As Covid and The Dog Days of Summer continue, if we can’t dock dive together, we will 5K together (in spirit) …to raise money for animals in need!
The Liver Killers joined forces with a few other dock diving teams to participate in a 3-part Dog Days of Summer virtual 5k series (click HERE to see June’s installment and click HERE to see July’s installment) hosted by j&a racingand presented by Banfield Pet Hospital .
During the August installment of this series, Margarita and I walked Freedom Park to cover our 3.1 miles.
There are 3 medals: June (Retrievers), July (Bulldogs), August (Rescue dogs) that when fitted together form a dog bone!
A portion of our registration fee each month is donated to the Virginia Beach SPCA , who believes that the animal-human bond creates healthier, happier, more connected communities. VBSPCA delivers their compassion by providing pet adoption and sheltering, low-cost public veterinary clinic services, humane education programs, wildlife triage and canine pet training.
Here’s to hoping that every dog finds their forever running/walking partner!
National Dog Day is a very special day for us at Cello’s Corner as it is also the 2nd anniversary of Whiskey’s Gotcha Day! We adopted little Wish the Fish from Pointer Rescue, Organization during our 2018 visit to Canada for a dock diving event. This weekend would have been our annual trip back to Canada. This year we cannot make that trip because of Covid
In honor of Whiskey’s Gotcha Day, we did a Whiskey Run 5K together. We walked the 3.1 miles in 2 parts because of Whiskey’s bad shoulder.
It may be the slowest 5K in history, but we had a blast and enjoyed every second!
Margarita celebrated National Dog Day with her cousin, James, by completing a 5K together!
15% of their registration fee for Day of the Dog 5k was donated to Freedom Service Dogs , who rescue dogs and custom-train them for veterans with PTS, and for people with disabilities like autism, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injuries.
This may be the most fun I’ve ever had doing while exercising!
This event challenged us to collect points for the distance we walked every day in the month of August. The farther you walked (or ran), the more points you earned. We walked a total of 69.9 miles together for the month…But that wasn’t all! Each weekend in August, The Troubled Raccoon sent out the challenges for the following week and we had until midnight on Sunday to complete them!
Within this park is a canoe that is wrapped around a tree. This canoe is from the flood of 2004 … when several dams broke and the lake water was this high running through the town, flooding houses, knocking buildings off foundations, and causing other severe damage.
A portion of all proceeds from this event went to K9s For Warriors , an organization that provides service dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and more.
Auscultation: Grade 2/6 left apical blowing quality murmur. Heart rate 100bpm and regular and occasionally with respiratory variation. Lungs clear.
Femoral Artery: good quality bilaterally
Other Physical Exam Findings: Bright, alert, and responsive, friendly and relaxed
Limoncello’s heart disease is stable on the current supplements. There has been a slight increase in the heart size from July 2019 and a trivial amount of mitral valve insufficiency as noted previously.
Supplements will continue with no changes and tracking the sleeping respiratory rates (SRRs) will also continue.
Limoncello will see Dr. Bossbaly again in May 2021
Never underestimate the healing power of dogs (especially now during Covid times)!
Rita and I participated in the Paws FUR Pink 5K while raising funds to beat human and canine cancer! A portion of our race fee went to Suzan G Komen, Keep A Breast, Be Well, and canine cancer education research at Clear!
You know what really helps with running? Water… Especially when it’s frozen into ice cubes, and blended with lime and tequila!
This week Margarita also completed the “I Run 4 Margaritas” Virtual 5K! This Challenge was hosted by I Run 4 Movement and supports Stand Up To Cancer in an effort to help SU2C get one step closer to its mission of making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor… just like our very own Señorita Margarita! 💖🐶
2020 has been one of the most challenging years ever. The global pandemic of COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone to handle. To combat the stress Rita and I hit the pavement in support of COVID-19 relief. This was a challenge hosted by Will Run For Bling and Charity to cover 20 miles between July 26th to August 8th.
This is a log of Porter’s Seizure activity to provide a summary of how often his seizures occur, what types of seizures he has, and how long it has been since the last seizure.
Every dog’s seizures may look different, especially depending on what kind of seizure your dog has. Porter has had Grand Mal, clustering Grand Mal, Focal, and clustering Focal seizures. During Porter’s Grand Mal seizures, he has violent convulsions, and often foams at the mouth, clenches his jaw down on an object, urinates, defecates, or vomits. He is unaware during his this type of seizure. During Porter’s Focal seizures, he is very much aware, and looks to us for comfort. Porter’s Focal seizures cause him to have facial and ear twitching, full body twitching, and balance issues during or immediately following the Focal seizure.
