Stella and Rory

Stella and Rory

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Update for Rory and Merry Christmas

Howdy mates.  It's me Rory.  I asked mum if I could say thanks to everybuddy who sent get well wishes to me.  I'm home now.  I can't walk but I'm trying my best.  Mum and dad and my hu-siblings have been helping me get around.  They're using a bath towel like a sling under my hips to help lift and carry my big bottom out to the toilet.  I'm sorry to say I've had a couple of poo explosions inside the house.  My tummy was upset from my anesthetic after the MRI.  Mum just said to me "No worries Rory".  That carpet always was a crxp colour and now we can get it replaced".  I think she was trying to make a joke.  She's going feeble from the physical activity hehe.  
 Me on my pillows on the carpet.  
BtPE (Before the Poo Explosion)
 Me on my pillows on the lino
AtPE (After the Poo Explosion)!

Today it has been five days since I went down like a sack of spuds.  I did not know what the heck was happening with my back end.  My front legs wanted to work but the back ones must have gone on holiday.  Anyhoo, I had to stay at the Vets, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and came home Friday arvo.

Yaahoo, was I glad to be home.  Stella said I smelt rotten and was a bit scared to come near me.  She was wimping in the kitchen and wouldn't come on the carpet to see me.  What a sooky la la.  And she says I'm the wimp.  Anyhoo when mum fed me she was all like, Oh yeah Rory, I remember you now.  Can I have your tea mate?  

Here I am enjoying some fresh air on my lounge chair.  I've got my new Crows Football team sock on my dodgy foot.  I have some sores on it from dragging it and mum puts my sock on when I try to walk.  She has been putting cream on the sores too.
 I was also given a new toy.  A little doggie who has a body like Mr Frankie and Ernie.  He's got very strange eyes though.  Probably worried I will squash him in my sleep hehehe. 

Anyhoo mates, I'm getting tired.  

No worries, and slobber, Rory
and Stella

 Hi from Carol.  Rory has been coming along pretty well.  Man oh man, it's been physically demanding.  I'm getting rid of my "bingo wings" with all the lifting haha.  Rory is trying to help us.  His right leg can bear some weight and he is trying to use it when walking.  His left is the problem but today I felt a sliver of hope when he managed to swing it forward, albeit dragging the foot, for a couple of steps.  Each day I hope for some slight improvement.  He has been a trooper.  Stella was very wary of him when he came home.  I presume because he smelt like the hospital.  Didn't take her long to want to steal his food though.  My only hope is that he learns to walk enough to get to the toilet and back.  That's all.  I worry when I am on my own with him.  So far though that has only been for one morning and we managed.

Thanks again everyone.  Your love and concern for our boy has overwhelmed me.  No wonder we love Blogville.  It's the most loving town in the world!

Take care.  Oh and thank you for all the Christmas cards.  We have received so many.  If I don't get round to visiting you all, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and our family wishes you all a healthy and happy New Year.  Love Carol

P.S.  I will try and post brief updates if possible. 
P.S.S.  Rory's condition is called Fibro Cartilaginous Embolism


  1. It's so wonderful to see you home, Rory! We continue to send you tons of healing vibes and AireZen! One day at a time, buddy!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  2. My Christmas wish this year will be that Rory regains the use of his leg again. Can't imagine what you and your family are going through Carol. Our thought are with you. Wishing you a happy and joyful Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year xx

  3. Onwards and upwards. Continuing to send healing vibes and POTP to Big R. All our love to you and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Get well soon sweet boy.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Thank you for the update on our furend Rory. We too are praying really hard for that Christmas MIRACLE to happen. We have hope and faith.

    Merry Christmas to you all too!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  5. It is a slow process....a day at a time but we hope Rory gets better and be able to go short walks. Don't forget to do physical therapy with him stretching his back legs, massage and such otherwise he will lose muscle tone and it will his recovery longer

  6. Hey Rory!
    Wow, I'm so happy to hear from you, my furiend! I'm glad you are home and getting some more movement in those back leggies. I'm still sending more and more healing vibes and lots of love to you as you heal up. Take care.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Furiend

  7. THIS is VERY MUCH ENCOURAGING NEWS... Both Legs are starting to show improvement. It will be better every day. WE are sure.
    OMD RORY you DO have a toy that LOOKS LIKE US... and about those EYES... THOSE are what our eyes look like when we see all these SnowFreaks.
    In Case you are Not back around ... WE wish YOU ALL a VERY VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  8. We are glad to hear Rory continues improving slowly but surely. Thanks for the update and we hope you have a great Christmas.

