|Chuie and Ella - peas in a pod.|
We thought we were going to lose Chuie 3 years ago when he suddenly became so ill he spent a night in the emergency vet for fluids. After many blood draws and tests, our vet discovered he was diabetic. Out of the blue our "special needs" dog became very special needs. We had to take blood glucose readings two times a day and administer insulin. It took a while for us to find the right formula but we eventually fixed it and it kept him alive and happy.
Though after Ella's passing Chuie started to deteriorate. He just wasn't the same dog without Ella. His diabetes became harder to control. He'd have good days, he'd have bad days. On the good days he'd find a way to sneak out of the yard and take himself for a walk around the neighborhood. On the bad days he couldn't last a whole day in the kennel without an accident while we were at work. Hunger always drove Chuie, especially with the diabetes, he'd try to open doors to get at food, we couldn't leave things on the counter because he'd pull it down and eat it. One time he ate a whole stick of butter. He's eaten loves of bread too. He's been caught taking steak off the counter. He's also been known to steal tomatoes straight off the vine, eat kale and collard greens off the stem out in the garden. I could never figure out why my tomatoes never ripened, when the were always so close. Something kept stealing them, a raccoon I figured but I found out one early morning it was Chuie!
So, it shouldn't have been a surprise when two Saturdays ago, the chow hound that Chuie is, found and ate a 1lb bar or dark chocolate. I really didn't think he'd make it. All that sugar coursing through him, as well as the chocolate didn't make for the best combination for his diabetes. He became extremely sick and our house smelled like hot coco mixed with bile - not a pleasant smell...I don't know when I'll ever be able to eat or smell chocolate again.
|snoozing with John|
|A girl and her dog|
|I love Chuie mommy|
The question now is when will we get another dog? I'm already to begin the search for a new dog. I know it will take time to find another labrador to rescue who's 3years old, good with kids under 2, who's active, and likes to run and retrieve. I'm not sure how long I'll be able to last without a dog in the house but it will probably be a while given our criteria, and its probably best to wait to ensure we can incorporate a new dog into our life and home.