Rumsfeld’s seizures have escalated in frequency and trauma.

He’s been at the emergency hospital since last night at @ 8PM. He had a seizure at 5:30 pm, his first since the bouts on Thanksgiving, and another at @7:45 that was much more extreme and required the liquid Valium that my vet had given me last week. It was then we took him to the ER.

He had another one shortly after he was admitted and we have started him on IV Phenobarbital. We are keeping him there until later this afternoon…to make sure he’s stabilized and ready for us to take over.

I will speak with my vet Monday morning about getting him to the neuro specialist to see what he can determine. Until then we have at least started him on the Pheno regiment which is the first line of defense. We simply have to stop these seizures at this point. I spoke with his breeder this morning and there is no history. He said that Rumsfeld was of his last litters bred because one of his dogs did end up with bladder cancer and they just couldn’t continue on. I have no idea if this has any connect but will mention it to the vet on Monday just in case.

We are expecting that the Pheno will not be easy the first couple weeks. It takes a bit for the levels to stabilize and during that time things can be much more dramatic…and painful for US. Extreme behavioral changes can and most often do occur which is the most heartbreaking of all. I can handle the impending incontinence and other things such that we are to expect as the drug gets regulated in his system…but the personality changes will be pronounced particularly because he has such a huge one. We will give it a month. In the meantime, if it is determined to be some sort of tumor or cancer we will NOT put him through desperate measures that will only prolong a lessened quality of life and put us all through such drama that in the end will leave us without the exuberance and love of life that he has.

For now we wait some more and deal…and somehow in the deepest part of my broken heart accept a new “normal” and the potential of an outcome that I have to be able to face…

We are having a pretty crappy time of it and are simply in an “in between” time, unable to do much more than wait and watch. I am not known for my patience with life and I don’t handle helplessness very well at all.

Rumsfeld is home and resting. Considering a day in the hospital after 3 seizures and 200mg of Phenobarbital in his system he’s doing pretty ok.


Gotta keep him a little quiet and start him on his pills tonight and still wait…

I can’t thank you all enough for all your thoughts, prayers and kind words. You’re my best friends and it is a comfort. The vet my psychiatrist said to be normal ( I actually LOLed ) and relax a little ( he described it as making sure my oxygen mask is on FIRST or I’ll be no help to Rumsfeld ).

He made me feel better after we talked some more…

So now we’re just keeping an eye on him and hoping again never to have the experience of a seizure again ( wouldn’t THAT be swell…altho it’ll take me years to not walk on the look for it eggshells ) but if we do we hope to see them as just little “quirks” he has. Hey, you all love MINE, right?

And next time you see a girl wearing sunglasses in the pouring rain remember that maybe she’s had a loooooong month of stress and spent the last 24 hours or so crying and fretting her heart out and getting no sleep…


  1. Posted December 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

    I don’t think anyone could have put that any better. Much comfort and love to all of you during these trying times.

  2. Lurch
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm |

    You have my prayers for your family.

    I hope it works out but if it doesn’t you have truely done everything possible. If he carries on for another 10 years or his time comes sooner, please remember that.

  3. Claire
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm |

    Love n hugs from me n Miss P n The Weeenz

  4. Chuck from Tacoma
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm |

    Buckwheat, our Boston terrorist is prone to seizures and has been on a pheno regiment for several years. We have a stronger sedative that we use for special, exciting circumstances (New Years, 4th of July, house full of grands, etc..). He still has occasional seizures, but much less severe. We have gotten pretty good at recognising when they may be coming on, at which time we pick him up, snuggle him and calm him down. It works well for us.
    I feel for you and your pup. Best of luck and warmest wishes.

  5. apotheosis
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm |

    Hugs and prayers from my family, and Fancypants von Fluffybutt volunteers to share her squeaky kitty toy should they ever meet.

  6. Melissa In Texas
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm |

    Oh honey… hugs for you, JR and pups!
    Hang in there and know that we are pulling for you all!
    Stretch the wunder weenie sends his bets too.

  7. Lynne
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm |

    It is heartbreaking to see your beloved dog go thru any kind of life changing episodes. Thoughts and prayers are will you and your family.

  8. DougM (Well, thaaat sucked!)
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

    No words, Missy.
    Wish there was something I could do.
    Here’s an eHug.

  9. SteveHGraham
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

    So sorry to read this.

  10. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm |

    Hugs from me, Millie, and Cujo,

  11. rickn8or
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm |

    What Hog and DougM said. They more eloquent than me.

  12. Mumblix Grumph
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm |

    Hang in there, all of you. Just remember that he knows you love him and that means a lot to him.

