Merry Christmas By Nancy Knox

Wow, Christmas already, seems impossible. Does that mean spring is just around the corner? What an amazing December we have had in the Pacific Northwest, just a trace of rain, but crispy and cold, like December should be.

I am actually about ready for Christmas, thanks to my good friends, Lavada and her husband Jack. In desperation I got them to do a trip to Cabalas for me to pick up a much needed item. Then by meeting them in Chehalis I got a lot of shopping finished there!!! Quick and easy, especially if you get someone else to do the hard part for you.

We have had a very challenging experience the past couple of weeks. Kodi, our chocolate lab, was acting a little under the weather, almost like she was depressed. After a couple of “accidents” I knew something was really wrong with her. So off to the vet we go. This dog hates going off the farm so that is a challenge in itself. After eight visits to the vet, several of them all day visits, she now loves going and is always happy to see her friends at the office. Oh, she has diabetes—now how did that happen?? This is the dog that I have always fed healthy dog food instead of the “cheaper” brands. Her blood sugar was 670, should be between 80 and 100. We now have it down to about 350 but they would at least like to have it under 300. Two shots a day, she doesn’t even flinch. The diet, now that’s another story. She needs to eat every twelve hours when she has her shots. At first she thought she might starve but is getting more patient every day. Her “snacks” can be green beans once in a while. No more “cookies”, she still will go to the utility room and look on the shelf to see if I’ll get her something. Daisy honestly thinks she is starving and I think she has gained weight since this all started. I have to sneak a dog treat to her once in awhile, just because I feel sorry for her. I thought I just might have spoiled dogs but now they are REALLY spoiled.

My ninety-one year old mother-in-law is here for the holidays and she feels so sorry for Kodi. Kodi will actually just lay by her feet for hours just listening to Grandma telling her what a good girl she is and how sorry she feels for her. Pretty cute, I have to get a good picture of the two of them together. Grandma, of course, took care of her husband who was diabetic and legally blind for over forty-five years. So I do understand the sympathy she feels for Kodi.

We here on the farm, plus Kodi and Daisy (Daisy refused to have her picture taken with a hat on) wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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5 responses to “Merry Christmas By Nancy Knox

  1. Ahhhh, poor Kodi. I’m sure he feels better now, but they do get used to their treats, don’t they? Our vet wants us to cut back what we feed our cat (who weighs 16 pounds), but it’s hard. He sits there and meows like he’s not going to make it through the day without something more to eat. lol

    A very merry Christmas to you and your family, Nancy!

  2. Merry Christmas!

    Hope Kodi keeps getting better, and doesn’t feel cheated at the holidays. 🙂

  3. Thank you, unfortunately we don’t seem to be getting this under control and I am super careful with her food and routine.

  4. Kodi is a lucky lady that she has you. Being able to live in the house where it’s warm and comfy will offset the lack of treats even if she doesn’t think so. Are there any diabetic dog treats out there? So many of our four legged guys getting this disease I’d thing more things would be available.

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