I am done with my treatment!! :)

I completed my treatment protocol yesterday. Mom said I was a trooper. Although, I am walking a bit slow today, you would have never guessed I just had 2 injections of Arsenic in a 24 hour period. My appetite is back full force.

I will continue on the prednisone for the next 30 days. The steroid helps to reduce inflammation in the lungs and vessels, caused by the worms before and after they die. It also helps reduce the risk of an acute pulmonary embolism that can cause sudden death as the worms are dying.

My re-test will be on/around March 26th. Both my family and I are remaining positive that I will test negative and will not need a second series of injections. Our vet said since I was pretty early in the disease I should be just fine, as statistics show a 96% negative result for stages 1-3 of the disease at the 6 month mark when given the recommended 3 injection protocol.

 

❤ Bells

 

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A bit embarrassed with my bald spots. They were necessary as the Vet needed to have a sterile are for the injections. 

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Heartworm Treatment Update

Through a connection my mom had at work she was able to get the name of the vet who does all the hearworm+ treatment on the animals in the shelters here in my town. The vet worked a great deal and with the blessing of my family and friends who donated, we were able to afford the actual recommended American Heartworm Association treatment plan of the melarsomine injections.

My first injection was yesterday. It was a painful ordeal. They tried to numb the area as best as they could but the poison that gets injected bypassed the numbing medication and was felt immediately.

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me when I got home after the injection…hoping no one will catch the patch of hair missing. I had to be shaved so they would have a sterile site for the injection

I stayed in the hospital for exactly six hours. I was surrounded by really nice individuals. The tech even fed me. The vet said I did really well, better than he has seen in some time. I was up walking about twenty minutes after the injection, although I was walking slow.

I was in pain for a majority of the night. No matter which way I tried to lay my body, it was to uncomfortable. My Mom was a trooper. She stayed up with me until I was finally able to fall asleep, even though she had work today.

I will continue to be on activity restriction for another 3 months. Lets just say, I am sure missing my outside feel the grass potty breaks.

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me trying to get comfortable during the night and in between my wimpers

Since today was my brother’s first day back at school and my Mom had work, I was alone in my recovery. Luckily, for me the girls came to check up on me. I love Ms. J. She has always understood the friendship me and the girls have. ❤

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woke up from nap to the girls standing over me. true friendship

 

 

Staying Positive DONATIONS CLOSED :)

So much has been going on since I last posted. I had been enjoying the summer break with my hooman brother and sister. She has started coming over a bit more these last few months. She jokes and tells our mom it is because we have cable. LOL

Then my happiness abruptly ended. My mom took me to get tested for heartworms. I have not been showing any signs of illness or anything but over the summer my mom took a summer seasonal job with a vet clinic and she was seeing dogs come in and every work day there was one or two who tested positive. So she thought to put her at ease, I should get tested. We never thought the results would come back the way they did. At first, she thought it was a false positive so the vet did a second test and within 30 seconds the test came back with the same news we had been giving from the first test. I was positive. The vet is confident we caught it early and will not be a death sentence but finances have always been rough here at home. My mom does the best she can but as most others lives paycheck to paycheck. The vet was kind enough to give me a treatment plan that was a little more than half of the recommended more aggressive treatment plan so that is the route we have gone. We are remaining hopeful and positive that this route will heal me with minimal damage to my heart and other organs that heartworms attack.

I know I myself, am staying positive because I want to be around a lot longer to enjoy my hoomans. As part chihuahua I have an average lifespan of 12 to 20 years and italian greyhound of 12 to 15 years. So if I can meet those in the middle of 15 years, I still have at minimum 7 years left to enjoy my family.

 

My mom has always been a very proud individual. We can be short on funds for things at times but she has always refused to ask for help. At times, she will go without than to ask my grandparents for help. I have always admired the strength this woman has. So, it was hard for her to swallow that pride pill and reach out.

She created a go fund me in hopes that people will find it in their hearts to donate any amount they can to help with my treatment. She has also asked the vet clinic she worked at earlier in the summer about working during the school year in hopes to earn a bit more to go towards the treatment.

She will be uploading the test results showing the final outcome of Positive in hopes this will help individuals know that my treatment is real and will be able to feel at ease with a donation, any amount helps. $1, $2, $3, even $5.

Ways to donate if you find yourself in a place to help. Any amount will help.

CLOSED-DONATIONS RAISED)

Go Fund Me link Bella’s heartworm+ treatment 

Here is an actual breakdown for what the treatment will cost after the year mark.  

2 x-rays (cash cost $200 each) $400
12 month box of Quadriguard $37.98
6 month round of Steroid $60
12 month round of Doxycycline $480
2 heartworm tests at the 6 month mark and 12 month mark (cash cost $38 each) $76
5 office visits (one in August, October, December, April, and July) $250 at each office visit at $50

Actual total for treatment $1103.98 this was still over $1700 less than the very aggressive preferred treatment with no guarantee I will heal or make it out alive as some dogs have been known to pass away during this much more aggressive treatment. .

 

Cuddle Bugs

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A few weekends ago I asked my Mom if she would drive me over to visit these two rascals. I am starting to feel with each passing day all my friends just want to spend their days in bed. Like come on…we aren’t senior citizens.

