Meet Epi-Star LILY for November Epilepsy Awareness Month
This month, November, as my you know from following us here at FiveSibes, is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and in honor of my Epi-boy, Gibson, I continue advocating for dogs with Epilepsy (Epi-dogs) to show the world that they are pretty amazing and can do anything non-Epis can do!
This month I began a new feature on my blog to introduce everyone to some amazing dogs who live/have lived with Canine Epilepsy, but never letting that stop them from enjoying life!! I call these dogs “Epi-Stars” and if you’ve been following us this month, my new feature is showing how these amazing Epi-dogs greet each day as only a dog can do—with joy and happiness.
I started this journey of Canine Epilepsy awareness with my Gibson in 2009, shortly after his third birthday, and became an official Purple Day® for Epilepsy Ambassador in 2012. Over more than a decade, I have met—and am still meeting—some pretty wonderful Epi-dogs and their families who love and care for them.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to Sharon Hayes’ two beautiful Siberian Huskies, “Lily,” who has Canine Epilepsy, and her non-Epi biological sister “Belle.”
“Lily is a happy, healthy, and spoiled three-year-old Husky,” notes Sharon, who says Lily is her fourth Siberian Husky, and the first Husky of hers to have seizures, but they are not sure why. “She had her first seizure two years ago when she was 16 months old. She was young. It really freaked us out. Throughout the year she only had three other quick seizures. Then back in May, she had three seizures within 15 minutes. We rushed her to the animal hospital. Their first question was ‘When did she have her last flea medicine?’ It had been a week. That was also the day that we had an eclipse. While we waited in the hospital, a few dogs came in with the same problem. They sent us home that night. She had two more seizures that night. Our vet said it was time to put her on Keppra.” Sharon says Lily is her first Husky to have seizures. “The best thing we ever did was put her on Keppra. She’s been healthy ever since.”
Lily shares her life with her sister, Belle, a beautiful wooly Husky who Sharon says “just wants to be pet and hugged.” Belle is Sharon’s fifth Husky, and she just celebrated her second birthday on November 23rd!
Lily and Belle are very bonded, and Sharon says they enjoy walks together in the cooler weather and they “love to run in the backyard. They are both still young, so they have a lot of energy and when one starts digging the other joins in. Lily loves her morning three-mile walk, and she loves to play tug of war with her rope and her sister. It’s so funny to watch. They look like they are killing each other, but they are just playing!”
Ah, yes, the Husky way of play!
“Lily is our first husky that does not woo. She’s so quiet. When she needs to go out she comes up to us and uses her paw to tell us what she wants. It’s almost like she’s using sign language.” Lily also loves to snuggle up on her pillow every night.
“Lily is our dainty little husky. She is very loved. With the help of medication, I’m hoping she lives many more years!”
Sharon just loves to see Lily and Belle play and snuggle together, and Epilepsy does not stop Lily from enjoying her days just playing and being with her sister, Belle!
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