Aug 012019
Permission was obtained from the Canine Diabetes Support and Information Group Admin(s) before writing this post.

Where does one turn when they learn of their pup being diagnosed with Canine Diabetes?  I’ll tell you where.  You’ll want to join the Canine Diabetes Support and Information Group on Facebook.  Read on to learn why.

Canine Diabetes Support and Information Facebook Group

Our Pup’s Story and How I Found the Best Canine Diabetic Support Group

Diabetic dog

Diabetic 2.5 yrs…12.5 yr old Gracie enjoying the water at the fishing pond – yes, she’s blind now, but functions extremely well.

Around Christmas in 2017, I began smelling a foul-sweet smell in my bedroom.  When I say foul – I mean foul – it wasn’t just a fruity sweet smell as a diabetic is referenced to have.  I couldn’t understand what the smell was other than one of my male cats spraying in my room from the stray cat coming around again.  Though, if you’ve ever had cats that spray, you know the scent of a male cat’s spray is a putrid strong scent – nothing like what I was smelling. Regardless, my daughter and I tore apart my room – washing everything – literally everything with a product meant to rid the smell of territorial spraying.  The smell went away.


Not for long.  I began to smell it again.  So, once again we tore my room apart, washing everything…everything, once again.  The odor went away again.

Time progressed a bit and I began to smell that foul sweet smell in the living room when I laid on the sofa.  Deep cleaning began in the living room.  I just couldn’t understand what the deal was at this point.  No one else in the house could smell what I was smelling…no one.  How could this be – the smell was so raunchy.  I had no choice but to let it go – I was driving people crazy asking them if they could smell a foul-sweet smell every. single. time. I smelled it – which got to be all the time.

Time went on, I noticed a change in Gracie.  She looked depressed.  She appeared as though she was losing weight – I could see this weight-loss despite her having a very thick furry coat. Then she began to leak urine…she was leaking it all over the floor no matter where she was lying.  Not droplets.  Not little puddles.  Not on occasion.  It was happening several times a day and there was a lot of it.  I was like – time for her to go see the vets – something isn’t right.

The time comes to venture off to the vets.  I get Gracie in the car and began to drive. And what do I get a whiff of?  Yep. You guessed it.  I smelled that foul-sweet smell for the very first time in my car.  Now mind you – Gracie goes everywhere I go unless it’s too cold, or too hot, or a place where dogs aren’t allowed yet this was the very first time I could smell that raunchy smell.

We get to the vets – I tell Gracie’s story, I tell my story.  Vet says, “Well, if she’s lying in her urine – she’s going to smell like it…she’s getting old, she’s probably experiencing bladder leakage.  We’ll get some blood work and then go from there. Though, I don’t see anything wrong in examining her.”  Then I had to ask what I had been pondering over in my mind, “could she have diabetes?”  (even though, in my head, the two things that were missing from the picture for a diabetes diagnosis were 1. excessive drinking, and 2. wanting to eat more…but… I still had to ask).  Vet confidently replied, “No.”  So…we get the blood work over with and Gracie and I head home.

Two days later – I get a call from the vet, “Please give us a call, you were right.  Gracie needs to come back right away – she has diabetes.”  My heart sank.  Sank in fear…how was I going to care for Gracie?  Could I even do this…she can’t talk to tell me what’s bothering her if something goes array…how would I know?  I knew the costs involved…I feared I wasn’t going to be able to afford to care for her, thinking insulin would be an outrageous expense as it can be for humans.  I knew what diabetes does to a human – I’ve cared for diabetics in my younger day.  My anxiety began to soar.

We get back to the vets the next day.  I’m instructed on how to draw up insulin, where and how to inject it – was given a couple of handouts on how to adjust insulin if she doesn’t eat, and a list of acceptable foods.  I was told Gracie would need to go back for “curves” – that’s when one leaves the pup at the vets for the day so they can test the blood sugar at certain intervals to make sure the pup is getting the correct dosage of insulin.  Wonderful – another added expense, never mind – how was I going to get her there that early in the AM, and then home again before they close where I have a bed-bound adult child with no one to help me at those hours?  I left the vets feeling so overwhelmed and scared…’cause seriously, how was I going to do this?

