As many of my longtime readers and listeners know, my advocacy for Canine Epilepsy was inspired by my own beautiful boy, Gibson, a wooly Siberian Husky who was diagnosed shortly after his third birthday in 2009. He lived a happy, amazing life and inspired me to have faith, confidence, and always keep trying, just like he did! While we managed his seizures through a regmien of anti-seizure medications, supplements, and alternative and holistic therapies, Gibson did experience side effects of the meds such as lethargy, voracious appetite, weight gain, weak hind-end issues, ataxia, and bouts of vomiting. Each of these side effects, we combatted as they came...and he overcame so many of them. After two years of a strict diet and rehab, he lost 20 pounds he initially gained, and he truly lived Gib Strong, inspiring me and the face and the name behind my #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign.
Sadly, and suddenly, I lost Gibson shortly before Christmas last year, not from Canine Epilepsy, but from complications during surgery from hemangiosarcoma. I miss him each and every day. I miss that very special connection and bond we formed. We were a team. There seemed to be nothing he could not overcome. Was it easy? No way. Was it worrisome? Absolutely. Was it costly. At times. Was it all worth it? Absolutely. I would never, ever trade the amazing human-canine bond we shared and I learned so much from him. He may no longer be by my side, but he is always present in spirit and he will forever live on in the work I continue to do in his name to help educate, inform, and support others on this sometimes rocky journey known as Canine Epilepsy. Throughout the month, I will share different tips, information, resources, as well as highlight some pretty special Epi-dogs, past and present, who will inspire us all to #LiveGibStrongForever.
November also marks a very special time for my family - my daughter is expecting her son this month; my first grandson! While I won't be posting every day this month as in the past, I do hope you'll sign up to receive my posts via Email and stop back to read our Canine Epilepsy posts and share with others to help more people become advocates for Epi-dogs so folks will think about adopting a dog with seizures and know they have a resource to come to with questions. And to let those who live with an Epi-dog know they are not alone, and hopefully encourage them to not surrender a dog with seizures to a shelter.
My Books on Canine Epilepsy:
Until next time... may your beloved pet #LiveGibStrongForever