top landing. She was a beautiful semi long haired cat who needed a new home. Up until my illness she was not real affectionate to anyone. Then when I was recooping if I moved or made any noise she was right there. She slept on my bed just far enough not to disturb me but could help in case I had a problem. When she was nearing the end she went off like many animals will do to die alone. Two days later she somehow dragged her way back and I became her nurse for a day. I need to add here she was not in pain her body was just shutting down.

shadowlandr 2011-09-29 12:45:13 -0500 Report

My diabetic friend is my sweetie boy, named Sunnyjack. He's a male golden retriever and he is just the sweetest baby (even though he's 3, he's my baby). If I had the arm strength and let him, he would play fetch all day and all night long— he just loves the game that much! He also loves hugs and will give me puppy kisses all over my face— if I sit on the floor next to him, I know for a fact that my face will be coated in dog spit within a minute— but that's just because he loves giving kisses. He also loves to swim— we vacation at this house with a pool in North Carolina, and he would spend all day and all night in the pool if he could. He's just the sweetest— I call him my Babyboo. The only reason he's not pressed up against my leg right this second is he's taking a nap. just trust that the moment that nap is done, my leg will be occupied by him again.