Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday and are able to spend it with people and furry one's you love the most.
Mom asked me to let her have a little space on my blog to tell a funny story...
Hi all..just wanted to tell you about Mackie's nose..We have learned in our home that we can't put Christmas presents under the tree for the boys because Mackie will open them. He goes around smelling each present and knows which are his. So, we've been getting the boys Christmas presents last thing before Christmas. We went shopping last night and I had Mackie in the kitchen feed them dinner when Steve brought the bag in the house, took it upstairs to our bedroom closet. I was planning on wrapping them today and putting them under the tree early tomorrow, like Santa. When Mackie was finished eating he came out to the living room and the nose went in the air. He walked around smelling everything---all the presents under the tree, each bag and stood on his hind legs to look on table tops. Soon he went to the bottom of the stairs and sniffed...it lead him right upstairs, into our room and to the closet door where he pawed the door and commenced to whining. Darn that terrier nose!!
Anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS! We love you ALL!!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday and are able to spend it with people and furry one's you love the most.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 12:22 PM
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Mom and Dad dumped some big news on us this weekend. I know mom has been pretty sick for a few months now and she finally told everyone why...seems that me and Finnegan and Ollie are going to be big brothers cause mom and dad are expecting a human baby. Pretty exciting I think cept I know that a human baby will take a lot of time away from us...hope mom remembers that we were here first!
We are happy for mom and dad (expecially when mom's not sick!)and hope that this means there are going to be more toys in the house for me to play with! heheheh!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 3:25 PM
Friday, November 20, 2009
Hey everyone! Just wanted to tell you all how excited I am about my birfday today! I'm 9 years old today and my mom is so happy about how happy and healthy and young acting I am. Mom promised that tonight I get to go to dinner with she and dad and then to Petsmart to pick out my birthday presents and then the very best part...I get to go get ice cream.
I'll post pictures tomorrow! AFTER ice cream! YUMMY!!!
Happy Birfday to me, Happy Birfday to me!!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 6:54 AM
Friday, November 13, 2009
We have recently lost two good WFT friends, Einstein was a true gentleman who lived in NC with his mom and dad and little sister Missy Pearl. Missy Peral was a puppy that mommy was taking in to foster and she never made it here because her mommy, Kate met her while transporting her and asked my mommy if she could adopt her right then and there! So Einstain lived out his days with a sweet little sister.
We've also lost Terrence, or T-Boy who was Jennie Bear's WFT and a loved one at that. Terrance was not even 7 years old and suddenly became ill and when rushed to the vet, it seemed he had a form of cancer that moved quickly and took his life.
We are sending prayers for Terrence and Einstein and their families. It makes mommy so sad to know what they are going through.
Now I have to ask you to put on your prayer hats or whatever people do to pray and help us pray for my dear friend Snickers who is gravely ill. We also want you to join us in taking part of a Worldwide Moment for Snickers. See more info below from Jake and Miss Fergi who have organized this moment for Snickers.....
As you may know
Miss Snickers is struggling
Along with her family.
(The best place to keep up with updates
is Gussie’s blog.)
Last night looked as if it might have been her last.
This morning she rebounded with improved symptoms.
She is far from out of the woods
But she and her family
Including her gentle and loving brother Butchy
Have been granted another day.
We can’t help but believe
that part of the improvement is because of
The support and love that have surrounded her
From all around the world
Thanks to the linked paws
Of her blogging friends.
The Power of the Paw
We are asking everyone to set your alarms
And at exactly 11:00 PM GMT on Saturday 14 Nov 09
(Go to this link to find what time that is for you)
5:00 PM Saturday evening in Iowa
as Snickers' family sits down to eat
Turn toward them (in the central USA)
And join together in a silent minute
Of prayer, meditation, contemplation, reflection
Whatever feels right to you.
Followed by whatever means of communication
To wish and send Miss Snickers and her family
whatever is in your hearts
That will help them feel the Love and Support
They need right now.
Personally, we’ll be praying for a Miracle.
Blow a Kiss
and send your Love and Prayers and Best Wishes
to Miss Snickers and her Family
and they will feel their arrival
in the breeze.
We believe it will help.
And we'll do anything in our power right now
Jake, Fergi, MomaSally and NinaGirl
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 9:57 PM
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Mommy has been working to get two wire fox terriers up to Maryland from an AL shelter. She was able to get one of them moved on the 25th..."JJ" is safe despite being fairly underweight and the vet considered him severly dehydrated.