So many questions running through my head.  Questions like – I’m not testing her like a human would test their sugar level – that wasn’t even brought to the table by the vet.  I didn’t understand that – so how will I know if her sugar level drops?  How will I know if it’s rising too high?  The food – how expensive is that going to be?  How do I introduce this new food where her immune system is so off whack?  What if her tummy doesn’t do well with this new food – her tummy is so sensitive?.  What’s the life expectancy of a pup with diabetes – will this now shorten her time here on earth with me?  The questions in my head were never ending.

So I began to do what I do best.  I started searching the internet for answers.  I never just read one or two articles; therefore, my research took me quite a bit of time.  Countless hours, day and night.  I wasn’t sleeping anyway – I feared I would miss something if I did. Something like Gracie going hypo (low blood sugar) – a hypo that turned deadly.  My heart just couldn’t handle all this; nor could my head…so I just stayed awake so I wouldn’t miss a beat (though – we all know that couldn’t go on forever).

And then…

After so much reading and researching – I found an article.  An article that lead me to a Facebook Group – the Canine Diabetes Support and Information Group.  I checked the group out.  The group had a LOT of members – over 10,000.  My train of thought was – 10,000 members – that’s a lot of people with what has to be a wealth of knowledge…so I asked to join the group.

I was accepted to the group!  The acceptance into the group was one of the best days of my life!

I began reading threads.  So much of what I read made SO much sense to me.  A few days later, I mustered up the courage to tell Gracie’s story – our story.  I was welcomed by so many.  That’s not to say I still wasn’t overwhelmed – there was no denying that I still was, but – I was beginning to feel a sense of comfort.  And even though I felt this sense of comfort, I was still kind of a mental case because, now, now I needed to absorb all this information I was reading.  My mentalness subsided pretty fast though once I learned I had a support team behind me, though, more importantly, behind Gracie….guiding me on where to start first.  I came to realize that the CDSI group is where I belonged – where we belonged.  And if you have a diabetic pup – it’s where you belong, more than likely, too.

Let me introduce you to the group!  Yes, I say/write this with a lot of excitement because I don’t know what I would do without this group!

Eileen is a co-founders and admin of the CDSI group (Christy Kobielsky is the other co-founder).  Eileen recently posted  this (below) in the group which is what led me to asking if I could write a post on the group.  Because –  seriously, the world needs to know that there is a Facebook group that exists for diabetic pups that is on the UP and UP – truly having many years of knowledge to share with you, that will not lead you in the wrong direction, that will have your back no matter what time of day it is or what time zone you’re located in.  A group that has your pup’s best interest at heart with supporting you through this journey that you’d never thought would cross your path.  A group that can save you a lot of money on vet bills, on getting questions answered about food and insulin dosage and what may be the best type of insulin for your pup and where you may find it the cheapest, on savings of home testing supplies (yes, home testing is important)…..the list goes on and on.  Yes, I learned all this and more and I couldn’t be more grateful!

Eileen’s post:

About the Canine Diabetes Support and Information Group (July 2019)

CDSI, Canine Diabetes Support and Information was created over 6 years ago.

We have years upon years of hands on experience with some caring for multiple diabetic dogs, even cats.  I myself started back in 2004 with my first, and have been actively involved ever since, with 6 diabetics of my own.  Many others within our group have similar experiences to bring to the table.

CDSI works closely with several online sources for discounts for our members.  We have CDSI Helping Hands Inc, a group/board that offers help to some in need.  We had an auction the end of last year, beating all time records for first time groups.

We are working on obtaining our 501c3 status.

ALL of this shows we mean business…we care about handing you and your pups the best care possible, the safest as well to give your dogs the longest, happiest and healthiest life possible being a diabetic.

