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August 30th, 2006


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01:24 pm - Snaggles Update
Thanks to all of you LJers clapping for Tinkerbell Snaggles---Wolf and I really appreciated all the postings.

After Snaggles' stroke last week, she had been walking around in circles, falling down, and generally looking like she was on her last paws. The only thing that was keeping us from euthanizing her was that she didn't seem to be in much pain and did have her mental awareness.

The dog seems to have reprogrammed her brain to deal with these problems, like some people with stroke do afterwards. At this point, she's got a permanent tilt to her head, half of her body is now schlumpy. But she's learning to compensate for her lopsidedness and can usually walk in a straight line if she's careful. She's not falling down much more than she did before her stroke.

She's eating and drinking on her own now, instead of having me push her muzzle into the waterbowl to get any fluid into her and hand feeding her every morsel.

We're relieved to finally be off of our nightly "death watch" and have stopped checking her every few hours to make sure she's still breathing.

Though obviously her time is still limited, we feel like she'll be with us a little longer.

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From:frabjousdave
Date:August 30th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Now she has that much more character. She's that eccentric old Mongolian spaniel down the street.
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From:rhienelleth
Date:August 30th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm so relieved for you (and Snaggles). How horrible, to be afraid all night that she could stop breathing at any time.

And how wonderful, that you have more time with her now haead of you. :)
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From:peartreealley
Date:August 30th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
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I totally missed the first post (which I just went and read).

I'm glad Snaggles seems to be recovering at least somewhat and you'll have a little more, somewhat less stressful, time with her.
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From:mysticalforest
Date:August 30th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Quasi-mostly happy ending, then. :)
From:kistha
Date:August 30th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you'll get some more time with Snaggles. Take care of all of you -

Loves
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From:ex_butterfl246
Date:August 30th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
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!

I'm so glad for your good news!

!!
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From:masqlab
Date:August 30th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
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YAY! I hope she continues to adapt. :D
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From:scarlettina
Date:August 31st, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
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Oh, Shelly, I totally missed this development while I was away. I'm so sorry to hear about Snaggles' incident but I'm glad she's coming along. I know you and Wolf will do everything you can to make her time the best it can be.
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From:irishninja
Date:August 31st, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
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May your time with her continue to be precious and full of beauty and love. :)
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From:greyjoy
Date:August 31st, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
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If only we humans all handled advanced old age so well! I'm delighted that you will be able to spend more time with the doggie. :)
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From:oni_anne
Date:August 31st, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Snaggles is an awesome dog. She's very luck to have a family that loves and cares for her. I went back through your blog posts and I'm sorry to hear that Snaggles health is failing. Many best wishes and good hope thought waves your way.
From:sigtrent
Date:August 31st, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Awww, poor snaggles... but sounds like she's troopering onward. Good dog!

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