Update on Bonnie 7-26-08

by snchart • Posted in: Rescue

We received the pathology results from Bonnie’s biopsies this week and as we feared, she does have a severe fungal infection called Pythiosis.  Only about 15% of dogs survive.  However, with all of the prayer and support around Phoenix and the other dogs in APA!’s care, we are going to continue believing in miracles and give her a shot at getting better.  She so enjoys life, even as the skinny minny that she is…we went to a coffee shop yesterday and she went around and greeted every person there.  Of course, in her condition, Bonnie receives lots of attention and love.  Two small children even stopped and petted her very gently yesterday, awed at her fragility and sweet disposition.

We are going to begin anti-fungal treatments on Tuesday and fiercely pray that they work.  She has had a couple of bad days this week in which her tummy clearly hurt and she didn’t feel like eating.  These days scare us the most, since as thin as she is, she can’t afford not to eat.  However, we have discovered that a Pepcid helps settle her stomach, and after giving her a few syringes of Pedialyte every 10 minutes or so, she starts to feel perkier in a few hours. 

After the coffee shop visit yesterday, she upchucked most of the contents of her stomach and stopped eating for around 24 hours.  Around 3pm today she felt better and started eating again, and this evening she was so frisky we actually went for a car ride and on a short walk.  She is so social and loves adventure, meeting new people and other dogs.  She is very maternal around puppies and gives them gentle licks on the tops of their heads.  It’s hard to care for her and watch her when she is feeling badly, knowing that someone out there abandoned her when she needed them the most… But every time she recovers we begin to believe again that she is our miracle dog and a true survivor.  We are going to try to keep her calm and quiet next week as we begin her treatments…so please send good vibes and prayers that the medicines work!

The Miller 3-Pack

4 Responses to "Update on Bonnie 7-26-08"

  1. mminncsays: July 27, 2008 at 9:24 am

    After reading about Phoenix on CNN, I’ve been checking your website several times a day for updates on ALL the dogs. I am remembering Bonnie in my prayers and I’m glad she has such a caring family to watch over her. She’s a sweet girl and we’re hoping for good news !

  2. philaksays: July 28, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    She is so sweet and beautiful, and such an inspiration. I will send good healing energy and vibes to her every single day. She is healed already, I can feel it. You are so lucky to have her in your lives, and she is so lucky to have you in her life. God bless you and keep you both healthy, happy, safe, and strong. Be well, Bonnie, we are here for you and rooting for you!

  3. mminncsays: July 30, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Please give us an update on Bonnie – I’m hoping she’s improving. I think about her every day !

  4. Merrisays: April 21, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I just read your post about Bonnie. My dog Lucky has GI pythiosis too. He was diagnosed in October. I think he contracted it in early July. We did two rounds of the vaccine and he has been on fungal meds since October. He was down to 9 lbs and now he is over 12 lbs. He is doing well except every few weeks he seems to be symptomatic with alot of mucus in his stool sometime just straight mucus. Then it usually subsides and I think he must have beaten this and then another setback. How about Bonnie? Have you had a similar experience? He is also such a sweet, friendly dog. He loves to go out and meet new people. He turned 2 in November. He seems like he is beating the odds just like Bonnie. I pray that they both kick this horrible disease.