Anyway, she has transport for the remainng dog, "Foxy" this Thursday if she can get him from Tuscaloosa to Atlanta. He has a ride out of Tuscaloosa, but still need help with the leg half way out from Tuscaloosa into Atlanta. He needs to be there Thursday to catch a ride on this transport north to get into foster and so we can find him a new home.
If any of you or someone you know can help, please let me know...email@example.com...."Foxy" really needs help and we are so close to getting him...
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 3:27 AM
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Hi All! Mommy is working with other rescuers to get two little boy wires from a shelter in Alabama to Maryland. We need help! If you or anyone you know could maybe help with a leg of the transport, please email mommy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the proposed route which is flexible..they are hoping to do this the weekend of October 24 and 25. There would need to be an overnight stay along the way probably somewhere near the Tennessee/Virginia line or so...again this is flexible!!
Tuscaloosa, AL to Birmingham, AL- 58 miles
Birmingham, AL to Gadsden, AL- 63 miles
Gadsden AL to Trenton, GA- 70 miles
Trenton, GA to Prospect, TN- 53 miles
Prospect, TN to Farragut, TN- 70 miles
Farragut, TN to White Pine, TN- 59 miles
White Pine to Bristol, TN- 74 miles
Bristol, TN, to Wytheville, VA- 70 miles
Wytheville, TN to Roanoke, VA- 73 miles
Roanoke, VA to Lynchburg, Va- 56 miles
Lynchburg, VA to Farmville, VA- 51 miles
Farmville, VA to Richmond, VA- 64 miles
Richmond, VA to Fredericksburg, VA- 57 miles
Fredericksburg, VA to Washington, DC- 52 miles
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 9:29 AM
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Sunday mom and Dad took Ollie and I to grandma and grandpa's and headed off with Finnegan to Pennsylvania to see the Montgomery Kennel Club all terrier show. Mom raves about this thing all year long...it's kinda annoying- mostly because I never get to go. Mom always says something like "There are hundreds of dogs there and you aren't friendly"...sheez...how rude.
Finnegan gets to go every year because he's "friendly" and his breeders are there. I have to say I find myself flat out laughing my head off about this year's report. Most of you know that I'm a big boy, right? I'm pushing 40 lbs...that's right---just more of me to love. I was always a big boy but with the predinosne every other day, I really got big.
Anyway, Mom and Dad took Finney to the show and both of his breeders said he's fat! Heheheehheheh! HE'S FAT!!! I rolled around laughing when I heard this! Mom was less than thrilled... Finney is about 25 lbs and pretty tall for a wire but I've never thought of him as fat. Anyway, mom says that Finney and I are going to have to get back to doing the long walks with her...it's good for her too as she could loose some too--hehehehe!
Here is Finney enjoying the show.
Mom and Dad and Finney got to meet a lot of wires and their people- Vicki with Samson the Agility wire- Lucia Hackett with Bella the beautiful show dog who was headed off to earth dog the following day, a nice souple with Megan the ginger little girl, Dot and her hubby and Crystal, got to see Kathy Barger who has Lucy (although Lucy wasn't there) and many more. They got to meet some of the rescue adopters and got to see Finnegan's breeder, Mary Raggett who had Finney's mom and Cara and Mike from Dalriada who has Finney's dad. It was really a nice day and mom and dad and Finnegan came home really tired....wish I could go....I would have gotten a kick out of them telling mom that Finnegan is fat! heheheheeh! Made my week...
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 3:30 AM
Friday, September 18, 2009
Yesterday morning I lost my cousin, Traveler as he passed over the rainbow bridge. He was my Aunt Michelle's beloved nine-year old golden retriever.
Mommy got a call a bit after 7am saying Aunt Michelle was taking him in to the vet and that he wasn't doing well. Traveler had been having trouble for a year or so now and a battery of tests where inconclusive. In the end, seems he had an abdominal tumor and it ruptured yesterday morning. He was certainly uncomfortable and there were no options for him.
Traveler was the light of her life and quite literally her rock. She got him while she was doing travel nursing, thus his name, and he went everywhere with her. Here is a picture of Aunt Michelle giving Traveler a kiss before he goes to the bridge- actually all these pictures are of Traveler yesterday.
Traveler was the consumate golden retriever. Always friendly and happy, greeting you at the door with a ball, or two or even three in his mouth excited to see you and waiting for you to throw it. He was a gentle, kind soul.
They waited to let him go until Mommy got to the clinic to say goodbye to this dear wonderful boy.
Please say a prayer for him, and for my Aunt Michelle. She has had a difficult life, but I don't think she's ever known grief like this. Our family will certainly miss him.
May God greet him warmly.
