Thursday, April 4, 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019

Lada and her crew...

Hey there!   So quick update on Athena before we move on to the subject of this post.

Athena is doing better.   So much so that she has returned to play care. We're taking her once a week and she's doing great. She still has mobility issues, but she's adjusted to her ailments. 

She's  really doing fabulous!    This is today's picture.   Isn't she looking beautiful?    She really loves being back at play care. She loves the people (Jen especially) and loves being with her pack. 

She still has some "bad days", but she powers through and it doesn't stop her one bit.   

We still have some minor problems, but it's not something she can control.          We'll keep you posted.

LADA-miss social butterfly.

SO, Lada seems to love play care. She has her "crew" that she hangs with when she's there.   Additionally, one of her buddies from her days before she started going to doggie play care (Part of our husky group) attends the same play care.  

The Day Care where they go is fantastic.  I love the staff and the dogs love them as well.  There is a great group of dogs there and it's completely open play.  The staff go above and beyond for their clients.   
We got really lucky finding them:   The Canine Club Daycare and Grooming. 

The crew

Her bud Cilla

oh hey


Must you take another pic?

They love the ramp

Meeting time

Who's in charge?


Oh Hey.

Woo Hoo!!

The crew

What you smelling?

Don't hate us cause we're cool!

Wrestle Mania


It's great to see the two of them play when they're there together.      

Lada & her buddy Akira


Having Fun. 

Come down here and say that!

We're having fun

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!!!

2019 is here!     Sheesh, so hard to believe we're done with 2018.
For those of you who have been following Athena's progress, I apologize for the delay in updates. I'll get to her in a moment or so.

The fur kids are doing well overall.  Happy, mostly healthy, and full of energy.   And absolutely annoying.....

Peryn & Lada -hyper and happy as ever. These 2 will never stop.  They're regulars to play care. With Duchess only going once a week and Athena no longer going, we have been able to squeeze in an extra day here and there for these 2 crazy kids.   

Duchess--she's been holding back on going to play care. We don't know if it's her age creeping up on her, she thinks she's missing out on something by not staying home, or that she misses her sister...she just stays home most of the time on days it's time to go to play care.

Athena--- I guess overall there is vast improvement to those initial days and weeks. However she is no longer walking "normally" .  She has issues that change daily. Whether it be from her hips or her knees or even her knuckles rolling under--something keeps her from walking normal.   Some days it is barely noticeable and other days it is painfully obvious.  
She'll steal the spot the fire --EVERY TIME!

Athena hanging out in her favorite bed
EVERYTHING else about her is the same.  She still tries to play with the younger 2, she still will take off to visit with another dog or person.....  Her legs are the only real issue.

We also have noticed an increase of upset stomach issues. We've added pumpkin to her diet to try and straighten her out

We're still planning on getting her wheels. It's been pushed back due to some funding issues out of our control.   
Once that is straightened out....we're getting her them ! 

She'll be unstoppable..    I can't wait to see that!

I am beautiful

What a year!!!!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Athena --week 2a-4

Well, overall it was a better week.   She's still no where near 100%.   

We received the harness on Monday and it has definitely helped us and her out.   Getting her up and down the stairs and up from the floor when she slips is definitely much easier with this harness.

Never realized I started a post and didn't complete it.

We're going on week 4 of Athena's ...convalescence. SO for all this time she has not been at playcare, not been to the dog park, and has not "played".   It really is hard to say if she's doing better? I think whatever happened to her may be permanent.   

Not once has she walked 'normal' for her.  She either walks with her body bent at an angle or she can barely lift her body up.  The few times she stands right, her paws fold under her.

My biggest concern is her mental well being.   I'm afraid she'll become depressed from inactivity or stimulation.
We've taken her up to day care to say HI and she's been quite happy.   However otherwise, there isn't much else.  She does interact with her siblings, so that is good--but overall I fear she's not living life.  

Our vet has indicated she is a good candidate for a new therapy.  T-Cyte injections. However, as of right now we cannot afford $125 an injection.   Maybe after the holidays.

Her current regime of meds:

    200mg of Gabapentin
     50mg Rimadyl

1ML 250ml of Cannabidiol

      200mg of Gabapentin
     50mg Rimadyl

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Week 1- Update

A week ago today I picked the doggos up from play care and they alerted me to her limp.
It's been a very exhausting week. 

