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, April 14, 2009

6 week mark---doesn't seem possible yet seems forever. We've been through so much in a very short time. She is doing really really well. Today is the last day of getting temaril twice a day--tomorrow she will only get it once. I soooo hope she gets weaned off the majority of these meds. Last week I did ask about the gabapentin and was told that she would be on it for at least 3 more months and then possibly wean her off then. She still is not trying to jump on couches etc. so not sure on that one. She just might have gotten more spoiled through this 6 week period of me carrying her around etc. We never crate her anymore except if I leave the house and then I do and like when I shower etc. The other dogs are really good with her although Bentley and Chelsea are the ones who really play with each other although Abbey used to play with Bentley a bit. Who knows maybe she didn't play because of the pain etc.

I probably won't post as often from now on unless things change which god forbid I hope they don't. I think we've both paid our dues. Gets kind of boring writing and reading only that she's doing well--lol.

Again, recooperating from this surgery wasn't bad at all. Our troubles were that we were still dealing with scratching and licking and come to find out that she did have allergies in addition to the sm. Once that was figured out then its just getting the right meds etc.

One thing weird is she's eating more. Now she's just on plain duck and potato natural balance and give her like a tsp of applesauce in it for flavoring and she eats it like she's starved. Before sometimes she would go a couple days and not eat. So this is very strange. I don't have a clue to what that means.

In reference to the comment regarding her eating. Yes she is on temaril which is:

Temaril-P is a combination antihistamine (trimeprazine) and corticosteroid (prednisone).

Hmmm I didn't know that was a side effect. Thanks for leaving the comment. Just strange how much more she is eating these days.



  1. ...she eats it like she's starved.

    Is she on Prednisone? If so, it's likely a side effect from that.

  2. Dylan got more of an appetite on Gabapentin so we can relate to that. Actually in humans, anti epilepsy drugs can cause an increases appetite.

    As for the playing less before, Dylan cuddled less before, actually I could have counted the times he sat on my lap before he was on drugs, now we have happily lost count.

    I bought some steps up to my bed for Dylan, I don't let him sleep with me often but he does like to use them rather than jump. Dylan was not able to jump for a while after his spinal tap so I would imagine there may be some pain due to Abbey's surgery that should fade over time.


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Symptoms of Syringomyelia - also known as SM

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