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 3:44 AM
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Just wanted to let you all know that Mom and Dad made it home okay from California. It's taken mom a whole week to get back on schedule, she keeps saying something about getting old...
anyway, she has spoken to Cathy and seems baby boy Cecil is doing really well. He's getting around well and the vet says his eyes look great! She takes him for rides since it is his favorite thing to do and has built a ramp along side her bed so he can easily get up there to sleep with her. Sounds spoiled, right? Yup! That's just what we wanted! heheheh!
Mom and Dad said to thank you all again for all the wonderful support you gave with Cecil. You all are the bestest!!
Now, I wanted to tell you about a dog in Austin that needs a new home. She is a young 9 year old smooth fox terrier. She is a retired champion and is a beautiful girl.
Isn't she a beauty? Here's another...
Jet is healthy, up to date on all vaccinations, is heartworm negative, is on heartworm and flea preventative, and is microchipped. She is a lovely, affectionate girl who wants nothing more than to be close to you and lay in your lap. This little girl really deserves a great home. Jet is housetrained (doggy door) and gets along well with other dogs.
If you or someone you know may be interested in Jet, please email Julie at email@example.com ...please pass the word! This girl needs a home!
Jet is in Austin, TX but transport can be arranged for the right family!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 9:08 AM
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Cathy and Judy left with Cecil yesterday. What truly remarkable people. Cecil couldn't be in better hands.
They didn't end up making it Friday night---the poor ladies left NJ to head to Easton and the directions they printed were for Easton PA not Easton Maryland...their 3 hour drive was over 7...urgh...
Anyway, they ended up arriving in Easton late Friday night and stayed at a nearby hotel. They came around 10am Saturday morning and I'll tell you that it was love at first sight. I've never seen Cecil behave like that..it was like he was saying "I've been waiting for you for so long!" What a wonderful thing it was and it made it so easy for Steve and I to say goodbye because it was so clear that Cecil wanted to be with them. God found these women for him, no doubt about it. He jumped around and gave her sweet kisses and when she turned her attention momentarily to Finnegan, he got in front of her and pawed at her as if to say..."you are here for ME!"
Here is a nice video!
They brought three big bags of toys and snacks for our boys and they are rummaging through them as we speak...it's like Christmas around here!!!
When they left, Cecil was ready to go. Cathy climbed in the bacseat so she could sit with him and Steve [icked Cecil up to put him in and Cecil cried..he wanted to get to her...that was all he was focused on. He loves her already it was so clear. Just divine.
I've spoken to her today and she said he slept in bed with her last night and woke her up this morning to go outside. He has eaten well and is getting the hang of where things are at her house including his ramp up to the bed! She has an appointment for him on Monday at 6pm to see the eye specialist up there and a friend of mine whose dogs where seen by the same vet is going to meet her there kind of to be an ambassador! How nice!
We will miss that baby and his wonderful, gentle soul but I couldn't be happier for him...what a perfect family for him...what a gloriuous existance he will have...how thankful I am for this for him....and for all of you...thank you all so much for the love and support..for all the wonderul emails, and cards and for donating to make all this happen for him...we can all rest well at night knowing that we made a differnce...a BIG difference in this one boy's life and he, like myself are so very grateful to each of you.
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 9:17 AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Cecil and I just got back from his checkup appointment and the news is good!! Yippee!!
I can hardly believe it! The pressure in his eye was 11 (anything under 15 in a glaucoma eye is good!) the pressure in the other eye was 7. I hate to even jinx it, but it looks good for him!! Oh! And the best part....he can still SEE!!! His vision isn't as good as it was immediately after his lens surgery, but it is better than going into all of this...and no telling what it will ultimately be untill all the swelling goes down.
We go back on Friday morning for his last appointment before he goes to his new home.
I can’t even begin to thank you all enough for all the prayers and support! I could never ever have done it without you all!!!!
By the way- we got 17 cards in the mail yesterday...yippee!1
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 8:32 AM
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Well, Cecil came home today. He had about 30 hours straight of maintaining a good eye pressure so the doctor decided to release him. He is so drugged that he is just a limp little wet rag. His eye looks, well....honestly it looks awful. Apparently the conjuctava sloughs off in the healing process and his eye just looks like its been in a train wreck. I pray the pressure holds steady now. Here is a picture of him on his way home---
And here is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge---we have to cross this 4 mile bridge each way to get Cecil to the vet which is about 100 miles round trip....but it sure is a pretty trip...just wish we didn't have to deal with beach traffic!!
