Jackson came to Boykin Spaniel Rescue (BSR) in September of 2014 as a malnourished, weak, 7-month-old pup weighing 7 ½ pounds who had been diagnosed with diabetes at 2 ½ months of age. He was too weak to stand for long and his lower canine teeth were broken from chewing on rocks to try to avoid starvation. After three days in intensive care to stabilize him, his foster parents took him to Virginia where regular insulin injections and a good diet helped him slowly regain strength and gain weight. As he grew, other problems including leaking heart valves, atrial fibrillation, pancreatitis, digestive problems, cataracts, and periodic collapses added to Jackson’s challenges. He has such a strong will to live that he has either overcome or adapted to each new challenge and today lives a mostly normal and active life. Now that he has been in care so long and is enjoying relatively good (but well monitored) health, his great loves are swimming, camping, long walks in the woods, boating, soccer in the backyard, meeting new friends (human and canine), snuggling at the end of the day, and his girlfriend Sophie, the Pug.