So as many of you already know, I have a puppy. And to answer the question that you may be asking: No, Grandma did not finally give in to my constant begging to adopt a pet—we are fostering him.
By means of one of those friend-of-a-friend-type of situations, I opened an email to view an adorable photo of Max the puggle… Max’s owner had moved out of state and decided not to/was not able to/didn’t want to (no idea what the deal was) bring him, so he left him with the wonderful founder of Sugar Mutts Rescue Foundation. Max spent two days with a temporary foster mum until her cat decided it’d had enough and she needed to find him a new temporary home.
Max the puggle who popped up in my inbox
Well, a phone call to Grandma that involved a little pleading, and a promise to never ever ask for a dog again if this didn’t work out, she gave Max permission to come visit for a few weeks. And now I have a built-in alarm clock, bed heater, exercise stimulator, water dribbler… and new best friend! Max the pup has settled in remarkably well and has already left me with a pit of guilt in the bottom of my stomach about the stress he will experience when he once again moves to another new home. [sniff, tear]
While his sweet and playful personality, adorable smushy face and pudgy little body are close to perfection, his mind had a flaw. Max has a seizure condition. Apparently more common in dogs than most people realize, Max has to take medication to help control the seizures—and even then he still gets one every 4–6 weeks (apparently… we’ll find out more when we go to the vet this weekend). I was warned about what to expect and foretold that he hadn’t had one in a while, so there was a chance I would have to face this.
Two nights ago, during our walk, Max stopped to sniff. I just assumed he didn’t like the smell when he bucked away from the grass. Yet, after a few times it was obvious that his actions were out of his control. In seeing his eyes—unfocused and dilated—I knew he was having a seizure. He’s little, but he’s a tough guy! I sat down and used all my strength to hold him as still as possible so he wouldn’t hurt himself. From what I was told about canine’ seizures, it wouldn’t last too long.
Ten minutes later, my wonderful friend came to help. Another ten minutes and Max’s body, from paws to tail, were stiff as wood, so I scooped him up, and with tears in my eyes, carried him home. It was another half hour till his mind was 100% calm and his body too tired to move. And thanks to my dad who came over and got out the hose to water him—and myself, as I wouldn’t let him out of my lap.
Dark now, laying in a puddle in the backyard, I carried him up to the towel-covered bed I prepared in my room and laid him down to rest up. All he moved was his head, following my every move to make sure he wasn’t alone. Eventually I just laid down on the floor with him so he could rest his neck too.
I was prepared to panic if/when faced with this experience, but I was not prepared to worry so much. I think it was the length of time that really threw me, but seeing how helpless he was, and dependent on his owner—currently me—to love him and take care of him, tugged at my ‘heartstrings.’ (What are heartstrings anyway? Why do people say that?)
Seeing his flaws and watching him struggle with such a tough obstacle in which he couldn’t control, made me love, and relate, to him more. Nobody’s perfect and that’s what makes us beautiful!
I just hope someone else can love him, seizures and all, as much as I do…
…otherwise I’ll be the one moving out and packing him up with me!
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