He is on many more medications again...he's on 5 different drops (some right eye, some left, some both--- some twice a day, some threee times a day and some four times a day) and 6 different oral medications again some once a day, some twice, some three and some four...I bought a pill keeper to try to help me keep it all straight.
I can tell you that at this point he really can't see much but the Dr still calls it
"functional" vision. She said his optic nerve looks good, but no real idea how much damage there has been to the retina.
Here is Cecil getting carried inside by his daddy. You can see that the poor fella is really out of it.
I plan to take him to work with me tomorrow (despite the fact that it's against regulations)
Please continue to pray for him. He is certainly not out of the woods and it is clear the the poor baby just feels rotten.
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 4:09 PM
Saturday, August 22, 2009
A friend recommended that we create an email account just for Cecil so some of you who are a distance away can still send thoughts to Cecil and I will print them out and give them to his new owner Cathy and his Aunt Judy next week when they come to adopt him.
We would really like to have the cards, but this will work too!
Cecil's email address is....drum roll please....
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 9:33 AM
Mackie's mom here again-- Mackie sure is being patient about me stealing his blog, but he understands. Here is the latest on Cecil as of Saturday morning.
I got the call from the vet this morning and it looks like the inflammation really subsided a lot last night. She said he still has a considerable amount, but less is better by far. She said he has still had several pressure spikes and that she went in at 11pm last night and drained more fluid from his eye and that he would need another TPA injection today to help with the inflammation. She is obviously really touched by this fella too since she just went in at 11-pm to check on him.
She said he is still visual (yippee) but that his vision has diminished since his lens surgery a month ago- but she called it "functional vision" I can certainly deal with functional vision!
So the goal is to keep after the inflammation and hope his pressure stabilizes more today. I agreed to allow her to keep him again tonight (which is about $250 per night) because he just isn't stable at this point. She said unless something happens today that I would get another report until tomorrow morning. All in all, I would consider that a good report!
Thanks to everyone for praying and for checking in on him! We are all really on edge around here and I think it's passed on to our boys because Finnegan is now sick...diarrhea and vomiting. Sigh..
Oh, and thank you so much to all of you for sending cards! I think that's going to be a nice surprise for Cecil's new Mom Cathy and Aunty Judy.
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 8:56 AM
Friday, August 21, 2009
I called the hospital this morning at 6am to check on Cecil and it didn't sound like the news was very good.
Apparently the pressure in Cecil's eye spiked to 33 again last night and when the hospital called the eye specialist in the middle of the night she had them start him on a medication, Mannitol--(the same one from Wednesday night that brought the pressure down in his eye) but this time, it increased the pressure to 44. Another call into Dr. Hyman and she had the overnight Dr put drain fluid from his eye. This can't be good.
Dr. Hyman gets in at 9am and I will try to be patient at least until 10:30am if she hasn't called me, I'll call her.
Oh that poor baby boy. I really prayed this would work. Dear God, please.
On another note- I have a favor to ask of everyone. Can you please send a card to Cecil? I want to put them all together and give them to his new mommy next week when she comes to get him. Only thing is though that I have to have them by next Friday at the latest! I want to show her how many people have been praying and supporting him. Please send to:
608 South Street
Easton MD 21601
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 4:44 AM
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Mackie's mom here again. I;ve asked Mackie to let me blog for a bit because I'm a faster typer heheheh! Anyway, since our last post,we had to leave Cecil at the emergency clinic last night and the vet called in the morning to say that his pressure was down to 20 but that he was going to need glaucoma surgery and right then to save his eye. The costly surgery was an additional $1800 and Cecil's new mommy (Cathy) and new Aunt Judy agreed to pay it. Can you imagine that? They haven't even met Cecil yet. This boy really has an angel on his shoulder.
Anyway, Dr. Hyman called just called us to say that Cecil is doing well after his glaucoma surgery. She said he has a lot of inflammation but it is still within range of what she'd expect to see. She said immediately after the surgery, his pressure was 11 and now it is 4 which is low, but again she said it is within the boundries of what she'd expect with all the inflammation he has.
I asked about his vision and she said that she can't tell at this point but that since he went into surgery with vision, she has no reason that he wouldn't have it now..
So, I guess the news isn't stellar, but no bad news at least. He won't come him until Saturday. Now we just need the inflammation to stay in check and for infection to stay out.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and support. You have no idea what it has meant to me...and I've been telling Cecil that he has a fan club of serious prayers!
Melissa with Mackie, Finnegan, Ollie and of course, our baby boy, Cecil.
