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the eric update - day 156: another dog seizure? holiday tv traditions! a captured smile!

well, it hasn't even been two weeks since his last one, but we think that mauja has another seizure this morning. we were all sitting in the bedroom and all of a sudden, mauja couldn't get up, which is the same behavior we saw on thanksgiving.

while kris called the vet i sat with him as he lay on the floor with a slightly dazed look, cocking his head off to the side as if he were off balance or trying to get water out of his ear.

unlike our past experience with dogs and seizures, which involved lots of horrid spasms, he didn't show any signs of twitching.

unfortunately the vet said that more likely than not, he was actually having the seizure at that very moment and that was what was causing his temporary ataxia and dazed demeaner. within forty minutes - much quicker than on thanksgiving - he was up and walking around like a drunken sailor.

the experts will tell you that a brain tumor is the most probably cause of a seizures in a dog older than 5 years with no prior history of the disorder. later in the day kris took mauja to the vet for a blood test to help rule out other causes such as diabetes or liver failure. we should know more tommorrow, but his prognosis isn't looking good.

as any parent with tell you, life goes on - doggy seizures or not - so later in the day we decide to spend a little time enjoying in a another holiday tradition. little odin doesn't watch too much tv, but it's never to early to let him catch his first viewing of "a charlie brown christmas! it seems particularly appropriate, given that one of our christmas trees looks like the charlie brown tree.

the shot was taken in super duper low light conditions so cut me some slack on the over exposure on the television :-)

next up on the holiday tv-watching-tradition list - a christmas story!

after many "smiles that got away", i was finally able to capture one in Yet Another Special Moment with Mamma.

his smiles are coming even more frequently than last week, so maybe soon i'll be able to bore you all with a "Smile of the Week" feature.

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12/07/2004 11:19:00 PM 2 comments


One technical question -- what kind of camera do you use? And do you do any photo-shopping before posting your pics? They are lovely, by the way. |

hi anna -

i use a nikon d70 for all the photos. thanks for the compliment on the pictures. i don't think i've ever used photoshop on any of the photos. typically, i'll just dump them into iphoto and quickly select the ones that i want to upload to flickr. i might crop perhaps 10-15% of the photos, and on a slightly higher percentage of pictures i'll turn up the brightness and contrast. somehow i find myself shooting in very low light conditions, so i usually will shoot with a "fixed aperature" set to a very low f-stop to let in a lot of light and let the camera adjust the shutter speed accordingly. i don't usually shoot in full manual mode because i'd miss many of the shots if i was finangling with both the shutter and aperature settings.

By Blogger e3, at 11:58 PM  

hey! well im a random nineth grader at AHS in auburn wa, and i was searaching SEIZURES on google and i saw a huskey and nearly died! i love huskies<333
yeah this doesnt have anything to do with anything but I LOVE HUSKEYS! ROCK ON! <333333333333333333

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