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Prayers for Encore

Posted on 12/14/12 389 Comments

I am writing today’s blog between tears as my 8 year old Border Collie Encore is in an emergency clinic fighting for her life; I am asking for your healing prayers.

Encore’s health issues started about 3 1/2 years ago when she had some sort of tick born illness. She has had reoccurrences of issues off and on since that time. Two weeks ago she stopped eating and was very lethargic, her temperature normal all but one day where it spiked for few hours at 104. She has had a series of blood and urine tests all pointing towards nothing other than a healthy dog. I took her to a holistic vet who thought it was once again the tick born issues and treated her with some tinctures, doxycycline and light therapy which seems to make an amazing difference pretty much immediately. With Encore seeming to be back to be her old self again for almost a full week, I was encouraged enough to make the trip to Florida where Feature was to be representing Canada at the AKC Invitationals.  The holistic vet however advised that I leave Encore at home to rest. So off John and I went in the RV taking only Feature and Swagger.

All reports from home where great ones. Encore was romping, having a blast her normal happy self. However two days ago she showed some signs of ataxia; a minor lack of co-ordination and weird movement with her right front leg. The vet thought perhaps a middle ear infection. Lynda gave me regular updates that Encore was happy, eating, drinking, being her normal self except for this weird front leg movement.

Then yesterday I got a phone call from my friend and Encore’s rehab vet,  Dr. Leslie (Lynda was too upset to call) that Encore went down with a massive seizure. She was rushed to the emergency clinic where they could not stop the seizing. The decision was made to put her into a state of unconsciousness. Under an ongoing maximum does of phenobarbital and valium she lays resting but they have been unable to bring her out without the seizures starting again.

Meanwhile John and I packed the motorhome and headed home. I wanted to fly but that would have been unfair to John to leave him to drive alone. Encore is as much his dog as mine and in many ways more. Having Feature and Swagger with us packing us all up to get on a plane did not seem as reasonable as driving the 21 hours home. Because of my emotional state John didn’t want me to do any of the driving so as I type he has driven straight through with just a brief 5 hour stop for him to get some sleep.

The goal with Encore’s vets is to stabilize her enough to get her to a neurologist. Although the situation seems bleak, I have not given up hope. Last night I thought I would post a note to Facebook because I know many will be wondering why Feature and I did not show up at the Invitational. However I mostly posted because I know God hears our prayers. Just twelve hours after I posted about Encore’s struggles there have been more than 600 messages from people lending their prayers and healing thoughts Encore’s way. Thank you everyone. Not only are your messages helping me to pass the time on our long drive back to Canada but God promises where two or more of His followers are gathered together He will be here amoungst us. With the hundreds that have written in, surely we must have His attention.

Today I am thankful for all of your prayers, for all of the vets helping Encore; especially Dr. Alix, Dr. Leslie and Dr. Kelly and the staff at the London Emerg Clinic and last but not least,  I will be forever eternally grateful for my good friend Lynda Orton-Hill who has done everything she could for Missy En, including sleeping in her car in the parking lot of the Emerg Clinic when at 1:30 AM this morning they told her she had to leave Encore’s side.

Mid day update;.

More gratitude for Lynda Orton-Hill and Dr Alexandra Soltan, between the two of them they managed to make an ambulance out of Lynda’s car and drive Encore the 160 km to the specialist at the Oakville Referral clinic. I can’t begin to express how grateful I am.

Dr. Alix didn’t even have to give Missy En and meds on route. I know there are families in Connecticut that also need all of our prayers today butI am so grateful for all this community is doing for Encore. Please keep all of your prayers & positive healing energy coming. John and I are 4 hours from home, the poor man has driven 18 out of the past 23 hours . . . saving a huge dose of gratitude for him.


  1. Linda Knowles says:
    Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2:23pm

    Just heard about Encore. Positive thoughts and lots of prayers coming your way.


  2. evie says:
    Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11:45am

    Sending positive thoughts and prayers !
    Hope that Encore is doing ‘encore’ better !!!


