|We adopted Jenny from a friend of a friend when she was 8 weeks old.
SHe had a normal beginning to her life, going thru puppy kindergarten
and even advanced obedience classes and doing excellent in her training.
We even had plans to continue on and get her her CGC certification but
our jobs got in the way and we never got to finish her training.
Shortly after we began flyball her attitude changed. When she
was tired she would show her teeth to us when we would try to pet her.
We made adjustments to our behavior leaving her alone at night but that
all changed when she bit our son on the hand one night after flyball practice.
We took her to the vet expecting the worst (euthanasia) but our vet didn't
believe that we needed to put her down and did a full blood workup and
put us in touch with a behaviorist.
The behaviorist had our vet send a blood sample to Michigan State University
for a full Thyroid panel and we discovered that her thyroid levels were
almost non-existent. Our vet prescribed .7mg Levotabs and things
seemed to be on the right track. We continued to monitor her thyroid
for the next 2 years with bloodwork every 6 months and we were very happy
with our Jenny's new attitude.
That all changed last July when she severely attacked a friends dog
while we were at a flyball tournament in Ohio that forced us to quit our
flyball team. We sought the help of dog behavior specialist Brenda
Aloff and even switched vets. Our new vet discovered that Jenny's
medication levels were too much for her and switched her to .5 mg Soloxine.
We also continued with Brenda working on resocializing, obedience and specialized
All was going well when one night out of the blue Jenny attacked our
son again this time biting him on the face sending him to the hospital
for stitches. She had bitten clear thru the upper lip both on the inside
and outside of his mouth. This time we couldn't help our little girl
since the county animal control got involved and we had to have her euthanized
Monday, April 21st at 1:50 P.M.
We tried everything we could to help our little girl but in the end
her little brain just wasn't wired correctly. At the end we new something
was the matter, when we would look into those beautiful brown eyes
of hers we could see that sometimes it looked like nobody was home.....just
a look of confusion. There was nothing we could to do to save our
girl and we had to let her go. There isn't a day that goes by that
I don't remember Jenny and smile at the fun that we had and the joy she
brought to our lives.
We did learn from our experience with Jenny, and if anyone needs info
on Thyroid and seizures check out:
The site has tons of info on epilepsy and thyroid.. It's best to check
out the site a little at a time because you can get easily overwhelmed
with all of the articles and info.
Brenda Aloff's site. She has published a few books on canine
behavior and body language.
I would recommend her to anyone needing help with their furbaby.