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Update on Cory (8/11/2010)

First off, let me assure you that the book, Cory’s Story, will not have a sad ending.  It is about the life of our dog, Cory, and his success in conquering canine epilepsy. I don’t like books that make me cry at the end, and I believe in the power of positive energy.  But I can’t continue this blog without being honest with you, many of whom have contacted me both publicly and privately expressing such kind wishes for Cory’s well-being.  The truth is, the surgery which Cory had on his spine last March (see the Cauda Equina section of this blog) did not bring him the cure we were so hopeful for.  Cory’s hind end has completely failed, and his shoulders are so full of arthritis he cannot walk without assistance.  He cannot get up by himself once he is lying down. With tears choking my words I called the woman who owns the place where Cory has been getting hydrotherapy and cancelled the rest of his hydrotherapy sessions. Her response was to inquire how he is doing otherwise.  (You mean other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?)  So I told her that his mind is still sharp and clear.  He has no problem with his hearing or with seeing.  He sleeps peacefully by my side of the bed every night without any signs of discomfort. He wants very badly to be with us and he responds with pleasure to hearing us talk about him and having us hug and pet him.  She listened intently and then told me that she has a “doggie wheelchair” which she will lend to us. I don’t know that that is, but I can’t wait to pick it up this evening. I will let you know how it works for him.  We are remaining guardedly optimistic. I will keep you all posted on how it goes.

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  • good luck, your family and Cory are in my prayers!

    • Thanks Jen. It's been really tough for all of us lately… seeing Cory become immobile is something hard to watch. We can all tell from the look in his eyes that he wishes so badly he could run and play.

  • Suzyre9

    Keeping Cory and especially everyone who loves Cory in my thoughts and prayers. It's so heartbreaking to go through something like this with a pet. Some people say that they don't know what's going on. I on the other hand believe that they are aware of more than we are. 🙂

    • sandy

      No doubt about it Suzy! Thank you so much for your kind wishes.

  • Azlan

    I hope your wheels work, Cory. I'll be saying lots of prayers for you and your people. Hang in there.
    Your kitty friend,

    • sandy

      Mommy got the wheelchair last night but the tires are flat so I haven't got to try it out yet. Thanks so much for being such a good friend (for a kitty).