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Cressa throughout the years. She has helped me mature in more ways then I can count. Although she is on the smaller size for the breed her spunk and attitude more then makes up for it. She has been my first for almost everything that I sometimes wonder how bias I am for the younger dogs who just aren’t her(first in the competition world, tricks training, hiking buddy, road trip buddy, herding, obedience, exploring, etc...) . We butted heads for the first couple years since she had a high prey drive and was positive she was right regardless. Agility competition turn it around and our partnership grew. She has been everywhere with me. She has save me in multiple situations when she picked up on the person intent and warn them off. She taught me it isn’t so much about “dominance” but respect and trust. Although she is now deaf she still loves to outshine hers younger pack mates with tricks. To be honest she makes me looks good sometimes with how fast she picks up the problem and the solution. Half the time she watches(since she is deaf she can’t hear what I’m saying) me and the dog I’m working with. If whatever I’m asking is not working, Cressa after waiting patiently just come over and does whatever I was trying to communicate to my other dogs. Even though she is deaf I do try to include her in tricks training with the hand signals. If you have awesome senior stories feel free to share. I was trying not to ramble too long. The picture of her with the crown is on her 15th birthday and her puppy picture was when she was around 3 months old.
I'm hoping some dog friends can help me here - this morning, on the way back from the old dogs' shorter walk, I think Megan (who will turn sixteen in fifteen days) had a seizure. She's never had one before that we are aware of. Right in front of me, as we were standing while Shana gave treats to her horses, she fell down on her side, with her neck strongly contracted back, and lay there paddling her feet. She lay like that for a few moments, her feet stopped paddling, and then either she or I eased her head back to a more normal position, where she laid for another minute or two, initially whining as she breathed (not a "throat whine" but a "nose whine"). She stopped the whining and lay there a bit more, then rolled up on her chest, where we let her rest a couple of minutes before she got up with a little help from me, and we walked home. She acted on the way home like absolutely nothing had happened (and I've heard that dogs that have seized can do just that, walk off like nothing ever happened). One of two things happened, I believe. Either she had a seizure or another dog bumped her rump and it knocked her over, and she hit her head on the road when she landed and/or had the breath knocked out of her. However, I did not see or notice another dog bump her - I thought they were all pretty stationary when this happened but I could have missed something. Or, less likely but possibly, her hind end gave out (which is not usual for her - it is her front end that occasionally fails) and she fell and hit her head. Can anyone with experience give their opinion or advice?