A group of wonderful ladies who call themselves the “Fur Angels Blessing Blanketeers” (aka FABB) sent the most beautiful blanket to Miss Pickles. The blanket is soft and warm and Miss Pickles spends a majority of her time wrapped in it, sitting on it or burrowed underneath it …. she loves it! It might be, perhaps, the first blanket 12-year-old Miss Pickles ever owned. She’s a lucky little girl and she has flourished thanks to the love and support she’s received from so many people.
It was 6 weeks ago that Miss Pickles was diagnosed with “Chiari-like malformation” which is a condition characterized by the mismatch of size between the brain and the skull. The skull is too small, causing part of the brain to descend out of the skull through the opening at its base, crowding the spinal cord. Because of this she has has developed Syringomyelia, a disease of the spinal cord which is caused by the obstruction of spinal fluid in the nervous system. High pressure in the spinal cord – compared to low pressure outside – leads to fluid accumulation which eventually forms cavities.
Besides the disease mentioned above, Miss Pickles also has “Multifocal intervertebral disc disease” and, in her case, 2 cervical discs have ruptured.
Dr. Amy Komitor, Neurology Specialist at VCA Veterinary Specialists has been caring for Miss Pickles. Her approach was to manage the pain aggressively. Miss Pickles was put on 3 different pain medications, and she was also given a drug which is known to reduce the amount of spinal fluid, thus lessening the pressure. In addition, her activity is very restricted. Fortunately, Miss Pickles has responded positively and she is doing quite well. She is happy and content and enjoying her new life! This is especially amazing because, weeks ago, we worried that she would might have to be helped to the Rainbow Bridge. The love and prayers of so many people, combined with excellent medical care, have given this adorable little girl another chance at life.
Moving forward, Miss Pickles will remain on the 4 medications mentioned above, plus an antihistamine she gets twice a day. Her activity will always be restricted, which she has no issues with. In about 10 days we will reduce one of the drugs she’s been taking (a synthetic morphine called Buprenorphine) by 50%. We also hope to start Miss Pickles on regular acupuncture treatments soon.
We are so incredibly grateful for the donations that have been sent to help with Miss Pickles’ medical expenses; they are very much appreciated. Your help is what makes it possible for us to even consider helping another senior dog in the future. Donations are still being accepted and can be made directly to VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado by calling them at 970-278-0668 (please mention that your donation should be applied to the account of Miss Pickles Taylor). If you prefer, a check can be mailed to: VCA of Northern Colorado, 201 West 67th Court, Loveland, CO 80538. (Be sure to note on your check that your donation is to be applied to the account of Miss Pickles Taylor).
Again, our deepest gratitude to everyone who has donated toward her care, kept Miss Pickles in their thoughts and prayers, and/or expressed your well wishes. We are so very thankful to all of you!
Be sure to check out the pictures below of Miss Pickles with her new blanket:
Read the past blog posts about Miss Pickles:
2/25/17 – Miss Pickles, a special girl with special needs
3/1/17 – Update on Miss Pickles
3/2/17 – Today was a GOOD DAY for Miss Pickles
3/15/17 – Miss Pickles, 3 Weeks Later
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still and always..
holding you in my heart..
precious MISS PICKLES ♥♥
Miss Pickles is so precious!! Thank you and her doctors for giving her happiness.💕💕🐾🐾
she is such a little cutie – glad she is enjoying life
Bless her sweet heart, hugs Miss Pickles.
What a Beautiful Blanket and a Beautiful Lil’ Girl in her Blanket! <3 Thank You Rudi for the update on Miss Pickles, what great news. So happy she is feeling better and doing good. Bless Her Lil Heart. <3 Continuing Prayers as always. <3
Thank you for the update. Great news. You guys are incredible. Blessings to you all.
Always love hearing updates on Miss Pickles. Prayers still being sent for the sweet baby.
What a wonderful gift for Miss Pickles. Thank you for sharing and the update. I envy the work you do. I keep Miss Pickles in my prayers.
Hurray for people willing to help an animal especially a special needs animal you are heroes!!
Oh Rudi, she’s looking well. I’m so glad to hear her health is improving. The power of prayer is amazing. It’s wonderful to see so many people helping her. Thank you for the lovely photos of your sweet girl.💗💗💗
SO glad to hear she’s doing well! While I love the whole Taylor clan, Miss Pickles holds a special place in my heart. Love seeing her photos and knowing she’s feeling good.
Sending you much love and hugs.
Miss Pickles is a most precious little girl. She is incredibly lucky to be with the loving “Taylor family” and surrounded by all her siblings. I always include each of you in my daily prayers. May you continue to do well, sweetie. You look so lovely in the photos and your new blanket is beautiful. Sending lots of love! 💞😘💞😘
This sounds like the same problem our Binky had, it was described the same way but Purdue University animal hospital called it COMS. The medication he is on has done a very good job of keeping him walking. I hope Miss Pickles has the same experience!
Glad Miss Pickles is feeling better. Her new blanket is gorgeous and fits her well. Keep getting better Miss Pickles. I love u.
Miss Pickles and Fernando make me smile. I am so glad that they both have you to love and care for them. My heart still aches for sweet Harley but I know he blesses everything you do. Much love!!
Get well soon ms pickles I love you baby!!🐾🐶❤️
You go Miss Puckkes Taylor life is wonderful when the right people are in your life 😍💜🐾🐶🐾🐶
I am so happy for Ms Pickles!! She is enjoying her special blanket and doing so well !! I will continue my Prayers for her and her family!! You Mom and Dad are the best!! Thanks for all you do for these dogs!!! I Love Ms Pickes with all my heart and soul !! ☺💌
She’s so cute. I’m glad to read she’s doing better now. Big hug from Holland xxxx
Beautiful blanket for a beautiful girl 💕🐶🐾
Love you Miss Pickles! Glad to know you are doing better! Prayers always.
Hi Miss Pickles! I’m so glad you’re feeling better. You look adorable with your new blanket.
Miss Pickles is so adorable in her new blanket. So glad to hear that Miss Pickles is doing so much better!!
I’m so glad she loves her blanket, I was happy to make it for her. Continued prayers for little Miss Pickles
Such a Beautiful Girl! Prayers always. God bless you Miss Pickles…..❤❤
I love you Miss Pickles! ❤
Miss Pickles has stolen my heart…. <3 <3 <3 What a lovely, cozy, blanket……. 🙂
Continued prayers for Miss Pickles! A perfect blanket for her! Love from me & my “pack” from Southern California!
What a sweet heart!!!
She is just a doll! So happy to hear she is doing well!! She looks cozy in her beautiful blanket too