Another week has gone by, time flies like crazy! My dad doesn’t like time going fast because that means that I am getting older You see, I have no idea what that means because we dogs live in the present and being young or old doesn’t make much sense to us. Plus, we don’t care about wrinkles, in fact you seem to think that dogs that are wrinkly are cute… ( a lesson to be learned… :-)
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First, I want to thank all of you who have been asking for progress on my recovery. I am not a drunken sailor anymore and doing very well for being thirteen in a month and a half. To help you prevent your dog from being affected by vestibular syndrome, Peter aka Dr. Dobias wrote an article on vestibular syndrome. Here is the link if you have not read it yet. This past weekend, dad was away in the crazy busy place on the other side of America, where dogs have no grass to pee on except Central Park… Dad told me that New Yorkers love dogs but there are still many caring but less aware people who do not understand that prong & choke chain and retractable leashes hurt dogs and cause health problems. He also mentioned that there are many dogs that are so overweight that they look like little bedside tables… it must be the kibble (GROSS) and mostly on leash walking (BUMMER). Where I live dogs have as much grass and forest as we want - except for the fact that Canada Geese love the parks and they do not pick up after themselves!!! … Perhaps I could help and chase them? Some cities already employ dogs in parks but Vancouverites seems to be a little behind in that department and continue to sit in sh.t…. Lets be honest, there is plenty of space here and geese would quickly adjust. We could look at what other cities do and organize a Don’t Sit in Sh.t campaign…;-) ___________ Speaking of G…S… - GutSense (our new probiotic product). Final testing and quality control is going on in the capsulation facility. The organic certification is a really strict process and no hokey pokey business. I know that dad believes that dogs and other animals are not any less important than humans and that is why he aims for the “bestest” probiotics according to the human, not only canine, standards. As to the timeline, we may be 1 - 2 weeks behind with the shipment and we really appreciate your patience and trust! ____________ What else is new?
I want to thank all of you who have been asking for progress on my recovery. I am not a drunken sailor anymore and doing very well for being thirteen in a month and a half. To help you prevent your dog from being affected by vestibular syndrome, Peter aka Dr. Dobias wrote an article on vestibular syndrome. Here is the link if you have not read it yet.
It has been 6 days since I found my lovely Skai on the bathroom floor unable to get up. Today, I am happy to tell you that he is almost back to normal. From time to time, he still has the odd ‘drunken sailor’ moment but his speed of recovery has surprised everyone involved in his care.
Hi my dog lovers, Today, I have receive a message from my friend, who has heard that Skai had an injury. I have been meaning to write to you since Wednesday, but the shock of the events was too sudden to want to write. We woke up on Wednesday morning to Skai not being able to walk and keep his balance. The day before he was running in the forest and seemed completely fine. First we thought he had hurt his back but saw quickly that it was not the case… After the initial exam, a consultation with a chiropractor, a neurologist specialist, a physiotherapist (my partner), there are a few theories. One is that Skai has suffered a trauma to his upper cervical region which impeded the function of the cerebellum, the part of the brain the is responsible for controlling movement. The other possibility is that he has a severe atypical vestibular syndrome (inner ear dysfunction). His blood work is absolutely spotless which is rare for a 13 year old dog and we are still waiting for the results of tick borne disease panel and toxoplasmosis (we expect them to be negative ). Some of you may have read about the unfortunate incident where a driver crossed my way on a narrow street attempting a U-turn without signalling about a week ago. It was the only day I didn’t have the safety car harness on Skai because it was in the wash and I thought low speed city driving would be safe enough. Dr. Patterson - one of Skai’s chiropractors found severe misalignment in the upper cervical spine and we both believe that this happened in the accident. The cerebellum, that regulates balance and spacial orientation is very close to the region that was affected in the impact but Dr. Lana feels that it may have taken a few days for the symptoms to come on… There was also another incident on Tuesday night right where a person in a restaurant accidentally dropped a fork on Skai while he was lying on his side. He got startled and rose suddenly. This could have dislodged the little tiny granules in the organ of balance, the vestibular system in the inner ear. These are thoughts and theories and unfortunately we can’t know with certainty. While other thoughts have crossed my mind such as a growth or an