RITA and Wolf (German shepherd)
My name is Rita Ryder and I am 32 years old. I live with my family in Northern Maine although I grew up along the coast on a small farm. This is where my love of animals comes from. I am the youngest of five children so there was always plenty of animals around for all of us and hard work taking care of them. I have three beautiful sons; 2 four legged and 1 two legged. Wolf and Owaci are German Shepherds who are ten years old. Wolf is my epi and Owaci is his half brother. My newest son is nearly two years old and my husband is Steve. I love my family very much.
I work full time
as a medical transcriptionist/secretary at a local physical therapy place. I run
the front office. I love my work and I also love volunteering to help people who
are going through what I have gone through. I love many outdoor activities and
being with my family.
On Oct. 5, 1999, Wolf had his first seizure. I wasn't at home and was completely floored when I found out. I'm sure I was in complete denial. I thought it wasn't any big deal because of the other two dogs who I had been around with seizures. I was completely unprepared for how serious it really was.
In the beginning
he would only have one seizure every so often. Then they got closer. Then he had
clusters. At this time I looked for anything that would help him. We started him
on Phenobarbital. His normal episodes were cluster seizures every 22-26 days.
The PB increases helped for a short time then he would go back to the clusters.