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February 4, 2016

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Cricket was born in January 2009 and just turned 7 years old. She’s a fawn colored, female, Applehead Toy Chihuahua with papers. One weekend I had wandered into a local pet store when I saw this precious little furbaby in her pet store cage. She looked at me, wagged her tail and woofed at me. She had me at “woof”. Pet store dogs aren’t cheap and her going price was $1,300.00. I asked the pet store worker if I could visit with her in their visiting area and she brought her to me. She was a mere 2-½ pounds of sheer cuteness. She was loaded with personality and spunk and not shaky like most Chihuahuas. So I called the hubby and begged him to let me purchase her. She could be every present for the entire year that he would have to purchase for me. Finally my husband caved in to my pleas, even though we already have a Miniature Pinscher with heart problems at home. I never purchased pet insurance as I always put away funds in a special pet account for my dogs figuring that my monthly contribution would be enough to cover shots and annual exams myself. Big mistake. Cricket’s first 7 years of life were wonderful. No health issues whatsoever. Then poof, in October of 2015 she started showing some unusual health symptoms that we were concerned about. She seemed to be having some vision loss and she was walking a bit differently. We took Cricket to our vet and he thought it might be a middle ear infection, prescribed ear drops and told us to use as needed. Just two weeks later she received her annual shots, but no rabies vaccination due yet. Another big mistake. We have been fighting GME ever since!

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I am the site creator of Pet Parents Fighting GME. I am a wife and mother and grandmother. I have two dogs, 1 cat and four sugar gliders. I am a mortgage underwriter by profession. I love my family and my pets dearly. My Cricket was diagnosed with GME & NME on 2-4-2016

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Bring awareness of this deadly disease to pet parents everywhere! Educate yourself on this disease! Fight a good fight for your furbaby and never give up hope for remission and a cure! Never forget to Educate, Encourage and Share!

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I read the and agree to the following membership guidelines Our membership goals are as follows: •No confrontation remarks towards any pet parents choice of using a holistic treatment approach along side the already established conventional life saving protocol. •Treat all our members like you would want to be treated. •Always seek to "Educate, Encourage and Share" your knowledge of GME to our seasoned members and our newest members. •Stay teachable and open minded. Never use any product on this site without checking with your Neurologist and your Vet first. Never recommend any product that you haven't tried on your fur baby first and that has been proven successful and safe over time. •Encourage new members whose dogs are not sick and want to become educated on this disease to prevent their dog against exposure to it. •Support all our members with kindness and understanding as this disease is emotionally and financially taxing on a pet parent. Always remember when the diagnosis is given to a pet parent and he or she realizes the gravity of this life threatening disease they are deeply worried, concerned and grief stricken! Be supportive, patient and kind always •NO DRAMA is allowed and remember that we can agree to disagree and move forward without animosity towards any members choice of treatment which may include some of the holistic options mentioned on this site to enhance your fur baby's recovery from GME. Our Mission Statement is, "Educate, Encourage and Share".


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Yuriko Yamaguchi and Margaret Ditty (Founder) are now friends
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Cricket's Celebration of Life from Margaret Ditty on Vimeo.
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RIP Sweet Princess 1-21-09 to 8-26-17
It is with great sadness that my precious Cricket flew to the Rainbow Bridge this Saturday August 26th, 2017.  She had a severe relapse and was in a lot of pain and was having more bad days than good days.  Desp…
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Please watch the most recent video from Dr. John Robb a veterinarian in Connecticut that is starting the fight to protect our pets from over vaccinations! 

To join his fight to protect our pets go to Protect The Pets Website today!
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This product is wonderful for GME/NME and PDE dogs as it helps reduce inflammation and also helps if your dog suffers from seizures.  Order yours today by clicking this link now:  CBD Hemp Oil
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  • Yes, thank you very much for the welcome words and warm wishes! Our vet cut the prednisone from 2 tabs/day to 1.5 tabs. We're going through the reduction process slowly and Trey's doing fantastic. He is a bit tired, but that could just be the stress of everything. After reading other's testimonials on CBD oil and consulting the vet, I am going to try that out on Trey and hope he responds well to it.

  • Thanks for the support! check out my latest blog.  Tucker actually seems to be doing better tummy wise :)  I really want this reduction to work as I constantly worry about his liver.  So glad to see Cricket running around without her walker!! Its one of the reasons I opted to order the cbd oil from the recommended site!  Wish us luck!

  • To all our little fur babys with GME "Get Well Soon"

  • Margaret, the site looks great.  I'm going to try to be a part of it everyday.  Sometimes Sundays and Mondays will be spotty, but I'm here.  I absolutely love the picture of Cricket wagging that tail like crazy.  Love it!

  • The site looks even better this time Margaret! You did a wonderful job.

  • Site looks AMAZING! Your hard work shows!
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