infectious agent, the sudden onset of symptoms, impeccable blood work and unexpectedly fast recovery, makes us believe that these are highly unlikely. I had initially scheduled an MRI for last Friday but then decided to wait as the additional stress of anesthesia might affect Skai's recovery. We have another MRI scheduled for Tuesday but if Skai’s recovery continues, I may choose not to go ahead for the same reason. My thoughts are that we will only go ahead if the symptoms reoccur. So how is Skai? Wednesday was rough because he could not even stand up. Fully mentally there, just no ability to walk… I cried and hugged him and felt like I was in a fog… I was thinking about all of you and especially those who have dealt with worry and illness of your beloved dogs. I also felt tremendous sense of guilt for not putting the seatbelt on…. A big learning and warning for everyone…. It is really not worth taking chances even though I thought that nothing would happen … We are very grateful to Dr. Lana Patterson for seeing Skai immediately on Wednesday, Susan Gimbel, my homeopath who helped me select the best prescription, my partner Dean Smith - animal physiotherapist and Dr. Nick Sharp, the neurologist of Canada West Veterinary Specialist who saw Skai on Thursday. Thursday was a little better and Skai even miraculously appeared under my desk. He somehow got from the living room all the way to the office. The big breakthrough happened on Thursday night when we brought Skai to visit his sister Peggy. She was a perfect nurse and it was so sweet to see Skai perking up… Friday was better again. While Skai was still walking like a drunken soldier, he did surprisingly well and everyone is amazed over his rate of recovery… Trust me, this has been one of the hardest tests for me on so many levels. It has also been such a clear opportunity to reaffirm that nothing is more important than the health and well being of the those we love and that the work we do together is important. As they say, everything bad is good for something and our animal friends are such good teachers. I hope that we all will take our dogs’ car safety seriously. I will NEVER leave Skai unbuckled again and will always put his car safety harness on. I have always known how those of you feel when your dog is injured or unwell but this is another reminder how much our animal friends mean to us. I hope for Skai’s full recovery and while no one can guarantee it, I will do everything to make his life and the lives of your “bestest” friends healthy and happy. As to messages and emails. Please DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL as we are going to “lay low” to rest and recover and the phones have already been ringing off the hook. If you wish to post a comment or wishes, you can do so by clicking here. Thank you again for everyone’s concern. I will ask Skai to write you a p-mail as soon as he is feeling better… :-) He said he is almost there. I am starting to wonder if he want to enter the "Cozy Dogs in Beds contest" that so many people have already entered and so can you. With much gratitude, Peter for Skai... PS: Below is the most recent blood work of Skai - so far all is looking very good. Lets keeps our fingers crossed.
Hi Human Friends, this is Skai Wantstofly. Wow, what a whirlwind the past few weeks have been. First, I flew over the big puddle - you call the Pacific, landed in Vancouver to check on p-mail in my neighbourhood and before I knew it, I was on the metal bird again flying to Ottawa. However, dad tells me that in some other places around the world, dogs have it really tough and that is why I need to continue to write these p-mails and continue working as a dog ambassador to remind those less aware folks that dogs and other animals are worth more than all the junk that humans make and buy… OMG! You and I know that a dog is not ‘just a dog….’ We are the best medical plan because we make humans healthier, we are the best exercise plan because we take you out, and we are better than the TV comedy channel because we keep you entertained. We love you unconditionally because we feel that you have the potential to become as evolved as dogs and other animals. Yes, there are still some humans that do not get us and are afraid of us as if we were some sort of werewolves or something…. They don’t want us at beaches and in parks and they screech when they happen to run into us in an elevator or on the street. That is why I decided to be the K9 ambassador to show the “less aware folk’s” that dogs are dogilicious creatures that make the world better. That is why we have started to organize a group called “Dog Lovers for Equality” and Peter and I hope you will JOIN US HERE. What else is new?
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The pastures are the best because the weather is cooler. We had a great time the other day! Well we had a good time until my sister Peggy accidentally grabbed my aunt’s finger with the ball and made it all “outchy.” Off the record, when it comes to toys, Peggy is more like a piranha… I think she is a toy-a-holic but otherwise she is the sweetest sister. Nobody is perfect…
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