Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Progress Report and CAKE (at last)

Please send some good thoughts to my pal, Butchy.
The seizure monster will NOT leave him alone and he and his momma are struggling most bravely right now. He is a tough little guy and I hope that I can be as strong as he is. He just cannot get the right combination of medication to scare that monster away. He has a paypal button on his bloggy to help pay for his medications because his momma has sickies too and is having trouble managing all the blood work and the medicines bills.

Last night when momma took the Pea out to play tennis ball she said to me, "Now, Mango, you just be still and watch the Pea and enjoy your yard because you really shouldn't be running about."

But I WANT to play and I found MY tennis ball and brought it to the DOH and told her in no uncertain terms that it is MANGO TIME.

Look! Here is a movie of me in action (momma says she actually made it to show to the vet lady, but I think it is a great demonstration of how much better I feel).

One benefit of my hiney issues is that many of my new positions work to stretch out my back end which could use some flexibility anyway.

Sometimes, though, I worry that my leggies are so far away from me that I might leave them behind.

I can't lie to you... this was taken after an unsuccessful attempt to rise from a recumbant position. Note the deep concentration on my face because yuh, for sure I am focusing on sending the electical impulses to my extremities.



Whoops. My dangly bits are taking quite a beating from all the sudden and most forceful sits I am doing.

Ow! No wonder I cry at night.

Now, last week, Thor sent me a homemade applesauce cake for MY birthday. Last week, right?

I didn't even see it until yesterday and look what happened to it!

Evil piggy piggy momma and master like to eat almost all of it without giving me even one bite!

The abuse.

I intercepted momma as she was about to stuff that last piece into her gaping maw.


What the heck? Who said HE could have any? Doofus!

That's right! All for MANGO!

Mango Man! Oh yeah!

P.S. From Momma
I do feel pangs of guilt over the fact that I am posting but not getting around to other blogs to read and comment. But I think blogland is a full circle... sometimes you need to give and sometimes you need to be given to. I am filled with gratitude by all your wonderful comments and good thoughts. I have followed many journeys of dogs and owners struggling with illness and I feel that sharing Mango's progress is important; both for myself and the community.


The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

i think you look great Mango! Just take things at your own pace, tell your momma that it is harder on her than you...all you need is love!

xoxo Guinness

Sewmouse said...

Dear Mango Momma:

Since we are fortunate enough that you have chosen to share Mango and Dexter with us on these intertubes, it would be rude, I think, to demand that you reciprocate or even try. We all get "time in te sun" and we all need a break sometimes too.

It may be many years before I have my own doggie, so I am grateful that you have allowed me to "share" your beautiful boys.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you, and all our prayers and good "vibes" and thoughts for Mango defeating the seizure monster.

Sewmouse (the 2-legged slave of Kili the Cat)

monica said...

love the mouths all wide open pictures !! lucky you to get cake sent to you!!

Erika and Blair,xoxo said...

Mango Momma, thank you so much for the help on ticks. Koda seems to be doing just fine no loss of appetite and moving good. i know how you feel about sometimes just writing posts but not getting around to commenting on other blogger's posts. I find that blogging is very time consuming and I post about half as much as you do! It is always nice to hear about Mango and Dexter, along with what you are up to.

Erika (Blair's Mom)

Berts Blog said...

Mango! Dude! Your lookin good for the amount of time you have been on the meds. By the end of the week (Which week, I am not sure) you'll be able to shrug off the drouzy dissy feeling and get back to a good game of ball.

I'm thinkin of you and hopin it happens soon. Vickie says it is kinda like being on a rollercoaster ride for the first few weeks.


Reilly / Bree said...

We are just glad that the big dude is feeling better - and that he actually wanted to play ball is great. Even better that he got to enjoy some yummy cake. We can all learn from dogs - live in the moment and enjoy the moments....everything else sorts itself out in time :)

MAXMOM IN SA said...

It's great to see Mango doing better. I want to encourage you to continue blogging openly and candidly - you are right; it serves to help others who may not be as courageous. And yes...its your time to receive...
Thanks for the lovely blogpost.

Wild Dingo said...

boy that DOH sure has a lotta nerve! taking all your cake. where did she learn her relentlessly hopeless manners anyway? geesh...