They refused to get out of bed so I snapped a pic and decided to capture the moment and then join them. Auntie Sam rewarded us with a Petsmart trip. YAY!!! On the drive over, I was telling her how we had stopped buying Greenies and started buying Whimzees. It is a great European company based out of Holland. And everyone knows European companies are much better, Much Better than American companies. Now, before you bash me, I say this because the EU regulates products at a much stricter level than the FDA does for American companies.

I had a few extra dollars left over from my allowance so I decided to treat them to one. I was also telling them that I started a new food and how it is amazeballs. I told my Mom how I had noticed a big difference in my coat. It is now shiny and sooo soft. Even though the previous food still had 4 stars on dog-advisor, it had a lot of starch. Starch from what my Mom and I were told is bad. One, it turns into sugars which causes teeth plaque/tarter to accumulate at a faster pace. Two, starch is bad in general and the previous food I was eating had potatoes in it.

Click the Zignature image to the right to read all about the new food I am enjoying——>

We then went back to their home and enjoyed some Netflix until my Mom came to pick me up. We watched Dexter. I never got the chance to watch it from the beginning because Mom said it was too gory and she didn’t feel I would understand it was fictional.

Let me just say this…Dexter is DA BOMB!!! Oh my gosh, I never thought shows like that would have a following but wow, the plot is amazing. I was on pins and needles.

I continued watching at home. I even got my Mom to sit on the sofa with me and enjoy a few episodes. Even though I saw the last season, I think I will just watch all the way through again because I don’t remember much from the last season. I even got permission to watch the show during the day while Mom and brother are at work/school. I just had to promise that I would not watch within 30 minutes to my nap times. My Mom didn’t want me to have nightmares and no one would be around to wake me up from them. I love how they look out for me. I don’t know what I would do without my Mom or my brother.

By the way, did I mention my Mom made me an appointment for a Spa Day. Apparently, I will be having a Blueberry Facial done. I am sooo super stoked about it.

Toodles

❤ Bells

©Bella

 

#aydiosfrio18

A week has gone by and we are happy to say that we survived #aydiosfrio18. I will admit though, the weather was beautiful. My Mom said she wasn’t going to take me out because it was too cold and my sweater was not thick enough. However, after a few hours of my “crying” we stumbled our way outside. WOW!!! Maybe Mom’s do know better. My paws were cold!! My Mom immediately picked me up when we reached the bottom of the stairs. I kept myself nice and toasty nuzzled in her chest for the remainder of the less than 25 yard walk to the icy covered grass.  After we came back inside, I called my bestie Daisy to see how they were holding up with this #onceinalifetime in the teens weather.

She said they as well had not gone out but were hoping that their Mom would give in as well. Moms really are a bit overprotective, aren’t they??? She started to talk to me about the Lifetime movie they were watching and how she was so confused by the plot. I tried to explain to her a bit as I had seen before, but to no avail. I told her maybe she should just stick to Hallmark movies. Now, those are some cute story lines even if at times they don’t seem believable. I proceeded to ask how my other bestie was and her response “wait, I will send you a picture.” A few seconds later, the picture arrived. It was Darla 100%. She is such a goofball.

It was a “under the covers” type of day.

I am actually hoping we get a few more cold days like that day, it would be nice to have a winter in good ol south Texas.

©Bella

BeFunky Collage

Me on the top….Darla on the bottom

Winter Jacket

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Another year of gifts and family gatherings have passed. I am super blessed to have family that are as loving as mine. I spent Thanksgiving at home because I was feeling a bit under the weather. These Texas allergies are no joke. I was a bit sad when I found out that my cousin Jerry had driven down with my Uncle and spent the day with the family. My mom said he is very “regal”, whatever that means. 


Christmas was fun. I tagged along and went to my Great-Grandmother’s home for awhile but my anxiety level went through the roof. I ended up having to come back home. It was fine though, I had mom turn on the TV and was able to catch up with some shows I had fallen behind on. My gifts were awesome! I received this amazing indestructible ball from my friends over at Candiae. I have been playing with this thing for two weeks now and boy this thing really is indestructible. I also love that you can put treats inside of it which allows me to practice my motor skills. 

I sent some cute toys to my cousin Jerry for Christmas. I hope he enjoys them. By the way, isn’t he adorable in his winter jacket?? #jerryiscute 

©Bella

Snow??? Did someone say SNOW???

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I couldn’t believe it when I heard my Mom tell my brother that it was SNOWING!!! Like Snow in Texas is a once in a lifetime experience. Well, in my Mom’s case twice in her lifetime. Correction thrice in her lifetime if you want to count the less than half an inch we received back in 2011. Seeing as she is a bit “ancient” she experienced it back in 1985 when the city received OVER 13 1/2 inches!!! That is like almost as tall as I am when standing on my hind legs.

So, when I saw my brother come out from his room while hearing his friend on speaker phone tell him “Dude! It’s snowing,” I knew I had to see for myself. I put on the teeny tiny jacket (which reminds me, I have to lose some weight) and stepped outside. It was like I was in a Hallmark Movie. The ground was so soft like a down pillow. I immediately asked my Mom if I could go see the girls. She said of course and since she was having to take my brother on an errand, she didn’t mind dropping me off.

