Monday, February 23, 2009

Update on Choya - February 23

Choya is now on Prednisone every second day. He seems to have lost some energy over the past few days, but he still has his smile. As he is living on the main floor now, he seems to be very lonesome. We try to spend as much time with him as we can, but he is still lonely. He has now taken to sleeping at in the hallway at the bottom of the stairs as he longs to be with us all when we are upstairs.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Update on Choya - February 17

Choya went for a longer walk at the park this aftenoon. About 25 minutes. He seems to have improved a little more.

Last night he attempted to climb the stairs. He went up 2 steps, faltered and slid down a bit. He seemed very determined in giving it a try. Three weeks ago he would not have attempted this "big step". It is quite apparent that he is not giving up!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Update on Choya

Yesterday, Choya seemed to be doing well. He was in good spirits and had a little more energy than he has had in the past 3-4 days. But today, he seemed to have a set back. I took him for a walk at the park and he faltered 4-5 times within 10 minutes. He also had less energy, than he had yesterday.

It is very hard for us to see him this way.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Update on Choya

Choya started his new regime of taking Prednisone starting on Sunday morning. At this time there appears to be very little change. He is still having difficulty getting up from a lying down position.

We still take Choya to the dog park for small strolls as he cannot do the long walks anymore. He has to be lifted out of and into the van. He still loves the park since he has been going there every day since he was 5 months old.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Choya is not Well

Choya was enjoying his retirement at home up until a few weeks ago.

Choya started to have difficulty going up and down the stairs and is now confined to the main floor. About a week ago, he started having difficulty getting up from a lying or sitting down position (He could not lift his hind end). Sometimes he would be standing and his hind end would drop to the ground. He also cannot not jump up into the van.

He has gone through extensive testing; X-rays, Ultrasound, blood tests, etc. and all the tests were negative. He is now getting painkillers and will be starting a regime of Prednisone for 2 weeks starting on Sunday.

For the time being, he is resting comfortably in his living room den.

Thank You for Visting Choya’s Den

Choya, thank you for the timeless journey we took together and the many memories. Until we meet again my friend.

In October 2005 at the age of 6, Choya was trained and certified as a service dog for Peter. Choya retired in December 2008 and he passed the leash to Kiche to become Peter’s new service dog.

Choya became ill in February 2009 and in July after a heroic battle with his illness, he passed on to the Rainbow Bridge. Choya will be greatly missed by Peter and by the many who knew him.