We didn’t know it then but when George was about a year old he did something very strange.
He turned into a U. And he tried a and failed to walk in that configuration. He hadn’t squealed or made any sound that would say he had been hurt or bitten or anything. His head just swung towards his tail and stayed there.
I grabbed him. He was ridged. I was running to the car with him intent on getting him to a vet when he looked up at me, licked my nose and wiggled to get down. I set him down and he ran to his ball and brought it back to me.
He wanted to play.
The entire incident lasted, maybe 20 seconds.
He was fine. And though we puzzled about it, we let it go and forgot it.
Then, a few months later he went through his ‘aggressive’ stage. He wanted to keep his ball and would growl if you tried to take it. Or he would start a snarling match with Gracie.
Each time we use the ‘Cesar’ move of putting him on his side and placing a hand over his head and neck and holding him on the ground until he calmed down. This seemed to work very well and the ‘aggression’ stopped.
I put the word aggression in quotes because there was not biting or attempt to bite. Snarling and growling and an aggressive stance but no biting. It turns out that our dogs have very soft mouths. I refer you back to Gracie’s exploits with the lizard. (https://muellermusings.com/2019/07/01/by-jove-i-think-she-got-one/)
Then on September 30, 2019, George had a grand mal seizure. All I could do was keeping on the floor, pet him and talk to him. It seemed to last forever. It started with him turning into a U. Just like before.
And just like before, he snapped out of it and wanted to play.
But two days ago he was startled by Gracie and went into the ‘aggression’ we had seen before. Only this time, he appeared to be unable to see or hear. I held him in the Cesar hold for a good two minutes. He remained somewhat disoriented and afraid to come into or go out of the house.
Off to the vet. STAT.
Turns out that the ‘aggression’ is a symptom that a seizure has occurred or is occurring. It has to do with the dog’s inability to perceive. Like George appearing to not see or hear.
It is not a tumor. It is idiopathic. And he does need medication.
Lots of dogs live with seizures of all kinds. They can be managed.
And that is what we are doing.
A little peanut butter, a tiny little pill every 12 hours.
He is still, and always will be, my baby George.