  3. Ann Zarr says:
    Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:20pm

    So sorry to hear the news about Encore.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  4. Rita Rheeder says:
    Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7:15am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and yur family and escpecially with ENCORE!! We trust and believe that she will have a speedy FULL recovery. We all know what miracles God can do. We must ALL just believe in Him and will ensure a full recovery for ENCORE.

    Rita and Betty – South Africa


  5. Diana says:
    Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 5:23pm

    I too send my prayers your way and pray for a full recovery for Encore and for you and John to know that love surrounds you also.


  6. Barb Stanek says:
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 3:35pm

    Looked for you in Florida. Didn’t have my computer. Sending healing energy your way.

    Barb Stanek


  7. Merka says:
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:50am

    Sorry to hear about Encore. Wishing you continue to receive good news for Christmas about Encore.


  8. Susan says:
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:08am

    Dogs teach us so much. I wonder what Encore is teaching us now. My thoughts and prayers are with Susan, John, Lynda and the wonderful folks at Say Yes.


  9. Denny says:
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 3:32am

    Love, prayer and positive thoughts from NZ. Susan, John (and of course Linda), my thoughts are with you all, and wishing Encore a steady recovery.


  10. Chris Marcuse says:
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10:42pm

    Sending my prayers and wishing all the best for Encore and all of you. Hang in there at this difficult time.


  11. Cherie says:
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 4:37pm

    THis process of caring for and helping our beloved animals deal with potential life-threatening illnesses is sooo very hard. Just gone through this with my puppy Pal. Been following your journey Susan – good luck!!

    Bonnie The intermittent lameness and lethargy sound like HOD which was brought on in my puppy from his DHPP. It is more common in fast growing breeds when they are younger. Check it out – Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy I think it is. Did Comet get a booster within a few months of the symptoms showing up?


    • Bonnie Moore says:
      Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:33pm

      Cherie, Thank you for taking an interest in Comet’s illness. He’s 3 years old and his x-ray’s didn’t show any signs of HOD although there was an indication of a slight elbow displasia, but his lameness has occurred in all of his legs at different times. The chriopractic seems to magically cure him. He went for a month and a half with no symptoms. When they returned I took him back to the chiropractor and in 2 days he was back eating again. The tests for the following suspected things came back neg: Addison’s, whipworm, tick diseases, and valley fever. We also did ultrasound on his abdomen, and joints, and x-rayed his joints and chest.
      I really hope that Susan’s Miss En will be cured and help to enlighten us all into the world of mysterious dog symptoms. It’s such a helpless feeling not knowing what the problem is. My heart goes out to Susan & John.


      • Cherie says:
        Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 8:16pm

        Hi Bonnie I know what you mean. Good luck with Comet!!

  12. Linda says:
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 8:30am

    My love, prayers and positive thoughts for precious Encore, John and YOU…..Hugs!


  13. Veronica says:
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:40am

    This is such sad news.My heart goes out to Encore.I will pray for her every night and day.
    I also feel for you and John too at this difficult time.


  14. Teresa says:
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 6:26am

    All my positive toughts are for you little girl!


  15. Di says:
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:00am

    Heartfelt good wishes for a swift recovery.


  16. Mandy Melville-Love says:
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 4:31am

    Still sending positive thoughts and prayers for Encore. I hope she continues along the path of recovery. Lots of love and hugs to you and John – stay strong xx


  17. Kathryn Wauters says:
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 3:22am

    Please know that you are in my prayers, Susan, John and Encore.


  18. Mary Cerreto says:
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1:59am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, John and Encore – and to God’s ears. We wish healing comfort for your loving companion.


