December 13, 2012
Maggie update! Corgi Mom Mary sent me the following update, as well as a way to help Corgis in need!
"As you may know we took Maggie back to Boise to have the occluder checked, and the vet there removed it because she was unable to pee. They discounted the bill, but we had to pay another $650.00, so we are back to square one! I just got off the phone with him and he feels he cannot just let this case "go". He told me he is going to contact every expert on female canine incontinence and get back to me. He said maybe we could do collagen injections, (which cannot be removed, but must just fade away if he puts too much in), or maybe a pelvic sling (which is something I suggested to him in the first place). He told me the occluder surgery has replaced the sling surgery. But he found out that our Maggie is very unique. He knows that now and is willing to look at all the other options. I told him that none of this can take place until we get some of the bills paid off already. He is going to keep talking to his peers and researching our options. She is our heart dog and we love her so very much. She's leaking terribly now and is in diapers full time. It breaks our hearts to see her endure so much. But her spirit is good and she still FRAPS with us. She's so young and strong otherwise.
Also, I think you know we film dog agility trials on the weekends and have amassed 130 funny clips of hilarious stuff that happens with the dogs and people. We are using this as a fund raiser for both SCAF (Starfleet Canine Assistance Foundation) and Corgipals. It's called 'Fido Funnies Volume 2'. We tell people about you all the time. We are selling them for $19.95 and a portion of each sale will go to both of you."
November 8, 2012
Maggie is doing well and her family wants to share an update and a photo with you!
"We still have to express Maggie's bladder for her a few times a day to fully empty it. She doesn't mind at all. her crate is still dry. It's amazing to see how far we've come now. We spoke to the Boise surgeon and he doesn't like the fact that we have to express her bladder for her. He thought about taking the implant back out. We have thought long and hard about this and are not sure we want to try that. But he did say he and the maker of the occluder have seen other dogs that remain continent after it is out due to scar tissue build up. But we all know that Maggie is NOT like other dogs for sure. She seems very happy and very comfortable so we are going to carry on for now as is. I picked her up the other day and set her in my lap for the first time since she has come to us!! My whole family just smiled and stared at us. Maggie loved it!! We snuzzled and smooched for a long time. She is very loved!!"
How about THAT? Maggie got her very first cuddles. if that doesn't warm your heart, I'm sure this picture will. This is Maggie's team at her veterinary clinic. That's right, she has a team. Maggie's kind of a big deal ;)
November 4, 2012
Guess who's had a dry crate for 5 days now? :)
October 25, 2012
Update on Maggie. She's hanging in there, but hasn't improved much. Here is a message from her Dad:
"A quick update on Maggie. So many of you wrote with words of support, thank you so much. Our little girl is still doing great but still has a pottie problem. Each morning her kennel is soaked but most of the time during the day she's dry. She does strain a lot when she goes and we have to express her bladder for her. Today, she's having a bit of trouble, though. Throwing up a few times and not as energetic as the last couple of weeks.
Thanks to all of you who have donated to her fund. I realize it looks like we've met our needs but that was for her surgery. This one, which came to almost the same amount, is still in great need. We absolutely hate asking for help again but we can't do this without it."
October 6, 2012
A great update on sweet Maggie!!
"She came home Wednesday!! The surgeon in Boise is going to be prescribing a drug to help her contract her bladder better. She's doing great."
Atta girl, Maggie! Nothing can stop you!!
September 28, 2012
Another good update on Maggie Mags:
"We just now got home. She's doing great! She's still a bit slow but she really hasn't eaten anything for days, to speak of. Her labs are almost normal but they're still worried that whatever caused this may not actually be out of her system. So, they're cautiously optimistic. Everyone there has fallen for her and they've done several things for us that they NEVER do for ANYONE. PERIOD."
September 26, 2012
Pals, I know this isn't the best week, but I have some sad news regarding Maggie. I've reopened her fundraising campaign because she is back in the hospital this week. The vets think it could possibly be trouble with her liver/kidney function or leptospirosis. We will know the lab results on Friday, but meanwhile Maggie has been in and out of the hospital for a fever, loss of appetite, and a bladder infection. She seems to be doing better today, her appetite is starting to return and her urine looks normal, but she's got quite a vet bill looming over her. Please donate to this sweet girl if you can, so we can help her feel better once again!
August 28, 2012
I just received this amazing update on Maggie's post-surgery progress. I'm crying tears of joy for her and her family, I'm so happy!!
"Maggie is starting to feel better today!! Her kennel was dry for the first time in her life this morning! She was even able to go outside to really pee too!! Thank you CorgiPals for your generosity and wonderful love! We couldn't have done this without you!! We are so very thankful, words cannot express!! She is playful today and really has gotten her "Corgi" on with the other dogs too. They are looking at her and then us, and asking "Where has this dog been?" Where's Maggie? She is wonderfully full of herself and we've never seen her like this before. It is so emotional to watch her start to really play. Wow. Finally. AND.......not leaky bottom!!! Thanks you again."
August 26, 2012
Maggie went in for surgery last Tuesday to attempt to fix her double ectopic ureter problem once and for all...
Here's what Maggie's mom, Mary, had to say about the surgery:
Maggie's surgery is over and the surgeon thinks it was a success!!! He said she will need to have her kidneys checked in 5 days or so and also have her line checked. He said then this will be good for the rest of her life!!! She is in a huge amount of pain, the poor dog. I had to go to Home Depot and build a wood ramp for her to be able to get in and out of our vehicle. We can't lift her or she screams in pain!!!! She's totally incontinent. We were not expecting this, but they say that may go on for a couple of weeks until she gets used to the occluder. Anyway, thanks so much. We sure could not have been here without you!!
I will keep everyone posted on Maggie's progress as I receive updates. Thanks again to everyone who donated to support Maggie's life changing surgery. If you're itching to help another Corgi in need, please read Penny's story.
August 10, 2012
Unbelievable!! In just two days we were able to raise $2,575 for Maggie to have the life changing surgery to correct her double ectopic ureters! This has been an extremely emotional day for me, with Bandit reaching his goal, and my surprise birthday present... so thank you. All of you. Everyone who donated, everyone who shared, everyone who cared for Maggie. I'm going to email her parent right now and tell them the good news. :)