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Raised by 128 people in 25 days
Created August 23, 2018
Medical funding for WicKe Strenfel
Many of you know Moe Strenfel as a long-standing member of the agility community and a member of The Bay Team since 1999. A talented dog trainer and strong advocate for positive based training, Moe is currently experiencing health issues with one of her most talented young dogs, WicKe. As you can imagine, when one our fur-babies is sick, we become very stressed and anxious, especially if there are no answers. Moe needs help to cover current medical costs and upcoming medical costs until WicKe can be diagnosed, treated and returned to full healthy function. Please consider donating, no matter how small, to WicKe’s medical fund. Thank you and if you wish to know more of the story, please continue reading.

WicKe had a series of medical issues that drained Moe, financially, mentally and emotionally. WicKe presented with a swollen eye and cheek in early-August. She was examined by a vet and sent home with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Four days later, WicKe was lethargic, not eating and had a temperature of 105. Moe raced her back to the vet. WicKe was hospitalized; fluids and huge dosages of antibiotics were administered. Within seven hours, WicKe’s temp went back to normal but the blood tests were inconclusive, and no firm diagnosis was given. WicKe was sent home with a different round of antibiotics. A now-desperate-Moe knew this young dog had to have answers. Sadly, within two days, Moe had to take WicKe back to the emergency room with increasing temperature, lethargy and no appetite, even with hand feeding. More extensive tests have been submitted and we hope to have answers by the week's end. 

As of this writing, WicKe continues to battle an elevated temperature and lack of appetite. Her weight is continuing to drop.
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Monday, September 10, 2018

My stomach isn’t made for roller coaster rides.

Some people get in that line for the big dipper or drop zone coasters and laugh and scream the whole ride. I would much rather sit on the merry go round. Predictable movement and calming. That’s what I like; predictability. But it is not so with this disease that poor WicKe has.

The good news is that WicKe is no longer 3 legged but moving normally. After acupuncture and chiro on Saturday with Dr Wendy Wallace; WicKe was almost immediately 70% better. Wendy felt it was pinch nerve OR still the possibility of a tick-borne disease.

I thought we tested for every tick thing we knew of! But there are many we can’t detect early on or the titer was done incorrectly (yes, the lab can screw up). OR we simply don’t have a test for it! Some tick disease symptoms are exactly what she had:
lethargy, anorexia, weight loss, lameness with neurologic abnormalities, tissue swelling, muscle, neck, or joint pain; generalized lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes); pale mucous membranes, fever. There are even more signs for the different types of tick diseases as well.

So WicKe is now on Doxycycline which is a standard drug for tick diseases along with her pred, anti-nausea drug and stomach protectant. I also visited a Cannabis club for the very first time and got her some CBD oil to help with pain. WicKe seems to breath easier when she has her dose of CBD oil each day. So now we just wait to see if the lameness stays away and the doxy does its work.

Next recheck, Thursday, Sept 13th at 2:30pm.

Thank you for all your support!
Love Moe and WicKe
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Friday, September 7, 2018

Who said life was fair? Or easy?

We had our first recheck since our diagnosis of autoimmune disease yesterday afternoon. We have been on Prednisone, along with antibiotics, GI protectant and anti-nausea meds for a week now. WicKe has been eating on a regular basis (GRAVY!) for four days. I have been slowly adding back in some supplements that she refused to take with her meals last week.

WicKe was a different dog in the waiting room at the hospital yesterday. She ATE, she did tricks, she greeted all the nurses with that sweet little tail wag and soft eyes. When Dr Garcia came in finally, she greeted him too. Crawling in his lap to be petted. I don’t think I have ever seen this man sit in a chair; only on the floor with his patients!

The recheck turned into a dollar drop ($875.00). My mind does the calculations, we are at $15,087.00 but it was necessary. X-rays to make sure her lungs are totally clear from the pneumonia she was suffering from weeks ago. A blood count to make sure the anemia is clearing up. The blood tests should come back today to help guide us forward.

Providing all the blood counts are acceptable, Dr Garcia explained the next step. We double the dose of the pred for about a week. This is to assure Wicke is in remission; we do NOT want a relapse. He went on to further explain that sometimes dogs with this disease, look stable but are just “hiding” the fact the disease is still holding on and is ready to jump out and cause hell. Thus, we need to be sure WicKe is in remission before we start the immunosuppressant reduction.