Ding Dong, the door bell chimed. Ding Dong, the door bell chimed again. No one was answering. I thought to myself “well, maybe they are out enjoying the snow.” Nope, as I was about to turn around and walk back to the car (my Mom was waiting before she drove off) the door opened. I walked in and found the girls just lying on the sofa. Darla (formerly known as Dahlia—she had an identity crises and now only goes by Darla) honestly, that suites her much more; was covered in her blanket watching Hallmark. They were watching Hallmark!! I wanted us to parade around outside and feel the snow hit our bodies. Daisy the old soul that she is said she saw it from the window and that was enough for her. I managed to convince Darla so her Mom helped her with her jacket and snow shoes and we went outside to play in the snow. It was the most awesome time ever. We may never see something like this again, unless either Ms. Stephanie or we move somewhere north where snow is a common site. Which by the way, I am working very hard in convincing my Mom. Heck, I am even throwing hints out there to my brother for universities in snow common cities.

Toodles until the next time.

Ciao

©Bella

 

SNOW DAY 2017 (7th Dec) in Texas

Recovery over for Fiona

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My cousin Fiona  had a minor surgical procedure last week. I had been worried about her but my Mom has put me at ease and states Fiona is doing well. She sure did look a little out of it as you can see from the picture my Aunt sent my Mom.

I asked my Mom if she would help me get together a little get well basket for her so we worked on one all week. I baked some cherry and carrot treats as well as my speciality, squash and peanut butter biscuits. I also bought a few Greenies. Greenies are amazing and they keep the pearlies white.

We took a drive earlier today to drop the basket off. She definitely is back to herself. We drove up and she was strutting around the neighborhood. She was coming back from visiting a friend of hers three blocks over. Apparently, a Pug who moved into the neighborhood about a month ago from Nashville. She claims that his (Wyatt) Mom makes some delicious Naan bread and always makes a few extras for her to bring home for snacking. While she was telling me this it reminded of the stories my Mom has told about a poodle they had growing up named Warrior. Story goes that he would walk the neighborhood during the day and every evening would come home with a few tortillas dangling from his mouth.

After she finished her bread and some of her treats I baked her, we walked around the community. The subdivision was having a community wide yard sale. It was nice. Saw a few things well priced but like Mom said we are trying to downsize at home not bring more stuff in we don’t really need. And that was that. We said our goodbyes and off we came back home.

 

©Bella

 

 

The Cape

Summer wouldn’t be summer without a game of Settlers of Catan with Yogi. #germanboardgames

My mom had some extra flight miles so we decided it would be nice for me to have a little getaway up to the Cape.

So off I went.

I arrived on the 9th early in the day and immediately Yogi’s family was there to pick me up from the airport.  The flight attendants were really awesome and extremely helpful as I was flying alone for the first time. #shoutouttoSWA

We grabbed some lunch and then headed to Oyster Beach where Yogi’s Dad had to help me with my fear of the ocean. He was very patient with me. He carried me out on the sand and stood next to me the entire time. He let me ease into the water all on my time. The ocean was beautiful!! I hope my mom and siblings can take a trip up here.

We have been exploring different places a little each day. Yogi’s parents usually will drop us off and then periodically check up on us with a phone call. My favorite so far has been Chatham Lighthouse. Coming in close second would have been our visit Chatham’s Godfrey Windmill. I love the never ending supply of seafood!!

#seafoodfordays  #salmonislife

It is nice because back home I usually only have seafood when my mom and I go out to eat since my siblings are not big seafood individuals.

Many more adventures on the horizon but in being honest, I sure do miss home. I miss my mom, brother, and sister (even though I don’t see her as often as I would like). Maybe I am not so much a teenager after all. Can’t wait to see them when I land on the 13th. #twomoredaystogo

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Yogi deep in concentration 

(love and missing you Mom and Boy)

 

©Bella

Fright Fest

Last night was a night of rebelling!! Well, not really seeing as we had parent permission but it sounds so much cooler adding the word “rebelling.” Doesn’t it? My mom dropped me off at Dahlia’s and Daisy’s so we could do movie night. The usual titles were on the menu; Finding Nemo, Cars, The Muppets take Manhatthan (thank you HULU) and of course, Little Mermaid. Daisy surprised us by suggesting a few scary movies. After a few minutes back and forth we decided on The Conjuring

Snapped this of the girls during 

  

The movie was awesome!!! It made remember the days of watching scary movies with my best friend Layla. It also taught me to always ask the history of a home before making my entrance. Last thing I would want is to become possessed with some spirit from a past lifetime especially one during an era where the clothes were not cool at all. 

#alwaysremembered #foreverinmyheart  

Mrs. Z. was really cool. She made us some carrot and squash cupcakes and she even bought us some awesome caramel flavored popcorn. We ended the night with a Greenie each. We now have permission to watch one scary movie a month. Looks like our parents are finally realizing that we are growing up. #nolongerbabies #nolongerachild

 

©Bella