Rather recently several uninformed groups have popped up, ‘led’, and I use that term loosely, by brand new diabetic dog owners. Then with also passing along VERY dangerous, and misinformation to others that sadly fall prey.  They thrive on patting each other on the back and with criticizing the Groups that give solid information.  Information that is required for giving life to our dogs.

PLEASE, be extremely careful that you don’t fall into these groups that want nothing more than to be a community of complacent owners, not learning, not home monitoring…just barely getting by and with their head buried in the sand.

Having the ability to care for, let alone ‘teach’ others how to properly care for their diabetics takes YEARS of one on one…years of reading, learning, discussing…and NOT simply starting a group and with saying ‘this is the best place to be’.

They are deceiving you…they don’t want to take the extra steps to properly care for their dogs so are wanting others in the same corner with them…only to make themselves feel better about their lack of care. It makes me nauseous when I hear of what is coming out of these other groups…it hurts my heart for the poor pups suffering through such craziness and lack of concern.

We at CDSI care, we devote our time and energy into helping you help your dog.

Your Co Founders, Christy Kobielsky and Myself, along with our fabulous Admin./Mod. Team

Can you feel the passion Eileen references in her writing?  There literally is no denying that the members in the Canine Diabetes Support and Information group care – they care about your pup and you.

I think one of the most important messages Eileen speaks of in her post is falling prey to a Facebook group for diabetic pups that could lead you astray in caring for your pup…there are many of those on Facebook.  You need a group that has been at this for a very long time – assisting pup owners of diversified breeds.  No two dogs are alike…just as no two humans are alike.  Treatment varies from pup to pup – just as treatment varies from human to human.  The last thing you need or want is to fall into a group where there is limited experience brought to the table.

This group, the Canine Diabetic Support and Information Group will not steer you wrong.  You will learn so much from those in the CDSI group.  And, remember, a group that large has someone online 24/7 and that’s a huge benefit.  Diabetes knows no boundaries time-wise.  Trust me.  I’ve had to enlist help at 2am (not a major emergency, but rather a concerning one)…and…I got the help I needed on more than one occasion.

Please don’t be afraid to share this post.  The world needs to know there is a trusted safe haven for owners of pup’s with diabetes.  Pin this post …maybe someone who follows you will need, or needs to, see this.

Aug 132014
black light

black light

Most all of us love blacklights.  We love how they turn whites to purple – t-shirts, pants, etc.   Well, this UV Sight Blacklight Flashlight works the same way.

Many commercials advertising steam cleaners use a blacklight showing consumers where in the bathroom the evidence of bodily fluid has been left behind; and this blacklight flashlight by UV Sight works the same way.  The difference between the ones you see in commercials and this one – is this one is easier to maneuver.  It’s super simple to hold onto and can be placed in a pocket to carry from one room to another so that you can clean what you find before moving on.

I’m not going to show you how you’d find leftover accidental bathroom mistakes – we all know how that works, but I will show you how well this blacklight flashlight detected a pet accident.  Please note that this blacklight is designed to pick up ‘mistakes’ on carpet as well as other materials, but was sent to me specifically to put to the test on carpet.

That being said, I am more than please to say that we have some good pets (13 cats and a dog), as there weren’t any mistakes on our carpet!  All is not lost though – I can show you how it works on linoleum!

Meet Mr. Snapples!  Snapples is just an ordinary house cat. He’s a BIG boy – not fat by any means – just REAL big.  He weighs 20lbs and stands approx. 17″ tall and from his neck to his tail – he’s as long as he is tall.  In fact, because he’s not your average size house cat in stature, many kids and adults are afraid of him.


Mr. Snapples

Well, Mr. Snapples refuses to use anything but the litter box – meaning he won’t go outside to do his thing during the good months.  And it has to be one that doesn’t have a cover.  The hurling thing about this is that Mr. Snapples sits on the edge of the litter box and doesn’t squat like a cat normally would; rather, he puts his front paws in the litter and his hind paws go on the back edge of the litter box and makes a half squat – if that.  That in turn means – it gets on the back of whatever is behind the litter box and under the litter box, not to mention the side of the inside.