    Millie & Walter

  9. I'm wishing continued improvement for dear Rory!

  10. Hi Rory, you've got a good chance at regaining movement in back there but it'll be lots of baby steps. My peeps check my "bum-bum" every 4 - 6 hours as lay on my side. They'll use a child suppository and warm it a little between their fingers. Insert it gently and after a few gentle wiggles, the #2 comes out and it's caught by a few sheets of bathroom tissue and then flushed down the toilet. It's easy and helps limit the number of unintended explosions that you've been having. Peeing is really a matter of techinique. If your mom can kneel and slide one of her knees between your rear legs then she;ll be able to express you (pee) while outside. Have your vet show your mom how it's done. You only have to find the bladder (it's like a big balloon filed with pee) and then empty it. My peeps have shown 6 different "dog walkers" how to do it and they were all pretty good. " Vet wrap" is sticky tape (that only sticks to itself) that you can wrap around foot when it drags. If we can help Carol in any way you can write us at

  11. You probably did them a favour then :) (with the carpet). So glad to see you are on the mend. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
    Dip Bridge Elliot and Lynne x

  12. Well Fibro, what you call it, glad he is coming around, hope the poo explosions are over ans Stella gets back to lover her bro!

    The Mad Scots

  13. Hari OM
    Each day a little more, that is all that's required Rory boy!! I would mention that Jade adapted very well to the use of nappies when the need arose..... &*> Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  14. We'll google that. Rory, you just take it easy...little steps....we want you up and fit and fighting the crows...wait, barracking for the Crows....

    Have a Merry Christmas...all of you.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  15. We just typed a message only to find out that something went wrong while sending and the message unfortunately disappeared... :-( Anyway, the main message was that we're keeping all our fingers and paws crossed for Rory's recovery and we hope that 2014 will bring lots of good health and good luck to you!

    Killian, Ophelia & Friends

  16. Hi, I've cut and pasted a suggested course of treatment from an article written by Dr. Karen Becker.

    Treatment and Care of a Pet with FCE

    The recommended treatment for FCE, even with animals with a poor prognosis due to swelling or decreased pain sensation, is to begin immediate and aggressive physical therapy.

    Studies show that physiotherapy instituted immediately after diagnosis can have a major influence on recovery. This should include hydrotherapy (walking on an underwater treadmill), as well as acupuncture, laser therapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, range of motion exercises, massage, and supplements.

    Supplements I recommend for FCE patients include B-vitamins; proteolytic enzymes (including bromelain to reduce systemic inflammation); NAC or N-acetylcysteine (an antioxidant that passes the blood-brain barrier, which can really help scavenge free radicals within the central nervous system); natural vitamin E (which is also an important antioxidant for neurologic health); SOD or superoxide dismutase (another important antioxidant for central nervous system well-being); and ALA or alpha-lipoic acid.

    Aggressive treatment of this acute condition can be very rewarding. Implementing an immediate rehabilitation program is your pet’s very best option for a full recovery and a second chance at life.

    The full article is available at:

  17. Still praying for you and your boy. This has to be so hard. Hoping for a Christmas miracle!!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy, Stanley and mom

  18. So glad Rory is home and feeling better! We're sending 28 paws of good wishes and 2 hugs. ;)

  19. Sending lots and lots of hugs your way, Rory. And a bunch for your Mom and Stella too.

  20. Hey Rory! We're glad you're home! Mom was lifting me for a while before my meds kicked in. She's very impressed with your mums strength!! Sending love,


  21. Hang in there Carol! Your boy will be right in time. (Hellava title, his condition!)
    Take care - all of you and may Christmas blessings come your way.

  22. Hey Rory so glad your hone for Christmas - take care and take things slowly but keep fighting and you'll be better I'm sure. Sounds like your peeps are doing all the right things for you. Sending hugs from us all here dogs and humans - Magic, Trilby, Crybbe, Aoife, Judith & Leigh xxxx

  23. We pray everyday for our buddy Rory. We are so glad he is home where he belongs for Christmas. Our momma said we wish we were closer cos we would come over and helps you out. Hugs from all of us here in Iowa.
    Stella Rose, Margaret Mae and Angus McConnell

  24. I am so glad he is home and that is great news!

    Stop on by for a visit

  25. It's so wonderful that he is home but I can't even imagine the amount of work it must be to take care of him! Good luck, stay strong and have a very Merry Christmas!

  26. OMG--- I could only read some of your post!!! Poor Rory!!! Bless his heart!!! poor family---I am so sorry!!! I hope I wrote this OK!!!
    Prayers for Rory!!!


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