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.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Day 7--Abbey slept well last night. Didn't hear a peep out of her except her snoring which used to drive me nuts but now I cheerish it. We started a nightmare yesterday with getting her meds down her--she's one smart cookie. We have tried everything--ham, chicken, different varieties of cheese, liver on and on. She is rejecting everything and just keeps those lips tight. She's on alot of meds. This is her daily schedule since coming home:

A.M.--gabapentin 1.5 ml, omeprazole--1/2 tablet or 10 mg--I have both pills and before her surgery had run out of pills and gotten liquid compounded, tramadol, 3 pills --the clinic cut a tablet in quarters and I give her 3, sulfatrim--1/2 tablet, and miconazole--6 drops in each ear.

Afternoon--gabapentin 1.5 ml, tramadol 3 quarters

Nightime--gabapentin 1.5 ml, tramadol 3 quarters, sulfatrim 1/2 tablet and miconazole 6 drops in each ear

I'm afraid to try things like yogurt etc. as the medication will dissolve when wet and if she doesn't take it all then I have no idea how much she has had. Upon somebody's recommendation I decide to take her to the vet for help. When I get there my new vet of approximately only one month who has seen me cry more than my kids have asks me all sorts of questions--what kinds of food am I trying and what is she on etc. He shows me this neat little tool that you put the pills in and you put it through the side of her mouth and then wham push the pills along with clamping her mouth until she swallows. The key is to get them way back in the throat. I have done this 3 times now and still having a little problem but is alot better. I'm still not getting them back there though as I thought she had swallowed which she had and son of a gun out comes one of the two pills--geesh. I have found she loves yogurt so going to syringe a bit of yogurt into the side of her mouth after clamping her mouth as that will make her swallow. Stay posted on how that works. lol. The vet and aid both taste the liquid gabapentin and he says "that tastes like and doesn't finish--his aid finishes by saying "crap". I laugh and say you mean shit. They both say it tastes like the stuff at the dentist office that they put on your gums to pre numb you before the shot. Dr. Davis says its a taste that doesn't go away. He said I don't blame her--lol. Personally, I'm having a much easier time getting the liquid down than the pills. My problem is not getting them back far enough and sure it will get better everyday as it already has. She's eating good--I've been making her chix breast-rice and yogurt to make it a little gooey--not alot just some moisture in it. She gobbles this up. She is still sleeping most of the time. Not awake very much which is a blessing in disguise. Only day 6 since surgery.

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