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.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Day 18--Wowsers I can't believe its been 18 days already. The time is actually flying. She is doing ALOT better. I'm actually getting some sleep now. We got up at 8:30 this morning and it was me that was wanting to get up. She would have slept longer but she needed to get her meds as it had been 9 1/2 hrs. She is still rubbing her head a little but have seen very little of the paw licking and she has had some scratching but it has decreased dramatically.

Her incision looks really good since the staples were taken out and the hair is growing back and won't be long before you can't even tell it. If we do allergy testing in 3 weeks I'm sure she will be shaved again but I would assume on her tummy.

Not much else to report which is good. Much more positive.

late afternoon update--Abbey is getting antsy in the playpen. Took her outside just to get her out for a few mins. Its sunny and beautiful here--shame we can't enjoy it by doing an outing with them. Its a good sign though.


I received an e-mail of support from somebody telling me how their dog's symptoms were identical to SM symptoms--scratching and licking of paws. This person was convinced that their dog had sm and had it mri'd and VERY VERY GOOD NEWS--the result was negative. Licking of the paws was a MAJOR MAJOR deal for Abbey. When we had carpet she would leave wet spots all over--would like like a small pee in the carpet. Her paws were soaked all the time. You've seen the videos. Now we're dealing with allergies AND sm and now there is truly hope that what she is showing now is not sm related and only allergy related.

The amount of support I have received from strangers amazes me and it has helped me sooooooooooooooooo much. I just can't say that enough.

I truly don't know at this point what to tell people in regards to allergies vs sm. Some of the symptoms are the same but then there are symptoms like "air scratching" that is not allergy related. Yelping for no reason is another--picking up and yelping. Neck pain--Abbey did not have that. We know our dogs more than anybody and just follow your heart and if you do end up going the mri and its negative then go party and be happy.

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

Symptoms of Syringomyelia - also known as SM

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