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Living with George

by Karen on November 25, 2012

in Dog Blog, Friends

George is a handsome 4 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who 2 years ago came to live with me and Hettie, the 10 year old Jack Russell Terrorist (not a spelling mistake!)

George, like many of his kin found himself in rescue. Having been taken by his previous owner to be put down, as he was no longer wanted.

Within a couple of weeks of moving in with us, George had his first epileptic seizure.

For those who have never witnessed a grand mal seizure, it is a very distressing experience. Nearly 4 stone of dog dropping to the floor like a sack of potatoes, then thrashing around, urinating and frothing at the mouth. I did not handle that first seizure very well at all, and the Jack Russell terrorist decided to attack the poor boy whilst he was mid fit. After the seizure George was completely vacant, he also had an insatiable desire to chew, and one of my dining chairs is now shabby chic in the extreme!

I panicked and considered my options……..

2 years on – George and Hettie and I have found a way to cope. It was an easy decision really. George is one in a million. He probably won’t win any prizes for intelligence, but he is a loving, chilled out boy who is just happy being George. He loves his walks, he loves his purple indestructible ball, and he loves everybody and everything. George may be a Staffie but he wouldn’t dream of eating a Chihuahua, and George loves to sit by your side on the sofa, gazing into your eyes and rubbing noses with you!

George is on medication that restricts the fits to one every two weeks or so, mostly happening in the wee small hours. Believe it or not he comes to tell me he is about to have one.

When he collapses I make sure he is safe, and then quietly sit with my hand on his back whilst he is having the seizure. I know this is to help me not him, as he is not aware of anything at this stage. Hettie now sits on the back of the sofa and doesn’t interfere.

As soon as he can stand I put him the garden, he can chew old footballs and toys left for this purpose (yes my garden is littered with chewed toys for medical purposes not because I am a lazy gardener!) This is the worst part of a fit; there is no George behind his eyes, just confusion and fear. I clean up, wooden floors are a God-send, and wait for the familiar Staffie squeak at the back door, which signals that George is back. When I read that back it sounds so easy, it is not, but like a lot in life you just get used to dealing with it. It is difficult shutting him out in a dark garden, all weathers, but it keeps us all safe. We did have a couple of instances in the beginning when in Georges complete confusion my toes looked like something to chew, and Hettie’s tail got tested for chewability. Fortunately I still have all my toes, and Hettie’s tail remains intact!

  • It is not easy living with an epileptic dog.
  • You face difficulties when going on holiday – so many people will not accept the risk of looking after one.
  • Sods law will dictate that the very morning you have to get up extra early that your night’s sleep has been disturbed.
  • It is draining emotionally to see your pet in such an uncontrollable state.
  • There are side effects to the medication that could cause complications.
  • Cost of the medication.
  • It is messy.

I don’t want to sound over sentimental, but it is a privilege to have George. George is not an epileptic dog; he is a great dog that has epilepsy.


George and Hettie


George is a staffie, and Hettie is a Jack Russell, loved and walked by Kim’s sister, Karen. Both dogs were rescued from a local centre and occasionally go for walks with Theo.  

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