9/4/15|Submitted by jeanaann Barnaby

Olivia's Story

At 6 months of age I was surrendered to the local animal shelter where I waited 3 months for my huMom to find me. February 19, 2011 the door to the kennel opened & there she was. None of the many visitors heard my bark. None, except my new Mom. As I leaped higher & higher barking out loud she walked forward, read my chart & calmly said, “Molly, (that was my name then) sit.” I sat. She told me I was a good girl & walked away. My heart broke.

Next thing I knew, there she was again with a shelter person. I was lead out the door, down the street a few feet where I met Mickey Moo Man for the first time. My new furbro nose nudged me, & we went for a walk before driving to my forever home. May 25th 2011 I had my first seizure; it came in the middle of the night. Sadly, I terrified my huMom who helplessly watched me have a Grand Mal Seizure & then run blindly stumbling into everything for what seemed like forever. Strange, how time slows down. I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Epilepsy. A natural holistic approach proved unsuccessful. We accepted the vet’s advice & I began taking Potassium Bromide every 12 hours & Clonazepam (cluster buster). Due to an increased frequency of seizures in April 2012, the inclusion of a secondary drug that is administered daily, Phenobarbital was introduced. Yes, it’s true. Focal seizures are something I live with almost daily and I experience Grand Mal seizures on an average of every 20 to 30 days; sometimes in clusters. In spite of Epilepsy I am happy, healthy and a much loved dog who is grateful for her family, friends & for each seizure free day. Olivia