Category Archives: Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction

The Difference Between Being With Your Dog and Your Dog Being With You

It was easier to have Silly Lilly Saturdays (or any day) when the weather was warm because we could be outside all day. Now, it’s a bit more challenging. After taking off 12 glorious days…

Crappy, Crappy Monday

A blaring alarm jolted me out of bed Monday morning. I squeezed our morning dog-care routine into as little time as possible, before putting on many layers to brave the extreme cold. Alas, I ended…

The Funny and The Not So Funny Moments of Having a Dog With Neurological Deficits

Sometimes we have to laugh at the predicaments spawned by Lilly's ongoing neurological problems -- otherwise, we'll cry. Here are a few examples of the funny and the not so funny moments in our lives.

Best Budget Squeezing Strategies for Desperate Dog Moms

Depending on where you live and work, my ideas for cutting household expenses to help pay for pet care may not work for you, but here are my Best Budget Squeezing Strategies for Desperate Dog…

The Cost of Keeping Lilly Alive – Severe Adverse Vaccine Reaction

As I begin budgeting for 2013, let's look at just how much it has cost to keep Lilly alive following the onset of vaccine-induced meningoencephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain, lining of the brain, and spinal…

Holiday Advice from Champion of My Heart Dog Blog

In a year when many times it looked like Lilly might not survive to celebrate, I officially declare the start to the HOLIDAY at our house. 12 glorious days of togetherness begins in 3 ...…

Neurology Exam – 14 Weeks Since Adverse Vaccine Reaction Relapse and Counting

This week marks 14 weeks since Lilly's massive brain inflammation relapse in August. This recovery streak eclipses her previous record of 9 weeks without a setback from earlier in the year. I went into today's…

A Dog Blog Post for the Mojo Challenged

Exhausted doesn't begin to scratch the surface of our current state. All the worry, stress, and veterinary activity has caught up with us. These chemo weekends kick our @$$e$. We also stayed mostly off social…

Sleep Deprivation and Dogs with Long Illnesses

We're dog tired here at Chez Champion of My Heart. About 10 months into this medical saga with Lilly's rabies vaccine-induced meningoencephalomyelitis (brain inflammation). Between being incontinent (both ways) and fussy at night, we haven't…

Complementary, Not Alternative, Therapies for Lilly’s Adverse Vaccine Reaction

Today, let's talk a little bit about some of the extra or complementary treatments we've decided to use on Lilly. My rules are pretty simple.

Improvement Report: Lilly’s Recovery from Adverse Vaccine Reaction

Last weekend, Lilly got her 3rd cycle of cytarabine injections (4 sub-q injections over 2 days). She handles it like a champ. Honestly, other than the fact that everything about her reeks of medications, you'd…

5 Dog Vital Signs You Should Know BEFORE Your Dog Gets Sick

In addition to continuing to chronicle Lilly’s treatment for rabies vaccine-induced meningoencephalomyelitis (brain inflammation), I’m trying to glean some valuable lessons YOU can learn from our experience. For example, do you know your dog’s “normal”…

Preemptive Grief and Sunrises

Yes, Lilly is doing well right now. With all the illness / death / destruction in my life in the last 4 years, however, it's hard not to wither from anticipatory grief -- not just…

Lilly News: Veterinary Neurology Recheck

Miss Lilly and I hauled our silly selves across town for her veterinary neurology recheck appointment this morning, in advance of this weekend’s third round of cytarabine injections. It has been 6 weeks since her…

Another Canine Emergency – Dogs on Steroids Eat Things That Aren’t Food

Monday dawned with a full-blown anxiety attack hovering. Seeking just an hour of quiet, an hour or solace, an hour of something other than work or worry, I headed out to the greenhouse. Big mistake.…

Conversations of the Heart, Part 2

Early in this unexpected and unwelcome journey, I began having heart-to-heart conversations with Lilly. These days, those conversations are a little different.

Capturing Moments – Photos of Lilly

I've always taken a lot of photos of Lilly, but now that I accept that our time may be short, I feel more pressure to capture her essence and read the messages in her eyes.…

World Rabies Day 2012 – Insights After a Near-Deadly Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction

Today is World Rabies Day, which is meant to "raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies, how easy it is to prevent it, and how to eliminate the main global sources." Nine…

Canine Chemo – Dry Mouth

While we use cytarabine -- a chemo drug with good anti-inflammatory properties for our needs -- at lower doses than would be required for cancer treatment, Lilly still suffers from a dry mouth after her…