January 10, 2010 had been a great one
took the poodles to the beach; both Luke and
Tilley ran and played on the beach like young
dogs. In the blink of an eye it all changed,
the morning of January 11, 2010.
So here we are a year later; and I have to tell
you that she is doing amazingly. The residuals
of the disease have given her a permanent head
tilt, but she can run and even catch a ball
now. She must be very careful when she lowers
her head to pick it up her ball as this motion
causes her to tumble over often. And I believe
she is off balance in general. She seems to tip
over if she is not looking forward. She has a
very hard time going downstairs but she does it,
again the lowering of her head is a difficult
behavior. She has a slight right eye droop that
most would not notice and because of her head
tilt she has a natural tendency to turn left.
Turning right takes some work but she manages
with some effort.
This female wolf is behind a double fence
for her protection from the younger wolves.
15 years of age is a very old Wolf.
As I said in my blog yesterday, there was a wolf
at the California Wolf Center with Vestibular
disease. I was fascinated by this and reminded
that wolves and dogs share 99.98% genetic
make-up. What dogs get; wolves can get. I just
never considered a wolf getting vestibular
disease. But Bonnie told me while we were
discussing the crooked wolf that it is rare
because a wolf's life expectancy in the wild is
only around 5-7 years. This girl that had
struct with Vestibular at the center was 15,
she had far out lived her wild relatives.
Vestibular disease is awful in the beginning but
it is not a death sentence. A dog stricken with
this disease will need around the clock care in
the first few days. Then things start to change
and as everyday passes you see a tiny
improvement. Some days may be worse than others
but you get through it and so do they. Each dog
is different and each case different. Some dogs
are hit hard with the disease, I feel that
Tilley was lucky as were we.
I think that it is very important to share this
information, it could someday save a life.
Since Tilley has been hit with Vestibular I have
heard of several dogs being euthanized at the
onset. It is a horrible thing to watch but the
worst of it over in a couple of days. I wrote
at the end of the fifth day after
show what Tilley looked like in
But look at her now!!!!!!!!!
Just Dogs with Sherri