8.14.2013

Stormy

 For those of you who do not know, this is Stormy, our almost 2 year old pug.

Isnt she the sweetest?


Stormy became very ill this summer, and after many attempts at diagnosis, she finally found her way to a veterinary neurologist in Weymouth, Massachusetts who
after an MRI and a spinal tap diagnosed her with Inflammatory Brain Disease.



We were so sad, so heartbroken. She was lethargic, unresponsive to food, 
and unable to walk correctly, or even stand at times.


It has been a few weeks now since her diagnosis. She is on prednisone, and has had a remarkable recovery. Well, not so remarkable actually. Why?

Well:

1.  She is a strong-willed pup

2.   Prayer.  People all over the world have contacted me through Instagram and on this blog to let me know that Stormy is being prayed for in their churches. Families are asking for updates and are wanting to see more pictures. Wow. All this for our Stormy.




I can say that when she was very ill, my heart physically ached for this little furball. 
She is like my third child. She is sweet and gentle and playful. 




We have been home all summer with her.
I am having a hard time even thinking about leaving her in a few weeks.
But I will get home early from teaching, so I will be able to 
be with her. Actually, she could probably use the peaceful sleep time. Now she mostly follows me around as I do laundry or dishes, etc....


She will be on the prednisone a few more weeks, and then we will decide if we 
want to give her a chemo shot. Apparently her bone marrow is running amuck, leading to swelling around her brain.



Stormy still doesn't do her "pug run" around the kitchen at a maniac speed, and doesn't really play.
But she seems happy, eats well, sleeps well, and is LOVED.


Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness, inquiries and prayers.

(And a piece of advice: get pet insurance.)

See Stormy on Instagram: @princesnowfarm, @stormymypug


35 comments:

  1. Oh my word I am thrilled. Tears in my eyes!!

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  2. I will add her to my prayers, so glad to hear she is doing better. It is a difficult thing to have our furry family members ill.
    Much love and big hugs to you all. xxoo

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  3. My Gus has been on Cyclosporine since he went off prednisone. I believe its a chemo med. Still sending prayers.

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    1. That may be the one Stormy needs. Glad to know Gus is ok. Thanks for the prayers!

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  4. I am so glad that Stormy is doing well and has the determination to survive.

    I am so sad that you have to leave her, but I realize that we left our precious Dorje every weekday for 7 years until Steve added a studio onto the house. She was happy to see us and didn't seem to mind. I guess she just rested all day for when we came home.

    At my school, we had one PE teacher who brought her dachshunds to school daily. It was wonderful therapy for some of the special ed students on campus.

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    1. Yes, she sure is determined! Usually it's about 6 hours she is alone. We do realize that she sleeps the whole time, but it doesn't make it easier! Wish I could bring her to school!!!!

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  5. Good morning my sweet friend....I missed your post earlier today as I got off of the computer early today.

    My heart aches to see anyone, human or animal, suffer. I am on the verge of tears her to know that little Stormy has prayer warriors on her side!!!!!!!! YIPPPPEEEEEEEEE (I believe God loves His creatures of the furry kind too!)

    School starts in 3 weeks for us; I too will be home earlier than I used to, now that my 5 day a week job will be on a .53 basis. I want to wish you a FABULOUS remainder of summer with everyone you love, and a great new school year. Love, Anita

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    1. It is amazing how many people love this sweet little girl Anita! I would love a half time position. Half pay too though, I know. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Our August, usually very hot and humid has been like fall!

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  6. Oh poor little Stormy. It's so sad that such a little baby is inflicted with such a complex and debilitating illness. She looks like such a kind and gentle soul. I'll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed that she makes a full recovery or that the vets can find an effective way to manage her illness.

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    1. Thanks for your kindness Meghan! She is a kind and gentle soul, perfect description!

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  7. I am so sorry. I know how hard you have been working on Stromy's health. It is awful when a furry child is not well. They cannot express themselves, but you just know. I am still thinking of Stormy. You can tell how much she loves your family.