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 3:49 PM
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I just got home from an unexpected trip to Annapolis to take Cecil to the emergency clinic. I just knew his eye didn't look right when I got home. It looked blue and cloudy and when I left the clinic on Tuesday, the vet showed me his eye with a pen light and asked if I saw how clear it was---I did...she said if it changed to call her. Well, it was obvious that it had changed. I called her and she said to come right in...that she would be gone, but would leave instructions for the people at the emergency clinic (the referral center practices and emergency clinic share a facility)
When I got there they checked the pressure in his eye and it was back up to 46. Very bad. So, once again he's staying the night at the clinic and they will have him on an intervenous medication to help stabilize him until the eye doc gets in in the morning. The trip this evening cost over $400 and $160 of that was just to walk through the door essentially. The rest is just to keep him stabilzed, but tomorrow he will have to go through the same treatment he had on Monday and yet again, I'm waiting with baited breath to find out if he'll keep his eye. I know he'll be find if he isn't able to, but we need to get him to a point where he is stable regardless of whether its with the eye or without it.
It's been a rollercoaster of emotions (and of driving)! I just want the baby to get well and healed. I so want him to have this eye and his vision, but if it isn't to be, I can accept it (like I have a choice) at this point I just want him to be pain free and healed.
Thank you all for your continued support. Please pray for him like you have never before. I suspect we are at a critical moment for him.
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 5:25 PM
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Yippee! Cecil is home and as you can see in the pictures, he has his eye! It was touch and go and the vet says he's not completely out of hte woods, but he has his eye and the best part of it all is that he can still see!!Yup! they caught it in time! Seems that the inflammation he had last week caused protein to build in his eye and it blocked some type if duct inside his eye that kept all the medications we;ve been giving him from actually getting to where they needed to go. Go, the vet went in and cleared out the protein and we pray it doesn't come back.
So he's home and he's doing pretty well! We have a lot more medications to his already long list to give him and the vet taught us how to do certain tests to help us know if something like this happens again maybe we can catch it earlier.
he goes back to the vet on Friday.
Thank you ALL so much for your prayers. I truly believe that this is what saved his eye and his vision. You all are the bestest!
Hugs- Mackie and Finnegans' Mom, Melissa
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 2:17 PM
Monday, August 17, 2009
Mackie's Mom here- I took Cecil for his follow-up visit today and the news was not good. His inflammation is still there, but what is much worse is that the pressure in his eye has spiked to 55 (should be between 8-10 roughly) so he is having a glaucoma episode and the risk to his eye is severe. The eye vet is fearful that it may have already done irreputable damage to his retina and may take his vision if we are lucky enough that he doesn't loose his eye completely.
I feel completely devastated. Honestly I would rather he never had had his vision back at all than to loose it mere weeks after he regained it. To top it off the vet said he has to be in dire pain. It just kills me.
They have kept him overnight to do a few emergency procedures on him with hopes of getting it controlled. I hope to hear from the vet soon. Please pray for him. This completely breaks my heart.
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 1:55 PM
Monday, August 10, 2009
Cecil went for his 2 week follow-up today and it was a bit disappointing. He has "moderate" inflammation and has definately suffered a set-back in his recovery.
Last week the vet reduced several of his medications because he was doing so well, so she increased his prednisone back to 2x daily, increased some of his drops and changes one of them to a different prescription.
Mom said she lucked out, because this bottle (1.5ml) is normally $105 per bottle and they GAVE her two of them because someone had returned two unopened bottles and they had them on the shelf from last week and she was the lucky reciepient of two bottles!! (yippeee!)
They removed Cecil's stich in his eye and said that normally he would be able to go without the cone at this point, but the vet said to keep it on him and he has to have almost NO activity. She's precribed a sedative for him for morning and evening because Cecil has found his inner fox terrier this week and is a ball of energy!
Mom takes him back on Monday (it would have been two-weeks until the next follow-up without this set-back.)
Please keep Cecil in your prayers this week. We need his inflammation to go away so he can be released and go to his new home.
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 4:57 PM
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Isn't that picture neat? Its of Cecil's eye upclose...that's right, the eye he can see out of now! See the stitch in the corner of it? The vet says that will most likely come out next week? Cecil had his first follow up appointment with his eye surgeon today. It went beautifully! She said he is healing really well and that everything looks great in his eye. His pressure in both eyes is still a bit on the low side, but she said it was okay considering he's only a week out of surgery.
I can tell you that in the past two days Cecil has really come to it--his vision has really improved this week and he can see everything. The doctor siad it will refine itself over the next week too. Just Sunday, I had him outside on the leash and a bicyclist went by and he carefully and quietly studied them riding all the way down the street and when they turned the corner, he looked up at me as if to say "Wow!, Cool! What in the world was that?"
