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Time to see the doctor again…

Just a few nights ago, I was awoken to the sound of rapid thumps and pounding sounds.  I was immediately taken back to that night when it sounded like a freight train was running through my house, which was Cooter’s seizure.  

Turns out it was Cooter shaking as he lay beside the oven (his favorite spot-just in front of the back door…I swear he is guarding us), so the noise from his shaking body actually echoed loudly against the gas oven – yes I was worried about a gas leak along with our dog possibly seizing. He has minor shaking here and there and it is so hard to identify whether it is normal dog shakes OR a small seizure.

We give him his space and try to keep it calm for him… a difficult task as there are four kids around him all the time!  He loves his people brothers and sisters so I’m sure he doesn’t mind.  In fact – he loves nothing more than to be right here with us at all times — often like a large bear rug – only he’s a real live dog (albeit the size of a bear) laying on the floor with us!

So the start of this blog, way back in 09, was to write about living with a French Mastiff… who knew that right after choosing to blog, Cooter would have a seizure  – a very large and scary seizure, and then smaller ones, which kept us on pins and needles for years. We were introduced to Canine Epilepsy – very scary – for any size dog, I’m sure!!! But, after a long time, we really felt that we just hated those barbs!  I take that back – it was a love-hate towards the barbs.  They helped, and were much-needed for a long time… but we just hated how Cooter became so drowsy. He’s lethargic enough already, being that he is a Dogue de Bordeaux, and since we discussed this with his doctor, it was the better choice for us to taper him off the Phenobarbitol.  The vet did provide us with a type of emergency kit, should we find him seizing in that manner again. We’ve found ourselves denying it could be epilepsy, thinking maybe it’s Lyme Disease or tainted toys (lead paint)… either way, we will take him to the vet this week because we aren’t sure what happened the other night. And shaking here and there persists… sigh…

Anyway, since having this 140 pound dog full of slobber, dog hair, and LOVE… yes, all that other “stuff” – the flying slobber, the vomiting, the… well you get the idea!Ha!  All that nonsense just goes away when you realize that there is way more love in the air than slobber!  He reminds us all the time.

And here we are–back, writer’s block lifted? MAYBE…

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The more you get to know your Dogue – yes Dogue de Bordeuax, the more you can begin to know yourself. Your limitations, expectations, your level of awareness ~ Are you self aware?

What can a Bordeaux teach you about self awareness?

Take for example the mad-morning rush – let’s say you are a mom of 3 and you are eagerly trying to get ready because you overslept, the kids overslept, the husband overslept. Aha, beginning to see the situation? I’m sure you can relate on some level – here you have to be somwhere -OK a meeting and you are LATE. You quickly feed the kids, the coffee brews, you actually fit in a shower, the kids miss the bus, you are feeding the dog, the dog bowl is full of water.

__________Wait – did I say the dog bowl = FULL?

___________Not with a Dogue de Bordeaux – you just don’t do that – did we forget our own water dispensing process here?

__________The dog has been waiting all morning for that water – all morning – he drinks to his delight and then, as you turn to pour your little cup of coffee he walk right behind you and -oops – he just bumped into me -yes, he just fully bumped into me, from behind, with a completely wet, drenched face (his height is about level to my – well, use your imagination). And Yes, as you can predict he is now full on drooling and wagging that tale because he is super excited that you are hanging out in the kitchen, its play time! And then, the dreaded slobber, he shifts, he shakes, and those lovely strands of congealed drool go flying everywhere, your daughter screams because it lands on her, and there you go, now you have to change your daughters outfit too.

But it is love, and you love your Dogue de Bordeaux.

Did I mention we all made it to work and school?

So what does this have to do with being self aware?

Did I remember to breathe?

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It was about 8am and a blue jay was snipping little pieces from the dog bowl… grabbing and flying, grabbing and flying… crows pecking bit of bread from the neighbors feeder directly into our backyard… I began to realize why Cooter digs holes in various spots in our backyard. It is instant reward. He digs… find bread… eats… and digs again. I was not concerned when I first witnessed the crows hiding food in our backyard. But now… and while this might seem off-topic, now my son has sprained his ankle, again. He sprained his ankle from tripping on a hole in the backyard. While I realize that Cooter digs out the larger more spacious holes for cool ground in the summer – it is these smaller holes that are serious tripping hazards, which are directly from the the dog digging out the stored food from the local crows. So, with a little digging on my part, I piece together this bit about the dog holes and I think I uncovered the root cause as to why my dog digs the smaller holes. Forget about the theories your vet may have told you – I’m onto something! 😉
Side Note: I think I know why he occasionally vomits – that stored bread must be old!

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Though it is refreshing to shed, because I rid myself of dirty fur and welcome the new, it is usually a spring time occurence that lasts throughout the summer – this is weird. Is it the weather or climate change??? Will this be it for me? And will I adjust, or better will my people family adjust?

Do I shed or don’t I? At this time of year, where I live in Northeastern US, I usually begin to build a nice thick coat to keep me extra warm in the upcoming winter months. But strangely enough I am beginning to purge my coat once again ~ yes, I am shedding. Lots of sweeping around me again…

This is strange, as I said, because I tend to bulk up my fur during the fall months.
So today the weather indicates a late summer day… however it is MID-NOVEMBER! I am watching the peeps around me take out the plants again… they were recently dug up and brought inside… so yes, now that Rosemary is back out. What will tomorrow bring? And when will the snow start? And when can I keep my fur???

As as side note, the more we dogues are brushed, the happier and cleaner we are… you really don’t need to bathe us daily! Some of my dog friends have that happen, but so far, I don’t know any Bordeaux’s that have a bath daily!LOL! … In my opinion, a simple brushing is good and, I practically live for it! So I guess I’ll be getting double-brushings once again because of these strange weather patterns.

Interesting article on NASA.gov about climate change – The Northeastern US is mentioned too 😉 And nicely explains weather & climate.

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Please support the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America Rescue, Inc ~ here’s a link to the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America Facebook Fan Page… or you can go to their site to see Dogue’s in need – they specialize in finding homes for neglected Dogues de Bordeaux. Hey, maybe you know someone with a home for a big, cuddly Dogue de Bordeaux. We are not only sweet dogs, we can help with your heating bills… cuddle with one of us and you’ll be toasty warm, no heating bills incurred…

Here is their website link:
Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America Rescue — visit and browse around the stories about rescued dogs. Some are waiting for new homes.

Cooter LaRouge is not affiliated with the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America Rescue – Cooter is just a fan of them and their work. 😉

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