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Sat Apr 21

Filmed Yoshi frapping in the yard which was a lot of fun and cool to see him moving freely unleashed.

Yoshi Krusi Park. Avoided one shepherd mix who was barking hungrily at a small dog. We went around to the other entrance and didn't go anywhere near the dog, so neither dog saw each other. Remarkably, right as i was taking him out of the car a very small dog walked behind us with their person and I managed to not let Yoshi see the dog until later.

The park itself was really nice. We walked in a loop behind the backstops and then out onto one of the baseball diamonds and then worked out way back to the car. His left rear foot drag is really obvious in the ballfield dirt. It was a relatively longish walk for him, but it didn't tire him out too badly.

Fri Apr 20
Yoshi walk at 8pm. I love that we're getting long days now. We went around the block. No dogs no drama. He's walking slow, but he's ok.

Wed Apr 18
Yoshi acupuncture. He doesn't like it, but if I just hold his collar he'll just sit or stand and even though he's panting the whole time, he doesn't shake his head. Jorge is happy with his condition not worsening. I think we're going back to giving him some Pet Calm as the chamomile in it takes the edge off. I didn't use it today as I wanted to see a comparison. I covered his eyes to get him past the next dog without issue. It's a little scary how well this works. It works in the Muller/Canine Rehab office too. It doesn't matter that he can smell the dog, not knowing where it is makes him not bark.

Yoshi walk. We went around the block and he's walking fine which is so cool to see. He does pause every so often but he's doing remarkably well. He hadn't pooped all day but did on his walk. Which means that he didn't need to during his 10:30pm walk. He kept wanting to turn around early to hurry up and get the rest of his dinner and treats (which are his medicine.) He sleeps better at night with something in his stomach so his dinner is divided into two parts.

Tue Apr 17
Yoshi looks enough like a cartoon dog, I can use his image in a logo, so I am creating a drawing of him happily working on a hydro treadmill and I'm going to use it for my writing logo.

Mon Apr 16

Yoshi PT. It was too close to his hydrotherapy last week so we just did cold laser only this time (There weren't any available appts later this week.)

We actually missed our 11am appt thinking it was 1:45pm (wrote down the wrong time.) so we rescheduled for 2:30 and went over to Sprouts to get some food and headed over to Lakely park which is a really nice park to just sit near and walk Yoshi around some. I tried to take a few photos, but he mostly wouldn't hold still, but I did get one finally.


Sun Apr 15
Yoshi walk. I didn't want to be around the block and get caught in the rain, so we just went all the way down Lincoln to High St and back.

Fri Apr 13
Yoshi PT. He walked 15 minutes in the hydro-treadmill and then paced more around the room before we captured him for his cold laser therapy. Then he got home and crashed on the bed for hours even skipping his dinner until I took him for his evening short walk to take care of the usual bodily functions at 10pm. He seemed to be walking ok even kind of quickly because he realized he hadn't eaten yet.

Thu Apr 12

Yoshi and I went to Crab Cove and had a fabulous time. It was windy and we walked all the duck pond and then we circled back.


Wed Apr 11
Yoshi and I continue to take a late night walk and then has the rest of his dinner with 4 pieces of string cheese. He sleeps through the night for the most part. Sometime he wakes up and paces for a while, but stops after a few trips back and forth. One time a couple of days ago, he didn't stop and we just put him on the bed. He is usually sleeping in one of his snugglers or his crate as he gets too hot when he's on the bed when we're in it with him.

Mon Apr 9
Yoshi walk. We slowly went around the block on Johnson. Barked at a couple of dogs but I was able to get his attention though if I'm too slow he'll go right back to barking. He also barks at people, but he's clearly not being threatening.

Fri Apr 6
Raining all day today. No walk for Yoshi. Fortunately there was a break in the rain at 10pm, so I could get him out to poop without him getting soaked.

Thu Apr 5
Yoshi Krusi Park we had the place mostly to ourselves save for one group, and a Mom and her small kid. Mound St. entrance again and we went all the way across to touch the tree then walked over to a couple of the diamonds to run very briefly on the dirt. He enjoyed it.

Wed Apr 4

Yoshi to Krusi Park.
It was starting  to get cold so he was in good spirits. Went all the way across the park and then on to touch a tree. Then we went back in a short curve. Barked some at the carts used to transport softball gear like the bases.

Tue Apr 3
Yoshi Krusi Park. We walked all the way across it and back. There were a couple of smaller dogs off to the size but he didn't react to them at all. He only briefly growled at a Golden walking by, but then decided that his time was better spent eating treats. Good boy.

