Ella was diagnosed with Syringomyelia and taught me more in her short life about how to live life to the fullest, love with all your heart, and learn from each other.

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The moment I first held Ella, my world changed. She has touched so many people giving love as a therapy dog but now it is time to give back. No matter how hard she tries to give, her eyes show sadness and pain.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

How Did I Know?

When I wrote an article last year about Syringomylia for the Charlotte King Charles Cavalier group, I had no idea that my dog would become one of the statistics. When I read about Syringomylia something touched me. Maybe I somehow knew deep down that this would become a big part of my life, but whatever it was I felt a passion to bring awareness to this problem. I even bought the book For the Love of Ollie to read more about this condition and also because the proceeds went toward the research of this health condition. I wanted people to be aware of the symptoms of Syringomylia and so when several months later Ella started to show some of the symptoms my radar went up. Was I being over reacting? I noticed the scratching first but my vet said it was allergies. It seemed like she was having a hard time climbing the stairs, but when I tried to tell other people they did not notice. She would rub her ears, but the vet said it was probably an ear infection. These symptoms are very common so that is why it is hard to pin point the problem. When she was shaking her head back and forth, I knew I had to do something. No one could understand, but I know my dog. It is just the two of us, so I can tell when something is off. The problem is that since I wrote about Syringomylia, was I looking for things because I was scared she had it? What should I do?

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