  19. Bonnie Moore says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:46pm

    Hi Susan, I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Encore. I am hoping that the doctors can diagnose the problem so that the treatment can be effective. My whippet, Comet, has had a similar undiagnosed set of symptoms that are re-occurring. As you have shared, blood tests, urinalysis, fecals, ultrasound, x-rays and even an ACTH test have all come back negative. We have also treated with doxycycline and for whipworm, but allas the symptoms returned (lethargy, loss of appetite, intermittent lameness etc.). What has helped is chiropractic. I took Comet to my chiroparactor and he used an activator device on him and within a couple of days he was acting like his old self and he started eating again. I have been force feeding him for about 2 months or he would have starved himself to death. I have done many Internet searches and seen specialists, but they are all scratching their heads. If vets at the UCDavis teaching hospital can’t figure it out, I don’t know who can. But if this thing is going to attack him again 3 years from now; as it has with your sweet Encore, I’d like to know why, and what I can do about it now. Please keep us posted and I am hoping and praying for your pup to be cured!
    Thanks again so much for sharing. Bonnie


  20. Teresa S says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:20pm

    Dear Susan and John
    I can hardly breath thinking about what you are going through…..

    Take strength from those who are sharing your sorrow and have faith in the hope of a brighter tomorrow.

    Much strength, prayers and positive thoughts coming from our home to yours….


  21. Helen says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:15pm

    So sorry to learn of Encore’s news! Heartfelt wishes for her comfort and full recovery. Sure am keeping you, John and Encore in prayer.


  22. Tracey A says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:51pm

    Susan and John,
    I am so very sorry to hear about Encore, and my prayers are with you all to help you all through this. I am so glad you have had Lynda there to help – she is amazing. The Mississauga Emergency Clinic also has excellent specialists if you need another option – they are caring for my cat with a brain tumour and my experience with them has been very positive.

    Thinking of you all and praying for Encore’s recovery.



  23. Louise S says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:25pm

    Crying tears for you all as I read your posts and my heart aches for you Susan and John. I’m sorry I haven’t been online recently (looking after my Mum who broke her wrist elbow and a few toes) and am only finding out about Encore’s health issues now. I promise to pray continually for all of you and speak God’s healing power upon the situation. Much love to you all xo


  24. his says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:53pm

    Prayers and Glowing Bentleys from the ACD Pack at Buckeye Briar Pack in Ohio. Speedy Recovery to Encore. You Can Do IT!


  25. sharon empson says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:45pm

    Dear Susan: I have experienced the horror of watching a beloved pet become very ill very quickly. Not the exact same reason, but the emotions with it all are. I am praying for you and for your pups. I am so sorry to hear about all they are going through and the broken heart you are experiencing too. Our Lord is gracious to give us our wonderful dogs, they teach us so much as the master relationship. they give love so freely. I will continue to pray and ask the Lord for protection for your other dogs as well.
    Susan, I am with you, I am praying daily for you and your dogs. I am in california so that is far away, but my heart is right there with you. And I know you know this but the Lord is right there with you too. God is merciful, He will walk with you and your pups through this whole thing. Please keep us updated. Love sharon and all her gang. My dog was near death, a week in the hospital, all looked hopeless but the Lord was merciful and he is still with me. Hang on to the Lord, He is for you! love sharon and my dogs Bindi, Cody (the one who nearly died) and terra.


  26. Denise Jernberg says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:40pm

    Colorado is sending positive healing prayers for a quick recovery for a beautiful special girl, that taught me alot about running my BC in agility….


  27. Pat Kay says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:10pm

    Nothing but good thoughts and prayers coming your way.
    Cyber Hugs, Pat and the KY Westies


  28. Vickie Maie says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:06pm

    Oh Susan & John! What a long drive home worrying about your baby! I send healing thoughts and prayers as I type. Special hugs to all your animals!


  29. Sandra Slater says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 7:36pm

    Lynda, You are a true blue friend and I know Susan & John adore you.


  30. Sandra Slater says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 7:35pm

    Susan & John, I will be praying for Encore’s diagnosis and healing. Also for the Peace of God which passes all understanding to alight on you both. May this have a joyful outcome.


  31. Laurie Raz-Astrakhan says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 7:17pm

    All my thoughts are with you, John, Encore and the other pups. I hope all the positive thoughts and prayers coming your way will help Encore come out of this crisis and fully recover.


  32. Gail says:
    Monday, December 17, 2012 at 6:38pm

    Sending positive healing thoughts your way.
    Get well Encore!!


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