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My name is Lesli Hyland. In my fifty one years on this earth, my home and my heart have been graced with the company of twenty four dogs. Many came to me as seniors. All of them taught me something and helped determine the course of my life. I became a dog trainer because of them. I met my friends because of them. My husband and I are are forever bonded by our mutual connection to them. Currently, as a Dog Walker I have access to other people's dogs and I am allowed to experience their unique personalities. The dogs make me a better person by forcing me to closely examine my motivation, my actions and my choices. Everything I do affects their behavior, safety and happiness. It is an awesome responsibility. The dogs keep me honest.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Poor Belle

I HATE it when my dog is hurting and we cannot get a definitive diagnosis or treatment plan.
Belle has battled with lameness, soreness and general discomfort for several years.  Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Laser therapy has offered little relief.  She has good and bad days.  Yesterday she presented with weight shifting off her left side on both front and back legs and also with a slight head tilt.  2 wks ago she presented with unexplained (or diagnosed) swelling around her right eye.
I fear the worst - a neurological issue.
Note her right eye appears smaller than the left -her left eye is the normal shape.

Notice her weight shift off her left side. Not as noticeable on the bed as the floor, but her right legs are perpendicular to the ground while her left legs are angled to take the pressure off them.

Please send good thoughts our way. 



  1. Poor lovey, I know this is the obvious question, but have they tested for Lyme?

  2. I'm sorry to hear this. I hate not having a diagnosis too. :-(

    Sending good thoughts that they figure out what it is, and that it is something easily fixable.

    Get better Belle!

  3. Thinking good thoughts for beautiful Belle.

    I have just come out the other side of a neuro situation with our dog Riley. He presented with all sorts of physical issues as well that we first thought was his back,then his hip and eventually determined (via MRI) as neuro. He had a cyst pressing on his spinal cord. We opted for surgery and he is now doing great. He still has a goofy gait that may or may not improve but he is running around loving life and that is all I wanted.

  4. sadly ladies...the lyme disease and the neuro issues became moot points when she was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma
    We lost Belle on Tuesday April 2.
    Thank you for your thoughts.