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Taffy was our first and only dog. We adopted her when she was 6 weeks old because we had two young kids, and of course everyone wants their kids to have a childhood dog. Taffy definitely took advantage of her inexperienced pack owners and always kept us on our toes! Trouble was her second name! Her most favorite thing to eat was anything leather and a close second to that was cat poop! After a few years, we finally got wise to her shenanigans! Better late than never, they say!


She had tons of exercise always — but no matter what I did, the girl was always FAT! (I'm sure her kibble was the problem, but I just didn't know any better!)

When she was 8 years old and not feeling up to par, I had our vet do some bloodwork. She was acting tired and very lethargic, which was not at all like her! Low and behold she was diagnosed with diabetes. We had a schedule to follow — food and insulin every 12 hours. At first, it was quite an infliction on our time, but it soon became "old hat" and months turned into years.

If I could tell a new person one thing about a newly diagnosed diabetic dog, it would be to get after your vet about getting their blood sugar down into the 200s. 

Demand a lot of glucose curves. Learn to test at home!

High blood sugar is hard on their organs. Cataracts can develop in some dogs very early on due to diabetes. Taffy went blind 6 months after diagnosis and it really hurt me a lot. She, on the other hand, adjusted fine! My vet explained that she still had her most important sense, and that would be smell, followed by hearing. After awhile, no one would even guess that Taffy was blind. 

Taffy had diabetes for about 6 years and we were blessed to have her for a total of 13 years. She was given her wings on December 11, 2007 (due to kidney disease/failiure) and is now at the bridge and I'm sure up to her old shenanigans once more.

Diabetes is not a death sentence. Humans can live out their lives with the help of insulin and so can our dogs! They just need our help! If I can do insulin shots twice a day for six years — so can you! Taffy was so worth it!

— Jody


Diabetes diagnosed
in 2002.

Breed: Spaniel mix.

Insulin: NPH twice daily.

Monitoring: Home blood glucose testing.