Anyone who has owned a dog knows how attached you get to those little furballs. To us, they are not pets, but part of the family. They bring us so much joy, but, sometimes, they need our help. In the case of one of our Jack Russell terriers, the help she needs is a matter of life and death.
Scout, our now 11-year-old, rough coat Jack Russell terrier, developed diabetes three years ago. With that diagnosis, her life, as well as our lives have changed tremendously.
We used to be able to go on vacations, dropping off our girl at our trusted kennel to take care of while we were away, but that kennel does not board diabetic dogs. My wife, who is a Godsend to Scout, is very particular about whom she trusts to take care of our baby.
Scout, who used to weigh 24 pounds, now “tips” the scale at 12.7 pounds. Diabetes is not the only issue for this poor pup. She also suffers from allergies to grass, thus at certain times of the year, she will go outside in the grass, only to come in to chew on her legs and feet.
She is also a fear-based aggressive dog. We have another Jack Russell who is a few years older than Scout. Those two can no longer coexist in the same room without safety precautions. If these precautions weren’t taken, Scout would attack the other Jack at any startling noise, ie. a doorbell (even on TV) or any other odd sound.
I must admit, I cannot do the shot thing, thus it all falls squarely on my wife’s shoulders. She has taken on this challenge with flying colors. Through these last three years, she has fought to maintain Scout’s quality of life with numerous vet visits, different insulins, special foods, and different routines in an effort to find what works best.
I am very proud of the work my wife has done to give this little girl the quality of life she deserves. Many people have told her that most people would have given up on Scout with her medical trifecta. Even though it is a lot of work, mostly for my wife, we would never dream of giving up on Scout.
Both of our Jacks are great girls on their own. Both unique and sweet in their own ways. They have enriched our lives so much. We owe it to them to return the favor to keep them as happy and healthy as possible!
Scout before her diabetes diagnosis (24 pounds).