Hi, my name is Blondie and I am a foster dog in the SEVA GRREAT program. I had a great day at the park on Friday...they were trying to take pictures of me for this story but I just didn't want to hold still...it was just too nice of a day to not celebrate life. Even though I am pretty tired now, I want to tell you a little bit about me.
I am about 9 months old now and I have been with my foster parents (who are awesome, by the way!) since July 2011 when my previous owners left me at the vets office after they decided that they couldn't afford my care. I was pretty scared at the time. First of all, I was alone because none of my litter mates survived, but I was also very ill myself and very close to death. At that time, SEVA GRREAT took me into their program and agreed to help me with my condition of juvenile diabetes which is a rare condition and something I was unfortunately born with.
Not a lot of people know much about juvenile diabetes but it is a very tough disease to control for a pup my age. I get insulin shots everyday...which I don't particularly like but have gotten used to. As a pup, it gets tough to control as I grow by leaps and bounds, but my vet does a great job in helping me. Although I like my regular vet and internist, I see them WAY more than I want to...every 2-3 weeks, I hang out at the Emergency Care Clinic for 36 hours at a time while they run a bunch of glucose tests and make sure my insulin dosage is correct. Typically, a glucose level of 250 is high for a dog and my average is 450-675. I keep telling my foster mom that it is because I am so sweet and she agrees! However, I guess I still need to get my sweetness under control since I take insulin shots twice a day and will remain on them for the rest of my life. The good news is that because I am such a good girl, I have recently started responding to the insulin and my glucose levels have been coming down-HOORAY! The bad news is that because of this darn diabetes, I have developed cataracts that will need to be removed before I turn a year old but I am hoping that this will at least earn me some extra love and attention and I bravely face this new challenge!!
I can't complain because my foster parents give me plenty of love and attention and boy, do I enjoy that! I have to admit, not only am I adorable, but I am really sweet, gently, and calm for a pup my age. I have to admit, I do have a soft spot for kids and love to cuddle with them. However, make no mistake, I am no cupcake...because I get such good care, I do have my puppy energy and can hold my own against by foster siblings and play hard! I can't wait to see who I will be with in my forever home...hint, as I get older and my condition stabilizes, I will be available for adoption!!
I am so grateful that SEVA GRREAT has taken such good care of me, but I know it is a financial stress on the organization since my vet bills run about $1000 per month. The SEVA GRREAT supporters in the past have been so generous and have made contributions to Gracie's Fund, which was established to care for dogs like me, but I seem to be doing a number on that fund and there is not a lot left in it. I would really appreciate it if you would donate to Gracie's Fund to help me continue to improve and also to support other dogs in the SEVA GRREAT program who have special needs at http://www.adoptagolden.com. It is people like you who will help me become the great dog that I know I can be as I look into my future!