Pet-Peeves: being stepped on or bumped while she's sleeping
Favorite Toy: dirty underwear or dirty socks
Favorite Food: Nutro
Favorite Walk: dog park, around the neighborhood
Best Tricks: Sit, shake
Arrival Story: Anna was our first dog. We searched and searched for a puppy at a time that was hard to find puppies. I found her at a pet store that sold mostly bird food and bird cages and bird *stuff*. The owner said that his cousin's dog had a litter (oops) and he was selling them for him. They tried to pass them off as Cocapoos - um, no. She is most definately a doxi-poo!
Bio: Anna is a great little dog but she was attack at the dog park on 3 separate occasions by the same dog, a yellow lab. As a result, now she is very untrusting of dogs larger than her. she used to LOVE to play with the larger dogs. Now if one comes near she will growl and generally be a bitch. It's too bad. She used to be such a great *friendly with all dogs* dog. :(
WE STILL LOVE HER TO DEATH!
Mom got it wrong in the group thread -- my Birthday is TODAY! She better get me something special! I love Frosty Paws.... hmmm, Mom, please? Peanut butter flavor -- please?
I've had a bit of a rough time. You can see below how I was attacked by my sister Daisy, then I had to have back surgery!! Daisy is much nicer to me now. I don't know what happened back then? Well, I was doing pretty well after surgery #1 but at about the 6 month mark -- that would be about October of last year I had a relapse -- or so it seemed. I had the same symptoms as the first time and I was scared as heck! Mom got a call from Dad about my condition and she was en route to work after one of her classes -- she called in sick so she could meet Dad and me at the surgeons office again. They were so sad and both Mom and Dad were crying. I was just scared. They had to open a line a credit to pay for the second surgery but Mom saw no other option. The surgeon did mention a really bad word that started with the letter "E" -- that REALLY upset Mom! Well, I went through it all again and I recovered even quicker the second time around. So far, knock your paws on some wood, I've been doing GREAT. So, it's been more than 8 months and I'm still going strong. The surgeon said that the worse case she ever saw was a dog that had this happen 3 times! OMD, I hope I'm not like that dog! I don't get to sleep in the bed with Mom anymore - I miss that a lot. But, it puts Mom's mind at ease that I can't jump down from that tall bed and hurt my back again.
So, on this day, the 4th anniversary of the beginning of my life... I thought I would be appropriate to reflect a little and be thankful for my good health now. I hope it continues.
Tonight I'm getting drunk on Frosty Paws and Beer --- mmmmmmmmm!! BOL!
Hi there this is Anna's Mom composing this dairy entry for Anna. She's is down for crate rest for the next 4 weeks! Here is what happened:
Some of you are aware of Anna's situation already some are not. I thought I would take a moment to explain what recently happened with Anna.
It started on Tuesday afternoon. Anna was staying with my neighbor and I was at school. All of a sudden my neighbor noticed Anna stumbling around like she was "drunk", she was kind of waving her head in the air slowly looking upwards (kind of like Stevie Wonder... hehe). Obviously, she was dizzy and/or disoriented. She was having trouble coordinating her back legs and she seemed to drag her right one a lot - resting on the top part of her paw. My neighbor called Brian and told him about what was happening. Brian was home at that point and I was on my way home. Brian called me frantic saying that Anna need to get to the vet. When I arrived home shortly after that, we all headed for the emergency vet. X-rays taken at the vet showed calcified intervertebral disks - about 4 of them. The vet assumed a pinched nerve or something along those lines. She stayed overnight to be monitored. On Wednesday morning I received a call from the vet saying that Anna's condition had worsened. That morning she could not move her back legs AT ALL. My vet office highly recommended that I see a surgical specialist and warned that she most likely would need surgery - right away. *wonderful* -- I thought!
They made an appointment for us that same morning and we were able to see the surgeon by 11am. The surgeon was very sure about her diagnosis and said it was urgent that Anna have surgery THAT DAY. I'm very lucky they had time to get Anna in - I'm so grateful. They did a myelogram and that test confirmed what the surgeon thought was wrong. Basically, Anna had a ruptured intervertebral disk, the fluid had leaked out and around her spinal column compressing it and that is what caused the neurological manifestations - no control of her back end. She could have done any number of things to cause this to happen. If anyone has "thrown out" their back you know how easy it can be - the stupidest little move can screw you all up. The surgeon did a Laminectomy which is removal of that intervertebral disk that had ruptured. I learned, however, that they do not fuse the bones together or insert a prosthetic disc, they simply remove the disk and let it heal up.
The myelogram is pretty cool. It is a diagnostic test where they inject contrast material into the space around the spinal column. The contrast material shows up white on an X-ray. They take x-rays and look to see if there are places where the contrast is interrupted - meaning a blockage or pinched/compressed area. The fluid that leaked out caused compression and you can clearly see where the "white" stops around Thoracic Vertebra 14 then picks up again after that. They gave me a copy of the study but I cannot figure out how the "copy" the picture into an email. Sorry, I wanted to be able to show you all.
So, lucky for us, Anna did very well in post-op and was cleared by the surgeon to come home today! (Thursday) Recovery for Anna includes crate rest for 4 weeks and highly supervised until about 8 weeks. After that we need to be really careful until she is completely healed and has fully regained her neurological function - which can take up to 6 months or longer. The good news is that we got Anna in quickly enough that the surgeon is confident that she will make a complete recovery - 100%!! It will take awhile though, neurological issues take a long time to heal - anyone in health care should know that. Nerves are one of the toughest tissues in the body but when you *mess* them up it takes a LONG time to heal. We have physical therapy exercises for Anna to do - that we need to begin today.
So, no more jumping *off* or *down* from things for Anna. She's obviously inherited the bad Doxi genes and her "disks" are of poor quality. (Damn it) So, I think we'll be a little more careful with her from here on out. No more jumping off the bed or rough housing with her sisters.
Well, that is the quick and dirty. Just thought you all would like to know what was going on in our house.
I have healed from that traumatic experience with Daisy. My bruises have healed and my broken tooth is healed and didn't become infected! I've got my normal attitude back! Romping around and having fun. It's a good thing that dogs live "in the moment" and don't hold grudges! Wuf! I don't hold a grudge towards Daisy - we give each other kisses on the face all the time now. But, Mom still doesn't trust her with me so I still get to go and play at the neighbors house when Mom and Dad both leave - but I don't mind, it's fun over there! Mom said she's working on building a dog run in the back yard for Daisy, so she can kick-it there while they are away and I won't *have* to keep going to the neighbors house. It should work out OK.