30th June 2014, 02:08 AM
Hi everyone! Thank you all so much for inviting us to the awesome Cavalier event. We really enjoyed meeting everyone and their cavs! Zigg had a great time and completely surpassed how we thought hed be, especially thinking of where he was back in December, to say he has come a long way is a huge understatement! We never imagined hed do so well and that was really nice to see that he enjoyed it too. We thought hed be exhausted once we got back, but nope! Anyway, it was a lovely day and I hope the weather went well for the Sunday do as it did for us.
Heres a few pics:
Heres him watching the amazing agility:
And him saying hello to Kates lovely cavs!
Hope everyones journey home was well. Will keep you all posted on ziggs medication regime! (seems to be going well so far!)
We also picked up a nice "Top Dog" tag for him from the stall which he is now wearing, will get a pic when I can!
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30th June 2014, 12:33 PM
It was great to meet you, your lovely Mum and of course gorgeous Ziggy. He was looking so well and seemed to enjoy his outing!
30th June 2014, 04:27 PM
Yes James, it was so nice to meet you and Ziggy and your parents. I hope you'll join the Companion Club so that we can see more of you on our walks and events.
Kate, Oliver and Aled
30th June 2014, 05:41 PM
James, Ziggy and Mum arrived just in time to see the Fancy Dress competition!
3rd July 2014, 02:30 AM
Hey everyone! Will certainly get round to joining the companion club! Sorry for such a late reply, things have been absolute chaos back home.
Great pic Nicki!
Hes doing swell so far. Been really enjoying the nice weather and hes doing better than ever on his currently lower dose of steroid which is absolutely great! So pleased that the change is going well for him.
Was great seeing you all and the cavs! Was a great event. We bought Zigg a nice tag while we were there as well, so Il get a pic of that up later on.
We'l keep you posted!
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24th July 2014, 03:00 AM
Sorry its been such a long time! All been enjoying the nice weather. Ziggy has been doing okayish, it has to be said although his symptoms are still well under control, his paw licking is very obsessive and becoming more frequent. I have noticed a change in his gait too, while taking him on walks you can hear his back leg occasionally scrape against the pavement. Theres also a new symptom we have seen which involves his back legs literally completely giving up for a few seconds. Like the other day, he came into the living room just fine and all of a sudden he went really funny on his back legs and they suddenly gave way and he was basically dragging himself along somehow. It lasted for around 10 seconds or so and this has happened 3 times so far, so wel keep an eye out for that.
The Willows sent us a message to get in contact with them within 2 or 3 weeks so I think wel get hold of them earlier to see what can be done. I dont think hes in any sort of pain with his back legs, because when they give way, its almost as if theres nothing wrong with him at all, no visible signs of pain or anything like that. Something interesting though, he did just fine through all the storms! Usually the massive drop in pressure takes a really negative effect (like to the point where you *really* notice it) but it didnt effect him too much. I dont think his legs have anything to do with air pressure as it seems to happen regardless of air pressure.
Today when we were upstairs, he was with us and he was about to go down (we carry him down if he gets past the stair gate now days) but he went to go past the first step and just completely stopped, whether this was because we caught his attention or because he felt he couldnt move:
He was like that long enough for me to take a picture. Hes never actually done that before so thats pretty unusual. It took a while but I managed to make him move and once he got moving he was just fine... What could be done about his legs if it does start to become a problem?
We are joining the KC! Just havent got round to it yet due to the weather and we are all sick with a virus thats going round. (It makes us cough really bad and none of us have had much sleep haha)
Anyway, hope youre all OK!
24th July 2014, 12:21 PM
Oliver also has wobbly back legs. They don't seem to be painful, just don't work. It could be relatd to his osteo-arthritis but out vet thinks that they would then be oainful. Ditto for being directly related to his syrinx. which as far as we know is still small. I haven't taken him to a neurologist, but the vet (and 1) think it may be connected to the state of his cerebellum. This lowest bit of his brain controls movement and balance and due to Oliver's Chiari Malformation it has been pushed down into the top of the spinal cord, like a stopper, for more than 6 years, which possibly hasn't done it much good!
What does help Oliver is walking. If he doesn't get taken out for a walk, his wobbliness is much worse. I try to take him out for a gentle walk for 20 minutes or so twice a day (including some time off-lead) and he gets on OK and is better generally on his legs for the rest of the day. It's the getting up and down and navigating corners in the house that he finds difficult. I'd be interested to hear what the Willows have to say about Ziggy's similar problem.
One of the Companion Club members who lives in Wolverhampton is hoping to organise a group walk in a local park. Not sure where you live, but if you and Ziggy were interested in joining in, I could put her in touch with you if you pm me your own email address.
Aled has gone into heart failure, so we're trying to find the best mix of drugs for him. Sometimes I feel as if I'm running a clinic and pharmacy!
All the best
Kate, Oliver and Aled