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  8. I've been waiting with bated breath to hear how Stormy is doing... I am so so glad she is doing so much better. Not to be creepy, but I have two pugs myself and I live sort of near you ("Patriots"-ville!) so if anything ever happens that your little Stormy needs some looking after while you go to work, especially if she has her shot, I would be happy to do that. I know you have no idea who I am, but just wanted to throw it out there in case it ever helps to know there is a "friend" nearby that can help out.

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    1. Thanks so much! You have two pugs...how lucky, as they are just the sweetest! You are not fa away, you are right! You have me in tears now with your kind offer! I am not sure what the plan is yet, but I will report back once we know. How did you find us?

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    2. :-)

      I found you a few weeks ago... some other coastal-loving blog had you listed as a fav and of course, you had me at Nantucket!!! Since then, I've been a loyal reader, and to find out you had a PUG - whoop!!! Over the moon!!!

      Please do keep me in mind if you need anything - I would be so happy to help, and I'm sure my Lola and Otis would love to see a cousin!!!

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  9. Awww...Stormy is so precious! I hope she will continue to recover - animals certainly have a way of touching our hearts. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Hugs!

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  10. I just love the pictures of your children with Stormy. It is clear that she is getting the love and attention she needs. We had a 15 year old dog that suffered a stroke. The vet treated him with steroids, vitamin shots, and antibiotics. This was about 10 years ago when there wasn't much in the way of treatments and the vet was throwing everything he could at the problem, without making it worse. We had to hand feed him (his favorite foods) for a week. He wouldn't even eat if we didn't. Well, he recovered so well and lived to be 20, without any more illnesses! The vet had never seen anything like it in a stroke patient, in fact he cautioned us not to expect much recovery. I really think it was our care and our dog's spirit that pulled him through. Just like a sick human, they rely on us to be strong for them and help them recover, with extra love, attention, and support. Stormy has that in spades!

    E.

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    1. Hi E. Yes, she loves the kids, and they love her. I cannot believe that story about your dog having a stroke and then living to 20!!! I agree, I think dogs are a lot like people, and love and attention goes a long way. Thanks for your constant kindness, support and friendship.

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  11. Monica,
    Thank you for this update on Stormy! Tom, Panda, Mocha and I all send her our very best. Panda's best friend is a pug that looks a lot like Stormy.
    You all take care!

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    1. How sweet Loi! I have given Stormy extra hugs and kisses from your entire family! I appreciate your kindness!

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  12. Prayers for Stormy. I know how special pets are.

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  13. I'm so glad to hear Stormy is doing well. She looks like such a sweet girl!

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  14. I am tickled pink to hear that Stormy is doing better. I will keep her in my thoughts and send positive energies her way to heal completely and quickly. Those fur balls wiggle their way into our hearts quite quickly and then they are there for life!:D
    Hugs my friend,
    Beth P

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  15. What a lovely family dog! I'm glad Stormy is healing. Thanks for sharing her story.

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  16. I am so happy to hear that Stormy is on the mend but I will continue to send well wishes. Fifty will be asking for prayers on his FB page as well xo

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  17. oh how scary - but I'm so glad Stormy is getting better! she sounds like such a sweetheart. MUCH love to all of you from me and Charlie (my lab) and best wishes for a continued recovery!

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  18. It is funny how strong these silly little dogs are - way stronger than I am. Stormy is definitely in my prayers. I'm so happy she is doing great, and I just adored seeing so many photos of her.
    Love,
    Christy

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  19. I am so sorry - I thought Stormy was doing okay all this time. I know that I hate taking prednisone so I hope that Stormy is handling it okay. Stormy will be added to my prayers now too.

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    1. Thanks Carol so much. This was my post from the summer. She has ups and downs. The bad blood work makes me nervous, but I just know with the prayers she is receiving from all over the world she'll pull through!

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