Rebecca and her two sons share their North Providence home with Princess, a ten-year-old Maltipoo, and Logan, a ten-year-old schnoodle. Princess is everyone’s pet, Rebecca says, but Logan and Rebecca have a special bond.
Rebecca has been undergoing medical treatment for a while. Anyone who’s undergone a long course of medical care knows that it’s often exhausting and can dampen the spirits of even the most determined optimist. Logan somehow knows when Rebecca needs comfort and a bit of cheering up, and he provides that in the quiet way of dogs. “Logan would always sit beside me when I came home,” Rebecca says. “He really was taking care of me. That’s why I want to make sure I take care of him.”
Last summer, Rebecca had a strong sense that something wasn’t right with Logan. “You know when you know something is wrong? You can’t explain it to someone who’s never owned a pet—they wouldn’t believe you—but when I don’t feel good he doesn’t feel good, and when he doesn’t feel good I don’t feel good.”
Rebecca has been a Pets In Need client ever since she read a magazine article about the clinic’s deeply discounted veterinary services. She’s brought Princess to the clinic for a broken tooth, and Logan to be treated for a heart condition. “Without the clinic,” she says, “I wouldn’t be able to afford their care.” She has nothing but praise for Dr. Sam Schenck, the clinic’s veterinarian and the veterinary staff. So when she sensed that something was wrong with Logan, something not connected to his heart problem, she knew she needed to bring him to the PIN clinic as soon as possible.
“Dr. Schenck ran some blood work and said, ‘You’re never going to believe this: he’s diabetic.’”
Diabetes isn’t uncommon in older dogs. Untreated, it can lead to blindness and death but if successfully treated, dogs can have a normal lifespan. Successful treatment, however, isn’t a simple matter: It can take months to fine tune the correct amount of insulin for a particular animal. Rebecca gives Logan two insulin shots every day and brings him to the clinic every two weeks so Dr. Schenck can determine whether the current dose of insulin needs to be increased or scaled back.
Dr. Schenck and the staff don’t just treat their patients, Rebecca says, they truly care for them. “Last week was Logan’s birthday and I came out of a room to find [one of the staff] singing Happy Birthday to Logan. I love them.”
When Rebecca brings Logan or Princess to the clinic, she knows they’re in the best hands. “I trust them completely,” Rebecca says. “I don’t know where I’d be without them.”