Home – Bliss

Finding of the neurological examination:

BeAnne had evidence of right fore and hind limb paresis consistent with either a brainstem injury or a high neck injury.  BeAnne would also tend to curve her body to the right, and ther was a tendency to circle to the right.

MRI confirmed the presence of a traumatic disc extrusion in the high neck (between the 2nd and 3rd neck vertebrae, with right-sided spinal cord damage…..


Right-sided traumatic disc extrusion in the upper neck.  There is moderate to severe spinal cord bruising…..

…. I would expect BeAnne to slowly improve over the next few months, but there is likely to always be some right thoracic and pelvic limb weakness or incoordination.  Beyond the how (?) severely  affected BeANne was at presentation, and the severity of the changes on MR imaging, there is no other way of knowing whether BeAnne will improve, and to what extent BeAnne will improve.  We can only wait and see. In some dogs there is unfortunately a poor improvement.l1240442 l1240444


BeAnne should be encouraged to exercise on soft (non-abrasive) surfaces so that she does not damage the tops of her paws as a result of dragging them.  BeAnne may benefit from some support with a harness until she is strong enough to support herself.  There should be a gradual improvement over the next few weeks.

While I write this, BeAnne is sleeping in her bed under my desk covered with her favourite blankie.  When I went to feed Albie his lunch, she pottered about outside but stayed with Lambie in the stable instead of following me to the field.  She waits to be carried over the hard ground and I put her down onto the soft grass.


Darling little BeAnne.  She did her absolute best – brave and wonderful.  I am so proud of her.


Sur le Bateau

Well, we made it.  Finally going back home on the boat.


Darling little BeAnne is in our cabin after the now predictable fight through dog border patrol.  Rude doesn’t even go there to describe how horrid the Northlink boat staff are.  I told them they had more chance of Daisy peeing in the cabin than BeAnne.  The crew member turned his back on us, walked away and said nothing.



I am convinced they received a full refund from Charm School. This is the second time that Northlink seem incapable of communication with their own staff on shoreside, who knew all about BeAnne and her requirements.

It is very disappointing especially when someone is overstressed and travelling with sick dog .  The Northlink crew totally fail to recognise this is out of necessity rather than need.  The existence of the letter from the vet was doubted at every point yet again.  What the hell do they want?

Anywho, we did it. Next stop home and let’s hope we never have to do this again.  Just dealing with the boat crew is stressful enough.

BeAnne is settled and we all can’t wait to get home.




The Gods Have Smiled. We are Blessed

Last night was rough in every sense but BeAnne was a star.  She stayed in her bed, neither pee’ed nor pooed from 15:00 to 08:00 (17 hours – wow!).  When we disembarked, I drove to a nice grassy place by the River Don and we took BeAnne for a little wander. She pee’ed for at least 20 elephants (seconds) and then poo’ed.  What a wonderfully good little dog.

And so we drove to Stirling via Tesco, Dundee and arrived in good time.  BeAnne’s appointment was at 12:00 at Broadley’s Veterinary Hospital and we were exhausted. I may have had a little sleep in the waiting room.

Professor Jacques Penderis, BeAnne’s vet, asked questions, thoroughly examined BeAnne and watched her gait.  He then told us what the outcome could be…

A brain tumour
A brain bleed
A stroke
A slipped disk

We handed BeAnne over with huge trepidation and were told to phone at 17:00 if we had heard nothing.

Without BeAnne, we went and checked into our hotel and had some lunch.

And so we have sat for what seems like days waiting.  At 16:30 BeAnne’s Prof phoned with the best news.

BeAnne has a traumatic disc extrusion (ie an acute extrusion of a non degenerative disc) at C2-C3.  This requires no surgery and she is now off bedrest.  She can have gentle exercise on soft ground and will probably get 95% of little self back although she may always have a slight right sided weakness (BeAnne’s new unique wiggle).


We are all very relieved.  The boat home is booked for tomorrow and, according to Magic Seaweed, it looks like a calm crossing.

Thank you everyone for your healing prayers, vibes, thoughts and kindness.  You have no idea how your support and love helps.  I am sure BeAnne knew too.

Daisy and I are exhausted.  We will collect BeAnne tomorrow at 10:30.  We can’t wait to see her little smiling happy face and then we go home.

Phew. xx

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On the boat south

Daisy and packed up the car with all our and BeAnne’s possessions.  And then we added the kitchen sink because you just never know.

It is now nearly midnight as I lie in my bunk and tap out this blog with one finger.  BeAnne is between us asleep in her huge dog bed that Daisy lugged up to our cabin. BeAnne is probably dreaming about food or peeing.


Despite knowing and confirming with Northlink that there is a letter from my vet requesting that BeAnne can stay in our cabin, every crew member we have met on board has denied all knowledge of its existence.  They started by wanting her in a cage in our cabin so I said this had never been mentioned in my confirmation phone call with one of their staff this morning.  I said we had a cage and that BeAnne could travel in it but she would be very distressed.  They didn’t budge until I also said they could carry it up from the car.  By this stage they were also denying any knowledge of their collegue who I had spoken to earlier this morning.But, once they saw Daisy lugging up BeAnne’s huge dog bed, they calmed down slightly.

We took BeAnne to the “Smoking Deck” to pee where she refused point blank.  Each time we met a crew member we went though the same interrogation process of the kennels were over there, no, she wasn’t going in a kennel, yes the captain does know about this and yes, we have a letter from the vet. Enroute, we met a lovely lady boarding who was nearly in tears thinking BeAnne would spend the night in the kennels. I reassured her that she was in our cabin and the lady left us muttering “oh, thank god, the poor wee mite”.

Now the boat is crashing, whilst rolling and pitching.  It creaks in the gale we are sailing through but I put my trust in her that we reach our destination, if late.  The captain said we might be because of the Force 9 we are ploughing through.


Luckily i I thought to phone the vet surgery in Stirling before we left to warn them we might be late and to also ask if BeAnne should be nil by mouth as she was immediately having her scan upon our arrival and would be under general anaesthetic. Yes was the answer but she can have small amounts of water.

We can do this. We will do this.  My new family motto is Whatever it Takes or Faciam quodlibet quod necesse est or 想方设法



BeAnne & Best Medicine For Us

This is our sitting room (newly decorated).  It was tasteful and a vision of loveliness.  Now we have a single mattress, BeAnne’s bed (with statutory Icelandic lopapeysa) and my commotion.

(When I was a nurse many eons ago, a patient shouted “Nurse, I want the commotion”, so the commode has always been known in this house as The Commotion!)

Perhaps not a thing of great beauty but “the commotion” is a necessity as BeAnne would try and follow me to the bathroom in the night and that would mean stairs.  There is no polite way to disguise it.

So we had a vet appointment this morning and BeAnne was referred to Broadleys Veterinary Hospital for an immediate scan and possibly surgery.

I am currently waiting for the vet to phone back to confirm the time and date.  I have booked a cabin on the boat tomorrow night (easily changed if necessary). A hotel is also booked for 3 nights (they take dogs) and and we will take it from there.

We all agree that this is the only way forward for BeAnne.  Whatever it takes.  She was there for me when I was ill, so now we are all there for her.

UPDATE ON THE UPDATE:  Broadleys have just phoned to say Wednesday, 12:00.  So glad I booked everything ahead.  They were lovely.


We all feel a bit more relaxed about BeAnne’s condition.

Still, it is very stressful for us humans.  Daisy, Flossie and I went out for a ride, taking Loki with us.

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This was the best therapy for us. I wish we had taken BeAnne.  She would’ve loved it.  One day, I hope.