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.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Day 19--Things are going well and we are quite pleased with the results of her meds that we got on thursday. She is sleeping so well at night and so am I. :-) I wake up on my own now and she is still in lala land and I open the crate and let her on the bed. She still scratches a bit but nothing like she did and her paws are dry and haven't seen her lick them for awhile and haven't seen any head rubbing either. I'm much more positive and although the word allergy raised my blood pressure I realize we are dealing with two different things. I have more trust in Dr. Shores and the staff at Auburn University than I do with my own personal doctor--lol. I probably will start posting a little less as there really isn't much to write about at the moment. She still of course is in the playpen or the crate at night and will be for a minimum of 6 weeks--that is how long Dr. Shores has told us but I'm thinking of at the end of the 6 week mark to have her in the area where the kitchen, dining room, eating area and family room is--only one step down to the sunken family room and she would still be away from the other 3 dogs. I'm a little leary about the other 3 being around her--of course this will be discussed with Dr. Shores and will see him also when I take her into the dermatologist in 2 1/2 weeks.

Again I thank all of you for thinking of us and your e-mails, messages etc. has helped alot and your wishes has helped get us through hard times. I know Abbey will come out of this--she's loved much too much not to and she's definitely a fighter. :-) She knows also that she has alot to live for.

1 comment:

  1. Another good day.
    So pleased for you.

    Margaret C


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

Symptoms of Syringomyelia - also known as SM

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