Fri Mar 30
Took Yoshi to Crab Cove. It was enjoyable for both of us. Lots of space around him, only the occasional dog. Got his toes on the sand of the beach bluff. I took more duck photos. We walked from the parking lot diagonally to the water and then looped slowly back while taking in the geese coming in for a landing.

Sun Mar 25
Yoshi slept all night and let me sleep in too.
Yoshi walk. We went to Bay Farm because Krusi was too busy. It was windy and cold, I was freezing and Yoshi was in heaven. He even ran part of the way back to the car.

Sat Mar 24
Yoshi slept all night again. I did let him out at midnight right before I went to bed.
I am feeding him 1/3 c kibble twice a day and 3-4 pieces of string cheese. Dinner is split in half, so he gets cheese twice in the evening. That will change to once in the late evening.

Fri Mar 23
I walk Yoshi at night around 9 or 10pm to get him to pee/poop.
Evelyn tells me she would be happy to join Yoshi on our late night walks, so I have her cell phone. It would be fun to have company. It was raining tonight, so I told her to skip it this time.

Yoshi acupuncture. Tried not holding his head and he didn't shake his head.


Sun Mar 17

Finally, finally went back to Guerro's Taqueria in Pacifica off Reina del Mar to get a veggie burrito. I took Terri, and Yoshi went along and we went down to the state beach and walked Yoshi a while there letting him enjoy it, and bark at everything and nothing. The burrito was every bit as good as I remember it. There's nothing exotic about it, just great ingredients.
Pinto beans perfectly cooked, very yummy Mexican Rice, salsa, cilantro, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole.
Yoshi had a lovely time walking on the beach at Pacifica State Beach. Got his feet a little wet.

Thu Mar 15

Yoshi barked and barked again at Rudy the heater guy, then got better when we just put him on the floor.


Mon Mar 12
Yoshi PT at Canine Rehab in Walnut Creek.
He is not showing signs of worsening. It's not clear he has DM at all, though he likely does.
Sent off his Trupanion claim form. They've been so terrific at covering his costs once we met his deductable.

Wed Mar 7
Yoshi Krusi Park.
It was nice there wasn't any baseball practice going on. We walked out on the infield and I could see his right rear foot dragging, but otherwise he was walking ok. We walked all the way across the park in a curving manner. Touched the back fence, and then walked back across. Trek and I used to do this a lot. It would be good to do this with him fairly often too.

Yoshi did ok with Jorge and acupuncture this morning. Terri gave him some Pet Calm which has chamomile and other things which took his nervous edge off a little. He didn't shake and fling off the needles quite as much.

We've been having a heater installed and Rudy the installer had to be in house to work on the inside vents. He used to have a pit bull mix so he wasn't intimidated at all by Yoshi doing his "intruder" growl. "Co'mere you let me rub your neck." It was hilarious. Growl growl growl hmmm mmmm.

Later on we took Yoshi to see Ziji his chiropractor for a tune up. She says that he's doing surprisingly well and says to keep him active and on his feet. She did do a large adjustment in his mid-back.

Tue Mar 6
Yoshi is getting antibiotics for his eye twice a day for 7 days, so until next Monday.

Mon Mar 5

Yoshi's eye look swollen and reddish. He skipped his water treadmill at Canine Rehab and just did cold laser and went to Park Centre to see Dr. Levin. We now have eye antibiotics to put in his eye each day.


Feb 26
Yoshi PT at Canine Rehab in Walnut Creek. Jenn was his therapist today. We have him walking in a hydro-treadmill and then he gets cold laser treatments. He is now walking 15+ minutes which is terrific. Pretty good for a dog that will be 14 years and 7 months on the 28th. He slept for most of the rest of the day, but he kept us company in the evening and took a very short walk in the evening to pee and poop.

Feb 23
Yoshi walk.


We went over to Crab Cove and it was really nice. Almost no dogs around. Some people came by to say hello to him. We went on to the beach bluff for a bit. Maneuvered around some of the local water fowl - mostly geese. Yoshi really isn't a fan of geese, so he doesn't bother them at all.


Feb 19
Yoshi PT this morning. He did well. It's cold this morning and he's loving it while we all shiver.

Feb 18
Yoshi walk. He really didn't get a walk today. Just the 5pm and 10pm one to poop. He just wanted to sleep all day though he did join us to watch Olympics. I try not to let him crash in his crate all day (I want him to sleep at night), but encourage him to join us even if he is mostly just sleeping.
For the past month he has been waking Terri up in the middle of the night because he is hungry. I am trying to add 1/4 cup of rice to his evening snack. He slept through the night yesterday. He was gaining weight but it may have stabilized.

