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Attention Universe…I’m still here!

January 18th, 2010 · 13 Comments

It’s 2010 and I’m still here…blind as a bat, yet feisty as ever! I guess this is a good time to let everybody know what has been happening in my life. There has been some speculation on my Facebook Chi WOW WOW Fan Page and I owe it to my friends to set things straight. So here goes…

No one except me knows my real age so let’s just say I’m no spring chicken but I have lived several lives, one hard one and the current one, blissful. “My Lady” rescued me from a rescue when I was totally down on my luck and 24 hours from being put to death. I pulled all the stops that day and it worked, she “My Lady” as I refer to her, walked through the PetSmart door, took exactly 6 steps (yes, I counted), looked down at me, and it was all over, LOVE at first sight. TRUE LASTING LOVE I will tell you DOES exist and we are proof of that. In fact, many of you know that, having similar stories like ours.

It has been 7 years but seems like a lifetime that we have been together. I wasn’t supposed to live to see the new year and “My Lady” got this crazy idea that she would rent an RV and drive to Texas so we could all be together for my last hurrah! You see, it was in June that I suddenly lost my eyesight, I mean…I went outside to go to the bathroom and on the way back in, I couldn’t see jack. I saw several Doctors, one being a Veterinary Retinologist, nice lady who was smitten with me, I might add. She concluded that I had an unexplained immune mediated response where my own body’s defense system attacked the retinas of my eyes, and they detached. I didn’t regain my sight even after a course of high dose steroids. So no biggy…all seemed A-ok until several months later I had a pretty bad seizure, one lasting over an hour in the middle of the night. By morning “My Lady” and I were exhausted and she was dreading going to the Vet. Our Vet, “Vandy” as I refer to him, delivered some pretty bad news. “My Lady” knew in her heart before he said it…”I’m afraid, ELVIS has a brain tumor.” I heard her ask the dreaded questions, “will he be in pain?” and “how long will he live?” and “isn’t there anything we can do?” and…and…and…………

And so…I’m on a whooping dose of phenobarbitol twice daily and other than it makes me a little loopy, it keeps my seizures under control. We are almost to the maximum allowable dose and Vandy says there is one more drug we can add when we get to the limit but here I am, sleeping peacefully and happily by “My Lady’s” side in an RV park, somewhere in Malibu, listening to the rain and the waves pounding on the beach…defying the odds.

Maybe it’s the constant stream of love from everyone that knows me, the positive vibes, the well wishes, the RV, the trip to Texas, naps in the sunshine…


Maybe the Universe still needs something from me??? I don’t have the answer, but it’s 2010 and I still here, so…

Thank you everyone!
Thank you world!
Peace to all my four legged friends!


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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 susan // Jan 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    The world is a better place with you in it Elvis!!! Your sentiments made me cry…


  • 2 chihuahuamom // Jan 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    hope you doing ok elvis your little note is making cry you poor lilsoul

  • 3 Madeleine // Jan 19, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I will think of you and send good thoughts your way.

  • 4 talulah // Feb 27, 2010 at 1:50 am

    i love u xxxx

  • 5 Ginni // May 9, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Elvis, i am so glad that you have the love of someone special, who is there for you and is making the most of every single day with you.

    We love hearing your tales, and seeing your pics.

    hugs and licks
    Ginni and Robbee Chi

  • 6 Vicki and Harvey // Aug 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

    We LOVE you Elvis!!!

  • 7 wendy // Nov 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    ur fabulous elvis!

  • 8 Deanne // Jan 12, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Carolyn… you are an angel. This is the sweetest story ever. Elvis must just adore you ; )

  • 9 elvis // Jan 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Every day I give ELVIS a kiss hoping that he will be My Prince Charming…

    What a story that would be!!!

    - Carolyn

  • 10 Mandy May // Jan 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

    ELVIS, there was a time when they told my mom she should e word me. Fortunately, my mom didn’t listen and here I am 2 years later! Just goes to show that you never know what is going to happen. I am glad you are with your lady, comfortable, and your seizures are under control. Who could ask for more?? Love you!! 3M

  • 11 Diana // Jan 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Elvis, you just keep going with your cute little self! My little Molly has had what we think is a brain tumor for the last 5 years. She’s 18 years old now! She’s blind, arthritic, walks in circles most the time, has “selective” hearing and sleeps most the time – but she loves her food, chew toys, and massages! Life is good when you get what you need! You keep kickin’ and beatin’ those odds!

  • 12 Park Avenue Chihuahua // Feb 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Elvis! So glad to hear that your mommy loves you so much. I have two Chihuahua’s myself and wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. I rescued my little man, D’Angelo (the name I gave him) from the local Humane Society over 6 years ago. He is the love of my life. D’Angelo started having seizures about 3 years ago. After many doctors and drugs, here’s what I found out…..

    Phenobarbital – good drug for controlling light seizures. It causes severe liver damage if used in high doses and for long periods of time. D’Angelo used it for 2 years and has been off of it for 1 yr and 2 mos. He has been on Denamarin for over a year to try to heal and regenerate his liver from Phenobarb damage.

    Potassium Bromide – Good drug to use in combination with Phenobarbital to control heavier seizures in dogs. Also a drug that if used in high doses will cause toxicity and damage. D’Angelo started having serious respiratory problems from this drug (couldn’t breathe well, crusty/cracked nose and swollen nostrils to the point I thought he was going to stop breathing completely.

    After seeing numerous specialists (internal medicine and neurologists) we got D’Angelo on Keppra and Zonisamide.

    Keppra – liquid form for dogs. This is a wonderful medication. D’Angelo has had no side effects with the medicine. It alone controlled his seizures for a few months. We had to combine Zonisamide to the mix and now his seizures are controlled.

    Zonisamide – pill for dogs. This is also a wonderful medication with no side effects shown. Can be used alone or in combination with Keppra.

    I would highly suggest talking to your vet or specialist about Keppra and Zonisamide for Elvis. It is so much better than Phenobarb or Potassium Bromide.

    Another important drug that could save Elvis’ life – Valium for dogs. Valium is a very effective drug for bringing dogs out of seizures. My vet has dispensed liquid rectal Valium for D’Angelo. When he is having a seizure for longer than 3 minutes then I lube his rear end and insert the liquid Valium (in a syringe) into his rectum. He comes out of the seizure almost immediately.

    It is very dangerous for a dog to have a seizure for longer than 5 minutes or to have cluster seizures that continue on for long periods of time during the day/night. D’Angelo has had all of these types of Grand Mal Seizures. Very scary!

    You can also put Elvis on Valium pill therapy while he is transitioning from one medication to another for added protection against seizures. I know so much about seizures/epilepsy in dogs that I could write a book. I love my baby so much that I want to protect him and take care of him as much as I possibly can.

    Best of luck with controlling Elvis’ seizures. He is so blessed to have such a loving mommy. :-)

    ~ Tina
    Park Avenue Chihuahua

  • 13 Leigh Ann // Feb 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of Elvis’s struggles. I had a Chi that had Epilepsy and it was tough, but God gave you him and you him. You are where he needs to be, and he needs to be with you. :O)

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