Friday, December 5, 2014

My Special Needs Dog


Its 4:15am and Ive been up since 3 with my dog who appears to have had yet another seizure. He is on medication and i do not understand why this keeps happening. Heres the story on my Bruce...
my beautiful big boy
He is a newfoundland. Which I believe are the most beautiful dogs that ever existed. I found out about them 16 years ago and have been in love since. I got one about 8 years ago that I had to find an adopted home for when he was only a year old because the place we were moving to wouldn't allow his size dog (which I later found out everyone had I was kinda mad about it). I waited until it was the right time when I wouldn't have to worry about not being able to have a big dog, or afford it or have the time for him. When the time was right, I was on the hunt again.

After many many puppy pictures and breeder stories online, I found Bruce. I knew when I saw his picture that he was my baby. I called the breeder, talked forever and put my deposit down on my puppy. She sent me pictures of his growth and I was all too excited to go down to Ohio to pick up my baby.

He was PERFECT! The first few weeks were a little rough with the training. We were krate training him so there was a lot of poopy kennel cleaning, but he learned pretty quick and he's been a really easy dog. I have a major bond with him...he feels like one of my children, which is why my ass is sitting out here with him at all hours of the night....he needs his mama.

No, really. He will sit here and bark until I come sit with him. He loves his Jessie, too though.

A few months ago, out of the blue, Bruce started having seizures one night. at first it was just one...then a few hours later, another....then a few hours later another one....only now they were coming back to back and I had to take him to the animal hospital urgent care. With that and a couple trips to the vet, I was given the news that my Bruce was epileptic. They couldnt tell me why, but he is. So he has to stay on medicine for the rest of his life.

The breeder acts like she's never had a problem like this before....I don't buy it and I think she's full of shit! Im angry! I love my Bruce and I wouldn't take him back for anything. We are his family and we are where he belongs....but why MY dog? Why are all of his siblings ok and my dog is not?

He's not supposed to be having these seizures while he is on his medicine, but alas, he is. I will have to call the vet in the morning and update him. Thats 2 seizures in 2 weeks, that just seems to be too much. Im scared that they are going to try to put him down. Apparently, they can play around with the medicines and change dosages to see what helps him better.....I just hope that they can help him soon before something horrible happens. I don't want to lose my Bruce. He's not even 2 years old yet.

Any and all prayers are appreciated.

My poor puppy!