DAVIS, CA - 9PM Wednesday update:
The search continues for what is ailing the 7-year-old service dog who helps Reno's Adrienne Barlow, but the search is being narrowed. Thursday afternoon, veterinarians will perform an MRI on Haley. They have determined that it is a neurological ailment. Doctors at UC Davis tell us it comes down to three possibilities: meningitis, a rare bacterial infection or cancer. All of which could have produced her symptoms. Again, quoting the doctors, they say all of those items are potentially treatable. Meningitis would be the best of the three ailments to treat, and it is the most likely at this point. But tomorrow's MRI will determine what Haley is dealing with.
The support that people have given won't cover the expected total amount. But the contributions have been significant, and it will cover a good portion of the bill.
It’s been an anxious day of waiting for a Reno woman as veterinarians at UC Davis search for a mysterious ailment threatening the life of the service dog she relies on.
But thanks to the support of many of our viewers, they’re getting closer to some answers.
This was the first time Adrienne Barlow had seen Haley since she left her little dog with the staff at the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital Tuesday night.
Haley is not yet the energetic little Papillon who has watched over Adrienne the past 7 years, but after a night of care here she's much improved and in a very real sense that improvement is reflected in her owner.
Adrienne suffers from a rare neurological disorder, which can cause sudden loss of muscular control.
Tuesday night was literally the first time these two have been parted since they met, the first since Haley wasn't there to sense a seizure before it happened and Adrienne had an episode in her motel room, falling when the muscles in her legs suddenly stopped working.
She suffered no injury, but the incident serves as a reminder how much she depends on Haley.
Now the relief at seeing her dog able to walk, show a hint of her former spark, even to eat for the first time in 2 weeks needed little explanation.
And now with Haley's decline seemingly halted Adrienne could allow herself a little optimism and another chance to thank our viewers whose donations made it possible.
HOW TO DONATE:
A bank account has been set up for anyone who would like to help Haley on her road to recovery: The account, "Funds for Haley," is 7321131901 and donations can be made in any Wells Fargo branch nationwide.
You can give directly to Haley's vet bills by going to www.vmth.ucdavis.edu and at the top right side of the page click on "giving." On that page add money amount to the top category on the list VMTH: Area of Greatest Need-Any Species below at the comment section add 'service Papillon Haley' and it will go directly to Haley's care.