• TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    Oh, Chuck, please be okay! If I’m not ready to let you go yet, I can’t imagine how your family feels!

  • http://www.thewilsonbuzz.com/ Sarah Wilson

    ohmigosh – I hope he’s okay and never, ever, ever dies. I’m as attached to your two dogs as I am my own. Maybe even more so, because I only have to read about how annoying yours can be, while I have to live with mine. Stay healthy, Chuck!!

  • jeng123

    Sending you good vibes – we are going through the same exact situation with our 13-year old (part Labrador, part douchebag), Lucy. It is heartbreaking to watch.

  • Katie Sutton

    Be ok buddy. I teared up reading this. Would have scared me to death.

  • Karen Bernstein

    {{{{HUGS}}}} to you, Dane and Chuck. What a tough thing to experience for all of you. Hoping it was a freak occurence. Seizures sometimes appear out of nowhere, right?

  • Funfettiahoy

    We are all thinking the best of thoughts about the Senator! And for your family who is undoubtably far from ready to see this ol pup go.

  • http://www.rarg.co.nz elly_rarg

    Oh, Chuck! Happy thoughts, hey. The ‘this is it’ moment is almost too heartbreaking to comprehend. I’ve got my fingers crossed for good news!

  • Kate Funk

    my heart was in my throat reading this post – a family dog once exhibited these symptoms from lyme (and recovered after swift but intensive treatment). not sure if lyme is an issue in your area but the vet will surely know to look for it if so. sending so much love and peanut butter wishes to you both (though the pb is mostly for chuck).

  • gingela5

    My dog is on phenobarbital daily for seizures. It is extremely terrifying to watch them have seizures–hopefully it was just a one-off thing for him. Feel better Chuck!

  • nataliestone

    Oh, no! Poor Chuck. I hope you are able to get this figured out. Based on the symptoms, it sounds like vestibular disease/syndrome, almost. Our dogs had that and were able to take medication to help.

  • Amanda

    You have so many people wishing you well right now, Chuck. We love you. Please be ok.

  • housepea

    Sending good thoughts your way. We love you Chuck!

  • Jennifer Wilson

    I sat with my dog and stroked her head after she took a heart attack in my kitchen while I was putting my kids to bed. It took about a half hour but she died peacefully in my arms. Although scary and sad I was so happy to have been able to provide her comfort during her last moments. I’m sure Chuck was happy and comforted to have you by his side and I am so happy for you that he is still with your family and hopefully for a few more good years. *hugs*

  • http://malisams.squarespace.com malisams

    sigh. i hate when this stage of life finally rolls around with a pet, and “oh jesus, no, this is it” becomes the immediate thought when something funky starts going down. glad he seems to be alright. here’s hoping he’s got a lot more happy, healthy, head-balancing years ahead of him yet. <3

  • http://www.momofali.com MomoFali

    Come on, Chuck. You got this! We are all rooting for you.

  • erin

    Get well soon, buddy. Love, one of your adoring internet aunties

  • s j c

    I just went through this with my own dog of advanced years. I was so scared and my dog was so confused, but we learned how to stay
    calm and get through them and now that she has the right dosage of
    medication, the seizures have ceased. I feel for you and know what you are going through. I hope he is able to get stabilized quickly with medications. good luck to you and to chuck.

  • Stephanie Brower Czosnek

    Reading this made me tear up. Dogs {so are cats} are family members – I don’t care what others may say – and to see a family member go through that is terrifying. I sure hope his bloodwork and everything comes back fine. Old man Chuck – quit the scary crap. Thinking of you all.

  • sarah

    “The cynical may scoff that you could become attached to a dog you do not know in real life…” The cynical part of me is desperately trying to surface long enough to make me feel ridiculous, but the human, dog-owner, and longtime reader part of me won out and now my eyes are teary. Sending as many good thoughts to you and Chuck as I can muster.

  • Valerie Aguilar

    Sending good thoughts to you and Chuck! I have a furry daughter who means the world to me and I know how scary it can be. Hang in there.

