I miss you SO MUCH, little monkey!
My precious little one, you were such a joy! Who gets excited over celery, but you? I miss your tail wagging every morning and your “dance” before you get to eat your favorite foods, go outside, play with your toys or when we come home from being out a bit!
Most of all, I just miss having you by my side to love and talk to. It is so quiet and lonely here without you!
I love you little monkey!
I have extremely heartbreaking news! Our baby Snickers went to Heaven in the middle of the night. She had a catastrophic stroke, most likely from the probable tumor in her brain that has been causing seizures and some neurological issues.
As many of you know, she wasn’t supposed to live more than a few days in November 2014. She wasn’t eating, her heart rate was 200 and she had a fatal heart condition, with Epilepsy. But I didn’t want to give up yet. I put supplements in a syringe and force fed her with them and she started walking and eating again. Then I made her fresh meats and vegetables. She has needed a ton of hands on care around the clock, including constant feeding since then. Nonetheless, she was happy, eating, wagging her tail and running around like a puppy. In fact, we had to slow her down most of the time!
Anyhow, several people have commented that they noticed we have been through a lot lately. I don’t want to be negative, but it has been unbelievable! The past few years alone, we have had constant crisis after death after crisis after death. 7 deaths, Mom and sister with cancer, 3 more family members really struggling and major crisis situations, in addition to my broken ankle (which a year later is still not totally healed), as well as recent flu, bronchial pneumonia and current torn ribs.
And now, my baby Snickers is gone. I am thankful for the time we had! But Mommy misses you SOOO much! Goodbye for now, my sweet little monkey! Thank you for bringing love and laughter into my life!
UNBELIEVABLE!! Two years ago, Snickers had stopped eating, was having tremors, couldn’t walk and her heart rate was 200! We took her to the ER and they brought in a cardiac specialist. They said she would not live without a pacemaker, due to a very severe heart condition.
Yet, even doing an MRI or giving her sedation would most likely be fatal. They also said even if she got the pacemaker, it wouldn’t resolve her seizures. They suspected she had either a brain tumor or brain injury (when she fell off the couch), as well as cancer.
She already hadn’t eaten for a couple of days, so they suggested we let her go. I told them I wanted to bring her home for a couple of days and let her say goodbye to Grammy. I also wanted to see if I could make her better, even though they said there was no way she would get better.
I also consulted 2 of my other vets and got the same prognosis. I wasn’t going to allow her to start starving to death, because that is inhumane and torturous. So, we had drawn a line to give me time to see if I could make a difference.
I gave her supplements, enzymes and probiotics through a syringe, carried her around and held her up while she went potty. Within a day and a half, she wanted to eat something! I took her to my amazing vet and he agreed whatever I was doing was helping, but this fatal heart condition is not treatable and he cautioned me that she still probably didn’t more than a few weeks. So, put her on a super healthy diet and because she wouldn’t eat her beloved vitamins she used to beg for, I had to keep giving her a few in a syringe and in her water. Most of all, So, we decided to love on her every day like it was her last!
Two years later, she is still here with us and running around like a puppy! We have to keep her calmed down or her heart rate goes to 200 and it stops and she stops breathing. I have to do heart massages several times a day and often CPR. Between her seizures, heart failure, passing out, dementia, low eyesight, blood sugar drops and needing to be fed eight times a day, she is a TON OF WORK!! But she wags her tail every morning and is happy to be alive! As long as she is happy, I will do my best to care for her!
Needless to say, my vet is astonished she is still here! All the facts pointed to her not having a chance. But doesn’t he know? She is Snickers the Mighty Super-Dog!
Comic strip from 2015. Click on the above image to enlarge.
My Story on November 20, 2014:
On November 20th I was in the ER. The internist and cardiologist said I wouldn’t live without a pacemaker, but I couldn’t get one, because I wouldn’t survive the surgery. They said my heart condition is not treatable with medications or supplements. They also said I either had a brain tumor or injury (from falling off the couch a couple of years ago) and they were 95% sure I had cancer. My personal vet and Pumpkin and Cookie’s vet agreed with the findings and prognosis.
I hadn’t eaten for days, couldn’t stand or walk and was having seizures and passing out from my heart rate being 200!! They said I wasn’t going to make it. Mommy decided to take me home and let me say goodbye to Grammy and she wanted to be totally sure she couldn’t make me better enough to at least have a few more days or weeks (she knows a lot about supplements and diets).
When I made it a few more days, my vet was amazed! When I made it 2 weeks, he said he was totally shocked! Well, here I am exactly 3 months later!