Feb 12

Yoshi PT. He did fine, but he gets tired about 10 minutes in. They have him doing 15 minutes.
He also got his second flu shot so he's done with that. The only thing he's due for is bordetella (kennel cough) and they can give it to him when he goes in for boarding on April 28.

Feb 9
Yoshi has an infection under his arm. Vet (Dr. Wallace) thinks it's a staph infection. She gave us a mousse to try for 5 days which might avoid needing oral antibiotics. He was so not happy to be at the vets. He had an acupuncture appt, so he'd kind of had it with being messed around with. He got his adequan shot today.

Feb 8
Yoshi walk. First time outside in a cart. He did pretty well though I will have to go somewhere where we're not steering around baseball practices.  It seems to help his side to side stability. And he has no issues with the cart which is amazing.

Yoshi evening walk. I've cut his melatonin down from 6mg to 3mg, because if you get too much melatonin you sleep soundly for a little while and then wake up again which is exactly what's happening.

Feb 7
Yoshi walk
Went to Lincoln Park and watched some soccer practice and steered around a couple of dogs (no problem.)
At 10:30pm took him out to poop. I'm always dragging him down the street as he wants his evening treats which are meds. He gets a snack then too.

Feb 6
Yoshi midday walk. He doesn't see as well so he barks at people too, but he's easy enough to manage.

Yoshi evening walk. He met my neighbor Evelyn who was working on her daffodils in her front yard a little, and he greeted her nicely and didn't bark at her. He still is waking Terri up at night so he's getting his meds in pill pockets, a snack of kibble, and a few cubes of sourdough bread.

Feb 5
I've been working a lot and that's changing for a little while so I'll have time to catch up here.

Yoshi treadmill. He does very well in the water. His walking looks much better when he's in it. He went to 14 minutes. Jenn was the tech with Sherrie there doing paperwork.


Feb 3
Yoshi got up at 3am last night. I didn't get back to sleep until daylight.

Yoshi walk. We went to Washington Park but this time we parked closer to the water and not at the dog park. We had a lot of space around us so we slowly wandered around that field and then crossed the path to go over to the next one. I tried to film him walking, but he just looked at me which is what he's trained to do. His walking is very unstable to begin with and then improves with time and usage.


Feb 2

Yoshi walk. I'm off work for a little while, so I get to do a lot of Yoshi's walks again. He is 14 1/2 so his walk are very leisurely but at 4pm we did manage to get all the way out to Santa Clara and around. I also give him a short evening walk around 9:30/10pm for him to poop. He also gets his meds then so he always wants to come home for his treat and evening snack.

The evening snack is that he's been walking Terri up in the middle of the night around 2:30am because he's hungry (she takes him out to pee also.)

Last night I feed him most of his midnight snack at 10pm and he slept till 5:30am.

Tonight I gave him all of his midnight snack at 10pm. His meds also include 6mg of melatonin which stops his night pacing and helps him sleep better at night.



Feb 1

Asked Dr Joan Coates for Trek's DM pathology report results. She sent them.

24 Jan 18:

The spinal cord has severe thickening and fibrosis of the arachnoid, with proliferation of arachnoid cells The entire spinal cord stains poorly with LFB. The white matter appears condensed with a few interspersed dilated axon sheaths. Motor neurons contain scant lipofuscin. Neurofilament stains demonstrate a drastic reduction of axon diameter in all funiculi. There are numerous tiny axons present, even in the ventral white matter, and interspersed axons are enlarged in caliber. There are blank spots in the dorsolateral white matter. There is strongly increased GFAP staining circumferentially in the white matter, particularly the peripheral white matter. Gemistocytes are locally evident.

Severe DM


Yoshi walk. We wandered around Krusi Park which he seemed to enjoy.


Jan 30

Yoshi status

We put him on Melatonin yesterday to hopefully help with his night pacing which is common for senior dogs to do.

His days look pretty similar except for when he goes to Physical Therapy or Acupuncture or to the vet to get an adequan shot (once a month). Terri walks him mid-day.

He is walking Terri up in the middle of the night because he's hungry. She makes him go outside to pee also.


Jan 29

I asked about Yoshi's night pacing and Kathy Carlsen suggests Melatonin and Dr. Applegate agrees suggesting 3-6 mg dosage, so I ran off to Walgreens and after some Prius arguments I have some 3 mg tablets.

Jan 10
We're keeping some of Yoshi's kibble back and feeding it to him at night in hopes he'll stop waking Terri up to go out and pee and come back in wanting a snack. He won't settle down without it.)



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