Elderly Woman Dies, Leaving Behind a Blind Dog with Diabetes, and His Best Friend, In Need of a New Home

UPDATE OCTOBER 3RD… These dogs are currently being fostered by Handds to the Rescue. Please contact them if you are interested in these dogs.


A little more than a week ago, Fran, an elderly neighbor of a friend of mine, passed away, leaving behind her dogs, Zsa Zsa, an eight year old female Poodle/Bichon Frise and Bubba, an 11 year old male Maltese. These dogs not only shared a home together, they are best buddies. They are currently still living in their own home, being cared for by an upstairs caregiver, Jackie, who took care of their elderly “mom” for many years. The caregiver cares deeply for these dogs and wants to find them a loving home. She can’t keep them herself because she is gone a lot and has cats in her apartment. A family member might be moving into the house soon – meaning that it’s very urgent that a home is found for these dogs, but there is still some time to make sure that these dogs find the right home or homes.



Bubba is a special needs dog. He has diabetes and needs shots twice a day. He is also nearly blind, he is on thyroid medicine and eats special food for skin allergies (potato and duck formula). Once he started eating this food, his skin problems really cleared up.



Bubba comes with challenges but he is not dying. He needs someone who is willing to spend a little extra time and effort to care for him. Surely if a woman who was over 80 years old could keep up with him, there should be someone else out there who would be willing to give a special dog a home. Bubba still has some spunk left in him and loves to hang out with Zsa Zsa and chew on chew sticks that Jackie gives to him. Bubba gets around pretty well in his home and is often at Zsa Zsa’s side for comfort and reassurance. He sometimes follows Zsa Zsa around the yard and other times he wanders off on his own. It would be a good idea to have a leash on him in a new environment so that he doesn’t hurt himself and can get comfortable with his new territory. There are also good suggestions on the internet about how to take care of a blind dog – one of those links is below.

Bubba likes to be vocal if he wants you to pet or feed him, but he is very friendly and well behaved as is Zsa Zsa. Both dogs are housetrained but Bubba does have occasional accidents. Fran always kept Puppy Pads in a few rooms when needed. Bubba is neutered and Zsa Zsa is spayed and both are up to date on all of their shots. They have been tested for heartworm and have a year’s supply of heartworm preventative. Their veterinarian is Dr. Lint at the Clarke-Everett Dog & Cat Hospital in Traverse City.

Bubba and Zsa Zsa

Bubba and Zsa Zsa

Fran adopted Bubba and Zsa Zsa at different times from their previous owners. The dogs would sleep with Fran on her bed at night. Now that Fran is gone, Jackie still puts the dogs in Fran’s room at night, gets them up in the morning to take them out in their fenced yard, gives Bubba his shot and feeds both dogs and takes them out a little while afterwards. They will steal each other’s food so she keeps an eye on their mischevious behavior. While Jackie is at work, they have access to the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. They go out in their yard again after Fran gets home from work, Bubba gets another shot and they go outside a few more times.

Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa needs a lot of play time. She loves to play and run. She also loves to chase after a ball but she won’t retrieve it.

Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa

It would be great if these two dogs could be adopted together but Jackie understands that it may not be possible. If they are adopted out separately, it would be great if the owners might be able to meet up for doggie play dates every once in a while so they can still get together.

If you’d like to learn more about caring for a diabetic or blind pet, you can follow the links below.

If you are interested in adopting one of both of these dogs, please email Jackie at jackiericher9@gmail.com

To learn more about caring for a diabetic pet, click below:


To learn about living with a blind dog, click below:



Situation getting more urgent. If I can’t find homes for them this weekend (Sept. 29th) they will need a foster! We are now on a time crunch. One of the family members is offering $100.00 for each dog to cover expenses, plus I will give a big bag of food, insulin, etc. I know that won’t last forever, but it’s a start.


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9 thoughts on “Elderly Woman Dies, Leaving Behind a Blind Dog with Diabetes, and His Best Friend, In Need of a New Home

  1. Patricia Colvin September 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm Reply

    I have a 9-year-old bichon with diabetes. You’d never know it unless something upsets his schedule. I’d love to take the dogs, but vets, grooming, and special foods get expensive. Do you need a foster home?

    • Pet Friends Magazine September 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm Reply

      Hi Patricia. Right now the dogs are staying in their home being taken care of by a woman in the upstairs apartment. But sometime in the near future (not sure when), a family member will be moving into the house and they don’t want the dogs. So it might be a good idea for you to email Jackie and let her know if that time comes sooner than she thought, that you might be available to foster. Thank you for commenting.

    • Jackie September 28, 2013 at 11:45 am Reply

      If I can’t find homes for them this weekend they will need a foster! We are now on a time crunch. One of the family members is offering $100.00 for each dog to cover expenses, plus I will give a big bag of food, insulin, etc. I know that won’t last forever, but it’s a start.

  2. greenehc@yahoo.com September 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm Reply

    Where are these dogs? I’m in NC

  3. Teachlizard September 24, 2013 at 9:58 pm Reply

    Any takers yet?
    How do you think they would be with a small boy – almost 5? And to be around other dogs. We have a fenced yard but have big dogs (labs and a golden) all around…

    • Pet Friends Magazine September 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm Reply

      I haven’t heard anything yet. As for your other questions, you would have to ask their caregiver. Her email address is at the bottom of the story.

      • Jackie September 29, 2013 at 1:00 am

        They are excellent with children, other dogs and cats.

  4. Phyllis February 22, 2016 at 6:03 pm Reply

    I had a chihuahua with diabetes. She lived for 3 years right up to the time they predict for a dog with diabetes. Easy to give shots but sad to lose them

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