This gorgeous girl came to us in May and immediately captured everyone’s hearts. She was sweet and loving to kids, cats and other dogs – no one was a stranger! Despite her happy exterior, we knew inside she was feeling pretty crappy. She was underweight, unspayed and was showing signs of unregulated diabetes, including cataracts that limited her vision. She had been recently diagnosed diabetic and while her previous family loved her deeply, their busy schedules and life changes didn’t allow them to give her the TLC needed for her special needs. Diabetic dogs can do everything any other dog can do – run, play, travel, give kisses and, most importantly, CUDDLE! – but they also require a consistent schedule so they stay healthy. When we saw this face, we knew we needed to meet her!!
Our first step was to get Mieka spayed, since her blood sugar was running very high and unaltered animals are super hard to regulate. Fluctuating hormones in an unaltered pup can wreak havoc on sugar levels, leading to high and erratic glucose numbers. We spay/neuter any dog that comes into our rescue, but in Mieka’s case it was double-y important: Without it, she didn’t stand a chance to get her diabetes under control. We also cleaned her teeth, with full-mouth x-rays, and she had 12 chompers removed that day! It was another important step in her path to health since pain and infections make it impossible to regulate. Mieka had a long day in surgery, but soon perked back up and even found some new pep in her step. A huge THANK YOU goes out to the team at Companions Animal Hospital for working so hard to help her on her way to healing!!
Mieka has since switched to food made specifically for diabetics (no more expensive than any other food out there) and she’s transitioning to a cost-effective insulin ($25/month), which will help her future forever family manage her condition more easily. Her care so far has exceeded $1,200, and it’s your continuing support and generous donations that have made all of this possible. Thank you so much for supporting Mieka and our mission. While her diabetes may be a lifelong condition, we believe it should not cast a shadow on an otherwise wonderful dog!! Mieka has a TON of life and love left to share with a new forever family. She’s truly a superhero – and with a great vet in your corner, her condition is VERY manageable. To read more about her or to apply to adopt her, visit http://www.greyfacerescue.org/available-dogs
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Mieka is just one of many pups in the rescue who continue to heal and thrive through your support. Helping is really easy – you can make a huge impact for the small cost of a daily coffee or by donating your weekly pizza money instead! Get started at http://www.greyfacerescue.org/5-fridays! If you’d rather send a donation by mail, our address is Grey Face Rescue, P.O. Box 7072, St. Cloud, MN 56302
From Mieka and all of us on the Grey Face team, THANK YOU!