RH, you're aces in our book. doped or not doped.

Channon said...

Mango, tell your Mama not to worry about visiting other blogs. Right now, all of us want YOUR updates, and we're delighted you were able to get some of YOUR cake.

The good news about the almost all-gone cake is that now, they have to share with you when they get cakes!!

Jen said...

Oh goodness, its been one of those mornings- first a letter at Georgia Little Pea's blog, (if you've never read her blog, someday you'll have to check it out- she's great!) to Rufus who just went to the Bridge a couple weeks ago, now watching poor Mango!!

Anyway, thank you for sharing how he's doing. Speaking as a Momma of a dog who has BIG problems for such a little labrador, it gives me hope. Soph has only had 2 seizures in her 4 years, but I hope she doesnt have more. But, watching Mango going through this does help- there are things we can do to help our companions when they are not feeling well. Plus, I worry about the boy- it's good to see him in action!

No need to worry about getting around in Blogland- we all have big hearts and can give back just like you've given to us. So, when you have time, energy and ability you'll be reading again. It's all good.

Hang in there and Mango and Dex both look like they need hugs!! :)

Jen with the Black Dog Crew

rottrover said...

We love you Mango, and think you're lookin' pretty good! Are you still weighing in at 230? We thought you'd lost some of your RH-ness. In any event, it's ALWAYS nice to see the Mango -- and the Pea, too!!

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

I'm REALLY glad you're making the time to update us with Mango's progress! It's good to see him playing, in the the video!

Thank DOG he finally got some of his birthday cake before it was totally consumed by others less deserving!

Sure, I miss mango slobbering all over Stumpy's blog. But more than that, I am looking forward to him feeling good enough to slime everything with the attitude to which we have become accustomed!

Levi said...

We are glad to keep reading and hearing about Mango's progress and are sending him all good vibes--
you feel them?
Well, we keep sending them :)

Levi and da mom

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Awww, we love you, Mango - we hope things settle down soon. And we heard applesauce cake is a wonderful cure for seizures - tell that to Momma:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

3 doxies said...

Oh lady you ts dat right, don't worry if you can't comment...Mango's health is waaaay more important than anything else...and YOUR sanity. Somebuddy reading dis stuff could really benefit from it.
But now, I has issues withs da whole cake didn't show it to him...nor did you offer me any...I'm gonna go pout nows.

I so hopes da new meds work and da side effects will ease off some.


Kari in WeHo said...

That cake looks most yummy!


Anakin Man said...

Big Me's!!

Me totally loves yous action packed video!!

You made us all smile dude!

Yous getting 'da hang of it!

me can't even belief's 'dat big adventures got into yous cake-
him even had peanutty butter eye balls and a smirk-

Me tinks next time yous need to intercept 'da mails-

We sending yous all our love,
yous Mini-me's
IzZY, Josie(keep eating 'da cake Dex.. hee hee) TriXie & Pugga Momma

Mack said...

It's a magical dissapearing cake! Just be glad my mom wasn't at your house - it would be gone in a flash!
We hope you (and your dangly bits) are getting stronger every day!

Corbin said...

Oh Mango Dude... We're just so glad that you're blogging and updating us on your self! No need to worry about your bloggin' friends ;o) we get by!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Mango's video breaks my heart! I reminds me of my Maggie's last day... she was dying and she wanted to play tennis ball! I made her lie down (she was in PAIN after all) and would roll it to her. It made her so so happy!

Take care of that boy and...give him more cake!!!

road-dog-tales said...

Well, thank dogness you finally got some cake to celebrate your birthday! That was super nice of Thor's mom! Come to think of it, super nice of Thor to let it out the door with having some.

Hope that your new meds will do the trick and you'll be back to your Mango self super quick! Take care, Buddy!

The Road Dogs

Bouncing Bertie said...

Hi Mango, good to see you moving about, you just take things carefully now and enjoy any cake that comes your way.
We here say that MangoMomma should not waste one single second feeling guilty. Think about all the hours and hours she has spent giving so many dogs and their humans so much fun over the years, with MangoMinster, brilliant videos and those always entertaining tales of life at the Estate. We comment 'cos we love reading the blog and we have come to care about you, Mango, and even, yes, the Pea. Not because we expect comments back.
Toodle pip!

