Category Archives: Dogs on Drugs

Dog Behavior Update – On Not Asking for Much

When Lilly became so dangerously ill nearly a year ago, we abandoned her anxiety meds because of their dampening effect on her now troubled brain. And, we essentially stopped working on dog training issues. These…

Dog Behavior Changes, Adverse Vaccine Reaction

Deep inside Lilly remains Lilly — despite the brain and nervous system trauma caused by her adverse reaction to a rabies vaccine earlier this year. Her emergency treatment and ongoing treatment for meningoencephalomyelitis / meningoencephalitis,…

Lilly’s Brain Injury and Agility Outtakes

Monday, we showed you some agility highlights as Lilly recovers from her neurological troubles. Today, we prove that it isn't always pretty.

Lilly’s Brain Injury and Exaggerated Agility Style

At our last veterinary neurology appointment, Lilly got the OK to do agility and other more strenuous tasks so that her brain can start figuring out how to rewire certain movements. I convinced myself that…

Adapting the House for Dog With Mobility Issues

When Lilly's brain and spinal cord went kerplewy with inflammation, it greatly affected her ability to move her once-agile body. Her cognitive responses to things like verbal dog training cues are also impaired (for now),…

Cavalcade of Side-Effects – Recovery from Vaccine-Induced Meningoencephalomyelitis

For the last 24 hours, Lilly has dramatic tummy troubles every 2-3 hours like clockwork. The diarrhea came on quickly Tuesday (2/7) afternoon and got worse overnight, despite the piles of rice I fed her…

Anxious Dog Update

I could use some help establishing expectations about Lilly's ongoing struggle with anxiety. Living with a fearful dog can be a day-to-day, minute-by-minute thing, and I'm used to that. However, I'm trying to get a…

Dog Training Update: Lilly Goes to 29th Street Mall

My silly schedule in 2011 precluded Lilly going to dog training classes with our dog trainer in Boulder, Gigi Moss. Since I took last week "off" for Thanksgiving, we finally had time to attend a…

Does Your Dog Love Dog Training This Much?

Taking a week "off" is relative, of course, meaning mostly not owing drafts to clients. Other demands of life continue. HOWEVER, Lilly and I ventured to Boulder for dog training class with our dog trainer…

Champion of My Heart Backstory Video – Putting Away Dog Toys

The day after Thanksgiving, when many still have pots and pans soaking, is a good time to share this video of Lilly putting away her dog toys. You'll notice that she holds them down with…

Champion of My Heart Backstory Video – Howling and Laughing

Happy Thanksgiving. To celebrate this festive occasion, we have two videos to share. The first shows Lilly howling on cue. The second shows Lilly "laughing." This noise has been isolated by researchers and deemed dog…

Champion of My Heart Backstory Video – Sledding

In today's backstory video, Lilly -- our intrepid dog -- learns to SIT-STAY atop a small sled while being pulled along in the snow of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Clearly, she finds it very, very…

Champion of My Heart Backstory Video – Agility

As a special Thanksgiving week event, we'll be posting a few of our favorite videos of Lilly, our canine heroine, each day. Whether you're seeing them for the first time (welcome, new readers) or get…

Dog Training Update: Cutting Back on Chlomipramine

It started out as a necessity. Swamped with deadlines and a work trip on the docket, I didn't realize Lilly was getting low on her medicine. To stretch it a bit longer, I skipped her…

Update: Lilly’s Lumpectomy

Maybe letting Lilly sleep in "the big bed" with us Tuesday night telegraphed that something was up. Maybe my ability to keep my worries to myself failed ... because Lilly shook so hard with fear…