Allow me to introduce Abby the Black Lab.  I never actually met Abby the Black Lab, but I sure did read her stories, shared by her human, Laddie, a T1 and a blogger in the Diabetes Online Community.  According to Laddie, “Abby the Black Lab was a popular author on my blog. She did not have diabetes nor did she ever notice any of my high or low blood sugars. But she was a wise dog and not shy about sharing her wisdom about life and blood sugar dysfunction.”

Abby made her blogging debut in 2013. During a memorable podcast in the DOC, Abby introduced herself as a diabetes fashionista of sunglasses and hats.

And she, like her human, was a tireless advocate for important causes.  As Laddie recalls, “Abby was a dog and she knew that there was a much more important battle than diabetes for dogs and cats.”

“More importantly, we dogs and cats should toss aside our petty differences and stop the harassing hisses and barks.  With a united army of canines and felines, we can fight a cosmic battle against our common enemy.   A enemy who taunts and teases us in our own yards and through our own windows.  An adversary who seems to think that dominance is achieved through water-skiing videos.  We have seen the enemy and the enemy is……..SQUIRRELS!”

And her wisdom about COMMUNITY was so spot-on. In discussing the diabetes online community, Abby summed it up fabulously: “No one has ever complained about too much love, respect, and validation.”

Her wisdom lives on through her poetry (yes, she wrote poetry too!).  Here is just a sampling from one of her best:  A Diabetes Poem by Abby the Black Lab

I don’t know fancy poetry,
But I do know how to rhyme.
Diabetes is a pain-in-the-butt
All of the time.

I’m not a smart alert dog.
I don’t smell lows or highs.
But I do wish that diabetes
Would take a big good-bye.

Thank you, Laddie, for sharing Abby the Black Lab … and we send you much love … and wags.

Read more of Abby the Black Lab’s famous blog posts:  The Best of Abby the Black Lab and more from Laddie’s Blog:  Test Guess and Go

    

 

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