We have a Gordon who is afraid of the camera.
Actually, I believe she is afraid of the flash that goes off in her face.
Gordon's are mostly black.....you have to use a flash 90% of the time if you are going to get a decent picture. And even then, it's tough.
Our little 12 year old Gracie, hates it.
She's been like this most of her life.
We don't usually force it, but you have to get a picture once in a while!
We never really tried to analyze why, because some
Gordon's just don't seem to like getting their picture taken.
So we tried Skippy Peanut butter to coax her into the room.
She loves peanut butter!
Everything was fine.....until she saw me and the camera!
Can you feel the vacuum in the room from her retreat?
She won't even look at me, and she runs and hides as soon as she see's the camera.
Even with no escape, she will turn her head and bow it down.
Then she will run into her kennel.
And if that's not a clear enough message for me..........
she'll turn her back on me.
This has always seemed like a funny little quirk and nothing to be worried about. Until now.
Recently, Gracie started having seizures. She's had 2 now*. The vet says when she's had a few, they will put her on a medication to control them. I have wondered if the reason she doesn't like the camera flash, is because it is like the light aura that people (and possibly dogs) see just before they have a seizure. Maybe that's what she sees? She refused her favorite food just before she had the last one. I think she may have known it was coming.
Dogs are very sensitive to those things, that's how they have become assistants to people who have seizures. The dog can actually predict the seizure and warn them.
So it made me wonder, can a Gordon predict a seizure,
whether it be in someone else, or themselves?
Turns out, they can at least predict it, when they are about to have one themselves.
*NOTE: Ironically as I sat here and wrote this post, Gracie went into her third seizure. This time we were here and able to comfort her and keep her safe during the seizure. I don't know if it helped, it's hard to know how much she was aware of, but it didn't hurt.
Poor girl. There's really not much else we could do.
We're documenting them so the vet will know when and how much meds to give her. Thank goodness there is something to help her. If you've ever seen a human have a seizure, it's very scary.
It's no less scary if you witness this with your beloved pet.
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