by Dorothy Wills-Raftery
In honor of Purple Day® for Epilepsy–March 26–please see details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy and a link to purchase the book, a must-have book for your dog care library. A portion of proceeds from sales of the book is donated for Canine Epilepsy research.
Your dog suddenly goes into a seizure. What do you do? Do you call the vet? Is there something you can do to help? Are the blindness and confusion normal after a seizure? Can dogs with Canine Epilepsy live a normal life? What medications are available? Are there support groups and resources for families with epileptic dogs (Epi-dogs) to turn to? What triggers a seizure? These and many other questions suddenly flash across the minds of a pet parent who is suddenly faced with the scary experience of watching their dog have a seizure. EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy is a unique comprehensive book that contains the answers to these questions and many others in order to help those who find themselves on this sometimes frightening journey called Canine Epilepsy have a resource to guide them, and to let them know they are not alone.
EPIc Dog Tales was inspired by my own personal journey with my Epi-dog, a beautiful wooly Siberian Husky named Gibson. This book is my heart’s project and is presented in a beautiful, large, full-color coffee table style that features stories and photos of 124 inspiring dogs from across the globe that have lived/are living with Canine Epilepsy. Through the retelling of these families’ touching personal journeys with their amazing warrior dogs, we learn much about living, caring, and loving a dog with a seizure disorder, and how these amazing dogs do not let seizures get in their way of living life to the fullest. These inspirational dogs show us that with a little special care and a lot of love, dogs can–and DO–live full happy lives.
Karen R. Muñana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), Professor of Neurology, North Carolina State University says of the book, “In EPIc Dog Tales, Dorothy Wills-Raftery has done a masterful job of compiling the stories of over 100 dogs, as told by their families and caregivers. The dogs in the book represent numerous breeds from all different walks of life. They are working dogs, service dogs, competitors and companions, from all around the world. However, all of the dogs share the common trait of being affected by Epilepsy. Each story provides details of the dog’s battle with Epilepsy – and in doing so, these stories provide valuable information on how the disorder can affect dogs differently, and how treatment must be individualized. More importantly, each story provides insight on how the dog lived life despite Epilepsy…stories included in the book serve to demonstrate the resilience of dogs, revealing that they can continue to do the things that bring them pleasure while living with Epilepsy, and remind us of the strength of the human animal bond.”
The book also contains a valuable library of online resources and information compiled all into one “library” so if someone finds themself faced with questions about living with a dog who has seizures, they will not feel alone and they will have a “go to” resource for information to help guide them.
“All of the Epi-dogs showcased in this book are inspirational, and their caregivers deserve credit for providing them with a rich life,” states Dr. Muñana. “The resources on Canine Epilepsy included at the end of the book should prove valuable for the caregiver of any epileptic dog – particularly those who have a pet recently diagnosed with the disorder. Overall, this book provides a wealth of information on Canine Epilepsy – from facts about the disease to practical tips on managing the disorder. It also highlights the strong support group that has formed among families whose lives have been touched by Canine Epilepsy. This book is a must read for anyone who has cared for a pet with Epilepsy, but any animal lover will enjoy the heartwarming tales included in the book…. The book goes a long way toward supporting families with epileptic dogs and raising awareness of Canine Epilepsy.”
Susan Sehi-Smith of New Mexico, founder of Paws to People: Bridges to Cures, a non-profit organization that is committed to furthering translational studies research in catastrophic diseases to save the lives of humans and pets, and whose dog “The Mighty Quinn” is featured in the book, adds, “There are collections of dog stories in abundance, but very few are songs of such courage, sharing, and inspiration as EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy. These stories touch the heart in their depth and hope. More than just incredible moments of companion animal and human guardian sharing adversity together, these stories serve as a reminder of just how closely our fates are intertwined.” Continues Sehi-Smith. “Not everyone is aware that both dogs and humans suffer from seizure disorders and many of the symptoms, medical issues, and complexities are the same. The author, Dorothy Wills-Raftery, is a leader in the advocacy of Canine Epilepsy awareness, has carefully, lovingly, and creatively managed to capture the challenges and triumphs in a way that bridges species to positively highlight that Epi-dogs can lead full, active, fulfilling lives…just like their human counterparts.”
You will truly fall in love with every dog you meet in this book, and yes, you will need a box of tissues handy as you read it! A book that should be on the shelves of every pet parent, it has been named “Best in Print” 2015 and 2016 by American Pet Magazine and named one of the “Top Dog Books 2015” by Talent Hounds. A portion of the proceeds from each book is donated by the author via FiveSibes™ #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign to support the Canine Epilepsy Resources/ Epil-K9 Foundation’s “Emma’s Seizure Fund” through the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine for Canine Epilepsy research.
Sunday, March 26, is Purple Day® for Epilepsy. Purple Day was created in 2008 by 9-year-old Cassidy Megan as a result of her own struggles with Epilepsy. The Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia came on board in 2008, and in 2009, the New York-based Anita Kaufmann Foundation and Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia joined forces to launch Purple Day internationally. Purple Day is a day to encourage others to wear purple in support of those living with Epilepsy, to dispel any fears about Epilepsy, and to let them know they are not alone. For more info on Purple Day, visit www.PurpleDay.org and www.PurpleDayEveryDay.org.
To enter to win a copy EPIc Dog Tales, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “dog,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 1, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.
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