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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sitting at work and looking at your picture. Been thinking of you alot. I sure do miss our nightly butt rubs. You so loved your butt rubbed and that was our bedtime ritual. It's so hard to believe that it's almost 6 months since we lost our battle. We are doing well Abbey. You are so embedded in my heart and out of the blue you will enter my mind. I haven't forgotten you and never will. I hope you are running and free of the pain. You so deserve it. I love you. I so hope that people are coming to your page and it's helping them. I never get comments so can only hope. I truly did my best to bring awareness on this awful disease and I truly hope your life wasn't in vain. We miss you. Mom


  1. Hi Linda & George, I have a beautiful tri Cav named Lucy. She is only 6 months old and only recently, we welcomed another little girl into our lives. Gemma is a ruby cav, only 2 weeks old. She comes home in early August. After seeing your video on youtube, I decided to take a look at Abbey's blog. I am so very sorry for your loss. I can only hope that she is no longer in pain and that no other dogs would have to suffer from this. I remember worrying about this disease constantly when Lucy was a baby. If she scratched her neck or licked her foot, I used to call my vet but of course this must be a common feeling when any new baby arrives. I can honestly say that after reading through this blog, I am still choking back tears (after howling for a little while now) and I can honestly say that I'm not sure what I would do if either of my girls got sick and left my side. Obviously, they will go before I do but god forbid I'm not sure what I would do. I think I would lock myself in my room and weep until I joined them. What you are doing is such a good thing- it's people like you and George who bring awareness to others lives that make such a difference. I can only hope that if my girl ever get this disease, I want to be able to confide in someone who truely knows what this is like. Abbey looks like such a princess (and the freckles are gorgeous) and I am so sorry for what you must be going through, even after 6 months. You never get over the loss of a child, and to me the girls are my daughters. I would to hear from you so I can email you some photos of my girls. My thoughts are with you xx Carly

  2. Beautifully written God Bless you and your dog, may she rest in peace =)

  3. This was so beautiful you made me cry. You and Abbey were so lucky to have each other, she must've felt so loved.

  4. Abbey has been on my mind this morning and decided to come in here and just seeing this. Thank you for replying. It means alot. I miss her so much. I understand on freaking in the beginning of getting another. I am happy to say I have 3 other cavaliers and none of them show signs of SM.


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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