Shea’s Happy Tail

Posted: December 5th, 2008

I just wanted to give you an update on SHIRLEY who we adopted July 2007. We have renamed her Shea. Her daddy is a NY Mets fan and since it was the last year at Shea Stadium we thought it would be appropriate. Plus, we thought the SH- sound would be easy to adapt, too.

Jodi, as you know, we had some trouble with her with Head Tremors last year. Well, $1000, a misdiagnosis of Epilespy, and a neurologist later….we were able to diagnose her ourselves through the internet as having idiopathic head bobbing syndrome. It happens to breeds like dobermans, boxers, bulldogs, etc. We found you tube video of another boxer doing it. It’s weird. I woke up at 4am in January and her head was bobbing. She was completely alert and aware that her head was moving and she just looks at you helplessly. It does not hurt the dog, or affect life span. It’s just one of those unexplainable things. It happened for 8 weeks at random times, sometimes for 5 minutes, sometimes for 30 seconds. But it hasn’t happened since Mid-february…so we are hoping it’s over. And eager to see if the cold weather has any effect on her and if the tremors return this winter.

Otherwise, she is the funniest dog EVER and we love her. She especially loves her daddy and watches out the bay window from him to return every day from work. She has a strict bedtime of 9pm and let’s us know it by barking and telling us off. She is frightened when things fall over and avoids them indefinitely after they have scared her once. She likes to sleep with one paw on her human so she knows if you move. Shea is energetic so we try to arrange play dates. It must be Dexter’s influence because she loves big dogs. Her best friend is a Great Dane named Memphis.

We recommend the rescue to everyone we know that loves Shea. I”ve attached some pics for you.

Happy Holidays!

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