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, February 3, 2009

I have a girlfriend go with me as its a 2 1/2 hr. drive from me which is no big deal but I want somebody to go with me for support and also another set of ears which I highly recommend. Do not do this alone by any means. Well, we get there about a half hour before our appointment time and aren't there too long--sorry don't actually remember but get in a room and this is a university so a resident is asking me the questions--I give the history and then she says to me and I will never ever forget this "how long has her head been tilted"? I about fall over from shock. I remember turning around with a confused look in my face probably and really in shock and saying something to the extent of what do you mean? I know the gal knew by my tone of voice etc. that I had never noticed it. To this day I look at pictures and think oh my god how did I not notice it. I guess all this is gradual and you see stuff and get used to it and probably in the back of my mind when I did see it probably thought it was her "cute" look. I also had a picture posted at cavaliertalk that showed her head tilted and nobody had said anything to me. Anyways, all her history was taken and then was told that it would be about 2:00 p.m. for her mri--it was probably in the vicinity of 10:30-11:00 at this time. We asked what was in this town for us to do and they told us of a shopping place etc. so my friend and I decided to go out for lunch and to go up to the shopping place which about all we did was go to a pet store and that was about it. We decided to go back to the clinic and be there when she was having the mri so when they came out we would be there. Well, then my cell phone rang and it was the clinic saying an emergency had come in so it was going ahead of Abbey--btw after they had assessed her they said she was stable and was not an emergency status BUT she would still have the mri so I'm not sorry that we did go. Well, they give another time and I can't remember how long but it was awhile and this is a fairly small town with nothing to do so I say lets go to a movie to keep me from going crazy literally. We go to the movie theatre and pick the one that had just started. After the movie as we are driving back to the clinic they call and tell me she has just gone in for the mri. We arrive at the clinic and we wait and wait and wait and I'm starting to panick that something has happened to her because she had to be put under. The receptionist checks and tell me she's ok. Finally at about 6:00-6:30 a gal comes out finally and gives me the news. As I just type that I'm sitting here unable to type remembering that day--remember though truly in my heart I knew she had this and I was the one who had finally figured this all out. She tells me yes she has it and of course I begin to cry with my friend trying to comfort me etc. She then tells me the neurologist has had emergency after emergency and they are behind and is there any way I could stay in town or something and come back in the morning and have the consultation so he has time with me. Abbey will be kept overnight. I agree but I take my friend home and come on home. I remember saying over and over and over again--why don't vets know about this??? I remember the gal that told me that yes she was positive saying "I don't know". As I type this I still get angry. My dog has suffered for so dang long and why--because my vet knows nothing about sm but yet I google cavalier and health and its plastered all over the place but yet I had never typed those keywords either. Always typed something like dog licking paws etc. grrrrr now I'm angry at myself too. On the drive home I cry practically all the way home.

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If you have a CKCS-Cavalier Spaniel-and you've run across this page by accident, you at least need to be aware of a disease that is in ALOT of the cavaliers. If you don't read this, then at least go to (link below) and read about what it is. It could be the best thing you do for your dog. We need to spread the word about this.

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

Symptoms of Syringomyelia - also known as SM

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