It's so amazing to watch him regain his confidence..for instance, when I put the food bowl down he just runs right up to it, whereas before he almost had to search for it. He's really enjoying things now--but he really wishes we would take that silly cone off his head!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 4:27 PM
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Finnegan asked me to tell all his friends thank you for the birthday wishes. He's pretty tired because one of our former foster puppies was here all weekend and he's been doing a lot of playing with him in our backyard...Eddie is bigger than Finnegan and can run faster so he really gave him a run for his money. Mom says she's glad she has at least one wire who gets along with other dogs..not sure what THAT is supposed to mean...anywaym Finnegan had a good playmate for his birthday weekend and mom and dad bought him a present and they said there is going to be an ice cream party later...which means for today (and today only) Finnegan is my best friend! heheheh! I LOVE ice cream!!
Anyway, Finnegan is three year old today which in round about terms means he entered adulthood today. Dad says he'll still act like a little fool until he's 15...mom says she doesn't care, she doesn't want him to age too quickly.
Anyway, thanks to all our friends!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 1:29 PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Mackie's mom here just giving a report on Cecil. It's been a long day. Went to the eye clinic this afternoon to get Cecil and they were having emergency after emergency. (Apparently 2 emergency surgeries) so the vet wasn't ready for me, so I sat, and sat, and sat. Finally after quite some time she buzzed in to say that Cecil was doing well and that his swelling really reduced overnight and he looked great. SHe went through the procedure with me and the aftercare including all the medications..WOW does he have a lot of medications...4 different drops, some for the left eye, some for hte right and one for both--some of these are 2x a day, and some are 4x a day...he has 5 differnt oral meds and again, one is once a day, and the others are mostly 2x a day...it's going to be hard to keep track of it all! I've written out a cheat sheet!
Anyway, they brought Cecil out to meet me and guess what? HE CAN SEE!!
Isn't that amazing? You should have seen his face when I spoke to him---it was like "Oh, that's what you look like?"
It is SO cool. He is very happy, but totally beat...just look at the pics of him on the long drive home (its 100 miles round trip)
and just look at him since we've brought him home---
I guess that poor baby is tired!!
Thank you all for your support and prayers! He's doing really well!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 3:26 PM
Monday, July 27, 2009
We just got a call from Cecil's doctor and we have awesome news!
The surgery went very well and the little fella has a new lens now! They weren't sure they were going to be able to cause the vet said she thought there was a tear in there, but looks like it was just inflammation that showed up on his ultrasound. So he has a new lens and will be able to see just great! WOW!! Isn't that incredible?
We are waiting to hear if he can come home tonight or if mommy has to go get him in the morning, but regardless, he is doing really well. Thank you all for your support and prayers!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 12:34 PM
Cecil's eye surgery is today. Mom is getting ready to take him over to Annapolis. Everyone, please keep little Cecil in your prayers today! We are praying the tear in his left eye isn't too big so they can put a new lens in, but mostly, just want the little guy safe and healthy!
Just say a word to the big guy upstairs, okay?
Thanks everybody! I will let you all know later how he does!!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 3:55 AM
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Mackie's mom here---Just want you all to know that Cecil is scheduled for his eye surgery on Monday! Whoopie!
We went for his follow up visit on Monday and the pressure and inflammation in his eyes looked so good that the Dr suggested we go ahead with step 3 which was the retinal tests on that very day!
So, this the news from the appointment- Cecil is in fact 100% blind in his right eye as they had thought. The retina is detached and shriveled up. His left eye looks like a good candidate for surgery. He does has a moderate to high risk of glaucoma, as a matter of fact, the vet said there is a possibility he had a glaucoma incident in the right eye that was left untreated. So he will need to be monitored and will need drops in his eyes daily for the remainder of his life. (not an issue, he is SO easy!)
So we have pre-surgery drops to start him on this morning and he has an appointment at 9am on Monday to go in for surgery!! Can you imagine? This time next week, Cecil will be able to see!! It makes me cry! I just can't wait!
And just think all this because a group of people who love animals got together and decided to make a difference. Thank you so much to you all! I can't wait to give you the next update on Monday!
Oh- I almost forgot!! The other spectacular (pardon the pun) news for Cecil...he has a new home to go to once he is healed!! A wonderful woman who has had 4 wires in the past put in her application for him. Her vet check nad home visit were stellar and when I spoke to her, I found out her last two wires had health issues and she is fully prepared for a special needs dog including the costs associated with his eye monitoring and drops to prevent glaucoma. She is a youngish retiree so is home all day, she and her sister live together- no kids, no other dogs---he'll enjoy the peace and love he so deserves! She is so excited and can't wait until I give her the go ahead to come get him!
