Since his arrival, Bear and I have been working hard to gain more control of his diabetes. Although his numbers are still not perfect, they have improved greatly!! At the moment, Bear's average reading is around 10 (versus 25 when he first arrived). We have also found a food that works for him. It's called Natural and Delicious (pumpkin formula). It's a food imported from Italy, which is kind of a pain, but Bear loves it and it keeps his numbers lower so I'm more than happy to buy it. I've also noticed that Bear is drinking less water than when he arrived - another indication that his diabetes is improving.
Things aren't perfect though. I find that Bear has a bit of a crash between 2-3 AM every night--.it's usually when I have to get up and use the washroom so I catch it every time. I give him a treat at that time and he appears to be fine from then until morning. He used to sleep in his crate at night, but I have him on my bed so I can check on him through the night--he doesn't mind though. He really enjoys snuggling up to people and getting under the blankets when he gets cold.
From a physical perspective, Bear appears to be getting stronger in his back end. He still has no awareness when he is peeing, but some awareness seems to be developing when he is pooping. His stamina also is much better than it was and he loves to go for his daily walks now that he doesn't get so tired. For the safety of the floors in my house, we have to crate him when we are not home, but he loves his stuffed puppy, who keeps him company, and has no issues in the crate.
As for his overall personality, the longer Bear is with us, the funnier he becomes. We understand that he is an 8 year old diabetic dog, but now (on a very regular basis) he loves to full out play, pretend nibbling on our hands and even does the pugatonic (albeit it's a Bear version that is in somewhat slow motion). Basically he's a goof ball who appears to be very happy hanging out with people and pets of all descriptions. It's clear that he just loves life and enjoys whatever might be happening in that very moment!
Introducing Bear - the 8 year old fawn pug with the face of a puppy! So far he loves everyone including my fur crew, children, my giant husband and the vet's cat
Although he only arrived a few days ago, he has already made himself at home. He loves to carry his stuffed dog and small Kong balls around the house. He also loves to play like a puppy and enjoys wandering the neighbourhood investigating all the new smells of the area.
Bear eats like a champ and drinks water like a mastiff during a heat wave (and creates a flood like a mastiff too!) His only challenge appears to be his diabetes, but he is incredibly tolerant of both his insulin injections and blood sugar testing. At the moment, Bear's numbers are higher than we'd like, but we're working on it. Hopefully in the upcoming weeks, we will get his numbers down into a more acceptable range. We'll be sure to keep everyone updated on Bear's progress so keep checking the website!