OUR EPI'S IN COMPETITION
by Kim Simons, Agility Commentator, Animal Planet
appeared with Kim on the broadcast of the
I didnt know what to do
the night my 2 ½ 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?
Im 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. Ive
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.
Guardian Angel Epi's in Competition