I highly recommend using a camera that offers movement/sound notifications and constant record/play-back to monitor your dog while you are not home. There are many brands of cameras out there. However, after researching, we chose to use Google Nest cameras in our home and on our camper. This will allow you to get notified that your dog may be in danger, and also will enable you to save clips of your dog’s seizures to share with your dog’s medical team. I also encourage others to video the seizure when safely possible if the seizure happens while you are home so that you have actual footage to share with your dog’s doctors.
3 am / Grand Mal
1st observed seizure
2/26/2019 (55 days from last seizure)
1:50 am / Grand Mal / 30 seconds
5:10 am / Grand Mal /50 seconds
3 hours, 20 minutes from last seizure
started medication: Levetiracetam (Keppra)
5/8/2019 (71 days from last seizure)
1:48 am / Grand Mal / 5 minutes
1:57am / Grand Mal / 1 minute, 45 seconds
Porter was prescribed Midazolam injections for us to have on-hand for emergencies when Porter cannot come out of seizures on his own
5/26/2019 (18 days from last seizure)
2:30 am / Grand Mal / 30 seconds
Midazolam injection required
Medicine Change: Added Zonisamide
6/15/2019 (20 days from last seizure)
9:55 am / Grand Mal / 40 seconds
Midazolam injection required
7/9/2019 (24 days from last seizure)
2:15am / Grand Mal / 45 seconds
2:16 am / 30 seconds
2:17 am / 45 seconds
Medication change: Weaned off of Keppra / Started Phenobarbital
7/28/2019 (19 days from last seizure)
6 am / Grand Mal / 50 seconds
Medication Adjustment: Increased Phenobarbital
Started Melatonin at night
8/11/2019 (14 days from last seizure)
9:44 pm / Grand Mal / 32 seconds
8/13/2019 (30 hours since last seizure)
4:11 am / Grand Mal / 32 seconds
Medicine Change: Added Potassium Bromide
8/28/2019 (15 days since last seizure)
7:46 am / Grand Mal / 30 seconds
9/17/2019 (20 days since last seizure)
8:15 am / Grand Mal / 31 seconds
8:17 am / Grand Mal / 46 seconds
8:18 am / Grand Mal / 40 seconds
8:19 am / Grand Mal / 1 minute, 4 seconds
Midazolam injection required
8: 22 am / Grand Mal
8:23 am / Grand Mal
Medicine adjustment: Reduced Potassium Bromide
no abnormalities found
10/11/19 Medicine change: Added Gabapentin in evening
used as anti convulsant and also to help Porter sleep since he was not sleeping much through the night
10/14/2019 (27 days since last seizure)
1:04 pm / Grand Mal / 40 seconds
1:06 pm / Grand Mal / 49 seconds
1:20 pm / Grand Mal / 41 seconds
Midazolam injection required
11/1/2019 (18 days since last seizure)
11:14 pm / Grand Mal / 30 seconds
Medicine Change: Weaned-off Potassium Bromide and Phenobarbital. Reintroduced Keppra
Porter’s neurologist expressed that despite the medication changes, Porter is still having the same or similar cycles of seizures. However, due to the increased and severe anxiety that we observed, he feels it is best if we backed him off of both the phenobarbital and potassium bromide. He also feels that re-introducing Keppra again may be the best alternative since the anxiety and behaviors were not noted while he was on this medication.
11/11/2019 (10 days since last seizure)
8:49am / Grand Mal / 30 seconds
8:51 am / Grand Mal / 40 seconds
Medicine Change: stopped Gabapentin at night and started Trazadone
began CBD oil (Charlotte’s Web brand)
12/5/19 (24 days since last seizure)
10:51 am / Grand Mal / 30 seconds
10: 52 am / Grand Mal / 30 seconds
12/30/19 (25 days since last seizure)
9:58 am / Grand Mal / 38 seconds
9:59 am / Grand Mal / 10 seconds
10:00 am / Grand Mal / 51 seconds
1/28/20 (29 days since last seizure)
1:15 am / Grand Mal / 20 seconds
1:17 am / Grand Mal / 30 seconds
1:18 am First observation of what we thought was Focal seizures
1/29/20 (43 hours, 25 minutes since last seizure)
8:40pm clustering focal seizures / Clustering until 10pm
We had taken ourselves “off the market” for fostering, but this guy found himself in a bit of a predicament and needed a spur-of-the-moment place to go, so……Meet Jäger!
(He came to us with this name, I swear!) This handsome root beer head is a 3 year old German Shorthaired Pointer. He is an owner-surrender because his family could no longer take care of him with his special needs. Unfortunately Jäger suffers from seizures due to Epilepsy. Jäger has a dominant personality and from what we know at this point will most likely need to be adopted into an only-dog household. He is be available through GSP Rescue of New Jersey to approved adopters in NJ and NY. Further medical and behavioral details about Jäger will be shared privately with approved potential adopters.