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Thanks!

To Denni, Barbara and Cathy T.: thank you so much. Your donations will help pay for Charlie’s medical care and rehab visits. Charlie thanks you too!

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Thank you!

Thank you so much Nancy, Denise, Kendar, Kerry, and Cathy T. We appreciate your generosity – this will help with Charlie’s medical expenses. I wish Charlie could know how many kind, caring people are thinking of him and wishing him well!

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Another package!

Another package was delivered for Charlie – this one came all the way from Scotland! Charlie has a lovely new blanket to snuggle with – thank you Nicki and family. Here he is with his favorite fleece blanket:

And snuggling it during his nap:

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Thank you

Our heartfelt thanks go to Lisa, Judith, Bruce, Mary Lou, Barbara, Marilyn, Phyllis, Barb and Les who sent donations through Cathy T. to help with Charlie’s surgery and medical care.  Thank you so much, Carolyn, for your help with Charlie’s medical care.   

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Thanksgiving

Wow, where do I start? I’m sitting here at my desk in the early morning looking into my kitchen where four little cavaliers are curled up in their beds with warm, full bellies having just eaten breakfast. Charlie looks just as comfortable as India, Geordie and Chocolate. He doesn’t know it yet, but one of these days he’ll be running with them!

Adopting Charlie has been a leap of faith for us. To be honest, when I chose the theme for this weblog, I chose the lovely, misty picture of the bridge because I thought perhaps Charlie might not make it much longer. He has been a survivor for all of his short life, but I cannot allow a dog to suffer with no end in sight. I believe he was suffering every minute of every day before he had his decompression surgery. Many people were worried that time was running out for Charlie because the longer a dog has severe SM symptoms, the lower the success rate is for surgery. It was a huge leap of faith to bring Charlie here to Ohio in hopes that Dr. Axlund could help him, and we’re thankful that Dr. A. was able to improve Charlie’s life.

Caring for a dog with severe Syringomyelia symptoms is not easy, but fortunately we have never once felt that we were alone in this. There are many truly kind and caring people who have supported us every step of the way and wished Charlie well, and that’s why I’m writing this Thanksgiving post to all of you. Every decision we had to make for Charlie was easier because of the encouraging words you posted here and on the CavalierTalk forum. When we waited through his surgery, you sat with us and held our hands. When we were worried sick, you comforted us – even in the middle of the night. Every good thing that happened to Charlie was cheered on by you. I sincerely believe that all the good things that have happened to Charlie could not have happened without each of you who cared. Charlie truly belongs to all of us!

Adopting Charlie has had an impact on our finances. I’m excluding the normal, every day things like food, bedding, potty pads, etc. from this discussion. To date we have spent $3,927.00 on his medical bills and the travel costs to bring him from California to Ohio. Neurology/surgery – $2, 856.32, Prescriptions – $214.98, Vet – $250.74, Air Travel – $605.00. Charlie’s prescriptions will continue to cost approximately $150.00 per month. And he needs physical therapy to strengthen his skinny legs so he’ll stop tripping and falling.

We have gratefully received many generous donations to help offset these costs:

Cathy T. graciously shared Charlie’s story with several groups, including the Cavalier Connection forum, a Mission Viejo gathering, and her CKCS club members; and she sent us $959.22 in donations. Our heartfelt thanks to Cathy T., Anne, Molly, Lynn, Debby, Anita, Mary, Cheryl, Sandy, Connie, Jeanne, Lani, Carol, Natalie, Whitney, Dee, and Anonymous. We appreciate your generosity and kind words.

Molly’s Mutts and Meows generously donated $1,800.00 toward Charlie’s surgery bill, which we gratefully received this week. Thank you Molly and Deb.

We’re thankful for my sister, who watched over and cared for Charlie after his surgery so that we could work at our jobs. Charlie considers her to be his second ‘mom’, and he always rests easy when she is near.

Karlin and Nicki at CavalierTalk, my home away from home, have shared their extensive knowledge about and experience with SM and helped us learn to care for Charlie. Cathy T., Caraline, and all the CavTalk members have given us support and encouragement. Lynn offered to make Charlie a special collar to protect his incision (it’s healed now), Whitney sent us one of Spencer’s special step-in harnesses and lead, Sara offered to buy Charlie a raised dish holder, Kendall shared her experience with Rory’s decompression surgery. Charlie thanks you, too!

One last thing we’re thankful for – this morning I opened the door and let Charlie go outside into the backyard all by himself. As he trotted along towards the back fence, I noticed his tail was waving behind him like a little flag – he now has the ‘cavalier tail wag’ when he walks!

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