Let’s Help Jessie

Huumm....how can we help Jessie?? Let me ponder this.

Huumm….how can we help Jessie?? Let me ponder this.

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?

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Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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20 Responses to Let’s Help Jessie

  1. Bert says:

    Oh what a sweet and sad story. WE are going to do our best to consider your request for help and if we come up with something we will let you know. We don’t know your friend (YET) but are there any other doggies in the household to give an example of not fearing?

    Well, anyway, Thanks for letting us know more. We will go over and say hi.

  2. Hi Stuart,

    Scottie Cramp usually shows up in young pups – how old is Jessie?

    The Rocky Creek Scotties are all believers in Thundershirts – it can’t hurt.

    Lilly, Piper, Ivy and The Sweet Buglets

  3. Oh that’s such a sad story and I wish all the best for Jessie. I’ve read about the scottie cramp – but I didn’t found a helpful hint…except to avoid stress and the usual medications

  4. Poor Jessie!
    A thundershirt sounds like a good idea. Can you get Adaptil in the US? http://www.adaptil.co.uk if so, that or something like it might help.
    Sending Jessie love and hugs xxx

  5. Kyla says:

    With my Addison’s Disease, I get stressed easily. When going to the vet, groomer or any other potentially stressful situation, I’m given prednisone. The vet has to prescribe it.

  6. My rescue has used Thundershirts to help with general anxiety too, not just from storms. I think it might help! He just needs some time to relax and get used to his new life so he can know it’s not so skeery. Routines are really important, plus making sure he has a nice, cozy den that’s just his that he knows he can go to whenever he’s skeered.

  7. I rehabilitated a feral dog who was afraid of everything. I could not touch him for six months because he was so afraid. I used food to get to him. Lots of good treats and finally one day he let me touch his ear. From this point on I did doggie massage to get him to know I would not hurt him. If there were thunder shirts back then I would have got him one. By the end of his life he wanted to sit on our laps and was so loveable I could not believe he was the that same scared dog.

  8. Susie and Sidebite says:

    Hey Stuart, bet the Thundershirt would help. Send his peeps over to read about me and the t-shirt I wore for several months, it worked for Me.

    Your Pal

  9. Mac and Helen says:

    What about Rescue Remedy? We suggest that Jessie’s peeps ask their vet first, but Rescue Remedy is sold in pet stores (and on Amazon) and is recommended “for an immediate calming effect in any stressful situation, or when your pet needs help overcoming a variety of emotional or behavioral problems,” We think there are different varieties. We’ve known dogs who took it to calm them down during training classes.

  10. sue ellen says:

    .Love and tenderness he is getting is probably the best…and time. Thundershirt sounds good to us. Understanding what Jessie has been through is a plus….he has terrific “peeps”
    Lucy & Mac

  11. Truman, Callie & Mandy says:

    Jessie is in our thoughts and prayers. This site has information about Scottie Cramp.

  12. Do you know Thunder shirt makes a calming caps now? You can see it here on Daisies page. Maybe that would help too. http://scotsmad.blogspot.com/2012/12/as-you-know-from-my-last-post-i-got-to.html

  13. Daisy says:

    Poor Jessie. Maybe with lots of love and cheese, he’ll learn to be safe again.

    xXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  14. Dougall says:

    Poor Jessie. Huggies might help? (They wouldn’ hurt!)

  15. Alyssa says:

    Poor Jessie. He’s been through hell. I can tell you Mr. Fox was off the wall when we got him. He was a street dog for a while and before that we think he was tied up and left in a yard because his ears were all bitten up. Lots of love has helped and it sounds like Jessie is getting, as well as giving, plenty of that. Your mentioning BoBo and his seizures brings back memories of our first Scottie Robbie. He had seizures. Now I am wondering it was because his little top heavy Scottie body fell down the deck stairs too many times? :(( Why do little doggies have to suffer? And humans?? And anyone for that matter.
    Alyssa, Mr. Fox & Scruffy

  16. noodledog says:

    Noodledog Mom here. It sounds like Jesse is getting all the attention & love he needs. Is there a vet near him that does dog acupuncture? If there is try that, BUT stay with the dog while its going on. Noodle was really good about letting the dogtor stick her, and looked like a Scottie pincushion, but you have to stay with the dog to pick up the needles when they fall out. It helped Noodle a lot with her nightmares, fear of strangers(except dogtors, she always likes them), and other issues. Also try the Thundershirt and doggy massage.

    Noodledog .

  17. veraersilia says:

    Please Stuart tell them this:
    As long asJessie is afraid please remove whatever scares him. That reaction may be related to having had a TIA. Maybe he sees things in a different way. Have his eye health and eyesight checked. My Scottie Lili became a lot more fearful when her eyesight started to diminish. Make Jessie a safe warm hiding place. Make it where he goes to hide. Make him even more than one safe place. I agree that Bach Remedy may help. Also pheromones for dogs, spray or diffusers, if they make them, as they do for cats. They are very effective in calming a fearful animal. Spray it in his beds and safe places. If he is crated, cover the crate with a blanket or old sheet so he feels protected when he is in it. Leave only one corner half open so he can see out too.
    If he is scared, be near him to reassure him. Dogs need a lot of physical contact. Keep him close to you. Hold him, let him sit next to you. Wherever you go in the house call to him to come with you. I found that keeping a fearful dog on a soft leash and taking him with you from room to room as you do whatever you do really helps. That way Jessie never “loses” you. Touch him, pat him, speak to him in a low smooth voice. And NEVER push him into doing something, nor force him. He IS a Scottie!! Patience, time, much time, much love, and the natural curiosity and temperament of the Scottie will eventually emerge and reassure him. I wish I were near you to help. All my best. Vera in Idaho, the USA.

  18. robynwp says:

    Hi Stu, our hearts just go out to Jessie & we pray he makes a full recovery. Sammy suffers from Scottie Cramp – our dogfor it. iter says it is genetic. His legs cramp when he gets excited especially on walks. He doesn’t seem to be in pain though & makes a quick recovery once he calms down. Our dogter says there is no real treatment for it – if it gets worse with age then we can look at antiinflammatories

    • robynwp says:

      Sorry we weren’t done – we’ve also heard of pups going for accupuncture.

      Now we think a Thundershirt will be a grrreat idea for Jessie. Perhaps until he can get one his peeps could put him in a snug fitting t-shirt – our auntie Kym did that for her dog when he got older & senial & it realky helped him.

      Sending lots of licks & love to you & Jessie,
      Wally & Sammy

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