We adopted Topaz in 2005. At the time he was about 7 months old so as of the day I’m writing this, he would be around 9 yrs old.
When we got him he looked like this:
When we adopted him, we already had one dog, Onyx and it wasn’t the magical meeting I thought it would be. There’s always (for me anyways) a moment of ‘WTF are we doing adding another animal to this household?!?’ Soon, though, they started to tolerate each other and they get along pretty well now.
Topaz has always been a handful. I think that’s why the people we got him from were trying to find a new home for him. He was a really spazzy puppy and is still high energy. We believe he’s an Australian Shepherd mix of some kind, although, we were told he was a purebred Border Collie. Personally, I think he’s too tall to be a BC…but I don’t know.
The seizures started in 2006. He didn’t have another one (that we know of anyway) until almost a year (to the day) later in 2007. Because he had more seizures after that second one, we started him on Phenobarbital in 2007 and added Potassium Bromide in 2008.
To try to eliminate triggers and because we lost two cats due to the Diamond Pet Food recall in 2006, we started the dogs on a raw diet in December, 2007 and still feed raw today. I wanted to rule out food as a trigger for him. We have found that fish and rosemary seem to both be triggers for him…other than that, we really don’t know.
Topaz is definitely my heart dog. If you are a dog lover, you’ll know exactly what that means. He is my shadow. He sleeps in bed with me every night and waits in the window around the usual time I get home from work. As I type this he is laying in the room with me and if the door was shut to my office, he’d be laying just outside it. He’s a handful and crazy and doesn’t always mind well, but he is still my special boy.
He loves water, playing in the snow, runs, jumps, barks, boofs, and is just like any other dog. He just takes medication twice a day and has seizures.
He is our special Puppa boy and we love him to bits!