Likes: Car Rides especially, & loves to catch and eat snowballs.
Pet-Peeves: Being woken up, being ignored
Favorite Toy: Her "pooh bear". It's her winnie the pooh stuffed animal
Favorite Food: Raw Tomatoes...^_^
Favorite Walk: She is too high strung to walk, she runs lol
Best Tricks: Hmm, she's just intelligent in general, she picks up on everything really fast, she's got pretty much everything down, from shaking, to high fives, to speaking, all that goofy stuff.
Arrival Story: Well, my previous dog had recently died, and I was still sad, I wasnt looking for a new dog, because they're all irreplaceable, and one day when I went out with a friend to do her door to door work, we came across this woman who had this little puppy, and the puppy was 6 months old. Somehow we got on the topic of the dog. She told us her daughter didnt want her, because she chewed shoes, and that she often kicked her in the head to make her stop. Was extremely cruel to her in general, because aparently she wanted a pure bred pit bull for fighting, so kahlua wasnt good enough for her -.-. ( They had named her Ginger, but I changed her name to Kahlua, like the black russian drink, it suited her more )Her mother got her for her for christmas that year, and the mom kept saying how she wanted to get rid of the dog cause she felt bad for what was happening to her. So, to make a long story short, I told her that I would take her, and I did, took her home with me that very day.
When I got her home, she was very terrified, for the first 3 months I had her, the only way I could approach her without scaring her, was if I crawled towards her on my hands and knees. That went away though. She would be so scared of you if you were standing up ( I think it was because she was afraid of being kicked ), but then if you were laying down or on your knees, she'd run and play and be happy just as any normal puppy. So i'm very pleased I was in the right place at the right time, it's just unfortunate and infuriates me that she had to go through what she went through before I got to her. I don't know what i'd do without her.
Bio: Kahlua was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy in the spring of 2003. She had started having seizures every two weeks out of the blue. ( Vet says it was most likely from the abuse she endured as a pup ) A year later, she had gotten pyometra, which a a disease of the uterus, and had to have emergency surgery and have her uterus removed, or she'd die within days. This little girl has been through alot, and I mean alot. She's still the happiest and most spoiled dog on the planet regardless.
Oh my sweet little Loua. I'm desperate to talk to you. My whole life people made fun of me for basing my decisions around you, houses I bought were bought because they suited you more than me, places I went depended on how long I would have to be away from you. What will i have for dinner? ...Only something my Lou will like, too. Everything. You were my world, you still are. You were my child, not my dog. This pain of losing you is nearly unbearable. I have loved and lost "dogs" before, and people, that I deeply loved, but there's something about you darling. You stole my heart from the first day I saw you. Those beautiful sweet eyes of yours. Your unique personality brightening every moment of my life for as far back as I can or care to remember. All you ever did was love.
It is one week to the day, that I had to say goodbye to you. I knew I had to. I promised you years ago that I would never let you suffer, ever. You didn't. Last Sunday, I saw you leave this world so peacefully, so gracefully, so Loua-like. It was almost beautiful, had it not been so heartbreaking. I am forever grateful for that. That I was with you, that I was the last voice you heard, the last touch you felt, the last kiss you received. I told you I loved you. I tried desperately to say it so that you wouldn't hear the pain in my voice. But I doubt I was successful. I held your little hands tightly as you drifted out of your precious body. Your body is home with me tonight, it has been since friday evening. Thank God. I keep hugging you, maybe it's silly, but I can't help it. You were the one I always hugged when I was sad or upset. You gave me the kind of hugs, that would make me physically feel the pain leaving my soul and body. You took a piece of my heart and soul with you, wherever you are. I'm so heartbroken, people keep telling me that it get's better with time, but I'm afraid of this new life without you physically here, front and center, the focal point of my life.
What will I do? I don't know. I can't even pick up your cookie off the coffee table, because it's meant for you. All I can seem to know right now, is how magnificently I loved you. And how much this hurts. You seemed to need me so much in life, just as I needed you. I feel so.... guilty, because I can't see you to fix or do anything for you the way I always have. Are you happy? Do you need me? I can't stand being separated from you. I have faith that you're in a special wonderful place where you don't need me. That's all I have to hold on to. You were such a wonderful Momma to Shia and Omri, I know they made you so happy, I have so many amazing memories of how they brightened up your spirit, and how amazingly you loved them both. And, I know they need me, I will make sure I do my best for them.
My baby Lou, I will think of you always, sometimes I will smile, other times I will laugh, and other times I will cry until I'm too tired to cry anymore. I will love and miss you always. You are the love, and light of my life, Loua.
Welp, it's now been a grand total of four months since Louie's last seizure. For those that asked what exactly I've been giving her, the answer is, alot of fatty foods, such as oils and such, fish oil, olive oil, etc. ( it's good for her coat too =] ) As far as the dog food is concerned, she's been eating Kibbles n' Bits adult dog food, reason being, it's the lowest I can find on the shelf as far as low protein is concerned, plus, she seems to really enjoy it.
I have kept her on a no carb diet ( i crash it every 4 days and let her have them, because carbs serve as energy too, and I just want her to be happy also haha ). She still gets people food, just no noodles, or potatoes and other starches ( carbs ) along those lines. She still enjoys her rawhides, and her milkbones on occasion, and gets to eat her favorite food as often as normal ( raw tomatoes, she's a nut ^_^ ) So, I hope that helped answer any questions.
The vet is really proud of her as well, although he made the comment to me " she sure has a good mommy for only being 20 years old". Haha, alot of people are good moms at 20!
AS HAPPY AS I AM.... i'm equally terrified. When Kahlua has seizures, they're very powerful ( grand mal ), and she usually has them in teams of 2-3 ( clusters ), i'm so thrilled that she's doing so well, but at the same time, i'm so scared, that if she does have another one, it's going to be HUGE, because of the elapsed time, and i'm very scared for her, and selfishly, for myself, because it murders my heart everytime she has them. So, anyone who reads this, please keep her in your thoughts if you'd be so kind =]