and Angel Dallas (Australian
name is Linda Peterson and my epi was a 5-year-old Australian Shepherd named
Dallas. Dallas was my “heart
dog”. She had been healthy and
active her entire life, so when I awakened one morning at 2:00 AM to a very
strange noise, I was stunned and terrified to find her in a full-blown Grand
Mal. I immediately took her to an emergency vet in the area who gave her a shot
of Valium and told me to take her home and see my regular vet in the morning. I
did so and no action was taken. I was told that if she seized every 30 days it
wasn’t a big deal. Easy for them to say!!
As time went on, her seizures became more frequent and we started her on PB.
When that failed to control her adequately, we added Potassium Bromide. I had
gone out of town for a week and left her at the vet’s office. Apparently she
had two seizures there and no one did anything about it, as the staff didn’t
recognize them as such. Once I learned of this, I started looking for some real
I found it in the Epi-Guardian Angel who answered my web mail. Oh, I was so
relieved to have found a friend! At her direction, I had the T6 panel run
through Dr. Dodd’s and found that Dallas did indeed have a thyroid problem. We
immediately put her on Soloxine, and adjusted her PB and Kbr levels.
I was very lucky as my vet was open to any suggestions and readily
accepted Dr. Dodd’s advice. He agreed to let me use the Valium Protocol with Dallas and
it saved me many a trip to the ER.
I changed her feeding routine to several times a day, and began to home cook for
her. Between the Soloxine and the
home cooking, her seizures began to decrease and we established much better
control. We went through the
focals, the clusters, the not-eating, the bad stomach –but…the Angels and
Joanne in particular really helped us. I’m very grateful.
I was asked to become a Guardian Angel in 2002 and was so very pleased. At last,
I would have a chance to ‘give back’ the gifts that I had been given.
If I can help even one pup and one set of parents out there get control
over this horrible disease, then I will have accomplished something more
wonderful than words can express.
passed on to the Rainbow Bridge in 2003. She
did not die of Epilepsy, but we will never know what actually did occur.
I knew that I could not live without a dog, and I’m convinced that she
picked out my current dog, Dax, for me. Dax
is a German Shepherd mix and his mother was undoubtedly crossed with a Shetland
pony for him to be so big! He is a
non-epi (so far) and I am eternally grateful for that.
greatest joy is to be able to help another epi-parent through the difficulties
and fears created by Epilepsy; to be able to greater achieve control over
seizures and give this pup and his/her parents a more normal life.
THAT is what being a Guardian Angel is all about.
Bless and may all of our pups be seizure free.
Linda, Angel Dallas and non-epi Dax