Back to Square One


At 2:00am this morning, I was woken up by the sound of peeing.

It was the start of a seizure. As I jumped out of bed in the dark and kneeled by Rolo’s bed he began to flop around like a fish out of water. As his bed is beside my dresser I took a pillow and covered the corner of it as that’s where Rolo’s head was near and I didn’t want him to hit his head on it. I spoke softly to him reassuring to him that everything was going to be OK and that this will pass soon. Do you know how horrible it is to watch someone you love go so something so horrible and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it but make sure they don’t hurt them self? Rolo ended up with a bloody mouth from either biting his lip or his cheek during the seizure monster attack.

After Rolo came around I tried to get him to drink some water, gave him another half of a Phenobarbital pill and layed on the floor with him until it was time to get up and go to work. Rolo is staying home with the comfort of his dad today.

We adopted Rolo knowing that he had Canine Epilepsy and it was 99.9% likely that he was going to be on medication for the rest of his life. We adopted him from the Fort McMurray SPCA on June 23, 2011.
“Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. They are a symptom of an underlying neurological dysfunction. Toxic Substances, metabolic or electrolyte abnormalities and/or imbalances cause an uncoordinated firing of neurons in the cerebrum of the brain, creating seizures from mild to severe” (Quote Credit:

IMG_0024May 31st would have been a tremendous milestone in his life. It would have marked 1 year seizure free. As I was so excited about that date, as we would be spending it in Jasper at the Dog Days Of May at Jasper Park Lodge, I somehow feel guilty for jinxing that date as that’s all I talked about. I am so proud of my boy for going so long without one but sad that we are now back to square one. To make myself feel better I will no longer be pre-writting blog posts about my dog as I had his 1 year seizure free blog post done and ready to be published May 31st.

We want our EPI friends to know that we are thinking about them all of the time and that together we can help each other, raise awareness and enlighten others who feel alone because of this disease.

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8 thoughts on “Back to Square One

  1. Lara Elizabeth says:

    I can’t imagine how hard it is to see a dog through a seizure. My friend adopted a dog from a rural shelter that has had a few seizures, but he has gone about six months seizure-free now. I’m glad Rolo is home with his dad today and I’m sure you are counting the hours until you can go home to him, too.

    • Kimberley says:

      Im really happy before we adopted him I did alot of research so I knew what to do if one was to happen. I cannot wait to go home and awkwardly cuddle with him! His dad said hes doing good. If his dad was working I would have brought him to work with me.

  2. Jen Jelly says:

    That has to be such a horrible thing to have to witness – bless you for taking such great care of him. Sad he didn’t make it to the 1 year mark but more than 11 months is a really long time. Thank you for helping spread the word about this disease – and thank you for taking such great care of Rolo – I can’t imagine how tough that is to watch.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thanks Jen. I wouldnt trade Rolo for all the money in the world. He is my boy ad I would do anything for him.

      Its hard to watch but its comforting to know that he isnt alone.

  3. Rachel Hopple says:

    Bless you for adopting an epileptic dog. Our Willis suffered for 2 yrs. with epi…no meds helped him, unfortunately. We had to make the decision to help him cross the Bridge at age 3.5. 11 months is a heck of a stretch. I would celebrate right now! :-) No-one can ever know the trials of living with a dog with epilepsy. Give Rolo a tummy scratch from all of us here in Ohio.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thank you very much and we are very sorry to hear about Willis. He is amongst the EPI-Angels now. We will always celebrate but I was really hoping on that 1 year mark.

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