one year after surgery


You have a special place Dear Lord that I know you'll always keep

A special place reserved for dogs when they quietly fall asleep

With large and airy kennels and a yard for hiding bones

With maybe a little babbling creek that chatters over stones.

With wide green fields and flowers for those who never knew about running freely under

Your sky of perfect blue. Lord,I know You keep this Special Place and so to you I Pray, for one Special Cavalier Who quietly died today

She was full of strength & love and so very, very wise.

The puppy look she once had had long since left her eyes.

She is dearly missed my Lord by her Mom & Dad.

She went to join her family in Your land that is Devine

So, speak to Abbey softly please and give her a warm hello.

She's a Special gift to you Dear Lord from her Mommy & Daddy, who loved her so.

Run free sweet Abbey.

Abbey 1/24/2004 - 1/3/2012

Oh my sweet Abbey. You are with the angels and finally free of this awful disease. I will miss you sooooooo much and I am at a loss as to what to do right now. I love you so much but I know we did the right thing today.

RIP and I thank god he brought you to us.

I love you so much.


Not doing well--Any of Us - December 29,2011

It's been a very long time since I updated and unfortunately this is not a good
one. It is now almost 3 years since finally figuring out what Abbey had/has. She
was doing relatively good until this past year and has been declining. We are
now seriously talking abou putting her down. I've never had to put an animal down in my life.
Thank you dear lord they have always gone on their own. I'm looking at Abbey in a
different way now---she is having such a very hard time getting around--she
slips and slides all over the place and falls. Her eyes just don't have the
"sparkle" they used to. I think she's plain tired of dealing with this disease.
George and I talked alot last night and shed many many tears and also saw
another neurologist 3 weeks ago and was told we were doing all that she would
have us do and saw our vet yesterday and he agreed with me about her quality of
life. My emotions are so up and down right now. One minute I'm ready to make the
appt. and the next minute I say no. George feels we need to give it a couple
more weeks to give the increase in prednisone and omeprazole a chance. I can't
hardly look at her right now without sobbing so I know it won't be long. If
you've read our story you know how much we do love her and how this is killing
me. I will post when we finally make the decision.

One Year after Surgery

Hard to believe that its been a year. Time flies. She is doing well and is a very happy dog. She was having some scractching episodes about a month ago and we were quite concerned. She has never been symptom free since the surgery and we never believed she would be--we hoped though. I felt she was having some distress so we took her off the temaril and she is now on prednisone which seems to be doing the trick. I have only seen her scratch a couple times in the past 6 weeks or so. The change has been quite visible. She is hungry though and I guess steroids do that to you. We are still happy that we did the surgery as our goal was for her not to get worse and we have accomplished that goal 100% and more as she is definitely better than a year ago. Any questions, please e-mail me and I will get back to you quickly. I still get e-mails and sometimes people call me as they are worried and I sure understand what its like to go down this road.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

4 weeks--Wow, we're about 2/3 of the way there. Sunday night Abbey had me up and down all night and yesterday I was pretty wiped out and having feelings that I had never had before. I don't even want to write what I did feel but I want this blog to help others so I must be honest. Yesterday, I was thinking will my life ever be normal again? Will I ever be able to sleep a whole night without being woken up by her. Yesterday also she kept bugging me also. She wanted out of the playpen constantly and I would hold her on my lap and then she'd go to sleep and I'd put her back in and then leave the room and then roof again. I was downright frustrated and also 3 other dogs were demanding my attention and it was like "calgon take me away from here". I felt like taking 4 dogs to the pound--now please don't ruffle your feathers on what I just wrote. I'd never do that and just like when you have a newborn baby and you get tired you sometimes think stupid stuff. Doesn't mean you'd ever do it etc. If you haven't figured it out by this blog, obviously I love my dogs alot. Ok last night went to bed and put her in the crate and 2 hrs. later I awake to her barking and not a whining like she usually does but downright barking. I think god here we go again. I open the crate and out she comes and I say up on the bed and she does and that was the end of it. So I have finally figured this little thing out. She's feeling better and she's getting tired of being confined etc. Just like I am. We're both getting sick of this--lol. I also feel confined and housebound which I don't like. I know I'm being too rigid also and should get out more but I can't and at this stage we're almost over this--Dr. Shores told us 6 weeks so we shall see next week what he has to say.

So thats the scenario. She's alot better and getting back to normal lets say and we're tired of being restricted--lol. She has licked her paws a little and does do a little scratching but not that much. One thing that is weird is that when I put her on the hardwood floors which my whole house is nothing but tile or hardwood she scratches but if I put her down outside she's fine. Not sure where that comes from. Definitely something I will talk about next week.

I doubt now if I will post until after our appt. with the neurologist and Dr. Shores a week from today but will probably be the 8th before I post.


  1. I'm still cheering you on.
    I know that frustrated feeling, I once had a terrible urge to throw my three month old screaming monster of a baby out of the window.
    Glad I didn't, she is now forty & rather lovely.
    Your are both wonderful. Abbey is lucky to belong to you. Grit your teeth, it will come to an end soon.
    Best wishes, Margaret

  2. I know how you feel. With Chuck I sometimes wanted to take him to the pound but they don't have one for husbands. I have been keeping up with ya'll and keeping you in my prayers. Sometimes the hardest part is when they start to feel better. They don't understand that they are not well. But you will get there.
    Love Viv


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Day 23--she's feeling better and bored!!!

Symptoms of Syringomyelia - also known as SM

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