Lady walking her standard Sugar Dog!
Our best activity every day is walking our dogs. Get up and go! Pat did and she literally walked off her diabetes medication. So did Jani who is now living a very healthy life in FL! Irene, Cappy and Max walk a lot and Irene’s reduced her insulin to just a few units! Great work! Please test your BG before exercising and follow your doctor’s orders about when NOT to exercise. (Generally, we are advised not to exercise if the BG is above 250 or below 80; however, every person is different. Ask your doctor for your numbers.)
In the global community of Sugar Dogs International, it is impossible for us to list every Pet activity. Occasionally, we list items of interest in our local area. Your community may offer Pet events too. As Dr. Deepak Chopra says, “Google it.”
We encourage you to get out and take your Sugar Dog! Our local FL community relies on THE NEW BARKER, our official dog magazine, to get the word out on socialization events for dogs and their people. Please share your photos and events with them!
Please keep your Sugar Dog’s health and vet visits current. Also, know that while you are out and about you are empowered to limit others “petting” your service dog. If they ask to pet, it is OK to say “No, Sugar Dog’s Name is a service dog and s/he’s working.” Generally, people ‘get it’ that it’s distracting to the dog. This is a nice time to have a Sugar Dogs International brochure or two in your pocket.
And yes, sometimes, your Sugar Dog will alert to someone else while you are out and about. If you decide to share the alert with the other person, please be mindful of their privacy as to medical matters. If it happens and others are receptive, please give them a Sugar Dogs International brochure!
Also available: personal training visit to your area is easily arranged. Please email us to plan for our lodging, dietary and transportation requirements.
In the Tampa Bay area, the JDRF suggests the following Support and Social groups on a monthly basis:
All Children’s Hospital Support Group
Contact: Ana Warren
Meets monthly at the All Children’s Hospital Outpatient Care Center
Safety Harbor Area Caregiver Support Group
Contact: Sam Jarczynski
Meets at the Safety Harbor Community Center
Tampa Bay Area Teen Group
Contact: Bailey Sullivan
Meetings to be scheduled monthly
Students With Diabetes
Contact: Nicole Johnson
Meets the first Tuesday of every month
Tampa General Hospital invites you to attend “Sweet Ones” Adult Diabetes Support Group. This group of adults meets the fourth Saturday of every month at the Tampa General Hospital Community Health Education Center in Hyde Park in Tampa, FL from 1 to 2:30 PM. To RSVP and for more information, contact TGH Diabetes Educator Laura Gil: (813) 844-8091
Also, Tampa General Hospital offers a 2-day class for diabetics and one caregiver. It is the BEST American Diabetic Association certified class of its kind in the USA. Its teaching team has won many awards. Looking for a great break? Fly to Tampa and take this course. It’s in a beautiful location, with hotels and great restaurants nearby. You need a prescription to participate.
Please see the Archives Page to see where we’ve been.
Paula suffered four (4) fractures in June 2016 (fib, tib, ankle and heel) and remained housebound for approximately 4 months until she was forced to sell her home and move in with her daughter’s family. Our activities were limited for approximately three (3) years as 2 surgeries, physical therapy, and doctors’ appointments became our social events. You are welcome to contact Paula by email and with any questions or concerns.
Email: MySugarDogs@gmail.com & please use this subject line: Sugar Dogs
March 30 and 31, 2019: Sycamore Lane Vintage Market, 3824 SW 170th St., Archer, FL (west of Gainesville, FL). This is an interesting event from 9 am to 4 pm. Paula and her Sugar Dogs will be visiting with Lucy (who sells the cutest vintage style aprons) and has invited us to join her. This is a dog friendly event.
May 18, 2019: Paula and her Sugar Dogs hope to attend the Newberry Watermelon Festival in Newberry, FL.
June 29, 2019: Paula and her Sugar Dogs hope to host the annual family reunion. Everyone is welcome with a reservation. Email: MySugarDogs@gmail.com & please use this subject line: Sugar Dogs family reunion. This is our 3rd annual event at Hart Springs, located on the Suwannee River. We will be gathering for a shared lunch at 12 noon in pavillion “A.” (A is for Air Conditioned!) $15 per car or boatload (6 people) or $5 per person, cash only from road or river payable to Hart Springs Recreation Park, 4240 SW 86th Ave., Bell, FL 32619; 352-463-3444 (park number). We will have tables & chairs available in Pavilion “A*” rain or shine (A* is for Air Conditioned!)
June 29, 2019: What to Bring: Picnic to Share, sunglasses, straw hats, lawn chairs, towels, swimsuits, sunscreen, flip flops, floaties, life preservers, tubes, snorkel gear, scuba gear, whatever floats your boat, including hula hoops, volleyballs, hula skirts, beach balls, basketballs, flower lei necklaces, mermaid tails, binoculars, Floridian shirts & shorts. What NOT to bring: NO alcohol. NO pets; service animals only & they strictly enforce cleaning up after service dogs. Smoking restricted to marked areas only. Camping is available and pets are allowed in the RV campground but not near the springs.
June 29, 2019: This is currently a tentative event as the Suwannee River is out of its banks making the Hart Springs dark. Depending upon the summer rains, this event will cancel if the park is closed.
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