Sep 192015
 
Dog Dylan (January 8, 2001 - March 28, 2015)

Previously posted on http://dogdylan.com Rest in Peace Dog Dylan: January 8, 2001 – march 28, 2015! Dylan was a fighter! She fought for her life! She fought to be happy! And as long as she had fresh air, friends and a bowl full of great food; she was happy! People were not always in her corner, but from day one I have been in her corner! I have always cared for her, I have fought both with her and for her for [More…]

Mar 192015
 
Dog Dylan Today, March 19 2015, 4 years with IMHA!

Four years and six attacks later (diagnosed March 19, 2011), Dylan at the age of 14 is still hanging in there and loving life. I have learned a lot about treating her IMHA attacks quickly and efficiently, with the least impact on her possible. And I have learned a great deal about preventing them and what I believe is the cause of her attacks. Since January 8, 2014 Dylan has been free from medication. She has been isolated in my back yard [More…]

Sep 262014
 
Do we live in "The Matrix?"

So straight out, lets say I’m not happy about my toxic world! Below is a link to an article that started my day in my world of Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) and the death and destruction it causes on a great number of lives! http://www.wric.com/story/26632077/8news-investigates-owners-believe-popular-pet-pill-killed-dogs These are my thoughts that followed on a post in a group of people with dogs suffering through IMHA. Richard Ford: I don’t believe the coincidence crap and I don’t believe the producer can say with [More…]

May 032013
 
Immunity and IMHA - Just another normal?

Let’s start with an assumption, mother nature never designed the immune system to protect us from chemicals or even to work under these toxic conditions. This has occurred over just the last 50 years or so and this can hardly be called a normal time line for the adaptation of the immune system. Rather than calling Dylan’s immune response abnormal, I am calling it normal and it is the toxic man made chemicals on the ground and in the air that are [More…]

Feb 112013
 
Fighting For Dylan - Surviving Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia / Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia 2013

Feb 11/2012 Last update on this fight for Dylan’s life. I do believe she has used up a couple more lives in this battle. At first I was not sure she would survive the anemia, then the frantic reductions in prednisone to save her from paralysis. I did way too much planning on ending her life, including arranging a last vet visit. I hope this is the last I will see of this ugly disease. It really takes a lot out of [More…]

Dec 192012
 
All I want for Christmas is Dylan (2012)

Recently I have been trying to get back into writing more often and although a friend once said I might be writing too much about Dylan and her fight with Canine Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (also referred to as Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia); this has been the only important thing going on in my life over the last 3 days. Most people can only imagine what it is like and quite frankly, without the experience of having been through it, the imagination cannot [More…]

Mar 202012
 
Why Do the Little Things Matter in Your Dog?

I had a productive day yesterday despite several intense flashbacks and emotional moments thanks to the 1 year anniversary of Dylan’s Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) diagnosis. It sure was an intense roller coaster ride of emotion and certainly life changing for both of us. I am so glad for each good day and every great moment. Soft and cuddly Dylan, and certainly happy. I love her her dearly! Today I started experiencing panic attacks as I get vivid, extremely real flashes of [More…]

Dec 272011
 
For the Love & Death of our Dogs

Since the death of my friend SallySue’s dog Bentley (affectionately known as “Mr. B”) from Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) and my Dog Dylan’s subsequent attack of Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA; a specific form of IMHA), I have been unable to write much about anything, so I thought that maybe writing about Mr. B. and his struggle for life and SallySue’s struggle for love and some of the choices we all go through, might help me understand why. There is no doubt [More…]

Nov 132011
 
Dog Dylan: Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia - The Battle of Prednisone!

What a tough situation we find ourselves in during this fight for life. We are pretty much at the mercy of our vets when we start this journey. Having to put full trust in them immediately. To diagnose the condition and explain it to us and treat it appropriately. All sounds very easy, but with AIHA it is not. There is a tendency for this disease to strike fear in the hearts of those who treat it and that fear is easily [More…]

Sep 142011
 
Dog Dylan: Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, The First Battle to Save Her Life – Riding the Roller Coaster

Dog Dylan’s story continued with us riding on the hard rails of her roller coaster, headed directly and most surely for her first brush with death.  Anxiety and uncertainty reigned in my head and followed a night without sleep with all kinds of thoughts racing thorough my head.  Life with a very sick dog, life without Dylan, could I make a tough decision, did I have the energy for this?  What could “I” do, what did I need to do, did I [More…]