Meeting Rilind

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Madelon
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Meeting Rilind

Post by Madelon » 30 Dec 2018, 21:48

December 26, 2018 was a very emotional day for me as my most important Christmas wish came true ... I met the handsome Rilind in person.

Soon after my dog, Doc, was diagnosed with EPI I learned about Rilind, our EPI cover model on our brochures. Rilind has been and continues to be an inspiration to all of us managing EPI. He was tossed over a fence at an animal shelter in Clay County, Florida and was rescued by Pit Sisters in Jacksonville the day after Christmas many years ago. Luckily soon after being rescued he was diagnosed with EPI and found the PERFECT forever home with Jen.

After learning that Rilind was in Jacksonville, I decided to reach out and see if it would be possible to meet up with him as my family lives just outside of Jacksonville and I would be visiting them for the Christmas holidays. Luckily Rilind's amazing mom agreed and my dream came true. I had a great time chatting with Jen, Rilind's mom, who happens to be a vet (boy did he hit the lottery with that one) about Rilind's background and EPI. Can you believe this boy who was once LITERALLY skin and bones is now 97lbs!!!! He truly is a chunky monkey.

For those of you who follow his FB page, Rilind Reborn, (and if you don't you should) he is every bit the ham in person as he appears to be on his FB posts. His mom even shared that she has had fans of his drive from NY just to meet him. I admit I cried before he even came in the room. He was so happy, healthy and just full of life and love. It is a memory I will cherish forever. Here is a link to his full story http://imnotamonster.org/work/rilind-jacksonville-fl/

Thank you Jen for taking the time to let me meet both you and him. And a special thank you to Rilind for continuing to be an inspiration to all of us who thought there was no hope for our fur baby. Because of you, we know EPI IS manageable.
MADELON and Doc. DX EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
Test Results: (1st) 7/2014 = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate > 24; (2nd) 5/2015 = TLI < .4, B12 406; Folate >24; (3rd) 10/2015 TLI < .4; B12 >1000; Folate 14.4. Prior to DX: May 2014 (2mos) - DX coccidia/bladder infection; July 2014 (3mos) 1st EPI test = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate >24 - Dx SIBO not EPI; Feb 2015 thru May 2015 - weight loss only; May 2015 vomitted several times, diarrhea and eating poop. Regimen: 4 cups Sport Dog Food Elite Herding - Diane 6x 1tsp per cup; 1 WonderLab PetFactor B12 2x day; 1/2tsp Slippery Elm 2xday; Multivitamin; 1 Zyrtec 10mg 2x day; Salmon Oil

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Madelon
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Re: Meeting Rilind

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MADELON and Doc. DX EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
Test Results: (1st) 7/2014 = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate > 24; (2nd) 5/2015 = TLI < .4, B12 406; Folate >24; (3rd) 10/2015 TLI < .4; B12 >1000; Folate 14.4. Prior to DX: May 2014 (2mos) - DX coccidia/bladder infection; July 2014 (3mos) 1st EPI test = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate >24 - Dx SIBO not EPI; Feb 2015 thru May 2015 - weight loss only; May 2015 vomitted several times, diarrhea and eating poop. Regimen: 4 cups Sport Dog Food Elite Herding - Diane 6x 1tsp per cup; 1 WonderLab PetFactor B12 2x day; 1/2tsp Slippery Elm 2xday; Multivitamin; 1 Zyrtec 10mg 2x day; Salmon Oil

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Post by jilbert57 » 30 Dec 2018, 22:56

I am glad your dream came true. He sure was skin and bones.
My name is Jill and I live on the Hood Canal in Washington State. I have two dogs: Kiya is an aussie/blue heeler and is 13, TJ is a 4 year old Jack Russell. They keep me on my toes.
Mickey and his pancreatitis brought me to Epi4dogs.com site in 2012 to help manage it.

Mickey, Jack Russell. Chronic Pancreatitis. Dianes enzymes, 1/8t 3x/day with meals.
6/1999 - 8/2014

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Re: Meeting Rilind

Post by Jean » 31 Dec 2018, 03:35

how well I remember this one

and the wonderful come back story

I can well imagine you were over the moon

Jean
My name is Jean we live in Liverpool in Uk

My Kara born 21 July 2009 diagnosed with EPI by cTLI test August 2010 TLI = <1...folate 14 Cobalamin 408, shot down to 94, b12 injections every other day

Lowest weight 39 pounds

We use Panzym enzymes, Tylan and Chemeyes b12 capsules

Sadly, on 10th May 2019, we lost her to DM


Jeanx

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Re: Meeting Rilind

Post by Shirl D. » 31 Dec 2018, 08:20

Rilind is such an incredible success story! Not only did he come back from the brink of death due to EPI, he also successfully battled cancer a couple years ago. He is such a fighter, and happy through it all from what I've seen. I loved the photos you posted on Facebook. Here's one of the photos from your visit. Anyone who wants to see more photos, check out our Facebook page (EPI4Dogs Foundation, Inc.). Thanks for sharing your visit with us, Madelon!
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Re: Meeting Rilind

Post by Barb » 31 Dec 2018, 08:32

This is such a wonderful success story. I am so glad you were able to meet Rilind and Jen. We are all inspired every time we look at a brochure showing his amazing transformation. Thank you for sharing this, Madelon.

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