All good news!! I can't say thanks enough to you all for your support and help!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 4:10 AM
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Just wanted to say thank you to all my doggy pals and your pawrents. You all have really helped us with Cecil. We still have a long way to go, but mom has already scheduled Cecil's next doctor's appointment to get a follow up and check the pressure in his eyes since it was so low before.
Many of you have even been asking about me! (so sweet of you!) I'm doing much better now...at least for about three weeks now my eyes have done a lot of clearing up and mommy is praying each and every day that they stay that way. My skin isn't perfect, but I can live with it--mommy gives me baths in medicated shampoo and I am still on my allergy med and prednisone, which I'll probably be on forever. Anyway, it's working for now so keep your paws crossed that it keeps up...three weeks is like the longest period of time in a few years now that I haven't had ear infections.
Anyway, thanks to all my friends for donating and for putting Cecils story and button on your bloggies...you all are the bestest...paws down.
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 5:21 AM
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Mom asked me to post a few videos of Cecil on my blog so you all can see what a sweetheart he is and what a good boy he is.
Here is Cecil enjoying his new life...
Here are some of Cecil's moves...
More of Cecil's moves...check him out!!
Here is Cecil getting some lovin from my daddy!
Isn't he a great boy? We love him and are so thankful to every one of you for your help in getting Cecil the surgery he needs. You all are the bestest!!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 5:48 AM
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Seems there may not be a place to mark it for Cecil on the AFTR site...but please don't give up! You can still make a tax-deductible donation for Cecil by going to the Fox Terrier Network's Rescue Fund and put "Rescue Fund for Cecil" in the description box when you make a donation using paypal.
Again, thank you to all my doggie pals and their people for helping so much with Cecil. I can't wait until the little fella can see---he's going to be unstoppable!
You all are the bestest...there's no way around it!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 7:06 PM
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I want you all to meet our new foster dog; his name is Cecil. His name was Skeeter, but he told mom and dad that he didn't like that name much!
Anyway, do any of you know why his name is Cecil? It's because the meaning of Cecil of "blind" and low and behold, this fella is!
Cecil (formerly Skeeter) has a pretty unfortunate story. Seems Cecil, who is 6 years old had a family of his own once and when his mom and dad didn’t get along any longer and decided to divorce, seems poor Cecil got stuck in the middle of it all. He was left chained in a garage, sometimes for days upon end until he became a malnourished ball of mats and sores. Just look at the pictures of poor Cecil still locked in that terrible garage before he came to rescue. Under all that fur, he was covered in terrible sores and he was underweight. Imagine that! Me, big Mackie boy that I am cannot imagine being under weight-hehehe!
Anyway, the man in the family knew that Cecil wasn’t being cared for and when he was approached, he agreed to release him to rescue. Cecil needed lots of cleaning and they had to shave him down to get all the mats off. He had to have prednisone and other meds to take care of all the sores on his body and his ear infections due to malnourishment. With all his vaccinations updated, a good round of medications and some good food for a change, Cecil is the picture of health these days. His skin is almost completely clear (mom is still giving him medicated baths and some topical spray for some redness in his armpits) but he looks great- don’t you think?
Problem for poor Cecil is that he’s blind. Well, he has about 10% vision total- he can see light, but pretty much can’t make out shapes or faces or anything. He walks into everything and mom guides him when they are walking---she’s his seeing eye person! Heheh!
The good news for Cecil is that it’s only cataracts which are keeping him from having eyesight. The bad news is that it looks like the surgery is about $3000 to get him “repaired.” Urgh! No way mom and dad can swing that! So, mom would like to ask all my doggy pals and their families to help if you can!
We really think that baby Cecil should have a shot at a normal life. He’s already had it so bad and he’s only 6 years old, as you all know is pretty young for a WFT. And Cecil is a really great boy! He’s housebroken, crate trained, gets along with other dogs (as a matter of fact, he loves other dogs!) loves kids, all people, walks well on a leash, is really gentle and loving and mom says is one of the sweetest WFT’s she’s ever known.
If you can, will you help us get Cecil’s eye’s fixed? Please donate in Cecil’s name directly to American Fox Terrier Rescue or to the Fox Terrier Network's Rescue Fund
Both of those links have info about where to send donations and have a paypal button for instant help! But please remember to mark it for Cecil or he may not get it. Thanks so much for any help you can give! It means all the world to Cecil and to all us wires!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 10:22 AM
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I meant to tell everyone that sweet little Dottie went to a new home on April 11. She got a fantastic new home in North Carolina with a terrier experienced family and two wonderful kids. Yippee!! Here she is with the kids in her new family. Doesn't she look happy?? By the way, she is no longer called Dottie Sue, she is now Dottie Grace...how sweet!
