Cocker Spaniel/Breed Unknown
Picture of Muffin, a female Cocker Spaniel/Breed Unknown

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Home:Manassas, VA  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-mutt-blind -dog rescue

October 19th 1996

Being pet, meal time, sleeping

She has none

Favorite Toy:
Her stuffed bear, it's soft, good for sleeping on

Favorite Food:
any sort of canned food

Favorite Walk:
around the yard

Best Tricks:
She doesn't seem to know any, but being the best dog ever ranks as one to me.

Arrival Story:
In mid October 2006 my boyfriend and I were driving home late at night during one of those cold fall rains. Coming over a bridge near my home we see a dog step out into our lane of traffic. I immediatly began laying on the horn, but the dog didn't move, she didn't even turn to look at the car. I stopped the car, and walked over to her. It was immediatly apparant that she was completely blind. She was shivering badly, soaked to the bone, and was 1/2 bald with scabs and sores all over her. There was no question on what to do. We threw her in the car and took her home. As soon as we'd gotten her warmed up and stabalized we headed out with found dog signs and posted them all over the surrounding neighborhoods. Then next morning we went door to door, but no one had ever heard of an old blind dog living in the neighborhoods surrounding the area. One woman took the liberty of telling me that she had to constantly call animal control for dogs that had been dumped in the field under the bridge. Muffin was still in very bad shape so the next day I took her to the vet, at first only noting her bad skin and an absess on her throat and the need for a dental. We thought she needed a dental because there was green puss coming out of her mouth and she wouldn't let us look inside. The following Tuesday we returned to the vet for her dental, and to have the absess looked at again, since it hadnt gotten any better, no matter how many times I flushed it. When we got her to sleep we discovered the real problem. The entire back 1/3 portion of Muffins tounge was nothing but deep cuts that were pussing and infected, and it seems that it had been that way for some time. The absess was just her bodies way of trying to drain the infection. Immediate surgery was needed to cut out the dead tissue and to try and salvage her tounge. We then placed a drain tube in her neck, and took her home for a 2 week recovery. With in hours she was able to eat and drink almost as though there was nothing wrong. By the by, her teeth are pearly white and almost perfect, giving me reason to believe that she has had a very hard life, not necessarily that she is all that old. Being the trooper that she is, Muffin has never made a sound of discontentment, nor has she ever growled, snarled etc. She excepts all of her medical care stotic attitude, with nothing but the occasional tail wag. About 5 days prior to her stitches needing to be removed a lump started to form on the left side of her neck. I thought something was going wrong with her drain tube sight. We decided to open her neck up to see if there was any left over foreign body material in there, and got a very sad surprise. It seems that no matter what we do for Muffin she will in the end succumb. A large tumor has begun to grow, it is in an area that makes removing it too difficult. We are as of now waiting for the results of the biopsy we took. The tumor is already affecting her breathing and eating to a degree, so I am sad to say that I think it is only a matter of time. But until that time comes she will be with me, finally in a home that cares and with several other doggie siblings to pass the days with. I wish I cold have gotten ahold of her sooner, nothing can stop cancer, but simple preventative care and maintance can stop the original ailments from ever having taken place. This is one of the more severe cases of animal neglect I have ever seen, and I certainly hope it is the last. Muffin is a very sweet soul, and deserved more in life than she has had. Hopefully with the time we have left, we can make it up to her.

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On my way

November 18th 2006 9:29 am
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Last night my momma took me to the vet. I didn't fuss and cry, I just laid there waiting. My body felt tired, and hurt, and I was ready for the hurt to stop. Ready to take a big breath of air with out feeling constricted, ready to see with eyes that had not seen for years. As I left I heard my momma crying but knew she didn't want me to turn around, she wanted me to move ahead. The farther away I got the stronger my body felt, the sweeter the air tasted, the better my eyes saw. I'm all better now, with no more pain to hold me back, I can do all the things that young strong puppies can do, run, jump, bark and see. I will miss my mommy, but we both know that we'll see each other again on the other side of rainbow bridge.


My Last Day

November 17th 2006 8:30 am
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Last night was a very hard night. I couldn't seem to get comfortable. No matter how I layed I couldn't get my head in a positon that would let me breath. That and puss is coming out of my incision sight. There is nothing that can be done for it. Momma wont even clean it because she doesn't want to stress me out. And my neck is so uncomfortable now that whenever she touches it I feel like I cant breath and get upset. Given all of this I have an appointment to see the vet tonight. Momma cant stand the idea of me going out in a hard way, so she is going to get me to the vet so that they can make sure I go to sleep comfortably. I wish we could do a lot of fun things on my last day, but I am just not feeling up to it. Laying down and trying to sleep is about all I have the energy for. So to all that may read my diary, I wanted to say good bye. Thank you for reading and maybe in some small way caring.


Picture Day!!!

November 16th 2006 8:49 pm
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Today my momma was off of work, and her boyfriend Rob came to visit. We spent all day at home together instead of the usual rushing around. It was so much fun, we slept in together, played in the yard for a while, took a lot of pictures of me, and rob ordered enough pizza so that everyone could have some. Since I have a hard time swallowing now, they just gave me the cheese and some pepperoni in very small pieces. It was super yummy. I definately want to eat a lot of pizza in my next life. Tomorrow momma has to go back to work, but since I am feeling so rotten Rob will be staying at the house to take care of me, and to make sure that I am as comfortable as possible. Tonight I began drooling blood...... That is not a good thing, and I cant seem to sleep very well. If my head is tilted the wrong way it is a little hard to breath. So momma is going to prop me up come bedtime to see if that helps. I think it is going to be a very long night.

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