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Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction: The Year in Pictures, Part 2

In part 2 of our year in review, you can see how well and how quickly Lilly’s first recovery went. Remember, at this point we assume Lilly will get better steadily and fully recover. Check out these pictures and video, and you’ll see why we were lulled into a sense of security.

March 7, 2012

Because Lilly was NOT incontinent at this point, she was allowed to sleep on our bed. Here she snuggles on a cold / frosty day.


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 Also March 2012

This video shows that Lilly’s agility skills also returned quickly. If the embed doesn’t work, please use this video link.

(For some reason, YouTube is only giving me the option to use iFrame embed code, and I cannot see them in preview, so I truly don’t know if they will work. Sorry.)

April 18, 2012

Lilly had just been swimming in our pond. This photo broke my heart because it was so clear the toll the illness had taken. It shows in her face.

best dog blog champion of my heart border collie after a swim

June 2012

Lilly had returned to full stamina. She could walk 3 miles up the road. She could take real hikes (under 2 hours). I took advantage of her renewed health and strength with photos documenting her outdoor adventures.

best dog blog champion of my heart border collie on hike

best dog blog champion of my heart border collie on hike

best dog blog champion of my heart border collie on hike

July 2012

Over the summer, we instituted Silly Lilly Saturdays, where my baby girl and I hung out all day long … often outside on our tiny patch of real lawn.

Lilly suddenly and for no apparent reason became completely incontinent at the end of June, so letting her be outside supervised was an easy way to avoid indoor potty accidents.

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best dog blog champion of my heart Roxanne Hawn Lilly Hawn

While the total incontinence came as a surprise, we still believed at this point in summer 2012 that things would be OK. We assumed the incontinence would resolve as quickly as it appeared. That was 7 months ago, and it has NOT abated one bit.

Tomorrow, we’ll document Lilly’s massive, massive relapse in August 2012, where truly … we nearly lost her … again.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Dillon Miller - January 25, 2013

Reading this makes me afraid for my own BC. Roxanne, have you tried Traditional Chinese Medicine with a holistic veterinary accupuncturist? If you have, I probably missed it as I just noticed your blog mentioned on FB. I will be in prayer for your Lily.

Donna - January 23, 2013

Wow. I can see why you would be lulled into thinking all was okay. The agility video was amazing, especially after seeing how bad she was off when it first happened. (P.S. – the videos are not imbedded in the posts I see on my screen, but the link works just fine.)

    Roxanne Hawn - January 23, 2013

    Thanks for letting me know about the videos, Donna. It’s a technical glitch after the latest WordPress update, I think. I just haven’t had the time or energy to figure out how to fix it.

Debra Jones - January 22, 2013

Thank you for these posts, Roxanne. It’s been a huge eye opener for me…

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