Marjie said...

Well, I'm glad there was enough for you to have some, and good job sharing with your brother. Next time I'd better not let Momma back into the house until she finds a full sized pan for a cake for The Mango, I think! Glad your Momma and Master enjoyed the cake, too.


Amber-Mae said...

Mango, you doing good! Your hind legs do look pretty weak though & they're really lacking in muscles. There's a product that I highly recommend for you to take that WILL help to develop good muscle tone in those legs. This product is usually given to show dogs & it's very popular in the 'show world'. Show dogs are always given this product so that they will have beautiful muscle tone, coat, etc. It helps to improve structural issues too. The product is called Collagen Power Balance. Check out these websites for more info & Before and After pictures:

Me & River have been given this product before. I in particular was on it for quite some time. In 2 weeks, I had beautiful, solid muscle tone in my hind quarters. River too! Before I started taking this product, I lacked muscle. But now, they're very meaty. River had soft pasterns. His feet were pointing left & right. We call it 'easty-westy'. After consuming this product for just 2 weeks, his pasterns strengthen & his feet became straight.

You should really, really try this product. This will help you to have more strength in your hind quarters so that you don't have to keep struggling to get up from a sit position. Right now your thighs are very thin. There's hardly any muscle in them. You will see improvements after taking this product for a couple of weeks.

Anyway, glad you finally got to eat cake. Bet it tasted wonderful! You should have gotten more actually, not just small pieces. Those aren't enough for a massive dog like you.

Two Crazy Coaches said...


We are so glad you are doing better and we think you're super tough! Many more get better wishes coming your way. We know you're tough and can beat this monster!

Slobbery kisses,
Flash & Ollie

Sue said...

It's so hard to watch them struggling to get up and down. We went thru that with Bentley for different reasons. We're all hoping that Mango can adjust to his meds and get back to dancing.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry Mango Man it will all be OK! I just knows it!

Pretty soon your hiney will know what your head is thinking and it will follow! BOL

As far as Mango Mom goes you know that it is OK, we will be there for you like you have been there for us!

woo woo, Tessa

Chester said...

It breaks my Big Brown heart to see you struggle so, Mango and I don't mean strugglin' to get more cake. (It does look extremely good - but I must not get sidetracked here). Anyway, I know your DOH will do the very best she can to get you back to bein' the best RH beast you can be. I will keep crossin' my paws that the seizure monster crawls into a hoggeh hole and is never, ever seen again.

Don't you worry yourself about not visitin' - we fail miserably all the time in that dept. We understand how "real" life must be a priority.

Woofs and sidetracked slobbers,
Chester ;0=)

brooke said...

mmm cake. I can't believe they ate your cake before sharing any with you! Dont they know you need all the fuel you can get to fight the monster off?! :)

Carol from Down Under said...

Hi Mango, My gosh, it was darn lucky you spied the Master and Momma eating your cake. The cheek of it.

Mango, it doesn't matter how you are, wobbly or otherwise, we love you big fella. Keep on improving. Momma don't you dare feel any guilt. The support you have given everyone in the blog family is immeasurable. Now its your turn to be supported. Hugs to all. No worries, love Carol.

Maggie and Mitch said...

Thank goodness you got some of your own cake before your momma woofed it all down, Mango! The nerve!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

As usual, mama is a day late and a dollar short in commenting. Wish we could afford better help, although we don't actually pay her.

What all the others said. Mango, we love you! We're glad to see you want to play, hope your rear will get in gear soon, and think you deserved a MUCH bigger part of your lovely cake from Thor. There must be a law about interfering in Mastiff to Mastiff gifts, sort of a lese majeste offense.

We really appreciate Mango Momma keeping us posted, especially when she has so much on her plate right now - including your cake.

Jed & Abby

Honey the Great Dane said...

Gosh, Mango, good thing you got there just in time with your cake!!

And I'm happy to hear that you're fighting on - yes, your mind is certainly still willing and that's the key! Actually, me & my human think that it's your spirit that's the most important thing and we can see from the video that it's still strong! - coz if that goes, then even if your hiney is working perfectly, it still won't matter. So I think your big heroic heart will win! We're thinking of you from far away and cheering for you!