It hasn’t been easy. Most of the time, I want to eat, but nothing sounds good. So, Mommy has to give me all kinds of different foods about five times a day to try to get me to eat. If I don’t want it, she has to put it all back and try again later. I am also very restless with my heart rate all over the place. I want up, then down then eat, no don’t eat. I’m fragile. I can easily become stressed, start shaking, my blood sugar goes down then I either pass out or start having a string of seizures for several days or a week.
Just trying to cut my hair throws me into a tizzy, so Mommy has had to do just a bit at a time. In the picture on the bottom right of the above collage, you can see Mommy finally got the bulk of my coat cut then a week later, did my face (first picture)! Sadly, she says, my tail is full of knots she can’t get out, so she’s going to have to cut the hair off my beautiful flowing tail.
However, as bad as it sounds, for the most part, I am still eating something every day, gained some weight back and wag my tail a lot. So, we are still living day to day and thanking God for every day we still have each other!
Thank you all for your prayers!
MORE UPDATES On Snickers:
JULY 30 UPDATE:
I MADE IT TO MY BIRTHDAY!!
Last November, I was only supposed to live a few days, but I am here and I made it to my 14th birthday! I am still having lots of problems, so we are being thankful for every day I have! Wahoo! ♡ Snickers
JULY 8 UPDATE: I’ve had 3 seizures in 4 days! Mommy’s worried to leave my side. But I am still eating. I know it is a big pain to feed me, cuz I have to eat every two hours or my blood sugar drops. Yet, Mommy usually has to try 8 different foods to get me to eat. And I am still wagging my tail and happy! So, I keep fighting until my day comes. ♡ Snickers
JUNE 7 UPDATE: Rough day! We have had company, which is awesome! But I get so upset with another dog here (several years ago a friend’s dog bit me in the face). I had another heart episode (hacking and wheezing to get it to beat). Then I had a seizure. Later, I had a panic attack and another seizure. Mommy had hard time getting me to stop shaking, but I was able to eat a few bites and am going to nap. ♡ Snickers
APRIL 22 UPDATE: I GAVE MOMMY A BAD SCARE this morning! I had a seizure then died! This happened a year ago. I have been blacking out and having seizures for 2 years, but this the second time my heart stopped and I quit breathing.
Mommy did CPR again and again and again. I wasn’t coming back, so she flipped me over and pounded on my heart then did CPR again and again. I was a rag doll with my mouth open and tongue hanging out. No life signs. She thought I wasn’t coming back, but she wasn’t giving up.
Finally, there was a short, small breath, so Mommy massaged my lungs and did some more compressions … AND I CAME BACK!
Thinking back, Mommy realizes I have been having more shaking and high heart rate episodes the past couple of weeks. And as usual, she has to work really heart to get me to eat 6 times a day or my blood sugar drops and I pass out and heart could stop or I could go into a coma.
But I have been happy in between, wagging my tail and loving life, so she wasn’t about to let go of me!
Thank you, Lord, for another day with Mommy and Daddy!! ♡ Snickers
APRIL 3 UPDATE: In case you all were wondering … I have a whole ‘nuther month under my belt! That makes 4 months of living, when they said I had only a few days! Mommy is really working hard 6 times a day to get me to eat. I am not picky, I just have a hard time finding something that sounds good these days. But because once I get my appetite or my blood sugar drops, I scarf up my food and because one of my foods has rice in it, I have gained all my weight back! Wahoo! ♡ Snickers
March 20 UPDATE: In case you all were wondering … I have a whole ‘nuther month under my belt! That makes 4 months of living, when they said I had only a few days! Mommy is really working hard 6 times a day to get me to eat. I am not picky, I just have a hard time finding something that sounds good these days. But because once I get my appetite or my blood sugar drops, I scarf up my food and because one of my foods has rice in it, I have gained all my weight back! Wahoo! ♡ Snickers
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November 22, 2014 from Snickers: I’m still here!! For almost 4 days I couldn’t stand, hold up my head, potty or eat. My heart rate was 200, kept having seizures and blacking out! I have a history of heart problems and seizures.
Went to ER, Cardiologist and Internist. Mommy talked to 2 other vets. They agreed there is no long term treatment due heart failure, kidney failure, probable brain tumor or injury (I fell off the back of the couch twice and off our tall bed a month ago) and cancer. They all said I wouldn’t get better. So Mommy and Daddy brought me home for a few days to say goodbye.
Surprise! I thought I would shock everyone, start walking, eating and pottying! I don’t know how long I have (it may be a few days, weeks or months). I still have heart that cant be helped with medication, brain tumor or injury, an abcess and most likely cancer. But Mommy is really good with nutrition and supplements and made up some concoctions she’s been giving me.
