Jeff’s Post – Ups and Downs!
I don’t normally like to get off the topic of running but I will for a moment with this post. Tamara and I have been through a crazy range of emotions over the last week. So, I give you a little behind the scenes at “werrunners”. We didn’t discuss it much but some of our loyal readers picked up on the fact that Tamara and I are a “dating running couple”. We both own houses and decided recently to move in together (Tamara moving in with me – on Memorial Day weekend). We have been working non-stop (with an amazing amount of help from my parents) to get things ready for the move. Part of this was to finally finish my basement and to get a nice gym set up for us. Rewind to last Wednesday – Tamara calls me at 2:30 in the morning (still living apart) to tell me that her Manchester Terrier “Kilee” came in from outside and couldn’t move her back legs. She didn’t appear to be in pain but obviously we were both alarmed. Tamara stayed with her and made an appointment for her at the vet first thing Wednesday. She calls me from the vet and says that they think Kilee had a stroke and referred us to an emergency animal hospital about an hour away. I left work and met Tamara and we headed to the animal hospital. The doctor advised us that they would have to do an MRI to get a better idea on what we were dealing with. We took Kilee to an imaging center about 2 hours away for the MRI and then headed back to the animal hospital to discuss the results. The results – no stroke, no disc issues, no tumor, no cancer and a spinal tap confirmed no infection but the spinal cord was showing some sort of discoloration around ½ way down Kilee’s back. Kilee was a 100% healthy dog, she was the athlete in the family and Tamara often took her running with her and now she was paralyzed in the hind quarters. Needless to say we were devastated. Tamara has another Manchester Terrier “Kacee” and I have a beagle mix “Teddy” and we were so exited for all of the dogs to finally live together. They have spent many weekends together and Teddy and Kacee were fast friends spending their time chasing each other around the yard. We decided it was best to leave Kilee at the animal hospital for a few days to start a steroid treatment. Move to Thursday – We begin the move to my house on Thursday and Friday (again with amazing help from my family). We check on Kilee a few times a day with no change. On Saturday we decide to go get Kilee and bring her home. It was important for Tamara and I to make sure Kilee made the move with the rest of the family. Again, another range of emotions when we see her. She was scared but so happy to see us when we came in. I wish I had a video camera running when we brought her in the house. Kacee and Teddy were so excited to see Kilee and it was amazing how gentle they were with her. At the moment we are caring for Kilee in our home. We have been carrying her around like a baby and I have walked her some with a towel around her hind quarters. Tamara has quickly learned how to express the bladder and at the moment we are just glad to have her home. It is still heartbreaking to see her in this condition and we are hoping for the best over the next few weeks. We are puzzled, saddened and angry over the sudden paralysis of her legs and continue to look for answers. Of note is that she was treated with Simple Guard flea and tick medicine a few days before her paralysis. Tamara is convinced that this treatment played a role in Kilee’s issue and she will be writing a blog post over the next few days to talk about her findings. Hoping all the dog lovers can send some positive thoughts our way. We would love nothing more than to see Kilee run free again.
A few running notes: For the first time since I can remember I took 3 days off from running as we dealt with Kilee and our move. I did get a run in on Sunday – it was a hot 6 miles and I thought of Kilee often during my run. Tamara and I also ran a hot 4 miles this morning. Tamara got her new Landice L8 treadmill delivered on Wednesday and got to run on it the first time on Saturday. The gym is also nearing completion. Still have some things to add but we are getting there.
Have a good day – Go for a run if you get a chance and give your pet a hug!