Household Rulers
January 6, 2006

They rule, of course, by assuming that they rule. Here's a photo of Scraps just after I've gotten up in the morning. He's a bit unthrilled about the hour of morning when we get up and leave for work. In fact, he doesn't really understand why we ever bother to leave. Given his druthers, he'd stay tucked in bed like this all day every day.

Of course, the fact that we don't do his bidding upsets our little prince terribly. Lazy hound that he is, he's sure he ought to be running things.

And then there's Scout.
Which is pretty much how we usually refer to her. Scraps is a pretty normal male hound (even if he is a tiny little dachshund). He's lazy, he's protective, and he's got lots of personality.

And then there's this one.

The little princess ... those are my pillows she's perched on ... the same morning as Scraps is sleeping with the toy dog.

I'm feeling a little extra protective of the dogs lately. We've just recently figured out that Scraps' "little episodes" are most likely canine epilepsy. He starts out by either snapping at his blankie as if it's biting him or he begins a particular frantic and obsessive pacing. This is followed by him completely losing his balance ... so badly the other day, I thought he was going to literally land on his back. It's a terrifying thing to watch.

But once I jumped online and did a little bit of research, I realized that it's "just" epilepsy and a fairly mild form at that. We'd talked to the vet a bit about it before and he had us put Scraps on Benedryl twice a day which, when we remember it, has kept the episodes to a minimum. Now that we have a better idea what it is, though, we've been keeping to a more rigid time schedule on his meds and it seems to be helping a bit more.

And he just loves his "magic cheese" -- a bit of an american cheese slice with half a Benedryl pill stuck inside. Jealous, of course, Scout gets some "mundane cheese" without the medicine.

It's a good thing to know what's wrong with him instead of simply being scared for him. I was afraid that it was some kind of neurological damage left over from when, as a six month old pup of about 8 or 9 pounds, he ate an entire one pound dark chocolate bar. Since dark chocolate and baker's chocolate acts as a toxin to dogs, staying in their system and building up each time they manage to scrounge a bit, I'd been more than a little concerned that this had caused some kind of damage ... but considering that his epilepsy started right at the expected time period for genetic epilepsy, I'm starting to relax a bit and feeling a lot less like it's somehow my fault.
(And if you know something about chocolate causing such neurological damage or epilepsy in dogs, please don't tell me!)

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Darla said:

I love the pictures! My dogs act exactly the same way, they are so happy when we move out of bed so they can take over our spots. Love your blog, I'll keep on reading!

January 6, 2006 10:45 PM


presentstorm said:

It is a scary thing but luckily can be helped..Or atleast made easier to live with .My ex dog ...I lost her in the divorce has it ..but with medicine she does well .

Yours are so sweet :) Are your little ones super cuddle bunnies?We now have a little wienie dog and he always wants to lay on me or get right up against me to cuddle ..Always wanting to touch somehow.

January 7, 2006 12:05 PM

What a CUTE dog!!!

January 7, 2006 4:34 PM


shane said:

cool pups.

January 7, 2006 5:03 PM


mulligan said:

I had a dog that had epilepsy. His episodes were pretty severe. He was given phenobarbytol to treat the seizures. Phenobab builds up in the liver so it's not something to give you baby if the Benedryl is working. We were able to eventually ween Wuz down to the smallest dosage possible to keep the seizures under control. He managed to live 2 years longer than was normal for his breed so in the end the phenobarb didn't cause too much damage.

I'm glad to hear that Scraps is doing well on the Benedryl.

January 7, 2006 5:24 PM


seawave said:

Awww. Such cute doggies. They are so lucky to have such a loving home and such a comfy bed.

I'm also glad to hear Scraps is better with Benadryl. Gotta love that magic cheese.

January 7, 2006 9:43 PM


Vicki said:

Cute pup! I'm an animal lover (5 cats and a dog LOL)

January 11, 2006 2:48 PM
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