Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Prayer for Truffles

A bit of bad news. Not a bit really - more like a mountain. Our little Truffles has idiopathic encephalitis. Sorry for the medical speak, but we have lost three dogs in five years and have likely spent somewhere in the neighborhood of forty thousand dollars on vet bills in that time, so we have become accustomed to vet lingo. We knew something was wrong when she had what appeared to be a petit mal seizure and began circling left whenever she attempted to walk.




In layman's terms, there is an area of her brain that is swollen. We have not identified the cause, but it's more important that we know what we are dealing with. It took a few thousand dollars and a battery of tests to narrow it down: Now we are going through a painful process of elimination as it pertains to treatment. Since the cause is not known, the usual course of treatment does not apply. She has gone through four rounds of meds and we're not there yet.



So we treat, and wait, and hope. The good news is that she is holding steady; her condition has not worsened. She is a tough little cookie, and that huge heart of hers is brimming with love. Please send good wishes her way - throw her a bone in your prayers. She'll love you for it, as will we.


17 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:15 PM

    Bounce back soon little brownie : )

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  2. Oh great zeus...

    Warm thoughts & healing to Truffles...

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  3. Carol and friends11:00 PM

    We love your blog, it is still the best dog blog and all of us send hugs to Truffles, please update often! xoxo

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  4. Truffles, my pack & I send so many good thoughts for you & your family.

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  5. Lisa Marie6:09 PM

    Warm healing wishes for Truffles Fudge Pants! Hang in there little girly and get well!

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  6. Awww....
    I'm so sorry :-( Truffles is probably doing better than her owners - which isn't saying much.

    Many hugs - to Truffles and you, Neil (and your wife).

    God Bless....

    Jaime

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  7. Truffle is blessed with one of the nicest human being. No doubt she will recover very fast...

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  8. Anonymous11:07 AM

    I love that you have a great love for Dogs... My prayers go out to your precious Truffles... :-)

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  9. We know how hard it is to have a sick dog in the house. Our thoughts go out to Truffles, her dog companions, and her humans her care for her and love her. We will be rooting for her!

    --Anne, David, Ray, and Lucy

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  10. aww... I'm so sorry to hear about this... I have a dog as well and would be heart broken if anything went wrong. She's in my prayers!

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  11. I'm so sorry to hear about Truffles (and your other canine losses of recent years) and do hope that by now she's turning the corner to a solid recovery. We understand completely the stress and roller-coaster of treating-and-waiting-and-treating-and-watiting (after this fall's experience with Parvo with Elsie's nine pups). Know that we're rooting for Truffles and praying for you all. Hang in there.

    Joan (for the gang at Lab Tails)

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  12. Hang in there Truffles! What a sweetie you are! You are being lifted up in prayer for the swelling to be gone from your precious little head. And prayers for your family for strength thru this difficult time.

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  13. Denise from AL12:20 AM

    We lost a senior pet this year, and are trying to keep another senior healthy & comfortable. It hurts so bad to see our pets sick. I pray Truffles will recover quickly. I know firsthand that God hears the prayers for our sweet furbabies.

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  14. We are sorry Truffles is having such a problem. We hope she will come through this okay.

    We read your next post and Jan is laughing at the poop hat story but we furry paws are appalled. We hope Jan doesn't get any ideas. We don't even like to wear party hats.

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  15. Just read this post - take care of yourselves - get well Truffles.

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  16. Your Niece7:35 PM

    I love the pics and the story about your carpet crapper. Give Chunka-lunka-lunka-a-lunk a big kiss and of course Nigel and Sola too!

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