Posted on 07-18-2014
Anubis has adjusted well to his "forever home" with the only issue being the dreaded house-training. HIs uncontrolled diabetes results in his drinking large volumes of water and needing to urinate quite often, and he hasn't yet learned to bark to indicate the need to go. I've slept on the patio with him most nights to avoid having to get up every hour or two to let him out, or having to clean up urine accidents every morning. We've tried crating him, but he barks incessantly when I leave the room. Even two floors away, neither my wife nor I can get to sleep with Anubis yapping in the rec room. He has barked to the point of making himself hoarse. Besides, we hate to stress him out because the stress makes his blood glucose rise too. Anubis has allowed me to sleep on the living room couch while he is "gated" in the kitchen with the outside door open for him, but the flying insects become a problem. We've come to the conclusion that we would probably benefit from a doggie-door. If the surgery does nothing but makes Anubis' body better able to utilize the insulin, thus controlling the diabetes, it will be a vast improvement.
Angel and Sysco are enjoying their new little brother. They play well together, clean each other's ears, chase around the yard, enjoy walks, and swap chew toys and rawhides regularly. Our grandchildren, Nicholas (5) and Anthony (3) adore Anubis. They love to pet him because his coat is so very soft, and enjoy watching him run and play in the yard.
My hopes and dreams for this boy are that he can live a long, healthful life and that he and I can bring joy to each another. I smile as I write this thinking about long walks in the woods, chasing bunnies (not catching them), and watching Anubis grow into the 35 mph couch potato that I know is his potential. Regardless of what happens our life is brighter and more joyous because Anubis is in it.
As a veterinarian I have learned more about Diabetes Mellitus in the last few months than I thought I would ever know. Anubis not only brought me joy but has made me a better veterinarian with a much greater understanding of life with a diabetic dog. I'll keep you posted.
Laura McCarthy-Blatt said:
Hang in there. You are in our thoughts & prayers. I know it's rough and wears on you and your wife. But, the joy he brings is worth it all. And you feel good simply by being there for him & helping him the best you can. That's how it was with Gator (and now Draco), through the good and bad times.
Raymond Falbo said:
Bringing are greyhounds to you for the last 17 years makes us realize why we do it. We hate the drive 100 miles both ways but just seeing what you have done and the time and love you also have for this little guy makes Me and Julie so proud to no you...... We have all the faith that this pup will live a wonderful life and keep up the great work that your doing not only on Anubis but all pets.
Amy Aspenwall said:
I have a possible solution to the open door/bug problem. I made a screen curtain to hang in the doorway ... cafe rod hung on cup hooks at the top of the doorway, dog-proof screen door screening (both sturdier, yet softer than wire screening) bought on a roll from Lowe's, and a few washers sewn onto the bottom to keep it hanging straight. You can buy screens like this from places like Solutions.com, but my homemade variety was cheaper. I love it because I didn't have to install something as permanent as a doggie door, but it allows the pups to come and go at will while keeping the bugs out. So glad to hear that Anubis is settling into home life well and adding so much joy to your life. That's something I think greyhounds are particularly gifted at doing. :-)
Debbie Hixenbaugh said:
Dr.Radcliffe, you are such a great person & Anubis is lucky to have found such caring,loving & understanding people to call his forever family. I hope & pray all goes well for Anubis, & that all of you enjoy long, healthy lives together. God Bless You
Norma O'Neil said:
Did Anubis have his surgery already or still waiting for it to be done???