Once in a while I will come across someone who really inspires me to keep going and to never lose sight of my goals. This was the case for Sheralene Thompson, she has been a supporter of Maxx’s page for quite some time now and has purchased one of our shirts. Sheralene had told me that her dog had passed away from this disease but that’s all I knew until the day she sent me Ruby’s Story. I believe that we all have that ONE special dog that changes our life for the better, that will always hold a place in our hearts that no other dog will ever replace. Maxx is that ONE for me, I will always have a dog in my life but I know Maxx will forever be my special boy. This was the case for Sheralene and Ruby. Ruby lost her battle with MegaE but she inspired her mom to do great things for others, which in return reminds me of why I started Maxx’s Story to begin with. Below is Ruby’s Story, I hope this touches your heart the same it touched mine. Even when things are bad and life is hard you can always turn it into something good.
My story began in 2010 when our GSD Ruby was diagnosed with MegaE. She was already 8 years old and for the 2 years that she remained with us, we loved on her, fed her, listened to her breathing, stayed up all night with her, took her on nightly rides (which she dearly loved), took her to the beach and let her run in the sand or sit and watch the people go by. She had aspiration pneumonia on about 4 occasions and we thought in July of 2012 that she was recover once again. However, her body was too weak, the bacteria was resistant and we sadly made the decision to let her go that August. Ruby was my best friend and was that ONE special dog. She taught me so much in her short life (10 years). She inspired me to go into animal rescue. Since 2014 we formed a small non profit organization in our town to help homeless pets find homes.
Diesel was diagnosed 1 year ago with Mega E. After a long year of trial and error and many sleepless nights of him coughing and regurgitating I am happy to say we finally have it under control. After a year he is once again the happy active dog he once was. We keep his food bowl elevated and he is able to tolerate canned food. We have taken the water away completely. That was what gave him the most trouble. To keep him hydrated I mix Knox Blocks in with his canned food which is divided into 2 meals a day. Through out the day and evening he is given ice cubes to eat. He has done well with this. His worst time of day was always at night when he laid down to sleep. There was barely a night that he didn’t regurgitate. I purchased the Kong inflatable collar a month ago and put it on every night before we go to bed. It keeps his head elevated and well worth the investment. He has had no regurgitation at night since we started using it and has done great during the day
Two days after Wylie’s 11th birthday she regurgitated her food. Oh she must have eaten too fast, I thought. It happened again the next day and off to the vet. Acid reflux was probably the cause. Two more days of regurgitating and I called our vet. He suggested for Wylie to be seen by a specialist if we were ok with that. This was on a Friday and he got us an appointment for Monday.
Of course I googled her symptoms and ME came up. Read all I could find over the weekend. Monday morning it was confirmed that Wylie had ME. The internal specialist suggested we test for Addisons Disease and Myasthenia Gravis. We did. Wylie tested positive for the MG. We started to treat her MG with medicine. She continued to regurgitate and lose weight quickly. We had a feeding tube placed. The regurgitating stopped, however she became weaker and weaker. Her MG medicine was increased. I had no idea that she had aspiration pneumonia and was getting too much medication at the time until one day she was so weak that I took her in to the emergency vet. AP they said and she was admitted. Two days later she was paralyzed. I transferred her to a hospital with a neurologist so he could treat her MG. He had her walking in 24 hours. She ended up staying in ICU for 13 days due to AP and MG issues. She came home skin and bones.
Two years later her MG is in remission. She eats and drinks without elevation and no longer uses her feeding tube. Today she is a happy, sassy and spunky 13 year old.