Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Few Words Day

Just a few things to share today.


We are going to be away for a few days.  Mom and Dad are going to visit our human brother in Texas and we are going to Camp Fun (or so they say).  We are so very thankful that Ciara has settled down so well this week.  Tomorrow is the last day she will get any more of the phenobarbital and then she will be only getting the zonisamide. This weekend will be a big test for her since we have to go to the kennel.  We could use all the POTP you can muster to help ward off the Evil Monster.  We will be staying at a very nice place with some super nice peeps.  It is very hard for Mom to leave us because she worries and will feel guilty if the seizures occur.  But as the neurologist tells her, she has to live life and hope for the best.  That is a lot easier said than done.  We will be back next week.  Have a great weekend.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tasty Tuesday with Chewy.com Goodies


Before September flies away, we need to get our September Chewy.com Influencer product review done.  At no cost to us, we received another great product from that nice lady Ms. Sydney from Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review.



This month we are sampling a bag of Blue Wilderness Trail Treats.  We have been very happy in the past with several other Blue products.   We were excited for this one because it comes in a flavor we don't get very often.  AND we got a full-sized 10 oz. bag of treats!!!

See that handsome boy Phantom next to the product - we bet he would make a great model for Blue.




DUCK!!!!  These biscuits a grain-free and naturally crunchy.  They aren't too big or too small.  Now seriously, how could any treat EVER be too BIG???  They also are available in other flavors, like chicken, turkey, and salmon.

So what makes these treats so good?

From the Chewy.com website:


Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treat Biscuits are so tasty that the entire wolf pack would run for miles to get just one. The perfect crunchy treat for your meat-loving dog, Wilderness Trail Treat Biscuits are made with only the finest natural ingredients like duck, salmon, turkey, potatoes and flaxseed. They're 100% grain-free so your dog can enjoy a high-protein treat without any of the grains that contain gluten.
Key Benefits
  • Oven-baked for a mouth-watering taste of real duck for a nutritious, high-quality protein snack that's also grain-free
  • Blue Wilderness Biscuits are jam-packed with omegas for a healthy skin and coat and will satisfy their love of meat and natural chewing instincts
  • No chicken/poultry by-product meals, just real ingredients
  • No grains, gluten, corn, wheat or soy, so it's great for pups with food allergies
  • No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, just natural dog treats enhanced with vitamins




They even have a cool pawprint on them.  The ingredients list is very simple:  Duck, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed (Source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Calcium Ascorbate (Source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Salt, Calcium Carbonate.






The package also has that all important icon that tells us the treats are made in the U.S.A.




Since it is so nice outside today, we decided to sample the duck treats outside.  Mom always makes us sit and wait, and hopes we will smile.  Ciara is always pretty good about that smile, but Lightning is just too focused on the goods.

Now your humans are probably wondering if they will be able to break these biscuits into smaller pieces.  The answer is yes, they can be broken, BUT we say don't do it, because they do crumble quite a bit.  AND they really are not THAT big so we should get a whole one.  Mom was nice (this time) and let us each have a whole one.





We must say we really did love these Blue Wilderness grain-free duck biscuits.  They not only smell great but they are delicious too.  8 paws up without a doubt!  Now how about another one, Mom?

Thank you, Chewy.com, for letting us participate in this product review. If any of our readers are interested in trying these yummy treats, click HERE and you can get some too.  They also come in several other flavors.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Squirrel-y Saturday




There is a gigantic nest way up high in this column maple next to our deck.  It has been there for a couple of years.  I can hear that tree-rat chattering away.



Darn, I wish all those leaves would fall so I could get a better view.  It's about that time, isn't it?



Maybe if I close my eyes really tight and make a wish, he will some down from his hidey spot.




Have no fear, Mr. Bushy Tail - I can be VERY patient.

Woos - Lightning


Friday, September 23, 2016

Fabulous Friday


Lightning here today to report the good news about Ciara (for a change).


SHE'S BAAAAACCCCCKKKKK!!!!!



We are about halfway through the weaning her off the phenobarbital and gabapentin.  And my sweet pal is SO much better already.  Look at that happy smile.


She has started to play with toys again!



She is sleeping all topsy turvy again!



She always loved her crate and hasn't been in it for months.  She is finding it quite welcoming once again!



Heh, heh, I am so happy that everyone is so excited that I AM back.  I haven't been eating everything I can find, like leaves, dirt, paper, trash, and am not begging 24/7 for food.  I haven't been whining all night for two nights now. And I even let Mom sleep this morning with no Ciara wake-up call for breakfast.




We thought you might all like to join us in celebrating this fantabulous news.  Now the big test, will the zonisamide keep away that evil monster???  Ciara has been on a 14-18 day cycle of cluster seizures, and we are getting close to that mark in time.  All paws crossed we have no evil visitors.

Happy weekend!!!

Woos - Ciara and Lightning

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Not So Wordless Wednesday



Yes, we have been MIA again, and for too long.



We have had a very bad time with Ciara, but some changes have been made.  It is way past due for us to get her out of her monster prison.





Over the past two weeks, poor Ciara has been through multiple full blown seizures and several petit mal ones in addition to exhibiting every conceivable common and very rare side effect from her meds.  It has been pure hell for her and for the family.  Her neurologist has decided that she cannot tolerate phenobarbital, and it isn't helping control the seizures anyway. So over the next couple of weeks, she is being weaned off the phenobarbital and the gabapentin, while at the same time beginning a new regimen of zonisamide.  She was on zonisamide (as an adjunct to her Keppra) for a few months earlier this year, and her doctors seem to think it may help her.  Mom is not of the same opinion as she did not see any benefit from it,  but we have no other good options at this time.  It seems we may be at the end of the line for anti-seizure meds.  They were going to try her with potassium bromide, but given her reaction to phenobarbital, the neurologist says potassium bromide will cause the same problems.  She also cannot have the valium she was getting after a seizure to calm her system down because she shows a "paradoxical" reaction to it.  Instead of calming her, it just gets her super hyped up.  For some reason, Ciara gets all the BAD reactions to medication and none of the benefits.

Mom says today she is starting to see some inklings of a little improvement in some of the odd behaviors and hopes for things to get better.  We hope you can understand our absence.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning



Monday, September 12, 2016

Me Moaning on Monday


We are so sorry we have once again been MIA.  It has been a tough while now trying to get me back on track.  Unfortunately that monster "S" keeps visiting.


I am looking pretty perky here but that is because I am flying high on my valium and hoping to get more and more food.  My seizures always leave me very, very hungry.

The following two photos show me coming out of an episode. Unlike the actual seizing stage, they aren't too scary to look at, but if you are squeamish, just zip on by.


This is my hidey spot, but when the monster comes, sometimes I get stuck in there.



Trying my darndest to get my legs back.



So my battle continues, but Mom said we wanted to let you know why we haven't been here or visiting your blogs very much.  It isn't very uplifting to keep posting bad news, and Mom is having a hard time finding those happy words to leave on your blogs.  We promise we will try to do better.  Meanwhile, please keep those paws crossed for me (and for my furiend Shyla  who is also facing a monster "S" of a different kind).

On the positive side, we have had a few days of very nice weather.

Woos - Ciara