It's the really busy time of the year for my mom. She's really busy at work and everything so I'm not even going to harass her for not letting me online more to do my blogging.
I still have my ear infection. Thanks to you all for asking bout it. Momma and Dad took me to the vet and he said I had a bunch of different types of bacteria in my ear and had yeast too. So he put me on an antibiotic and gave me an oral anti-yeast pill to take. Also, mom was putting drops in my ears which I didn't particularly care for. Anyway, it seemed for a few days that I was getting better, but now that the medicine is over, it's back. So, momma said I have to go back to the vet again this week. Bummer.
Hope all my blogger pals are doing well!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 11:59 AM
Monday, March 30, 2009
Now that you all have had a chance to meet Ozzie (who by the way is NOT living with us) you can all meet little Miss Dottie Sue who IS living with us.
Dottie Sue is staying with us until Mommy can find her a new family to live with. She came from a breeder in PA and was lucky to have lived in a nice home with people who loved her. Mom says she is a nice little thing, but Finnegan told me that sometime she growls at him and is a bit nasty. I've come to figure out that those female wires can be a bit bossy! Mom doesn't let me ever visit with the foster dogs since I am not too nice to other dogs so she keeps them safely away from my bite!! heheheh!
Anyway, Dottie Sue is a petite little 14 pound cutie. I've seen her go by when mom has been taking her outdoors and she is a cute little thing. She has cried when mom leaves her by herself and I feel bad for her, but we have to have mom to ourselves some too.
Momy says that Dottie Sue has to go to the vet on April 7 to get 'fixed'. I asked mommy what that means and she says they will make it so she can't have little WFT puppies.
I had to go to th vet last Friday cause my ear infection is back and mommy tried everything to get rid of it. The vet says it was a sesspool of bacteria in there and has given me a slew of medicine to take which is icky, but I hope my ear feels better soon!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 8:03 AM
Friday, March 27, 2009
Hi all! You all know my mommy is involved with American Fox Terrier Rescue, so she asked me to tell you all about a fella named Ozzie who needs a home. Ozzie is an 11 year old wire and is a perfect gentleman. Unfortunately, his parents got divorced and now Ozzie'a life isn't what it used to be. He lives with his mommy, but she works all the time and Ozzie is always alone. So, Ozzie's mom has decided that he needs a new family. I know that 11 may sound like an old dog, but first of all, look at that dude! He's a stud! I wish I were in that kinda shape! And besides, we just start getting good at about 8 years old (my mom always says that and it makles me feel good since I'm 8 now!)
Ozzie is crate-trained, perfectly behaved, gets along with other dogs, cats and all people.
If you or someone you know may want to open your home and heart to a sweet senior boy, please contact my mommy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 10:27 AM
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Do you see the link on right of the screen that says please vote for Zazoo?? Well, please do it! If Zazoo wins, American Fox Terrier rescue could win up to $10,000 and believe me we really need the money AND your help to win! So, please vote and spread the word!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 12:15 PM
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Me and mommy haven't been so good about updating my blog lately. Seems mom is always really busy and these days, I prefer just to take it easy on the sofa.
We had a wonderful holiday and had two foster dogs through the holidays. We had the cute little girl Gabby who mom and daddy took to PA to live with a new family. She was a nice little girl and very petite maybe weighing about 13 lbs. Teeny by my standards! She is doing really well with her new family who reported to mom that they are "besotted" with her--whatever that means....here is a picture of little Gabby in her seatbelt and bed in the car on the way to her new forever home. Doesn't she look happy?
Anyway, we also had Boomer here---you all remember Boomer from Axel's bog, don't you? Well, dear Axel and his folks were kind enough to open their homes to Boomer for us since we already had Gabby here. Boomer came to stay with us and finally ended up living with a wonderful family right here in Maryland. These are also really great people and truly love little Boomer and didn't mind that he was a little wild wire fox. Truly, Boomer was a beautifully behaved little guy for being a year old, but wires will be wires and we all are a bit high maintenance.
That's about it for now, but I do want to ask everyone to join us in praying big prayers for Bogart's daddy who is very, very ill and on life support. Bogart and his mommy really want him home soon, so please help us pray to the big dude upstairs!
Posted by Wired for Mackie at 4:55 PM