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, April 5, 2009

Day 33--almost 5 weeks mark--Well, I wasn't going to write until wednesday but I've had a guestbook entry, e-mails etc. wondering whats going on so going to write a brief update. In the past 5 days we've had our ups and downs lets say. A few days ago I wasn't very good. As you know they put her on temaril-p a couple weeks ago for the allergies and she took it twice a day for 3 days, once a day for 3 days, and then every other day until gone. Well, when it started to go from every other day is when I noticed a change. The licking again--scratching etc. I was pretty down and of course my rock Bev helped me. Thank you Bev. You always make me feel better. I finally contacted Dr. Shores on friday but he was not in the office and another neurologist called me back and we both decided to put her back on them --one pill a day--got them from my local vet on friday and started yesterday a.m. She was immediately better again. She's still on other meds too--omeprzole, gabapentin, cephalexin, fluconazole, burrows solution and now again the temaril. Well, immediately she was better. She's sleeping better. I really feel for some reason she sleeps so much better in the crate and she has been back in the crate the past 2 nights. I don't like her on these steroids so will definitely be talking alot about that too but hopefully will be allergy tested and definitely a big re-evaluation by both doctors etc.

As for me--I'm very very confused. I don't know anymore what is sm and what is allergies. I also am not myself these days and haven't been for a couple months since January when this also started. We are seeing both the neurologist and dermatologist on tuesday and I'm counting the hours. They better have alot of time allotted for us. Bringing two dogs in actually for the dermatologist--taking my shih tzu in also. I'm starting to compile my list of questions and concerns and notations for both doctors. I am doing better--I think we just need to have this allergy testing and then go from there. I also think once Abbey is out of this crate and where her life can get back to normal there will be alot more changes. I'm ready to take her for walks--rides in the car and I know she is too. Last night George and I actually went out for dinner with some friends and came back here and watched a couple slide shows of our Europe trip in the fall. After 6 months from being back from the trip I'm finally going through 4500 pictures which is wayyyy overdue. It was really nice to actually get out and not think about her and I actually didn't.

Not alot to report here but since I did receive concern as to why I haven't written I wanted to tell what was going on.

I will write on wednesday as to what happens at our appointments.

Thanks to the ones with the concern etc. It means alot to me when I get that and actually motivates me to keep this up and warms my heart how others who don't know us their caring etc.

Keep praying for her.

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