Age: 17 Years Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
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Tater, Tater Tot, Dinky Dog, Tay Tay, Mega Tay, The Goober Dog, The Tay Monster
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May 10th 1999
Dried Chicken Liver treats, walks, pets and exploring
being scared and alone at the shelter
Taysia Blue's still learning how to play, but right now Badger is her favorite stuffie!
Nature's Variety Salmon kibble
Indian Peaks Wilderness in Colorado
High Five, Hand Stand Peeing, Stomping front feed
Taysia Blue was brought in to the Nebraska Humane Society as an owner surrender. Due to some health issues and her age, the staff thought it best to euthanatize her.
As a volunteer, I was walking through the 'back' kennels, something I normally don't do and she happened to catch my eye. I was immediately mesmerized by her docile demeanor and her gentle eyes. I bent down to talk to her and she sang to me.
I spoke to the vet on staff and said that I was interested in her, and would take on the responsibility associated with her health.
I took my husband to meet her on Sunday (5/4). Of course I was worried that he'd say no, but how could he after he saw her!!! When I asked him what he thought, he said that we'd better get home and set up her Dogster page!!
Taysia Blue came in to her furever home on May 10th!!!
I am named in honor of Blue of Yukonwinds Kennel who went missing a year ago this week. We still hold out hope that he will find his way home and back to the family who loves and misses him so much. www.WhereIsBlue.com
Taysia Blue has been diagnosed with Megaesophagus or Mega E.. we call her Mega Tay... it's an awfully big name for a dinky dog
Essentially this is what it is all about... the esophagus in the tube connecting the throat to the stomach. When food is perceived in the esophagus, neurologic reflex causing muscle contraction and relaxation lead to repid transport of the food into the stomach. When these reflexes are interrupted, the esophagus loses its ability to transport food. Instead the esophagus loses all tone and dilates.
She is able to eat solid food - kibble works just fine (some dogs with this need a feeding tube and have to be fed a liquidfied diet). She needs to eat in an elevated position or standing up on 2 legs and we've elevated her kennel on one side so she sleeps with her head elevated.
The vet told us that this is a difficult condition to manage, treatment requires dedication and commitment and the results may not be over the top great... but we are committed to making her as comfortable and as happy as possible.
As we have researched this condition over the last couple months, we've found a saying that seems appropriate, "What worked today will probably not work tomorrow"
Bottom line, Taysia Blue regurgitates water and food frequently. It's a really good day if nothing comes back up, it's a really bad day when we have to clean up 15+ instances of water and food and a really bad day for Taysia Blue knowing she's not getting nutrients. An average day is 3-4 clean ups with keeping food down. Each week brings one or 2 of all of the above.
But Taysia Blue's eyes light up, she stomps her feet or climbs up in our laps for lovies and we know that we are so blessed.
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March 28th 2009 7:43 am
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So.... a week ago, mom was actually worried that I wasn't going to make it through the night I was having so much difficulty breathing.
She was convinced that I had aspiration pneumonia. She brought me to the vet for some chest x-rays and a white cell test and good news! no pneumonia!
The vet checked me out all over and I came away with a pretty good bill of health. They did find that I have severe irritation in my larynx (no big surprise there) along with an infection. They gave me some drugs to supress my coughing and some others to clear up my infection.
It's been 48 hours and virtually not a cough has come out of me! Mom and dad haven't cleaned up any mucus pukeys either... (also knows as jellyfish).
I'm eating like a horse, playing with my sisters... mom doesn't know what to do with all my energy all of a sudden. After almost a year she feels like she has my MegaE under manageable coltrol and now thinking I may be able to be cough free. My cough has been pretty much chronic 24/7!
There's a saying among MegaE dog owners... "what worked today probably won't work tomorrow" But so far, so good.
Mom keeps asking me who the new dog is that moved in and looks a bit like Taysia Blue.
Please keep your paws crossed that I remain healthy and can ramp down from my drugs and still be cough free!
March 24th 2009 11:03 am
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this has been a rough week for me. I don't have much energy, it seems like it's taking everything that I have to breathe. I'm not very hungry and it's hard to stand up on my back legs to eat. I have just enough energy to stand up and cough and lay back down again.
mom is going to take me in to x-ray my lungs, but she suspects that they are clear and the problem is with excess phlegm in my esophagus. she says its better to be safe than sorry.
mom's been gone and that's always really hard on me, but she told me this morning she doesn't have any more trips for awhile so that's good.
mom has been lying next to me in the evenings... so things aren't all bad.
March 19th 2009 9:36 pm
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So the dog fighting has mostly ended, but I still end up annoying Badger or Jambalaya. I take their toys, but I don't know what to do with them because for 9 years no one played with me or taught me to play. I didn't know what toys were.
I sometimes try to steal their food and they get really mad. I'm full and have put on weight, but what if I don't have food tomorrow? I used to have to worry about that. I have a condition that causes me to regurgitate my food. My new parents make sure that I eat standing on 2 paws vertically so it gets to my stomach. No one did that to me before so it was hit or miss that I got nutrition.
Because I regurgitated all the time, I've irritated my larynx so I cough all the time. Mom calls me Darth Tay sometimes and does really bad James Earl Jones imitations and talks about "Luke" Whatever.... silly mom.
I still regurgitate from time to time - I just can't help it. It's mostly water, but mom calls it jelly fish because it doesn't clean up as easy as water.
I do throw up mucus many times a day which is also due to complications from the Mega E. Mom and dad just clean it up. I flinch thinking maybe this time they'll hit me, but they never do. I guess memories from my other owner won't ever go away.
Mom hugs me and cries over my first 9 years of so called life. I don't care, I'm getting loved now...
I don't like the phone... Dad owns his own business and works from home and is on it a lot. I get really upset and start coughing and eventually might throw up over it. It's a mystery to my mom and dad why this would be... what happened in my life that makes me get so upset when someone's on the phone? If I had a better memory, I'd tell you...
My mom travels too much. That upsets me too. Dad says I have bad days when mom's gone. I just miss her and get upset and throw up more than usual.
I lived 9 years and never realized that there were other dogs out there - and that they were fun to play with!!! I used to want to eat other dogs and was what mom called unsocialized. That's not true anymore and mom just bought me a half year of daycamp and I get to go with Badger and Jambalaya every Wednesday! I love day camp!!
I've had a hard life up until I finally found a family to call my own. I look into mom's eyes and try to tell her that "I know" I try to let her know that I am so thankful everyday for the lovies, the walks, the patience, the treats, the healthy food, the vet care...
I just want to thank everyone of my pals who have adopted or rescued an animal - bless you. I want to thank everyone who has volunteered in a shelter or rescue group, anyone who has given time or money- bless you.
Most of all, I'm thankful to the friendships mom has found here... If it weren't for you, she wouldn't have volunteered, wouldn't have found me and I'd be a distant forgotten dog someone once had. Through dogster pals, mom has heeded hours of advice on behavior and health problems and she's learned to focus on what's most important. You know who you are... thank you. I owe you my life.
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