Lisa Gunner & her "Gunner"
March 8, 2013 - FYI...Remember as I unfold this we together share: The Good - The Bad - and the UGLY. What I am going to unfold is a bit of all.. One of our own is hurting and my hope is for all of us to reach out to her. Within the next two weeks she will have to do the unthinkable; put her dog down. Were there mistakes along the way? Sadly yes. Was there a heart to work together regardless of fault? Absolutely! Before I say reveal who I speak about, I must remind us all there are no absolutes in anything in this life. No one really knows why things turn out the way they do, we just know that sometimes it's our turn to hurt. My hope is to allow our Kennel to hold her while she hurts. Pray for her, send good wishes or simply reach out to ask how she is doing.
This journey has been a long private one. Over the last year her DWA started seizures. When I first received the call we went through the list. To both our horror we discovered the foods she was feeding (Taste of the Wild & one other - name escapes me) had been on recall. That is not an absolute, but certainly a big clue as we truly do not know what wakes that beast. Over the course of the last year He has continually gotten worse. Wrenne Saunders jumped in and felt it was a digestion issue and possibly from the food? She changed something's around and back onto our system adding in supplements and such which seemed to slow the episodes down for a season. We actually both hoped that we had put back to sleep the Epi Beast. I was also concerned with the Flea Treatment she used and though given to her by her vet is still poison to a dog. Something called "Comfortis Tabs" and I throw that out there to make sure everyone has all the players, so when making decisions for your own dogs you can consider this nightmare.
At the end of the day there is no real indicator of how Epilepsy is born inside of our dogs. There are 1000's of reasons a dog can seize. Even though there are DNA Tests being worked on today, there is no way to test for every angle of this horrible disorder. The one thing my friend and our kennel parent wanted me to impart to you, is please stay the course and do not veer from the DWA system. Stay the course she says!
She was open, honest and upfront about every part of this. She never pointed a finger of blame at me or anyone else. If anything she is beating herself up and I hope that we can walk beside her as she has to deal with this and just encourage her and support her.
I am asking you to comfort her right now. Her friend and her heart will be euthanized within two weeks and she is devastated. Her Aussie is suffering now and we know that everything has been done to save him. Please don't try to figure out what made this happen with her or why? We've worked with the best and trust that we've tried everything. Just hold her hand and encourage her.
I have a special plan for her at the Reunion and the Kodiak & Rocky Fund will cover it from all the donations you gave to us in our time of need. I hold Lisa Gunner in a high place because of her willingness to be upfront and honest about all the details of Gunners illness... Theresa
April 3, 2013 - We have gotten news of another Epi Case in our Kennel. My heart is broken for this. There is no testing available yet, but I know it's coming. Some would say that 2 cases in 8+ years is great, but for me it's two cases too many. There are a LIST of reasons a dog can have seizures. The list makes me think we must stop living to protect them, however our Aussie (if Human) would never allow us to keep them in a bubble. So we continue on with making all the right adjustments, Food (Lifes Abundance & Flint River Ranch), Bottled Water, Immune Boost Supplements (NuVet), a very strict shot protocol and no Topical Flea & Tick meds dumped into our dogs (Pet Protectors!). This disease is real! Sometimes it can be controlled, other times the only humane decision is to send our friend back to Heaven into the Arms of God to rescue them from the pain and trauma. We will keep fighting and continue learning and take the precautions that we can as we hope our loved friends are spared from this disease. T
Pray for Lisa Gunner...She is on her way to the Vets office with Gunner right now to have him returned to heaven. She called and is at peace with her decision as Gunner had THREE Seizures through the night last night and that has never happened before. She and I prayed on the phone together and we know Gunner is going into the loving arms of his maker. We love you Lisa!!!
A heartfelt Thank You to all of you awesome DWA parents!! Your support, prayers and love have been invaluable to me during this time. This weekend was one of the hardest in my life but feeling your love, support and comfort got me through and able to go forward and start healing. Gunner was my best friend and my ultimate companion but it was time and he went peacefully. I knew this as he was getting worse and his vet confirmed that would be a matter of time. There is a big void in my hear and my home is so quiet, but I know we will be together again and Gunner will be happy, goofy, loving and no longer sick, confused and afraid. I am beyond blessed to have such an amazing kennel family and believe that Gunner's life, however short, "pawsitively" influenced all of our lives in ways we can't even begin to imagine. I thank you all with all of my heart and soul for your prayers, love, support and friendship. We walked this road together and I am ever thankful that I didn't have to walk it alone. A new adventure is beginning for all of us. I look forward to taking this journey with you. Celebrate the life we have as it is so short!! Much love to you all and a big snuggle to your pups from me. XOXOXO _ Lisa