To rectify having to clean up after Mr. Snapples after his odd way of using the litter box, we  keep the litter box surrounded by a box.  If we happen to run out of boxes, then there is more cleaning for us to do.  That actually happened shortly after we got the blacklight flashlight.  We ran out of boxes because I hadn’t gone to the grocery store in quite some time.

Of course – Mr. Snapples still needed to use the box and that he did…he got the door, and the floor, and it ran into the closet all because we had put the litter box so close to the door.  It was our bad – we just weren’t thinking how it wasn’t contained in a box.   Needless to say, we had cleaning to do

Take a look what was found using the blacklight flashlight:

blacklight flashlight

What you see, for what appears to be dirt above, is the cat litter the cats have kicked out of the box (another reason for the litter box inside a box).  The Purple/fushia color is the closet door.  It’s white so naturally being a blacklight flashlight, the door appears as it would if it were a white t-shirt.  The brownish yellow – that’s where Snapples missed the box.

blacklight flashlight

Now even though this is the litter box room  (a room that we don’t use often), I am very anal about not letting it smell like a litter box.  Off cleaning we went.  And here’s what the floor looked like using the blacklight after we cleaned the mess:

blacklight flashlight review

Our job was done.  The floor was clean.  The litter box was clean.  More boxes were had real soon.

UV Sight’s Ultraviolet Blacklight Flashlight Specs:

  • Has 12 bright LED  Black Lightbulbs
  • SIMPLE & EASY TO USE – Perfect for Revealing Dry Dog, Cat and Rodent Stains and Favourite Spots That YouOtherwise Couldn’t See With the Naked Eye
  • SUPER BRIGHT, CORDLESS & LIGHTWEIGHT UV FLASHLIGHT – Your Carpet Will Light Up Like A Neon Sign. You Won’t Need to Crawl Around Sniffing the Floor Any Longer
  • SAVE TIME & MONEY – There’s No Need to Steam Clean the Entire Carpet, UV Sight Will Pinpoint the Areas With Ease
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I’m very pleased with this light.  With having so many uses – you can’t go wrong with this blacklight flashlight.

UV Sight Ultraviolet Blacklight can be purchased at

If you’re in need of a non-toxic, eco-friendly carpet cleaner – I highly recommend you read my review on Genesis 950 Concentrate.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Jan 232012
Savor your fur baby’s paw print forever and ever with this quality product sold by  The Paws of Fame – Paw Prints Keepsake Frame is a great product for the animal lover.  Yes, I can honestly say, this is a quality product.  I was given the opportunity to experience this product first hand – thanks Uncommon Goods!  
Uncommon Goods is a place where you’ll find products like this, as well as, Cat Lover Gifts, Gift Ideas in general for both men and women, and some of the Best Gift Ideas for Women you’ll find. 
Onto the Paws of Fame…what exactly is it?  It’s a 4-step kit that has everything you need to capture your fur baby’s paw print to display on the wall.  The frame itself is 12″ x 15″ that shows off the impression you capture using the imprint material.  You’ll also be able to display a         4″ x 6″ or 5″ x 7″ photo next to the impression. 
What you’ll find in the package: 
  • A beautiful wooden burnt red frame – resembling the color of cherry stain – It’s very rich looking
  • Glass for the frame – not a thin piece of glass either
  • A white mat for the photo and paw print to be displayed through – there is substance to the mat
  • A cardboard spacer – one of substance and is not flimsy
  • A golden brown colored mat (this is used to adhere the paw print to) – Again, a quality mat
  • The frame backing – this piece is a sturdy backing – not a flimsy piece of cardboard
  • A sticky to attach the molding material to the colored mat
  • An impression medium to capture the animals paw print – this is MESS FREE and NO baking, mixing – plenty of it too!
  • A ruler
  • A wooden dowel – personally, I used my rolling pin covered with wax paper – this worked much better than the dowel. The dowel is a bit short in length, in my opinion.  They also suggest one can use an aluminum can such a Pam can – I tried this, but found the rolling pin still did a better job
  • Instructions 

