Inevitable

Well, the chukar season is coming to a close. Although it’s been a very good season with good numbers of birds, it wasn’t one of my best years. I’m hoping to get one more hunt in the next few days and I’ll post to let you know how I feel the hunting season should have been for me if I hadn’t been such a puss. But I’ve got a problem and hopefully some of you might be able to help me out.

My first and most important issue is Jake, my 10 year old shorthair.

The last month he has been drinking a lot more water than normal as well as urinating a lot. He’s been hunting well but losing a little more weight than I figured he should. So I took him to the vet and found he has diabetes. We started him on an insulin program twice a day after meals. In ten days we return to the vet and they keep him for the day to retest him and make sure we have him on the right dose. We keep that up every ten days until we make sure it is right. Then, hopefully, we go on with life and occasional checks.

All that is fine, except no more treats or peanut butter and honey sandwiches on our hunts. The vet mentioned a can of puppy food, high in protein, might work just fine for that intermediate pick me up. It’s going to be hard for Jake because he has always got the last bite of whatever I am eating.

Anyhow, my question is, have any of you dealt with this, what have you done and what can I expect from a hunter’s point of view? And I don’t mean only hunting. Although he still is a strong hunter, I’ll be cutting down his trips per week just due to his age. I just want to make sure he gets as much couch time as he deserves. And thank you in advance.

And now to the big puss on the mountain. I just got back from an ultra sound on my leg. The doctor said I finally got it done good. The achilles tendon is torn completely. But it tore in a very strange way. Instead of it tearing straight across It tore in a spiral direction up and around my leg into the calf. Also the ankle has a break in it. That’s a simple solution that requires I will be in a special boot pointing my toes in a special way for at least three months while I walk with crutches.

I have one more MRI on my back Friday morning and that dreaded meeting with a psychiatrist the 9th. Hopefully, soon after that, they will get busy on my back. My hope is that both surgeries will be about the same time so I can get back to the chukar mountain as soon as possible.

Thanks to Kennetrek and the boot with the metal plates on the side I’ll be making one more trip before the end of the season. Jake, Grady and I will be doing our best to find a few of those chukars that have been tormenting us all season. After that, there will probably a lot of side by side driving the back roads while the dogs get exercised and I strain my eyes to see chukars running up the mountain. I’m sure they will be teasing me as always.

Any advice on Jake would be appreciated. We’ve been through way to many miles together to not give him all the help I can. There’s no help for me, unless someone might come by and take the bat from Barb. Whenever I’ve got hurt in the past she uses that bat to keep me in line.

Meanwhile I’ll keep posting if I can find something interesting to pass on. Thanks for reading and commenting. I love all things about dogs, chukar and chukar hunting.

Published by jakeandgrady

Hunting has been a favorite past time for me for 55 years but the last twenty five years I have been consumed by chukar hunting and more specifically chukar hunting with fantastic dogs. In this blog I hope to pass on any information I can about chukar hunting but more than anything I want to showcase what will probably be my last two chukar dogs, Jake and Grady. I am 70 years old, Jake is 8 and Grady is 3 and I'm hoping to stay on the chukar mountain until I am 80 when Grady will be fetching my final chukars.

5 thoughts on “Inevitable

  1. I relate to you and Jake. I became diabetic in 2005, went on an insulin pump in 2010 and at 75 rears old still make the journey from Virginia to Idaho with a truck full of dogs to chase chukars and other birds every fall. I have been fortunate to have an endocrinologist who really listened and understood my energy needs from day to day. The best treatment for diabetes whether human or dog is a regimented daily routine with diet and exercise. That is absolutely off the chart for me and for Jake as long as you take him on the hills. Hopefully your vet understands this and will set up a diet and medical dosages that works.

    When I was sent to a dietitian to learn about serving sizes and what to eat, I listened, then gave her a scenario of putting on my boots and vest with about 15 lbs of water and gear, walk to the top of the mountain and get back after an eight hour trek and what could I eat that was a diabetic friendly meal which would give me the fuel to do that on a daily basis. She could not tell me so I had to figure it out myself. What I eat before working or chukar hunting would scare a doctor to death. That will be the big challenge for you and Jake.

    I don’t know if diabetic dogs have low blood sugar problems. Ask your vet about this. I have frequent lows and carry food with me always. This fall when I was in Idaho, I checked my blood glucose nine times a day to try and keep it from being too high or low. You might ask the vet about testing Jake while out on the hills.

    I look forward to hearing about how both you and Jake get thru the next few months.

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  2. Cliff,
    If you haven’t already, check out a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). There are several out there (Dexcom, Freestyle, etc..). They allow you to check your blood sugar anytime using your cell phone. They require a sensor that has to be replaced every 2 weeks or so, but can eliminate the need for finger sticks.

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  3. I’m using a Freestyle Libre2 CGM with a meter since my old flip phone won’t work. I’m curious if pet owners can do blood glucose tests on their animals.

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  4. Thanks very much for the information Cliff. Right now I’m giving Jake shots twice a day right after his meals. Friday the 3rd they want Jake back for the day to test his levels and than we will adjust if necessary. Ten days after that we will do the same and keep doing that until we are sure he is on the right dosage. My biggest concern right now is what I can give him for a pick me up on a hunting trip. I always pack a couple of peanut butter and honey sandwiches for the boys but my vet says that’s a no no. Maybe they don’t even need them but they come back to me looking for a bite because we have always done that. Also he is bummed at me for not getting his snacks at night. I’ve always let him lick my plate and take the last bite of what ever I’m eating. Went on my last hunt of the season today and it was eventful. When you come to Idaho next year give me a buzz and we’ll get together and swap some lies. Also, congratulations on being 75 and still chasing chukars. Gives me another person to look up to.

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  5. For on the hunt snacks you could switch to one of the dog meat treats like pepperoni sticks. Again check with the vet on what you can use. My wife and I are planning to be in Idaho for a couple of weeks in late May and early June to visit friends and fish a little. I hope to catch up with you then for a chat.

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