Success Stories

A Tribute to Our Dogs and their Families

           Sully's 9th Birthday, September 30, 2012


Happy 9th Birthday today to my Heart Dog, Sully! If not for Sully, I would not have started classes and become a part of a wonderful family of dog friends. Sully brought Agility, Obedience, Rally Obedience, and Therapy Dog work into my life. His patience, understanding and willingness to please not just me, but everybody that meets him, is such an inspiration. His diagnosis with Stage 5 Lymphoma in November of 2009, taught me to appreciate every single moment, of every day, with every dog. His strength in surviving 26 long weeks of chemotherapy, then making the trip to UKC Agility Allstars and placing 3rd after nine grueling months off, should be an inspiration to anybody that has an agility dog!
He is still the kind, benevolent ruler of our canine household, accepting fosters, rescues and puppies with ease.
Now retired from competition, he continues his life’s work at the Radiation/Oncology Center at Inova Loudoun Hospital, bringing comfort, hope and joy to cancer patients.
Happy Birthday Sully! Thank you for all you have given to me, and so many people, in your nine years!

HURLEY'S "TAIL" OF SUCCESS - August 9, 2012


 Dr. G called today...Hurley is perfect!! Just a small infection probably caused from him scratching at his head. He does not need anymore antibiotics!!  Dr. Genovese said this is the best news!! Hurley is to continue on his ointment for two weeks and he will be fine!!  He is negative for MRSA...!! They did two cytology tests on him and both were negative! ! So HAPPY...!!! This is the best news ever....!! His Meet and Greet is going to be wonderful...!




 UPDATE -Thursday, March 31, 2011
It's hard to believe, but this week marks ONE YEAR since Sully finished his chemotherapy for Lymphoma!
Please join me in celebrating his continued good health!

From Ann about Sully:
I have shared in difficult days
because I want everybody to know,
There Is Always Hope.
Even in the face of terminal diagnosis....don't lose hope!
I am so thankful for every day I have had with Sully
since that day of diagnosis.
Working with cancer patients every day,
we know how that diagnosis impacts you.
We know how hard it is to find hope.
Sully is living proof to so many
that you should never give up!


Update - Sunday, March 27, 2011    

It has been a roller-coaster ride since Riley's SHO surgery on the left front leg December 29th.

Riley was healing beautifully until the middle of February when we had a horrible set back.  X-Rays in the sixth week of recovery showed that the metal plate had moved off of the bone and three screws were broken.  Dr. Philibert, the bone specialist from Ottawa, performed an emergency surgery the very next day.  We were very fortunate that the other five screws had held fast and the partially healed bone had not moved out of alignment.  Dr. Philibert had to drill new holes in the bone to reposition the metal plate.  He also removed bone marrow from Riley's left hind leg to fill in the original holes.  An external fixator was attached to Riley's front leg to provide more support while the bone continued to heal.  The external fixator is a metal brace on the outside of the leg, screwed into the bone in four places...a hideous contraption to say the least. 

Last Monday, March 21st, the x-rays showed that the bone was 90% healed, the metal plate and screws are already fused to the bone.  Apparently the bone marrow would have assisted with the speed of healing.  Dr. Philibert was very pleased indeed with what he saw, and is amazed with Riley's strength and energy.  

Tuesday the external fixator came off!  We were so happy to see the end of that!  A mild sedative was all that was needed to remove the screws, and already the holes are healing nicely.  And...that silly hat is off of Riley's head...finally Riley can scratch his ears!

We continue to follow a very strict schedule, four walks each day, twenty minutes each walk until the middle of April, then we will be able to slowly go for longer walks monitoring Riley's comfort level.  Riley's range of motion and muscle need to be built up; we will be going to a Canine Physiotherapist starting next week.  It is not over yet, but each day shows remarkable improvement.  

Riley's right front leg has taken quite a beating during all this, and Dr. Philibert is hoping to do this leg in two or three months; how Riley is walking on the left leg and how much bone damage has been done to the right leg will all determine the date for the next surgery.  

The original cost of the one leg was $3,500; we have gone $1,500 over our budget on this first surgery due to the set back...we have had to use some of the money we saved for the second surgery...but we have some time now to tuck more away in what we now call our Riley Account.  It is amazing what one can learn to do without when faced with expenses like this has been.

Thank you to all who have donated.  When I go into the Vet clinic and they tell me my balance in the Riley Account I am always amazed.  When things seem so sad, I am reminded of the kindness and generosity of people...and I don't even know who these people are.  I do know that the donations combined with the prayers and support from The Doodle Zoo has helped us through this ordeal, and I know will continue to help us through the next leg surgery.  

Riley will walk and run like a Doodle is born to do;  Dr. Philibert, Dr. Hunt, Riley's family and all of you who we now call our friends are going to make this happen.  Thank you.


