'For those of you who know our story you will be aware that Luna suffers from chronic epilepsy. It all started on the evening of 28th December 2016, 6 months after we adopted her. We don't know why. Was is the visit to Highgate woods on that day? Was is that all our visitors had left? They started one a day, then progressed onto cluster (multiple seizures in 24 hours) with the odd clear day here and there. We changed food, we cut out all treats and dog food and went with boiled chicken. We tried tablets, but reached the limit of the safe dose. Absolutely nothing stopped them. As the medicine dosage increased we did get more clear days, once we got two weeks, but they would always return in clusters. These were not your normal seizures either. They were full on, violent shaking, foaming, poo, wee, disoriented and confused seizures. Thankfully she very rarely had them in the day, just mainly between the very convenient hours of 1am and 5am!!
Over the year we kept a dairy and started to think that maybe these seizures were stress/anxiety related as she would definitely have one if she's had a trip to the vet or groomers and sometimes if she had been left for a few hours. She would often look really sad when we walked out the front door as if to say "please don't go".
Slowly but surely we started talking about getting another dog, not just to help Luna but because we wanted two dogs (a little one!!) . It was a really difficult decision as we could make things more difficult and stressful for Luna.
To cut a long story short we took the plunge. There was no going through pictures of dogs, Hope popped up on Instagram and that was that!!
Hope arrived with us on 4th January 2018 and Luna had a seizure within a few days. We were so disappointed. But then nothing and the next week nothing and the next. We have gone nearly five months with no seizures !! I know it's still early days but we are marking this as a huge success in the Sullivan household. Unfortunately at the moment the seizures have returned but we believe this is related to Luna coming into season, after being spayed TWICE - did I mention nothing is ever simple or easy with Luna! and should subside when the season has ended.
To say this little dog has changed our lives is an understatement. Hope makes us laugh out loud every single day and will sprint the entire length of the park to say hello to a fellow pooch. Her recall is beyond belief and we marvel at her ability to disappear and then come sprinting from nowhere when called. She is loving, cheeky and VERY destructive. Numerous shoes have been eaten along with computer cables (whilst actually using the computer) and almost all the noses off Jacks soft toys. She has no interest in a ball other than to take it away from Luna but will happily play with an empty water bottle and even carry it all the way home. She already has numerous rosettes from local dog shows as Jack enters her into every category he can. They are quite a team together and just recently Jack has been walking Hope on his own, something he can't do with Luna due to her reactive nature. To watch them walk side by side down the road is pure joy. She is the most loving dog imaginable and the bond that her and Luna have formed is truly beautiful.
WAHF gave us a dog called Hope and this little dog has brought joy and fun to our family and given us hope that with her by her side, Luna can lead a long and fulfilled life.'
- Kate Sullivan