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.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Day 17----I know many people are coming on this blog and cheering Abbey on etc. I'm sorry that I didn't write last night but I was absolutely exhausted. 13 hrs. of sleep in 3 days just don't cut it and when I did get sleep it was always broken.

Ok I will be writing more later on but I wanted all of you to know that they truly believe we are dealing with two issues--allergy and her sm. Of course you all know how I feel about that word "allergy" when it comes to her but I am absolutely amazed at Auburn University--I truly am. These are good doctors and she is checked from head to foot--every inch I swear. Dr. Shores had dermagology look at her and again they believe we are dealing with both allergies and sm.

I will post more later but just wanted to let you all know that are following Abbey and that are sitting on pins and needles lets say.

I sooooo appreciate everybodys support and comments on this page and posts in cavalier talk and e-mails etc. Words cannot even describe what they mean.

Actually a switch from the past few days--actually some positive to write for once and I feel a whole lot better and sure glad that George made that call for me to talk to him.

By the way during consultation after examinations yesterday Dr. Shores told me yesterday was his day off and he came in for Abbey. Again Auburn University and the staff are amazing.

Ok a litte update in regards to yesterday etc. Like I said previously it is believed we are dealing with allergies also. At this point it is believed that it is an environment allergy. Heck I think I will type word for word for the clinic sheet.

Dermatologic exam:

Physical exam findings: The right rear hock has moth eated alopecia and erythema. All four feet are erythemic interdigitally and the right front paw is moist (suspect that dog has been licking at feet). The lip margins and chin are erythemic. The ears are erythemic and some waxy debris is noted. Some of the hair on the ears is matted (thats because Mommy has been afraid to take a comb to me because of my neck but she did last night and I was a VERY good girl-- :-) ). ON otoscopic exam, both ears are erythemic down to the horizontal canals and both lympanic membranes are intact. The dog was pruritic at examination.


lip= 1 + cocci
right hock=few 1+ cocci and coccobacillus
right front paw=negative
right rear paw-negative for infection but simonsiella was noted (dog licking at this rear paw as well since this is an oral bacteria)
perivulvar=1-2+ malassezia, 1-2+ cocci
right ear=negative
left ear=negative


Bacterial and Malessezia Dermatitis

Differential Diagnoses:

atopy, food alergy, allergic otitis

I was given some medications and also Malaseb shampoo to bathe her twice a week which I already did this a.m.

She did do MUCH better last night. Only problem I had with her was her panting for 1 1/2 hrs. and thats a side effect of temaril so I'm assuming thats what that was about.

Now leave me a comment in regards to the above and lets c how many times you look up the medical terminology. lol

Again, I am very impressed with the staff and most of all Dr. Shores. He listened to me in depth yesterday and I was proud--I didn't even cry yesterday. It was just a relief to have somebody looking at her.

She did not enjoy her car ride at all which normally she absolutely loves. I know I'm going to get it on this one but I don't crate my dogs in the car. Well, of course she was crated yesterday. She barked on the way there for about 2/3 of the trip. On the way home probably off and on for a total of 40 mins out of a 2 hrs. 15 min. journey.

I have an appointment on April 9th with dermatology and will discuss allergy testing on her. I'm thinking of also taking my shih tzu Winston as he has similar issues which hasn't been pursued. He also licks his paws--not as bad as Abbey but definitely a problem--also gets a rash from bath and I've tried every shampoo out there--well not all but alot. He gets bumps which I have read about on the handouts from them.

Overall, a complete turnaround in my disposition today. Actually doing something besides moping around.

The good old roller coaster ride.

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