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DIABETIC MEANS: Dynamic Intelligent Animated Bundle of Love Energetic Terrific Insulin Injections Controlled Diet
This is a VERY special boy with a VERY special story!!! Before we tell you about him, you should know that he is a 4 yr old diabetic dog. He will need daily insulin shots (twice a day) for the rest of his life and special eye drops for his eyes (from which cataracts have been removed) every day. That is a monthly expense averaging $50/month you will need to be prepared to absorb. Because of his special needs, we prefer a home with either experience with a diabetic dog or a medically savvy home capable of taking this on. His diabetic needs should be taken seriously. Serious errors in his medication schedule could result in seizures and/or death. If you follow the routine, he does very well and is a happy little guy with so much love to give you. He needs a very special home!
If this little guy sounds like an angel you are interested in taking into your heart and your family and home, then please read on.
In September of 2009, a list of dogs with photos was sent out to rescue groups for the next day's euthanasia list. This is a daily occurrence unfortunately, since the county shelter euthanizes approximately 1000 animals a week. Sad. One of our fosters saw the most pathetic photo you could imagine of a little skeleton covered in fur curled up on a concrete floor, looking as though he were waiting to die. She went to save him.
Entering his kennel at county, she kneeled down to touch him. He woke up and stood to greet her. He was gaunt in his face and terribly thin, not an ounce of muscle or fat on him. She didn't realize how thin until she touched him. Nothing but skin and bones. A mere 8 lbs, less than half the body weight he should be. His eyes were blue with cataracts, making him nearly blind. He was covered in ticks. His hair simply peeled off at the touch (from untreated diabetes). In short, he was a wreck. He was lethargic and on the verge of death from his untreated illness. He was the true definition of the spirit of "rescue".
Right there and then, his foster (teary-eyed at the mere sight of him in person) decided that even if he were to die in her arms at home, he was coming with her and leaving this place. It was only after she took him to the vet to get completey checked out that she discovered they not only were fighting the effects of starvation, but tick fever, cataracts and diabetes. A "train wreck", as the vet put it.
One step at a time, Angel (named for what he was to his foster from the moment she met him) began the long process of recovery and transformation into the beautiful boy he is today. The first challenge was to put on weight...while sticking to the more strict diet requirements of his diabetes. At the same time, proper levels of insulin had to be determined. Through all of this, the little guy was still pretty much blind but managed to see some light and shadows out of the corner of one eye. That helped to make him mostly functional in his new foster home. He devoured food - no wonder. Once his insulin levels were steady and the proper dosage and schedule found, his weight was up to 23lbs and his tick fever was gone, Benji's Buddies Animal Rescue paid the costly surgery to have his cataracts removed, giving him a lifetime of sight instead of blindness. If you could have seen him coming out of the doctor's office just out of surgery, suddenly being able to see again, and actually seeing his foster/rescuer for the first time, your eyes would have filled with tears as hers did. He looked at her, directly for the first time, with beautiful brown eyes, then he jumped on her and barked and wagged his tail in recognition. It was a very special moment.
Now he is finally ready to begin his search for a forever home. As hard as it will be for his foster/rescuer to part with him, so it must be so she can rescue another one in desperate need. He has been a very, very special rescue indeed and has stolen the hearts of all who have met him and heard his story. He is friendly, loving, very playful, likes most dogs he has met, has a little barking attitude with cats but no harm intended, and loves to snuggle on the bed. Since his diabetes makes him need to urinate just a bit more than other dogs, he hasn't quite managed the housetraining completely but is close. When in the house loose, his foster uses a belly band (male dog version of diaper) and that works wonderfully though he hardly needs it anymore now.
This boy is so worth the effort! But make no mistake about it - he needs a lot more "effort" and expense than most dogs you will look to adopt and it will be for his whole life long. Until he finds his forever home, he has a place with his rescuer and is loved dearly. For more information or to request an application, please email email@example.com. Rescue a forever friend!
About our adoption process: For more information or to request an adoption application (required), please email the dog's foster listed above (no phone calls, please). There is no commitment by submitting the application - it just helps us determine if the pet you are interested in will be a good match for you. Next is a meet and greet at one of our adoption events - typically held on Saturdays at the Petsmart in Chandler, AZ (Ray Rd & I-10). Not every pet is at every event so please contact us first to find out when and where you can meet the pet you are interested in. If there are other dogs in your household, we suggest bringing them to ensure everyone gets along. The standard adoption fee for dogs and puppies is $140 (cash or check) which includes spay/neuter, current vaccinations, microchip and collar/tags.