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01-30-2014 01:14 AM
Powerfulmind That's amazing!! From what I understand dogs who just sense seizures are special. Its a talent. Not all dogs can do it. Wow. That's magical.

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12-29-2013 08:27 PM
Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
i think Honda sensed the seizure. how was he after the woman
Sorry for the late reply, Doggiedad, I've been out of town for a couple of days.

I didn't put the pieces together until the next day, so Hondo was in his kennel until after they left.

My nephew has dated this girl for over three years, he's been around her many times. Normally he's quiet about his greeting and he might linger if she is sitting on the floor and petting him. Never anything that would cause me any concern. And even that night, his behavior was just pretty 'rude'. Nose all over (she was sitting in a patio chair) trying to smell her face. My concern wasn't that he was being aggressive, just that he was being rude.

It makes me wonder how often our dogs do actually tell us something but we pretty much ignore the behavior or if we think it's a behavior to correct. Make me really take a step back and consider the behavior for what it may be and not what I think it is.
12-29-2013 09:07 AM
doggiedad i think Honda sensed the seizure. how was he after the woman
12-29-2013 01:27 AM
madis Truly an amazing story!

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12-29-2013 12:36 AM
Darth_Ariel My old Lab/Rhodesian mix was a sort of Helper Dog to my epileptic dog, if one was coming on he'd start barking a very specific high pitched short bark. Later when a relative started to have seizures he'd do the same bark before hers came on.

My GSD is oblivious however
12-28-2013 02:45 PM
Originally Posted by katieliz View Post
i think they are sensitive to (what i'll call) the "electrical activity" of seizures, as they're sometimes sensitive to coming weather that we're not aware of.

i'll second the "always trust the instincts of your german shepherd dog"!!

glad the girl was okay!
I think you're right.. I've read that dogs can sense the chemical/electrical activity. Great story shared
12-28-2013 02:28 PM
Jmoore728 This is great news....My 1 1/2 year old son has seizures. He has an underlying seizure disorder that is triggered by fever...So far he has only had seizures when a fever was present. It doesn't get any easier when he does have them. Very freaky thing. About every 3-4 months he has one....His last one, he actually quit breathing and turned blue....Scared the crap out of me..He was very congested and probably got a little choked up....We have a 14 week old male GSD, Mason had a seizure when our GSD was around 11 weeks old...When we noticed Mason started having a seizure, I took the pup into his room so he could be present while my son was having a seizure. My wife gave my son his emergency seizure medicine and I kept Bane in the room....Don't know if it will have any effect, but I figured it couldn't hurt. I know dogs can sense when we are in a state of urgency/scared/panic(more me) etc...

I'll post another interesting story,,.Our former GSD who had to be put down at 4 1/2 years of age due to cancer. Meeka wouldn't leave my wife's side the day she went into labor. She would constantly bump my wife's stomach throughout the whole day. Not in a rough way. She was whining the whole day towards me wife... We had no idea what her deal was. At the time. It was driving my wife nuts....She wouldn't leave her alone all day. It was very weird. We didn't think anything about it until after the fact. She was such a great dog with the kids. Her bite inhibition flawless.. If my oldest kid accidentally stepped on her tail, foot, etc, her reaction was so fast, but so gentle....She was truly great. She was over protective of our boys while on walks....she wouldn't leave the side of the stroller. She would lay down beside the baby crib for countless hours when the baby was sleeping.....I can only hope our current puppy matures with such a gentle touch to our children....Currently, he is JAWS....My hands, arms, ankles, and feet can't take much more....Lol....sorry, I got off track....

Thanks for sharing your story....Def inspiring.
12-28-2013 01:43 PM
KZoppa I would definitely say Hondo was trying to tell you something.
12-28-2013 01:35 PM
dogsnkiddos When Beast first moved into our home he was a mostly good but beastie boy. Girl has/had issues with idiopathic apnea. She would randomly stop breathing requiring trips to the ER, sometimes by ambulance or even helicopter. Very early on we would find Beast in her room, on her bed being a pain in the ass. We would shoo him out and even close him out of the room. Those nights he behaved this way almost ALWAYS ended in a trip to the ER. The doctors could not predict these events, but it seemed Beast could. We had a trainer come in to work with us, eventually training him to sit in a particular way and signal. We would then have advanced warning. We could give meds and treatments that seemed to prevent full episodes (or episodes at all) and nearly completely eliminate trips to the ER. We had ignored his behavior and tried to correct for a long time- when we finally listened to him we realized he had a message. We were really lucky that our trainer at the time is the one who heard it when we described the "problem" behaviors and even luckier she had contacts with people who could help make this message into something usable for the family. Good for you for hearing Hondo's message
12-28-2013 12:37 PM
Rbeckett Dogs can sense changes in human chemistry that foretell a lot of things. Diabetics have a particular odor when they are too low on insulin as well as when they have too much and my SD alerts when my breathing is erratic while I sleep which indicates a bout of COPD. So yes I would think the dog was trying to get attention to the girl before she had a seizure. The way to tell is to allow them to spend time together and see if his behavior changes when she is about to have an event. It will take time and patience, but will be well worth the investment...

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