 What you’ll need –                                                              

  • The fur baby
  • A picture of your fur baby
  • Aluminum foil or wax paper – I used wax paper – for covering the book & rolling pin – I found not covering the rolling pin – the impression material stuck to the rolling pin as it did the wooden dowel
  • A sharp craft knife or something of the like
  • A cutting mat
  • A hard cover book – a larger book works better than a smaller book – trust me
Once you’ve captured the paw print on the molding material, you need to let it dry for a couple days.  You will find the corners of the molding material will curl up a tad bit, but don’t worry about it because you’ll be cutting that portion off anyway.  
When all is said and done – your Paws of Fame will come out just as beautiful as mine did (I took the picture below at an angle to eliminate the glare I was getting from the flash).  
Click to enlarge
Meet Gracie – she’s our canine fur baby who thinks she’s a cat. Maybe that is because she’s grown up with cats, and currently lives with 17 – thus claiming the laundry basket before a kitty does :).  
I will have this keepsake frame forever – I won’t ever be saying I wish I had done this come the time she is no longer with us.  I intend on buying another frame, which I will capture the paw prints of the two cats that I am extremely attached to.  I then will display both frames together on a wall.
Aug 082011
Their Story:
Two weeks ago this Tuesday our mother cat, Blossom Possum disappeared.  Where to?  We have no idea, as it’s not like a Queen to go far from her nest.  Beside the fact – this particular cat didn’t go far away from our home before becoming a queen.  We feel she was either stolen, a hawk came down and swept her away, or possibly even a coy dog came up to the house.  However, since it was during the daytime that she disappeared, we do not think it was the latter. Needless to say, I have been in mourning as I was quite attached to Blossom.  She was my alarm clock.  She slept with me at night. She had a great personality. She loved to be loved and loved to give love.  I was the one she chose to have her kittens with when she went into labor – waking me so I could help her.  Simply put – I was devastated she was missing.  My heart was broken for her babies.

Blossom and her kids – just beautiful!

So here we were with three crying kittens, no mother to be found, and they were hungry.  We had to act fast as kittens this small will dehydrate very fast – not something I wanted to see happen.  I knew we had a small animal baby bottle on hand, as I had nursed a baby squirrel my other half brought home years ago, that needed rehabilitating.  Therefore, I gave the kittens some milk to tide them over until I could get to the pet store to get kitten formula.  That worked.  Although the kittens had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the nipple at first, they actually caught on very fast once they figured out their food was coming out of that nipple.

Feeding time @ 3 weeks

Being a mere three weeks old, my daughter and I continued to feed them, burp them, and stimulate their hind end to urinate and defecate…just as their mother would do.  We did all this every 2 – 2 1/2 hours around the clock for the first week.  Today, the kittens will go roughly 3 – 3 1/2 hours before eating and a good 5-6 hour stretch through the night without being fed, and will potty and burp on their own.  In addition, in the beginning we needed to keep them very warm, as when kittens are first born they cannot see, cannot hear, cannot potty on their own, and do not hold body heat. For about a week they slept with me…snuggling right into my body.  I tried using a heating pad in the bottom of a box covered with a towel but the kittens kept crying – therefore in bed with me they came so I could catch a few winks until the next feeding.  Talk about feeling like I had a newborn baby on my hands!

Feeding time at 4 weeks – look at her hold the bottle!

They’ve now learned how to hold the bottle, come crying at my feet when they are hungry or want someone to hold them.  They were sleeping in their litter box…which I don’t get why…but have since moved themselves out and on the shelf under my desk where they lie on the router.  They are being somewhat mothered by a 4 mo. old kitten we have.  He cleans them up as if their mother would and has begun to play with them.  They haven’t started to eat solid or wet food yet – they are very disinterested in both.  I am hoping their new friend will show them the ropes so that they can move onto self-feeding.

