Lessons from a Dog Owner (3)

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Part III: The Inexperienced Dog Owner

I thought it would be appropriate to end this three-part series by reflecting back on my mishaps as an inexperienced, first-time dog owner. My biggest blunder was not being well enough prepared to train my four-legged friend. Yes, I was excited and after waiting 18 LONG years, I finally had a puppy to call my own. But I literally had zero experience and I was in my first year of university which meant that I was out of the house all day and had to leave Timmy at home with my grandma who was not interested in training a dog. Continue reading “Lessons from a Dog Owner (3)”

Lessons from a Dog Owner (2)

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Part II: The Seizure Scare

It was a hot summer day, much like every other day in July and my sister had taken Timmy for a walk to the park. He loves to run around like a crazy animal, sniff and occasionally eat the grass and chase around a squirrel or two. They came home after about an hour. Timmy had his tongue hanging out of his mouth. He was panting and thirsty. He took a few big gulps of water and plopped onto his cushion for an afternoon nap. A couple of hours later he woke up. He tried to stand up, but to our complete horror, he couldn’t support his weight. He was lethargic and weak, and his legs kept collapsing. We gently pressed on his legs to make sure nothing was broken, but at this point, we knew that something was VERY wrong. The first thing that came to mind was that he was having a seizure.  Continue reading “Lessons from a Dog Owner (2)”