My annual birthday update on my dog. This year was very tough. Starting with the fact we’ve moved several times this year. If you read my previous posts you may have seen that I left LA. Another bicoastal move. Hopefully my last. This was compounded by the fact I had to sublet several apartments in Manhattan. But now my dog and I have a huge 2 bedroom apartment with back yard. I think this is the best home he’s had so far. He’s calmed down so much since he’s been here.
Also this year marked an onset of epilepsy which I brought up in another post. The vet told me to watch him until August and delay any scheduled vaccinations. So far he hasn’t had a seizure since February. He could be done.
For his birthday today I took Butter to Asbury Park, a very cool dog beach in New Jersey. I had him photographed by a well respected dog photographer/artist. From the few shots I saw they look beautiful. I’ll post them at a later date. But here’s a temporary pic from my last apartment in midtown(where I no longer live)
This morning started normal. Woke up, ordered in food, then went to walk my dog before it arrived. When the delivery person hit the buzzer my dog didn’t run to the door, which is unusual for him, but he looked fine so I wasn’t alarmed.
I go to set the food down and he fell to the floor LOUDLY. His back legs were not moving at all and his face looked blank. I grabbed him and put him on the bed. His legs went stiff and his body started contorting and shaking hard. I didn’t even get dressed, picked him up along with a blanket and got a cab to his vet in Chelsea. I almost forgot my shoes even.
The veterinary office was busy but they took him right away to the front of the line. The people in line were very understanding. They took him to a room in the back to examine him and take his blood. The technician told me that from what I had told her it sounded like a he had a seizure, which is very common in dogs. They sent me to another room in the back to wait for him. After about 10 minutes they brought him back to me.
The picture above is how he looked. Like nothing ever happened.
They said from the bloodwork he’s completely healthy. But there is a good chance of him having another seizure. They said they can’t tell when that will happen. It could be anytime between tonight and next year. They also said if he has more than 3 in one month to start him on medication.
I’m grateful that he’s healthy but I’m still very worried about him having more seizures. I never want to see that again, it was horrible. I am also grateful that I can afford proper medical care for my dog. I was not in a good financial position last year but that is a story for another time.
According to the American Kennel Club, dog theft is on the rise, with an increase of 32% just this past year.
Dog thieves have been known to steal from people’s homes, cars, even their front yards. They later turn around and sell them for profit, especially large breeds such as pit bulls.
AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson says, “I’ve even seen some taken out of a child’s arms on a park bench.”
The AKC has tips on how to keep your dogs safe:
– Don’t leave your dog unattended. Preferably keep them by yours ide on a leash if they’re in your yard.
– Breeders should be aware of thieves who pose as potential puppy buyers.
– Never leave your dog unattended in a car. EVER.
– Never leave your dog unattended outside a store. Even if they are on a leash.
– Microchip your dog.
– “Be vigilant.” Always be aware of your surroundings and rely on your instincts.
Very informative tips. Just remember to always keep your eye on your dog and if you see anything suspicious to contact local authorities.
Butter continues to be the worlds best little dog. Instead of buying him a ton of gifts this year we decided to do charitable donations to one of our favorite charities in his honor this year.
I talked to SpcaLA and they agreed. Donations can be made online. I have given to them since their Hurricane Katrina efforts in 2005.