Thursday, October 02, 2008

Home-Safe and Sound-Distemper Virus Gone!

Carmella is home and bursting with life, thanks to the two vets who had the courage and compassion to think outside the box and to do whatever it took to make her well!

She looks a little funny with her shaved neck, but the hair will grow back.

When I came to pick her up the nurse who'd been assigned to Carmella, Cecelia, came in and said, "I just want to tell you, lady that you should give yourself a pat on the back for what you're doing for this dog. She is a sweety, and I don't think many other owners would have gone as far as you did."

I asked her if Dr. Muller had done the procedure on the other dog with Distemper and she said she didn't know and I told her I hope he did soon because I want others to be saved too. As much as I love Carmella I can imagine how much others in the same situation want their dogs to overcome this disease and they should have the same chance.

Dr. Muller was off today and will be out of the office next week but Cecelia asked me to call on Monday and she would find out about a follow-up appointment for Carmella.

After I had dinner and fed Carmella her kibble I opened up a big Granny Smith apple, as promised, peeled, cut it into sections and gave it to her as a reward for getting through all this. She gobbled it down enthusiastically and I took some very cute pictures of her.

It seems fitting that she should get an apple given the apple's symbolism throughout history of the acquisition of knowledge, and of stepping out on faith, and her eating it was almost a sort of communion which indicates new life, nourishment, (and on an even more global level) opening the door to new frontiers.

Carmella's expenses are adding up, so your donations and/or purchases are still needed to help with her vet bill. Please use the donation button in my sidebar, purchase handcrafted jewelry from my Etsy store, or buy a $5.00 ad on my blog like the banners you see to your right in the area which says "Are you in my top spots?" through Scratchback.

Also, please share the information here with your vets, let them know that this cure is real and that the demand for it is growing. No dog needs to die of Distemper or become irreperably disabled any longer if vets do this early enough in the disease process. If you work for or with a shelter please tell them about this option.


Estela said...

YAY Carmella!!!
She looks so happy!

TheresaJ said...

Yay, I'm so happy for you and Carmella. That is fabulous news. How long will it be before you find out if it worked? And is this the last shot or will there be more needed? I'm just so happy for you.

You forgot one other symbol of the apple -- HEALTH -- remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. :)

I'd love to help with another donation, but my unemployment benefits have been denied and I'm in the process of appealing. Plus sales have been extremely slow for me. :( Therefore, I'm currently on fumes. Perhaps when things pick up. Hope you've gotten lots of donations though.

Giftbearer said...

Thanks! They say it will be 4-6 months before I will see noticeable improvement because it takes time after the procedure for the myelin and new stem cells to regenerate, but the virus is all gone now! She won't need another shot.

Yes, you're right about the apple symbolizing health too. Good point. She is the only dog I know who just loves tart apples!

I hope somebody was watching while she was eating them. It was so cute!

Giftbearer said...

Yes, I know what you mean about sales being slow. I haven't sold anything in awhile and am still trying to get the proofs from the lady making the custom rubber stamps for me to use on my PMC. I'm hoping sales will pick up when I can get that new line out there.

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Yay Carmella! *Holds Welcome Home banner*

My shop is closed for 2 weeks while I sort my holiday items and budget, I will donate again when I resume!

Giftbearer said...

Thanks Tamika!

Anybody else reading; if you know anyone who you can send over who likes to support animal causes please point them to my blog.

Also, anyone with a news agency who would like to do a story on Carmella feel free to contact me. The more we can get the word out the more Carmella's experience will open doors and make this treatment more accessible to other dogs.

The Great Ethan Allen said...

YEAH! I'm soo happy things have worked ouut for Carella! I must say it was getting tough to follow the story. You never gave up and that is awsome! your dog is very lucky to have you as an owner...( or is it the other way around.) we have cats so sometimes we feel like staff instead of owners.

Giftbearer said...

Hi Ethan,

Thanks for sticking with us. When times get tough just keep your eyes on the prize and that will get you through. Keep reading. The best is yet to come. Carmella is a very special dog.

Devin said...

I am so happy for you and Carmella.I hope she has a speedy recovery.Keep us posted on her.I love reading about her.Thanks for sharing your story with us:0)

Giftbearer said...

Thanks Devin,

Keep reading! I hope to hear some news about the two vets' decided to publish.

Anonymous said...

What a good and resourceful friend Carmella has in you.

Crazy Times Candle & Bath Co. said...

I am so glad Carmella is ok. Great blog.

blackfeatherfarm said...

Well you already know I am so happy about the outcome ! I was truly depressed as I followed the story, and have to say I was losing hope. Thank goodness you pressed on, a true hero as this could save so many precious lives. Nice when the good guys win ! Oh, and the donated necklace is listed on Ebay item # 370093170485, seller id wildhorsemoon. Best of luck, Tracey

earth and sun folk said...

i'm so happy for carmela and you!

~happy healing~