OUR EPI'S IN COMPETITION

An Introduction

by Kim Simons, Agility Commentator, Animal Planet

  

Roxanne appeared with Kim on the broadcast of the
1999 USDAA Nationals in Cleveland.

I didn’t know what to do the night my 2 year old female Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Roxanne, had her first seizures.  My adorable, loveable dog, who was on her way to a terrific agility career, was diagnosed with epilepsy.  How could this have possibly happened, and what did it mean to her future? 

I’m happy to tell you today, almost three years later, that fortunately, Roxanne continues to live a full and rich life, competing in both agility and in the field.  Yes, she takes medication, and yes, she has had a couple of breakthrough seizures.  But with the help of our vet, we monitor her medication to keep it to minimum levels allowing her to live a full, healthy life. 

Roxanne gets trained about two times a week, and participates in shows and events at least two weekends a month.  Because of the medication, she is usually pretty tired the Monday after a weekend of showing, but we try to keep her weight down and in top athletic shape to avoid this as much as we can.  I’ve found that the better shape she is in, the better she feels after a show. 

Roxanne and I have come a long way since that horrible night three years ago, all the way to earning her USDAA Agility Dog Champion title.  And we plan to keep right on competing and earning titles!  What I had felt was an end to her career was not – it was just a bump in the road of our lives together.

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Guardian Angel Epi's in Competition

 

Mary Jane's Maggie May

Ina's Lucy

Mary's Scout

Dale's Samantha

Jenny's Snap Dragon