  • Tiffany J

    Praying this is a one time deal for your Chuck.
    If it’s any comfort, I have had a handful of grand mal seizures. They are generally much scarier for the people who see them happening than for those having the seizure. After the first few seconds, you lose consciousness, and are not aware of what is happening, which is a good thing. The next few days, however, are quite uncomfortable, because of the muscle spasms. It feels like you ran a marathon with every little part of your body (at least that’s what I would imagine a marathon feeling like!).
    A few pugs in our puggy group are on seizure control meds and do very well. Thinking of you all in this scary time. Hugs

  • Jennifer Wagner

    Thinking of Chuck and hoping for good results. We are a family with dogs that are as much of the family as our children.

    I can completely understand and empathize with your fear when watching chuck. Last summer our 7 year old baby (our first baby!) drowned in a log jam at our family’s cabin. He snuck (he could go into stealth mode, incredible) up above and jumped in. My husband, brother in law, and both sister in laws tried to save him, my sister in law doing CPR on him even. He didn’t make it. The most traumatic thing I have ever witnessed and probably the only time in my life I’ve been literally hysterical. It doesn’t really apply to the post, but I just wanted to share my empathy with your fear!

    Hugs to your family and hopes that you get answers with Chuck. <3

  • Kelly

    I used to read your blog daily, at the beginning, like when Leta was a baby, and since I’ve sort of fell off. The moment I saw a photo of Chuck and the word seizure on Facebook, I nearly cried. I hope everything works out and he continues to sulk for another few years. My small dog, Polarbear, had seizures and was on a daily pill given to him in treats. He lived to be about 12 with other issues (his heart was swelling). Seizures can be handled. I only hope it isn’t a sign of a more serious issue. Hugs to you and a belly rub to Chuckles.

  • Emily Everett

    This makes me want to go home and hug my dog. Sending you all the positive vibes. I feel like I’ve known you for several years, Chuck!

  • amypeck

    I have been reading your blog for the last 6 years, and I must say that you, your daughters, your friends, Chuck and Coco are very special to me. I was completely concerned when I saw your instagram posts, and am so relived that he came out of the seizure relatively unscathed. I am a mom of two furry girls myself, and even though I know their time on this earth is going to be short, I can’t imagine how I am going to feel when they get to the age of 12. We are all thinking about you and sending good vibes! Take care!

  • Rebecca B

    I’ve been following you since Leta was littler than Marlo, and I do feel such a connection to your Chuck. I lost my best-boy kitty a week and a half ago, and sometimes find myself totally hating the inevitable when I look at my best-boy dog, but somehow aware that no matter how much I hate the universe for not making their lifespans longer, I wouldn’t trade the opportunity to share this rock with them for whatever time we’re given. You are lucky that you know what a special dude Chuck is and I hope he’s got a lot of fighting years left; I’ve known dogs who developed epilepsy, and it didn’t necessarily affect their life span in any appreciable way. Thinking good thought for you guys.

  • Shawn Keehne

    I know it’s wrong – but I’m more attached to that dog than your kids. My wife and I went to a meet and greet once – right after we got married (the first time it was legal in CA) and you signed a photo for us of Chuck in his Halloween Witches Hat (since that’s our anniversary) It is framed and hanging in our bedroom. Our dogs look at it and sat WTF – but we explain that he’s their fairy dog father…

  • ali

    My Lhasa is 15 and a half. She is going strong without any issues but hearing loss. Due to her age though, she goes to the vet every three months just to check in. I spend each visit near tears because I fear each one will be the one.

    Muddog has been with through 5 of my husband’s deployments, two human babies usurping her place periodically, and 8 cross country moves. I can’t imagine my life without her.

    Thinking of you and your fur baby.

  • http://www.glassofwin.com/blog/ Rachael

    I burst into tears while reading this; I have been following your blog for close to ten years and Chuck is very much loved in my heart. I had a kitty for 16.5 years and this happened to him right at the end; reading this brought back all sorts of horrible memories. I really hope Chuck is going to be OK and there is some quality time left for him and whatever ails him will be manageable. You’re a great mom to that lovable mutt. Thank you for keeping us updated.

  • LizB

    The same thing happened to us in December, right after our beloved curmudgeonly corgi turned 14. Unfortunately for us, we did not have a happy ending as he never snapped out of it, and those moments where he was seizing was horrific. I am going to ask Angel Rufus to send good juju to The Former Congressman, and I am sending all of the hugs in the world to you.

