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 16, 2009

Day 13--wow hard to believe its almost been 2 weeks. Its 2 weeks today that we took her to the hospital though.

She did good last night. She let me sleep till 6:45 this a.m. Yea!!!! lol.

George just called and he talked to Dr. Shores and this is what was discussed:

omeprazole--very safe dosage she is on and don't be concerned about long term use that you read about on the net--the study that was done that you read about was not accurate. I might have George write a little on this one later since he's the one who talked to him.

She sleeps alot--he said thats good--she still is recooperating etc. I agree--I'd rather have her sleep than going nuts in the playpen and crate etc.

Go to vet this week for staple removal--carry or harness and leash. We can put harness on her but no leash--no stress on the neck at all. Ok I will carry her.

Symptoms of scratching and licking etc. Said it takes time--way too early to see this disappear. Will slowly see her progress which we have. Irritation should start going away so again "takes time". Membranes still coming together and inflammation etc. He said he was extremely happy with the way the operation went. Ok I feel pretty good now. :-)

We asked about a couple other drugs--rimadyl and cimetidine--said the cimetidine causes problems with digestive system so he wants her on the omeprazole. Says no real neurological benefits.

Asked about bathing her which I did the day I picked her up from the operation and was told when staples came out--George asked this again today and he said day after staples are removed. She needs a bath and she's getting matts in her ear which I'm going to just cut them out--no way am I pulling on her ears etc. In regards to bathing thats kind of scarey. I don't know about that one ....................

Feeling positive and before George called I had read on the net that it does take time for the symptoms to disappear etc.

Almost 10:00 p.m. and in about 45 mins will give her her nightly meds. She had a really good day although she did sleep alot. Course what else can she do when she is confined in a playpen? At least she's not screaming or getting on her hind legs to try and get out. I'll take the sleeping any day. :-)

Well, its 12:25 a.m. and she's snoring so bad that I'm up and sitting at the computer. lol. Not going to be alot of sleep tonight I don't think. Today something good came out of this site. A person just like me and practically the same circumstances came on this blog and watched our video of Abbey's symptoms and she knew her dog had sm. She has taken her dog Ruby to the vet and the vet of course didn't believe her at first but then listened. Gave the dog a steroid injection which helped. Yep Abbey was on steroids for her so called allergies. This dog has been diagnosed as having ear problems and food allergies. Her story coud have almost been mine. My advice to her was to get Ruby to a neurologist for at least an evaluation and go from there. My heart aches for this family and of course the dog but Abbey has already helped somebody else so like I said from the start I wanted some good to come out of this and it already has. I'm helping to spread the word about this awful disease. I know two vets in my city know more than they did a couple months ago and I know my current vet has told other vets so again my heart is warm in knowing that we are helping others. My prayers are with you Tracy and Ruby tonight.

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

Symptoms of Syringomyelia - also known as SM

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