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 15, 2009

Day 12--Not alot to report. I was up with her at 5 a.m. and gave her gabapentin and again it was 6 hrs. after her last dosage. I am finding like I said that she starts between 5 a.m. - 6 a.m. with scratching etc. Went back to bed and put her in her crate and she went back to sleep. We got up at 8:30 and took her out. I want to take a video of her outside and its been raining and cloudy here but the next time I do take her out I think I will and post it at the you tube site--see in my links. She scarfed her breakfast down. No problems there anymore. Tomorrow we are to call Dr. Shores and give a report so will definitely post what he says. Of course my main concern now is her symptoms but again everybody is telling me--way too early but then I hear myself hearing Dr. Shores saying the most results are in the first 6 weeks and we are almost at the 2 week mark. People are finding ways to find me--in the guestbook and please note my e-mail address at the top. I have seen a couple guestbook entries where they wanted to send me a link or message etc. and didn't know how. I soooooooooooooo appreciate your signing my guestbook and telling me that it has helped etc. That motivates me even more to keep this up.

I just did a video of her showing how she's walking etc. but have to wait till son gets home so he can get it off of this camcorder which is very old--about 11 years old. As I'm typing this I hear her yelling to me--get me out of this playpen--I want some attention--lol.

Abbey is doing well and we are doing better also. Overall, this is alot easier than I thought it would be. I'm surprised that she puts up with being in the playpen like she does. She's pretty much in the playpen or the crate at night except for taking her outside for her duty which we are only out there for about 1-2 mins. Doesn't take her long at all to do her job. Also, of course have her on our laps at times also.

I'm making my list of questions for the report to Dr. Shores tomorrow. I have quite a few questions.

1 comment:

  1. I am following your and Abbey's progress - she is one very lucky dog to be owned by you, and have this level of care, and I bet she knows it.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences, and good luck.

    owner of 2 SM dogs


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

Symptoms of Syringomyelia - also known as SM

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