As I rest the day away in my snug little bed, I’m perplexed and concerned about my friend Jessie in Florida. Y’all remember him. Since this is the time of year when We count Our blessings and share the love, let’s think about what happened to him and give him some ideas to get better. In the spirit of giving and all.
This is what his peep told Us:
YIKES!!!! Jessie suffered a stroke-a mini stroke or T.I.A. (Transient Ischemic Attack) as his Dogter called it. Didn’t know it could happen to dogs! It’s frightening to see a human go through it. Equally frightening to watch it happening to my little buddy!!
He was walking and stumbling around as if drunk and collapsed on the floor with his eyes rolled back. Dad frantically called Dr. Hill’s office and was told to bring Jessie in right away. Dad drove while I was holding Jessie in my arms. They took him in back and examined him and told us they wanted to do some tests and keep him over night for observation. I could hardly sleep that night worrying about what might have happened to him.
The next day they called for us to pick him up. I was very happy to see him and he sat up and gave me a big ARROOO! Dr. Hill told us about the mini stroke and that it could happen again. The good news is he will recover.
He is scared of my camera (the bright flash probably reminds him of the exploding propane tanks behind his original home). Hates the smell of smoke. Won’t go potty outside unless we step well away from the house and stand next to him.
He is likely afraid something will happen to one of us or our home. I tell you Stuart, I sat down and cried because he is still frightened. He climbed onto my lap, whined a little bit and licked my tear stained face. I cried even more realizing that this loving little dog cares so much for ME!!! That resulted in the scottie head tilt and more loving licks!!
I’ll try some time later to get pictures of him . Hides behind and underneath furniture and bushes outside if he sees the camera anywhere. Now Stuart, how do I get him a Thundershirt,do they really work?
Donna in Florida
Big ARRROOOO from Jessie
P. S. Thanks for telling his story and spreading the word about smoke alarms!!
And Big Thank You to everyone for their loving concern about Jessie!
Well. If that doesn’t make you love this dog, I don’t know what will. Hang in there, Jessie. First, the peeps are wondering about Scottie Cramp. We’re not dogtors in Our house, but We thought We’d pass that along for consideration.
Now, We’re also wondering if this event could have been triggered by past head trauma. BoBo, y’all remember him, was abused before the peeps rescued him. Years later, he developed seizures because of his head trauma – We and Dogtor Elliott think it was because of his past head trauma – and had to be treated with phenobarbital. The peeps tell me that was really awful. To watch BoBo go through a seizure. Determining the correct treatment was bad, too, They said.
Poor Jessie. Here he is in a nice loving home and he’s too scared to enjoy it!
What do YOU THINK? How can we help our friend live a happier life without fear or stress?
I’m thinking about my Thundershirt. It calms me down when storms and fireworks are around. Wonder if one would help Jessie?
Do y’all have ideas? In the spirit of giving, let’s help Jessie and his peeps figure out how to calm him down and feel at home with his new peeps! Hang on Jessie! Help is on the way!
What You Learned Today:
- Jessie had a stroke.
- He’s scared of lots of things.
- Can’t even go outside to leave and check peemail without the peeps close by.
- Do you have any ideas for Jessie?