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    Gah! I got so worried about Chuck that I’ll forgive you that GoT spoiler.

    Best wishes to the little guy, and to you and the family while y’all care for him. <3

  • MaryKC

    So sorry to hear that you guys had a scare with Chuck. We are sending all our good thoughts your way. Mary and the O Patrol (dog Otto and cat Olivia)

  • Breanne

    I’m definitely sending good thoughts your way! Feel better Chuck!

  • http://www.accidentalolympian.com/ Ashley the Accidental Olympian

    CHUCK YOU BETTER HANG IN THERE MR. There are too many of us out here that love you and we’ll be just as sad as your family if you leave us.

  • laura

    I am no vet, but have been through this type of thing with my own dog. It sounds like he has developed epilepsy, which is a lot more common in dogs than I ever thought until I had a dog who lived with it for 7 1/2 years. Since Chuck is generally healthy, it’s likely they will not pinpoint a specific cause for the seizure… ergo an epilepsy diagnosis. There are lots and lots of options for treatment that can really help if that is the case. We used a combination of phenobarbital and potassium bromide with our 110-lb chocolate lab. Also, the vet will not necessarily prescribe anything until or unless it is established that he will continue having seizures on a regular basis.
    When my dog had his very first seizure, I thought the same thing you did… that I was witnessing the end. The seizures are scary to watch, but they get a lot less scary once you know what you’re dealing with.

  • Becky

    hugs and prayers from Colorado

  • Michelle

    Oh, Chuck. Hoping for the best possible outcome for you.

  • Stephanie Wilson

    Thank you for that last paragraph. I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face, so upset about a pup that I don’t know in real life. I will think good thoughts for your sweet farter. May he continue to smell up your house while making you a hot dog.

  • Jadiol58

    Chuck has been part of your blog as long as I’ve been following you, Heather. Please put heart cookies on his head for all of us to surround him in our love!

  • Lauren3

    Love you Heather, love you Chuck.

  • Brea McInnes

    I can hardly stand it. Thank you for keeping us in the loop. I adore or former Congressman Chuckles so very much. Sending all the love for a dog I’ve never met!

  • crash1212

    My coworkers are wondering why I just teared up. Chuck is my favorite dog in the universe. Thanks for understanding that and sharing him with us. I hope he’ll be OK and the “worst” will be delayed for quite some time.

  • Julie

    Sending lots of prayers and good thoughts to you and Chuck.

  • kmpinkel

    Poor little dude! and you and Dane as well. You are right, Chuck and his fabulous posts are very important to many of us and share your angst. Hopefully he is treatable and whatever meds he is on, maybe they will help with his gas issue.

  • http://www.dannryan.com Dann Ryan

    I swear it’s the thought of Chuck’s farts that’s making me tear up at my desk. Could not possibly be anything else. Please knock it off buddy and go back to your poetry.

  • lsaspacey

    Actually, the best (and only good) thing aboutthis is that it was witnessed. It could have all happened in the basement and you wouldn’t have been aware to take him to the vet. So bless his love for Dane and you being right across from him. Take care, all of you. Get well Chuck!!!

  • Bookworm9798

    Much love and affection enclosed in this comment for your flatulent furry little boy. He’s a good dog and reminds me so much of one of our family’s dogs — his doppelgänger. {{{{hugs}}}}

  • AwSniggity

    Hoping for a clean bill of health and a fast recovery (of nerves, if nothing else). I know as a mom :) of 4 fur babies myself what joy they can bring, unlike anything else, and at the same time how scary it can be when something goes wrong especially since they can’t tell you. Thank you so much for the update, I check in just about every day to see how everyone is doing. (Not a creeper, I swear….)I love hearing about your wonderful family, and thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Sending well wishes your way.

  • neekeem

    Not cool, Chuck. Not cool at all. Have you not made some deal with the devil so you can be curmudgeonly until the end of time?! Please get better soon.

  • heather

    Oh no. No no no no no NO no . Nothing bad to Chuck, ok? Not sure if our delicate psyches can handle it. Lots of healing thoughts your way.