From there, every two weeks we start to gradually reduce the pred dosage. No suicide reduction, just small amounts so she remains stable. Dr Garcia said there is a 50/50 chance WicKe will get off the pred entirely. But he cautioned that we are going to be very careful that we keep the ultimate goal in our sight, that she remains steady the whole time.

The disease and the pred have already affected her. She has no muscle tone. Her shoulders are so bony you can do an anatomy lesson on her. She has no stamina and just a short trot reduces her to rapid breathing. Dr Garcia patiently explains the pred can cause all these side effects so not to worry so much; it is explainable. Yes, that is right. She is alive and eating and perky. Count my blessings.

GREAT! Drinks on me, right? Nope, I got up this morning to a 3-legged Princess. Left rear being held up. WicKe was fine at ten pm when we went to bed. As far as I know, she didn’t borrow the van last night and go to some weird dog merrymaking rave party complete with a bark-a-thon and cat chasing.

I just sit down and cry while WicKe puts her head in my lap. This might be part of her disease; this soreness, lameness. Some of you have told me your babies had the same odd side effects. But my poor girl has been thru hell and back. She doesn’t need any more pain. A call is in to Dr Garcia for advice. Maybe it will go away in the meantime? Sigh. If any of you have any voodoo magic to make this all go away, please let me know.

Dog bless you all for your continued support.
Hugs from WicKe and me
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Monday, September 3, 2018


Yesterday was a great GRAVY day! WicKe loves Fromms Shredded Beef in Gravy Entrée canned food. But not just beef! Oh my, but turkey and chicken as well. She ate three small meals yesterday; some entrees even had some “extras” mixed in. And the bowl was licked clean! Yah for GRAVY!

It happened again this morning as well. She was excited as I was serving her entrée! I have not seen that happy “iamagonnaeat” dance in over five weeks! Yah for GRAVY! Some of you have warned that with this disease, the favorite food might soon not be a favorite so don’t go buy cases of it. It’s OK. I will take whatever comes and be ready to find another GRAVY entrée later. Looking around, there are quite a few brands that make stews or gravy meals for dogs.

But before you get down on me about using canned food; let’s just say I tried fresh homecooked foods first and she would hardly even take a mouthful. ☹ So, I am going with whatever she will eat!

Recheck this Thursday at 3:30pm. It’s looking good. I am so relieved. As long as she is active and happy, I don’t care about doing agility ever again cause that’s just GRAVY compared to where we have been in the last month!

Much love and hugs, Wicke and me.

PS. Don’t forget our garage sale on FB. The bidding is open! Here is the link: https://bit.ly/2PRMhKR
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

PTSD or at least that’s what I am calling it!

WicKe is home. She’s perky! Her temperature remains normal. But, her appetite remains scant. She is eating, just not the ferocious one the nurses warned me about. Batten down the hatches cause she’s going to climb on counters and learn to open the refrigerator so she can make herself a sandwich! That, has not happened. She has yet to finish a complete meal on her own and god forbidden I should try to put any nutritional supplement in it. Cause you know, it’s just poisoned then!

Dr. Garcia is concerned that her red cell count is dropping with whatever illness that she has along with the complications that the medication prednisone brings. So, he wants to keep close eyes on her.

I text him every morning with a temperature, attitude and appetite report. If I don’t, he scolds me. Talk about a doctor that needs an intervention! I went from the “we don’t care” land into the “we care so much that we have an ankle monitor on you” land. Guess which one I like better?!! (see update from Saturday, August 25 for more clarification.)

Many of you have warned me that the first year of a dog who has an autoimmune disease is the worse. You are trying to dial in those immunosuppressants, so that you keep your fur kid on the lowest dose possible. Prednisone, is the drug that will save you and kill you at the same time. So, you play around with doses and sometimes it goes bad if you reduce it too much. Your kid suffers then, and I know, I will suffer too if that happens.

So, we aren’t done. We still don’t know 100% that it is autoimmune, and we still have some complications that the doc is worried about. But I feel we are in the right hands now so I am less stressed about everything. So, when I miss place my phone, or can’t find my glasses on the top of my head or forget to email you back, I am claiming PTSD or something like that.

The video is from this morning so that you can see she is perky and happy.

We will keep you updated and keep you forever in our hearts, my Dog family.
Much love and hugs, Wicke and me.

PS. Don’t forget our garage sale on FB. Here is the link to the Facebook group https://bit.ly/2PRMhKR
You can post non-dog items as well. They just need to be clean and in working order. Value must be $10 and above.
If you are not tech savvy, then just contact me directly at RxBehave@comcast.net and we will get your items listed in our on-line garage sale.
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