Nicknames: Princess, Shortie, Skinny, Sweetheart, Bisc, Miss Biscuit, Daddy's girl
Birthday: October 4th 2003
Likes: Running, chasing/being chased, playing with her brother, wrestling, being carried by Daddy, sleeping on the bed between Mommy and Daddy, Cleveland - the giant black Schnauzer across the street. Biscuit also loves her vet and gives her lots of kisses.
Pet-Peeves: Not getting to meet/play with other dogs. When Dylan steps on her. Her nemesis - the orange cat that lives down the street. Having to stay in the dog room during the day. When the car windows aren't rolled down. Faster dogs (has only happened once) .
Favorite Toy: A bone stuffed with sausage or cheese, a tennis ball, any toy she can "de-stuff"
Favorite Food: Chicken, hamburgers with cheese and bacon, Bill Jack's treats
Favorite Walk: Around town, the Totoredaca off-leash park in Mississauga, anywhere there are other dogs
Best Tricks: Shake a paw, sit, speak, roll over, escaping from the dog room (she can scale a 5' solid gate with ease!)
Arrival Story: We got Biscuit from a CKC registered breeder north of Lindsay (Carbonwillis). I knew I wanted a female beagle and had 4 to choose from. Biscuit was 7 weeks old when we got her and was the boldest of her sisters. She came right out of their nest and walked up to me. She then proceeded to undo the shoelaces on my sneakers. It was love at first site!
Bio: She lives with two cats, who tolerate her, and her annoying little brother, Dylan (black lab).Biscuit loves to go to the leash free dog park. She is infamous there for her shrill bark while running and her speed. Lately she has taken to madly chasing the little brown birds that live there. Her best friends at the park include: Jersey, Tobi, Magnus, Viper, Ash, Smokey and Cyrus. Biscuit is not afraid of any dog and will ferociously take on anything that gets cocky with her, including German Sheppards, Rotties, Great Danes, & Dobbies. Her strike-first attitude and piercing shriek scare the willies out of the big dogs. Biscuit also loves to tussle with Jack Russel Terrorists because they have almost as much attitude as she does (call it Napoleon syndrome)!
Yesterday was my 7th Birthday and I have to say it was a great day. I got lots of birthday wishes from everyone at home and on FB and Dogster. The best present of all is having so many friends that love me. :)
For my birthday I got 2 new Skineeez dog toys, which I love, and a HUGE bag of dried liver treats, which are my favourite. Mommy grilled Angus cheeseburgers for Dylan and I and then sang me happy birthday. I jumped up repeatedly on her while she was singing and barked for her to hurry up, but she insisted on finishing the song. BOL. The burger was fantastic and I gobbled mine up faster than Scooter could!
Later, Mommy gave me the new chipmunk Skineez. We have real chipmunks at the cottage which I'm obsessed with (I will catch one!), so this was just great. Unfortunately, when Mommy stepped out of the room for a couple minutes, my bratty brother stole my new baby from me! He proceeded to eat the head and three of the legs off it! I was so mad. Mommy came in and took it away from him and gave it back to me. I took my baby and curled up in my fuzzy blanket and proceeded to groom it. Dylan came over after a bit and started pawing me in the head! I told him off but good. Suddenly, the warm burgers in our bellies took over and we both curled up together and passed out cold for a couple hours. Then Daddy came home and I wrestled with him, which was fun.
We just got back from seeing the vet. I love her - she's the greatest! Anyways, she says it sounds like I might be developing petit mal seizures. Usually dogs develop them between ages 1 and 3, and I'm 5, but she says I'm still young enough to be developing epilepsy. The vet said that my seizures seem relatively mild and that since I've only had two known ones within 3 months, that I don't have to worry about taking medications. Mom is going to keep a journal of when I am possibly having a seizure and if it gets to where I'm having more than one a month, we'll talk meds. She says right now the long-term side effects from the medications wouldn't be worth it. Mom agrees, so she and daddy will just keep an eye on me when I have one and as long as I wake up in under 10 minutes, then I don't have to go to a vet.
I learned today that you can get a bottle of valium that they squirt up your butt to stop a seizure? Mom started laughing and said there's no way I'd allow that, unconscious or otherwise. I have to ask my friend, Jebbers about this. BOL. We didn't get the valium because it would likely expire by the next time I seize. That and Mommy is more likely to medicate herself or Daddy with it than me. BOL
Biscuit had another "seizure" tonight around 7 pm EST. It's not exactly a seizure in the sense of falling over shaking and she doesn't have the pre-seizure nervousness or after seizure upset. I don't know what to call it. You may remember she had an incident about two months ago at the dog park.
I was sitting in the kitchen waiting for dinner to arrive, when suddenly I noticed Biscuit pooping on the floor next to me! Now if this were Jovi, I wouldn't be worried () but Biscuit just doesn't do this. It was weird how she was going to - not pushing it out, rather it was just happening. The minute it stopped, she stumbled a couple steps to Dylan's dog bed and literally fell over onto her side. She was stiff and pretty much non-responsive. We waived our hands in front of her open eyes, but it was like she couldn't see us. It was about 10 minutes before she started to come around and respond to our voices.
It took another 20 minutes before she would stand, but then she wouldn't walk or move. Chris held her to him for a while because she felt rather cold. She seemed very weak and tired. She's not in any obvious pain, there's no swelling any where, no drooling this time. Her pulse is okay, her gums were pale, but the colour is better now and when you press on them, the blood comes back quickly. She did vomit about 10 or 15 minutes ago - brought up a lot of food. I had a cover over her since she was cool, but she's just kicked that off, gotten up and moved,which is good.
The only reason I didn't rush her to the vet is because something similar happened before, she's had extensive phsycial tests and bloodwork and is in excellent health, and because I know she hasn't ingested anything (she has been in my sight since I let her out - about an hour before this happened).
Tomorrow morning I am calling her vet and talking to her about this. We're wondering if there is some external stimulus that is causing a weird seizure - if that is what this is.