For now though, they are thriving and I don’t see why they wouldn’t continue to thrive, given the care and love they are receiving.  We’ve had several people wanting the kittens when the time comes – but these kittens are already spoken for by – ME!

Suggestions for names, anyone?  There are two females and one male.  The black kitten is the male.  I like different names – we have a Mr. Mu, BBG, Studley Dudley, Miss Fabuleau, Dr. Who, Mr. Snapples, Snickers, Ollie Ollie, Nuzzles, Ella, Butter Butt, TuTu, and Dark Vader.

Jun 272011

Household Dangers for Cats and Kittens

 slat back chair

I stripped my bed today, washing all the bedding and vacuuming the mattresses. In putting it back together, I was reminded of why I had blankets covering my foot board, which led me to writing this post. I would like to share a few dangers found in the home that I now take precautions for when I have kittens, in particular; but also adult cats in my home…which is 99% of the time.

Sleeper Sofas
Have you ever thought of your couch being a hidden danger for kittens and cats? Well…it can be especially sleeper sofas. I’ve had a cat get her head/neck caught in the sleeper sofa bar, and in not knowing she was caught in it, people were sitting down on the couch which ended up killing her. It was a tragedy and I will never forget it.  What had happened is she had disappeared this one day and we thought someone either stole her or an animal got her. It wasn’t until she’d been missing almost two weeks before I could smell a horrible odor near the couch. We tore the couch apart to open it up and there she was. The couch was too far-gone to be saved between the bodily fluids and the odor.

Swivel/Rocking Chairs/Recliners
Kittens and cats love to sleep wherever they fancy at the time.  We are always cautious when sitting down in one of these types of chairs because we never know if one our fur babies has climbed up under or is lying on the floor underneath it.  FYI – recliners are one of the top causes of deaths of ferrets.

Kitchen/Dining Room Chairs slat back chair
Take a look at these chair’s back slats. They are wide at the top and then get narrower towards the bottom. I have had kittens, which naturally are learning how to climb and jump on whatever they seem to deem appropriate, that have slipped trying to get from one table to another using the chair as a go between. In doing so, they have lost their footing and have had their heads fall in between two slats – getting their necks caught between the slats as they slipped down further between the slats. The kitten is unable to get its neck out from between the slats and screams out.

I’ve had this happen to two three kittens with this type of chair.  If I have any kittens around, I now cover the back of the chairs with a heavy coat or thick blanket so this will never happen again.  All two three of my kittens survived as I was at home at the time to set them free.  *Note these are not the exact chairs I have but are extremely similar.  The slats are almost identical to mine.

Scroll Furniture
What about that scroll furniture?  A hidden danger?  Most certainly!!  The headboard you see to the right, is my headboard.  The footboard has the exact same scrolling. While lying in bed one night, a kitten we had was playing on the bed.  All of a sudden I heard him scream.  He had slipped into one of the scrolls and his head and neck were caught.  He survived…but again, I was right there to rescue him…what if I hadn’t been?

The Clothes Washer and Dryer
Although I have never had a cat or kitten parish in either my washer or dryer; I have heard of other cat owners who have lost their fur babies from them climbing in these appliances.  I have had them climb in these appliances when loading or unloading them, which has me very paranoid I might miss one climbing in, so I always double-check (the dryer in particular) before I turn it on.

Yes, these little creatures love to climb in the fridge.  I’ve had this happen on more than one occasion with kittens and adult cats.  I actually had one shut in the fridge.  She had climbed in and laid down in the back of the fridge on the bottom shelf while I was putting groceries away – I hadn’t seen her climb in.  It wasn’t until I heard a cat meowing. I went searching for where the cry was coming from and there she was lying on the bottom shelf wanting out.

Please share this post with everyone you know.  It could save a feline’s life.