God Loves Veterinarians, Glitterati and Doctors …

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The winter rains have finally come to the middle of Texas.  Of course, this was the day I was planning to do something about the yard.  Darn, darn, darn.  Or something.  But drizzly days are good for hot chocolate and musing, so muse I shall.

(R) Annie (L) Jenna

Jenna, my white 70 lb something-or-the other, is sleeping in the studio closet by my computer.  I leave the door open because that is a favorite place for her when she is feeling insecure because of the weather, fireworks, or pre-aura seizures.  Today it is the seizures, so I need to be extra vigilant with her.  She is what is known as a “runner” when she has seizures and appreciates someone grabbing her by the collar so that she can just thrash around rather than running into things and trying to climb corners.  But, unlike the other white dog I had, she gets over them quickly, waking up to greet the family and checking out the back yard.  The other white dog, Roscoe, was a dalmatian-mongrel who went into ictus right away and took a long-time reawaking.

Canine epilepsy is more of a curse for white dogs than it is for colored dogs.  With Roscoe, it was a time when vets knew next to nothing about canine epilepsy, and the seizures were gawd awful to watch.  You want to comfort the dog, but nothing seems to work.  I can’t count the times I slept with Roscoe on the cold kitchen floor while he slowly recovered.  I didn’t know it at the time, but dogs are marginally aware of their surroundings, and take comfort in knowing their owner is close by.  Both Jenna and Rosco would come running to me when they were on the verge of seizing, somehow holding off until I could grab them by the collar and talk to them the whole time.

Joanne Carson, second wife of 'Tonight Show' host Johnny Carson, dead at 84  - New York Daily News
Joanne and Johnny Carson

I was frantic with Roscoe, and it was an era of several competing web search engines.  Yahoo! was leading the pack then, and I began a search on treating dogs for epilepsy.  My vet was of little help on this, though it wasn’t because he was negligent. There just wasn’t much information out there.  But I discovered a small group of people who also had dogs with epilepsy, and they put me in touch with Joanne Carson, one of Johnny Carson’s exes.   She was an MD and had an epileptic dog and thought to treat it like she would for one of her own patients.  She sent me reams of data to share with my vet, and my vet dutifully read everything.

The treatment for human epilepsy wasn’t much better for humans then than it was for dogs, but she developed a procedure that I am convinced led to Roscoe living a long and productive life.  It involved staying with the dog and comforting it as best you can, and Valium® administered rectally with a syringe and a cat catheter.  Messy business and more Valium® went on the floor than inside the dog, but it helped with Roscoe.  I don’t think Jenna’s seizures have been as severe as Roscoe’s though a dog-rescue colleague who is also a CBD distributer (thank you Sanchia!) convinced me that CBD oil does in fact help with her seizures and can be administered before and after.

Joanne gave me her personal Hollywood phone number and told me to call her at any time of the day when Roscoe seized.  She was as good as her word, and I called late in the evening.  She walked me through the ordeal, and kept me together, and stayed with me until Roscoe finally relaxed and started breathing normally as he slept.  She was my angel that evening.

In these tumultuous days of mine as I stare down Thanatos’s and his scary scythe, these moments when strangers rode to my rescue appear out of the fog of memory, greet me, and disappear back into the fog. I will be a miserable fool if I don’t remember that humans can and do rise above the mean circumstances and help their fellow man.  I am grateful for this gift of like and hope to be as kind and thoughtful as these two women were for me.

And with this soggy post, a soggy good morning!

13 thoughts on “God Loves Veterinarians, Glitterati and Doctors …

    Rivergirl said:
    January 24, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    What a wonderful story. She sounds like a lovely woman. I never realized white dogs were prone to epilepsy… the seizures must be awful to witness.


      Rusty Armor responded:
      January 24, 2022 at 2:17 pm

      As little respect I have for Hollywooders, she certainly showed me that sometimes angels still walk among them.

      Liked by 1 person

    The Hinoeuma said:
    January 25, 2022 at 12:26 am

    My paternal uncle and his wife were given a white Labrador as a wedding present. 1973. They named her Little Girl. Stunningly smart, smart dog. She was their child until my cousin showed up in 1978. In her later years, she began to have seizures. They had to put her down when my cousin was around seven. It was pitiful. Little Girl was an amazing dog and none of us in the family ever truly got over her loss. There is a beautiful pastel-drawn picture of her at the top of their stairs.

    I completely understand. It is amazing that Joanne Carson stepped in to help. They are out beloved babies and they are hard to lose.

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      The Hinoeuma said:
      January 25, 2022 at 12:27 am

      OUR beloved babies… Hard to type with tears in my eyes.

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      Rusty Armor responded:
      January 25, 2022 at 10:46 am

      While it didn’t exactly restore my faith in Hollywood, it did help in not tarring them all with the same brush …


    Christine said:
    January 25, 2022 at 7:12 am

    I love CBD OIL it has helped my neuropathy. I can’t imagine my dog having seizures. It would break my heart to watch.

    Liked by 1 person

      Rusty Armor responded:
      January 25, 2022 at 10:42 am

      I admit to being a sceptic, and look at most things like CBD oil with a jaundiced eye, but when you note actual events such as giving a dog with bone cancer another eight or ten months of quality life, I become a fan.


    Catherine said:
    January 26, 2022 at 7:46 am

    It takes a special kind of person to love dogs the way that you love yours.


    Lia Storm said:
    January 27, 2022 at 7:48 am

    You remind me of my brother in the way you care so much about your pups. ❤ I've never been around a pet that had seizures. I can't imagine how scared they might feel when it happens though and it sounds like you were right there for him. ❤

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      Rusty Armor responded:
      January 27, 2022 at 9:32 am

      I just can’t imagine a world without dogs …

      Liked by 1 person

        Lia Storm said:
        January 27, 2022 at 9:35 am

        That is exactly what he would say. He would take dogs over people any day 🙂


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