Update - Saturday, March 5, 2011

 I just wanted to write to ask to have Keola taken off the Doodle Messenger. Since we had decided to wait to have her surgery until at least this summer, it gave us time to save money for the surgery. Our financial situation has also changed a little, as I got a different job and will not be in school full time. Since we can afford it better than most on the Messenger, I do not want to take any donations so that they can go to one of the other doodles.


Update - Thursday, February 3, 2011

The update and good news. As a result of hard work, a holistic approach to Trooper's OCD, meds, vitamins and the right exercise, Trooper seems to be better! According to dr. Kinney, it sounds like due to his young age and all of the above, the OCD scarred over and surgery probably won't be needed!! We are truly blessed as the surgery was still a long way off financially.
If anybody should ask, Trooper has been on Rimadyl, 2000 iu of Vitamin C, Vitamin E daily. We limited his running (which was the hard work LOL) and exercised him on the stairs indoors. It all worked so far.
I think we can report Trooper as a success story on Doodle Messenger.
Let's hear it for the healing power of prayer and puppyhood




 Addison's simply appears among dogs in a random manner in all breeds, however, Standard Poodles are among those breeds known for a propensity for this disease. With knowledge, Sharon and Mark have gained some solace. However, If only to have others to grieve with, or talk with, or share how difficult the days while Buddy went through the diagnostic process, initial treatment and monitoring, and even sometimes now, was not to be.
Buddy's human Veterinarian has stepped in to fill that void in the best ways possible with emotional support, providing a knowledge base as well, and treating Buddy with not only the exacting tests necessary for the diagnosis and treatment, but with  the frequent and  on-going tests, medications and best protocol necessary for Buddy to live both a good and long life. The submitter for this family has told us, the news of Buddy's condition, "was just devastating to the entire family and to everyone who knows the family."
Addison's is not an easy disease to diagnose or treat in dogs (see below * for additional information). An Addisonian crisis (falling into a coma) can be imminently out of the blue, or come upon a dog if constant attention by the family is not observed in watching for potentially changing behaviors, symptomologies, and constant medication and monitoring. Sometimes, an Addison's disease dog will have this crisis without any visible warning whatsoever to the owner, during or after a wonderful day, and in the most unlikely setting. Addison's disease can be expensive in terms of the diagnostic tests and medication adjustments which must be made over the remaining lifetime of a dog like Buddy.  With luck, love, and care returned by his owners, Buddy may continue to have a long and loved life. Buddy's food, activity, medication, and possible triggers to the adrenal glands will also be players with his condition. For in a way, Addison's disease is very much a mystery solved time and again as measured by a dog's behaviors, appropriate investigative blood tests, medication and medication adjustments at the Veterinarian's office sometimes weekly, often monthly, or more frequently or less as new or different symptoms appear and blood levels are checked.
Owners of dogs with Addison's Disease have reported in the Addison's literature of watching their dog faint, or fall to the ground or floor still and unmoving in a coma-like state which  requires  immediate  emergency intervention of usually intravenously (IV) administered medication to save the dog's life and to balance  electrolytes, sodium, and protiens essential to life. For some owners, this is the initiating and frightening experience
with Addison's.
Some owners, with less love for a dog, or in undue economic hardship, might humanely euthanize. Some have. Some will. This disease has been termed, "sneaky" and not always, "predictable" and over time a substantial amount of money for life-time medical attention is needed.  Interestingly, it appears more in female dogs than males, and often may take several episodes of lethargy, vomiting, diahrreah and intermittent periods of wellness before tests are begun. Euthanasia for Buddy is not a consideration for Sharon and Mark and the children. They are longing and working to do everything they can to keep Buddy as their healthy, loyal and faithful companion in all of the ways that word captures and he emulates. And, most importantly,  maintain Buddy's quality of life since there is every reason to believe this is possible with current medical knowledge and constant attention to his behavior symptomologies.
Addison's Disease dog owners, must be daily detectives in observing changes in their dog's overall status. Buddy's family have now truly become, Buddy's buddies!
It is the cheerleaders of this family who have said to The Doodle Messenger, "Please, help them, they do everything for everyone in this community and we need to help them now, the ongoing cost is overwhelming."   
Buddy attended basic obedience school as a young dog, but his apparently inate skills as a giver of service and friendship just seem to have materialized to meet a number of needs within this family; possibly some kind of destiny one might think. Who knows, perhaps he is an angel among us!  Buddy needs a hand from Doodle friends and Doodle lovers and researchers to continue their work in early intervention and treatment of Addison's Disease. 
*The Founders Board provides medical information as can be gathered in researching a submission, and as an attempt to clarify or possibly explain further the submitter's written request. In no way should medical terminology used above be substituted for consultation,
information and advice from a dog's own Veterinarian.
Of interest to readers about Addison's Disease, there are many Internet sites to share. Three of particular interest are suggested here to start:
Addisondogs.com (by and for owners of Addison's Disease dogs)
Merck Veterinarian Library
Addison Disease In Your Dog-Treating Hypoadrenocorticsm
                  by Ron Hines, DVM, PhD