Every day is a gift! So, Ill just keep fighting as long as I can. I’m tough like Mommy! Anyhow, i wanted to thank you all for your prayers!
PS) Don’t look at my bed head hair!
November 20, 2014: Had to take Snickers to ER today. She can’t stand or eat. She is in heart failure, cancer and probable brain tumor. Brought her home to say goodbye to my Mom. 3 animals and 2 people in the past few months! I am devastated! She’s my baby!
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||Age:||One and a half years old
||Kind:||Nigerian Dwarf Goat
|Pumpkin Pie is my sweet Nigerian Dwarf Goat, we just call her Pumpkin for short!. Pumpkin is not only gorgeous, but she is incredibly smart, hilarious and sweet! I have enjoyed her so much that I have made lots of videos of Pumpkin and couldn’t resist sharing them with the world!We have clips of her doing everything from plotting a mission impossible escape to jumping and sliding down the slide to pottying in a litter-box! She’s a hoot!
Not only that, Pumpkin and her sista’ Cookie have written a book, The Adventures of Pumpkin and Cookie: Cookie Doesn’t Want to Be a Goat! Pumpkin encourages Cookie to be herself and be proud she is a goat and children learn a great lesson. Moreover, Pumpkin and Cookie are out to help other goats find loving homes like theirs by selling the books to raise money for animal rescues and other non-profit organizations!
Pumpkin’s favorite treats are … you guessed it! Pumpkin seeds!! She also likes green apples, celery, black oil sunflower seeds and alfalfa pellets.
She is such a cuddle bug! I have had friendly and loving goats, but she is incredible! She adores kisses all over her face! I can’t get enough of her and she is always asking me to come outside for a visit. She talks and talks to me through the windows when I am inside. We have two lounge chairs on the patio. She gets on one and puts her head on her Princess Pumpkin Pillow then takes a nap with Mommy! She would sleep in my bed with me if I let her! She is definitely a Momma’s girl, here to give me love and joy!
As you can see, Pumpkin is quite the gal! But she doesn’t really know how famous she is. All she knows is that Mommy is very ill and mostly home-bound due to Multiple Sclerosis and Lyme Disease. So she greets me every day with lots of bleets, hugs, kissies and will cuddle with me for hours!
Pumpkin brings me so much joy that I can’t help myself but tell the world how amazing she is!
JellyBean used to fall asleep on my chest and make sweet baby noises! She loved her Mommy and Daddy so much. We miss her beyond words!
I had a special song just for her. JellyBean would instantly lay down and fall asleep. I sang this to her before she passed away.
JellyBean Girl, my JellyBean Girl She’s so sweet, she’s so wonderful She’s my JellyBean, JellyBean Girl JellyBean Girl, my JellyBean Girl
Goodbye, my sweet JellyBean! Thank you for being such an amazing friend and companion. I will see you on the other side!
June 10, 2014: Please say a prayer for us and our JellyBean Girl. Please pray she gets better (highly unlikely) goes on her own or we know without a doubt when it is time for us to intervene.
JellyBean has been in horrible pain for a year with a lame leg. She is 14 and that is pretty old for a goat. I feel terrible about her pain. I have done everything humanly possible to help her with special diets and supplements, as well as pain medications. I have talked to my vet and she agreed that as long as she has a will to live, eats and gets out, we should let her. But she is taking a turn. Today, she went out in the grass, wouldn’t eat much and was there all day. I went down and sat with her several times and she talked to me, looked in my eyes and I told her what a great goat she has been and how much I love her. Wayne had to help her back into her house when he got home. She has always been so kind, gentle and sweet. She was my “lap goat.” She melts in my arms and falls asleep when I sing to her. She has been an amazing friend. It’s all expected, but never easy.
April 22, 2014. My poor JellyBean Girl has been dealing with severe arthritis in her leg. Now I had to have the vet over to drain an abscess. She left a drain in it. Ewwweee!! Her bedding needs to be clean, so my ANGEL, Bree Villyard came over to clean out her house! What would I do without her?? Thank you, Bree!! This picture is from when JB was about a year old. She is now 14. That is pretty old for a goat. My vet says she has had one live till she was 16. If it weren’t for her horrible leg, I would bet she would break a world record! Please say a prayer for her, because she has been in horrible pain. But my vet agrees that she still has a lot of fight in her. She is amazing! Yet, if she doesn’t go on her own, the time will come all too soon for me to make a decision. I will miss this sweet baby!