  13. Posted December 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm |

    Darn it… And Digi lost her Little one, she’s in SoCal now, and got word that she might be losing another! Prayers all around! Peace, and Comfort to you Folks….

  14. Melissa In Texas
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm |

    I have been having problems with Stretch the wonder weenie too.
    Our fur babies….
    God sends them to us to steal our hearts.

  15. Posted December 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm |

    you know.

  16. Lance
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm |

    Also what HogW & DougM said so well.
    My best intentions for Rummy’s recovery.
    I’m stunned at the sudden serious problems
    with 3 PM’ette’s doggies. Will include all in
    my prayers. Thanks for sharing with us.

  17. geezerette
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm |

    Was thinking of you and him off and on all day– so busy with Christmas stuff no time for checking in here—- I’m sad for you— but– I found out long ago we have to live in — Like Rush calls it–Realville– I learned that when our daughter was diagnosed with melanoma— so you listen to what all the specialist have to say and you give it what you’ve got and let life take it’s course. Love him as much as you can while you can.

  18. Posted December 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm |


    Thoughts and prayers going out your way.

  19. joebandmember
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm |

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, JR, and the dogs.

    We know how rough it is.

  20. geezerette
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm |

    Now I’m thinkin’ it’s not the shots.

  21. Posted December 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm |

    I’m holding my two cats close, and sending prayer’s for Rummie’s speedy recovery.

    Yours, too.

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  22. Merovign
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm |


    Big metaphysical hug, positive vibes, happy thoughs, warm fuzzies and prayers for you and Rummie.

  23. Fat Baxter
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm |

    E-hugs and prayers your way, Sondra.

    A short while back, we lost one of our kitties to cancer after both chemo and surgery. So I grok the emotional roller coaster.

  24. Paul the Canuck
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm |

    Thoughts and Prayers Sondra.


  25. PeggyU
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm |

    Very sorry to read this, Sondra! Hope this all resolves well. We will be thinking of you and Rummy!

  26. kinlaw
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm |

    We love you too Sondra, and JR and Rummy and all of your family. I will say an extra prayer for you all tonight.

    I hope you can get some rest tonight. Sounds like he’s a fighter, and I have great hopes you will come through this alright.

  27. Posted December 2, 2012 at 6:29 am |

    A big virtual hug to you all (and skritch for Rumsfeld). Thoughts and prayers out.

  28. Posted December 2, 2012 at 7:51 am |

  29. Posted December 2, 2012 at 8:01 am |

    Sondra, sorry to hear about your pooch’s problems. My ol’ pup, Izzi, experienced the same seizure problems your Rumsfeld seems to be experiencing now. It’s not an easy thing to contend with, and does make one feel rather helpless when your dog suffers a seizure at your feet. My best to you and Rumsfeld.

  30. MikeG
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 8:52 am |

    Your psychiatrist was right. Take care of you. That’s what Rummy needs right now so that you can continue to be taking care of him. Nothing left to say that has not already been said except…

    I love you!

  31. Jane K.
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 9:05 am |

    Bless your heart!
    We were told back in May that our Gus had 4-6 months to live – prostate tumor. He’s now living on borrowed time, and makes me continue to laugh lots, each and every day. When questioned about ‘letting him suffer’ – I was able to say without any doubt ‘he will tell me when it’s time.’

  32. rickn8or
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 9:29 am |

    And next time you see a girl wearing sunglasses in the pouring rain remember that maybe she’s had a loooooong month of stress and spent the last 24 hours or so crying and fretting her heart out and getting no sleep…

    But I’ll bet she’s the same beautiful girl… inside and outside.

    (JR watching? No? Then [[[hugs]]])

  33. JoeBannedMember™
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 11:16 am |

    As Red Green would say, “we’re pullin’ for ya”….

  34. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm |

    You are doing the right thing!

  35. geezerette
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm |

    #33 and— keep you’re stick on the ice.

  36. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm |

    I love you.

  37. jw
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 8:39 am |

    pet him a lot.

  38. Ranger Joe
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm |


    Keeping you in our prayers….

  39. mech
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm |

    Okay, I voted for the isolated incidents that never repeat. Who is responsible for this election fraud? I demand a recount, review, recall!

    Best to you all and Rummy. Curious, though, how does Smurfy respond–does he sense the seizures beforehand? that could be cool to help.

    I don’t feel bad about having to shoot my cat twice a day (with insulin).

    Best fishes from Periscope and Spark, too. love ya.

  40. Meredith
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 8:33 am |

    My wife and I had a husky shepherd mix that developed epilepsy about 8 years on, Survived on a phenobarbital regimen for 3 years. By then we had gotten a Shepherd/Collie who used to alert us when th first dog was about to “seize.”