Honey the Great Dane (& my human)

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Mango, your momma makes even the tough stuff sound funny. "Dangly bit" taking a beating...chuckle chuckle.

1000 Goldens said...

Oh Mango, your video broke my heart :( I love you buddy and hope your medicine and body begin to cooperate soon. Hang in there...

Benny and Lily said...

Oh Mango, we have our paws crossed for you too. Playing a tiny bit at a time is good
Benny & Lily

Sarge said...

Hey Mango!
Wow, I think you look great in your video. You definitely have a relentlessly huge spirit. I'm sending you more of my strongest healing thoughts so you just keep getting better and better! That cake looks yummy by the way!!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Karen said...

Mango is truly magnificent. He will feel steadier soon.

Don't feel any guilts, and post anything you feel. Reading all the blogs have really helped me with my loss, just seeing how others are as concerned and caring about their pets as I was with mine. And to think I just learned about them! Also sometimes you can type the things that are just too hard to say out loud. It seems only "pet-people" really understand how much you care, that they are really family members. Sending well wishes!!

Penny's Mumma

houndstooth said...

Mango, I think your mama needs to let you go out and get some exercise to practice getting your wobbly legs back under control! Is it possible that you're a bit wobbly for another reason? Whatever it is, I hope you get things all settled soon!


Lorenza said...

We all understand your mom needs to concentrate in you Mango!
Tell her not to feel guilty!
We really appreciate she takes time to let us know how you are doing!
Some action and yummy cake! Grrreat!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

I can't believe the DOH was going to play tennis ball with Dexter and try to convince you to sit it out! The nerve! And then not giving you your cake?!? *sheesh* I think this whole Foster House thing might be taxing your Mom's mentals. Concentrate HARD on standing up - those electrical impulses have a LONG way to go to get from your ginormous brain to your well-formed hindquarters! ;-)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

PeeEss: Mom says she understands with the bloggie thing - this is the first time we've been visiting in a while. Much stress going on here, between Dad's business and now he's got some thingy that a doctor cut off his shoulder, and found it so fascinating that some cancer doctor wants to cut more chunks out of Dad's shoulder. So Mom's kinda freaking out at the moment....

El'bow and Hauwii said...


you look better :)
dont worry if your legs are still lazy :)

your doing great and is there some cake for me?

Happy sunny Kissslobbers
El'bow & Hauwii

Priscilla said...

Hi Mango, you're looking good but my heart ached when I saw the pictures of you trying your best to stand up. Laura used to have this problem when she was 7 years old and we were so worried about her. However, we pulled through it by giving her a straight diet. It wasn't easy at all, we gave her only kibbles, nothing else except some chicken breasts on and off for the next three years. She lost her weight tremendously but then she was so much lighter and fitter like a rottie again. We gave her a short walk everyday then we prolonged it slowly. I know it sounds MEAN and CRUEL to your highness, but sometimes our life is just not a bed of roses.

I read the comment given by Amber-Mae too. I'm giving Eva the collagen powder since she was six months old when she was diagnosed that she has hip dysplasia. The powder did make her have a bit more muscles on her legs.

So glad you got your cake at last!

Amber DaWeenie said...

You jus' got da one wittle piece of cakey? Ok's time to protest!

DianeTaylor said...

Hi Mango - Indy Bones here, gosh that cake looks so good - I hope my humans share some cake with me on my next birthday. You know us labs - we beg for just about any kind of food. My human and I are praying for you and hope you get better soon. It sure looks like your spirit is willing and that is the most important thing, right?

Your friend,
Indy Bones

Lexi and Jasper the Danes said...

O Mango it's great to see you soldiering on - even if you are slightly wobbly at times :)

We think it's a great sign that your brain still wants to do everything and have fun :D

O my gosh, I can't believe your humans nearly ate all YOUR cake and shared it with pea! Good thing you got some!

Licks and lots of slobber,
Lexi and Jasper the Danes

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I bet woo would love MY Khyra Khake ;-)

PeeEssWoo: Oh Mango Momma - extra H&K to woo!

Michelle said...

Poor Mango. I have been so busy that I am a little out of the loop and didn't even realize he wasn't feeling well. At least you got some cake, sweetie!