Athena has not been to play care nor has she done much else    She's been pretty bad.
On Tuesday it was absolutely horrible to watch.   She could not hold herself up at all.   She was literally dragging her lower body around.   Could barely hold herself up. 
We've never seen it this bad. 

Wonder if something happened at day care that might have been "normal" for other dogs, but enough to mess her up.   A new person was there, so I will never know. All I know is this is bad for her and we've never ever seen it like this. 

She sleeps like the dead when she is sleeping (definitely her meds).  We've done a lot of assisting and carrying her up and down the stairs.

We purchased a special harness for her.   This will be helpful for even when she gets better. 
Considering wheels for her as well.  We'll wait a bit more on that.

We're getting her a "Help 'Em Up Dog Harness".
One view

Another view

Today she seems to be doing a bit better getting around.   Still falling and paws still rolling under, but she's stayed on her legs more than she has the past several days!.   

Through this all, she's still in good spirits. Wanting to get cuddles and attention. Barking along with her siblings.. Wanting to be in the room with us.    So that's a good thing.  

She won't be attending day care anytime soon though.   We want her to get some rest and some more time on the meds.

Keep her in your thoughts!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Athena Update-Update (update #2)

It's been very crazy since I posted Thursday morning. 

"Good" news, if you wish to call it that, is that it is arthritis only. 

Doc called and it's not the best news, but considering other issues it could have been, it's ok news.

She has severe arthritis.  Pretty much 70% of her lower spine is riddled with arthritis.   Her hips are bad and so are her knees. 

So it is arthritis as we suspected, but it's a lot worse than we thought.

She is now on medication for inflammation and pain.  She will be on these pills everyday for the rest of her life.   
Small price to pay to allow her to keep going.

She's supposed to go to play-care today.  We'll see how that goes.

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Adopt Me!
For anyone who has followed this blog since day 1 knows that this bog was originally created to track the progress of Athena.  Read the first post chronicling about her condition at adoption HERE .

From day 1 Athena has had back leg issues.  They've never been strong and all indications-callous placement among them-are that she lived in or spent a lot of time in a small cage.   
In the early days watching her run to try and keep up with other dogs was bittersweet.   She wanted to run with them so badly, but her legs didn't give her the strength to keep up.

It was a joy to watch her legs gain strength so that she could easily climb stairs, keep up with the dogs at the park, and climb onto her window perches around the house.

Overall, Athena has blossomed since adoption.  She is a very happy dog and very emotional.  She expresses her emotions with her whines, moans and barks.   She adores all dogs and is a great big sister.   She absolutely loves to run with dogs at parks and day care.
With us a few weeks here 2014

Nothing makes her happier than being with her "Pack".  Whether it be outside, at the park, in the car, or at play care if she's with them, she's content.  

She also knows her own body.  If she's not ready to go out in the morning, she won't go out.   If she doesn't feel like going to play care, we let her stay home.    We never push her to over do it.

In the last year and a half, we've seen issues with her back legs.   They bother her and when they do it is pretty obvious.  You can see it in her run, her lack of climbing into her bed (a chair in the bedroom), and her need for assistance in getting in the car. 

Sadly this year has been pretty rough for her.   We've noticed her leg issues extending beyond just "getting weak".  At the park once, when her legs gave out, we noticed her dragging her paws.  They were being scraped under as she walked.   Other times she runs "hopping" her back legs along. She can't 'run' with them some days.


Recently her legs have locked up on her.   She ends up sitting in these weird positions because her legs won't bend appropriately.

Best company

In her bed

This morning I dropped her off at the vet for them to look at her.   We're hoping it's something that can be addressed with a shot, pill, or massage even.   We've begun to wonder if maybe she was injured before us and it never healed properly.  All sorts of questions we'll never know the answer.

Besides all this, she's still her wonderful self. At the vet there was a pug there and she was introducing herself to the little thing-like she does anytime she meets a new dog. Her body may not be cooperating with her at the moment, but she's still raring to go.  

Athena is the sweetest dog you will ever meet.  Hoping she gets some relief!  

playing with lil brother
Having a blast at Play Care.
So beautiful
Mommy and Athena
Running with lil Bro
With Daddy!!!!!!!!!