Saturday, April 20, 2013

4/20/2013 - 10,000 Visits!!!

4/20/13 - Cletus' blog received it's 10,000 visit last night.  Thank you so much for allowing us to reach this milestone, it means a great deal to us.

Even though Cletus is no longer with us, his message of schizencephaly awareness is still going strong and through his blog, the papers that have been written about him, and with his beautiful memory in our hearts, Cletus will continue to live on.

Thank you again and love to all,



Saturday, February 16, 2013

2/16/2013 - Cletus' Necropsy (Autopsy) Results

2/16/13 - Cletus' necropsy (autopsy) came back the other day and the conclusion, to everyone's surprise was not, in fact schizencephaly, but rather porencephaly. 

I spoke with Cletus' neurologist at the University of Florida and the difference between schizencephaly and porencephaly is all grey matter lining the opening with schizencephaly and some white matter lining the opening with porencephaly.  Animals, including dogs have been known to have porencephaly although Cletus' case was pretty severe.

I asked about the CT Scan which was performed by this same doctor and other doctors where they "confirmed" the schizencephaly and the response was that it is truly impossible to know if it is porencephaly or schizencephaly until an autopsy is completed.

I then asked if we knew of his true diagnosis, would the treatment have been any different, could there have been anything we could have done to help Cletus that we did not do?  I was told no, we did everything we could possibly do and his treatment would not have been different.

What I am upset about is that I wrote to his neurologist back on February 3rd of 2012 bringing up porencephaly as a possible diagnosis for Cletus reather than schizencephaly. 

This is what I wrote (email dated February 3, 2012):

"...In addition, I have been doing research (as always) and have come across porencephaly as a possible alterior diagnosis for Cletus which I would like for your team to look into. Not that I disagree with the schizencephaly diagnosis, just that it is possible that porencephaly could be confused with schizencephaly at times."

And here is the neurosurgeon's response (email also dated February 3, 2012):

"...Porencephaly is just a hole in the cerebrum and there is generally normal brain tissue on all sides of the defect. Porencephaly isn’t really a diagnosis per se, it is the result of a local death of brain tissue; e.g. it is a just a descriptor of a gross anatomic lesion. The causes seen in veterinary medicine are generally viral infections in utero. Skull malformations are not generally a feature of porencephaly either."

They then performed the CT Scan on February 6th, 2012 and confirmed their diagnosis of schizencephaly. 

Part of my thinks the University was looking to make a "unique" diagnosis so they could write a paper which now they are not going to write because their diagnosis is proved wrong.  I just hope they did not cause Cletus any harm in doing so.

Love to all,


Sunday, February 3, 2013

2/3/2013 - Cletus featured in Our Dogs Annual 2013

2/3/13 - I received the magazine with Cletus' article in it yesterday... I am now a published author... made me sad and happy at the same time. Miss you TeeTee...

You can order the magazine, which is over 500 pages from



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

1/22/2013 - Cletus' 3rd Birthday would have been tomorrow

1/22/13 - Tomorrow, January 23rd would have been Cletus' 3rd birthday.  Although I think about Cletus every day, I know tomorrow will be a day where Cletus will be forefront in my mind.  I plan on lighting a candle for Cletus tomorrow night after I come back to the hotel after work.

So much has changed in the past month since we have lost Cletus.  We have sold our house.  I have started working in a new city and although I am already in the new city, I am living in a hotel.  The family and I will be moving into our new home the beginning of February. 

I keep getting asked if I will be getting a new puppy but I am not ready for that.  I have been spending as much time with Magnum as I can (when I am home) but I know that none of us are ready for another puppy in the mix.

Anyway, sorry for the long hiatus between posts... I will try to write soon.