View Full Version : Update--Charlie's feeling better!!!

14th January 2009, 03:14 PM
Hi everyone! Sorry we haven't given an update in a few days, but I've been overwhelmed with life and kids. But Charlie is feeling much better!! He's been taking the Prednisone for only a few days, and it's been like a miracle! He can walk pretty well (albeit slowly), his eyes look healthy, and he wags his tail a lot! He can't play or run around yet, but we can tell that he's happy. And his appetite is back in full force...he wolfs down his food and looks for more! His doctor is cautiously optimistic...these are wonderful signs of course, but it's still early days. He will have to be on this high dose of steroids for at least 3-4 weeks before we can even think about reducing the dose, so we're a long way from remission, but it's still wonderful to see him responding so well. I feel pretty confident in the diagnosis of autoimmune disease and we're thrilled with the care he's received from the DVRC.

Thanks so much to everyone here for your generosity and support. It helped tremendously to know that there were so many people pulling for Charlie. I'm so glad that I found this board....all of your advice was so sound and just what we needed to hear. It compelled me to find the DVRC in the first place, and I shudder to think how long it would have taken to get this diagnosis without that push in the right direction.

I've been browsing around this site for the last few weeks as we dealt with all of this, and this seems like an amazing group of people! I hope to stay around here and get to know everyone (and their dogs!) better. If I can figure out our new digital camera, I'll post some current pictures soon. (My avatar photo is the only one we had stored on our computer, as we have only had a film camera before this). We'll keep you all updated!

Thanks so much!

14th January 2009, 03:16 PM
:jump: Thats great news Andrea :jump:

Thanks for the update :)

14th January 2009, 03:18 PM
This is excellent news Andrea and it's a real joy to see a serious situation turning around.Hopefully Charlie will go on to make a full recovery. A good vet is worth his or her weight in gold!

14th January 2009, 03:21 PM
Great to hear such good news..best wishes for futher recovery for Charlie.

Glad you're staying around!

14th January 2009, 03:38 PM
Thats great news :)
Hopefully Charlie will be running around soon.Glad he is feeling better.

14th January 2009, 03:50 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! Absolutely thrilled to read your post.

Cathy Moon
14th January 2009, 03:51 PM
I'm so glad to hear he's improved so much. :rah:

It's such a good feeling to know we all helped you get through this challenge! :flwr: I'm looking forward to getting to know you and seeing more photos of Charlie and his family!

Cathy T
14th January 2009, 03:54 PM
That is the best news ever Andrea!!! I think about Charlie every day....so wonderful to hear he's doing so well. As was said before, now that you have a diagnosis, it's something that can be dealt with. Hooray!!

14th January 2009, 04:10 PM
:w**h**: I'm so glad he's feeling better@!! :) Great news!

14th January 2009, 04:10 PM
So nice to hear :rah:. Little guy on the mend-before you know it he'll be back to mischief :)

Margaret C
14th January 2009, 04:51 PM
Your little dog's plight touched so many people's heart.
It is wonderful to know he is beginning to enjoy life again.

Margaret C

14th January 2009, 04:57 PM
I've been following your posts on Charlie and I am so glad that he is improving and feeling so much better :). I am so looking forward to his pictures and news.

14th January 2009, 05:15 PM
Thank goodness! I've been checking the thread every day with hopes to hear that Charlie was improving. That must have been so scary for you!

14th January 2009, 05:32 PM
Wonderful news!

14th January 2009, 06:02 PM
That is absolutely a relief to hear. I have had you all in my thoughts. Agonizing over whether your dog has any quality of life is a heavy weight to bear. To hear Charlie is on his way back to embracing life is a great thing. Do post photos when you can! Photobucket is very user-friendly for posting photos since you have to upload the photos to a website to be able to put them in your posts on this board.

I'll be praying for a full remission for the little guy.

14th January 2009, 09:10 PM
Great to hear that hes feeling so much better now.:jump:
Hope to see pics of him soon.

Best wishes
Diane xxx

14th January 2009, 09:38 PM
By far the best news I've heard all day! Let's hope he goes Charlie goes from strength to strength..

15th January 2009, 03:14 AM
GREAT news!!!!!:jump:

Cav Daddy
15th January 2009, 03:43 AM
That is great news, glad things are good.

15th January 2009, 03:44 AM
Oh, I am so happy to hear that....Judy :o

15th January 2009, 05:18 AM
Wonderful news!! So glad Charlie is doing better! :p

15th January 2009, 02:30 PM
What wonderful news. There is nothing better then seeing your dog full of life again. I hope Charlie is going to continue in making a full recovery. :)

15th January 2009, 05:05 PM
Andrea & Chris-

Reading this made my day! I am so happy to hear that Charlie is making progress and improving each day. The team at DVRC is super amazing, I owe the health of one of my dogs to them as well. We will continue to prayer for Charlie's complete recovery and know that we are all pulling for him and look forward to reading more about his progress!


15th January 2009, 05:39 PM
So glad to hear that Charlie is feeling so much better - what a worrying time it has been for you but you got there in the end.:)

15th January 2009, 06:54 PM
What great news! :jump: