Unfortunately, we were awakened very early this morning by Shyla having what we now know is a "myoclonal seizure". This was her second seizure. My vet asked me to video it if it happened again after her first one in mid-July. The video was definitive in showing that it was this rare kind of seizure. I'll spare you watching it.
It went on for about 3 hours, with Shyla's hind end jerking each time her leg muscles contracted. Then, the jerks gradually got smaller as time went on. She was fully conscious and responsive but she looked very scared and upset. I was so relieved when it finally ended.
I'm tired after being up with her, watching how scared she was, and then taking her to the vet. There's no clearcut veterinary "fix" because so many different things can cause this kind of seizure. Googling it is scary - it can be an extremely serious disease. However, for now, it is not impairing Shyla except rarely so we will seize each day and hope that Shyla has a mild form of it. The vet did some tests today, and we'll see if anything is obviously "off" enough to cause the seizures.
I'll employ the lesson that every one of our dogs has taught us - seize the day! I took this photo on one of our best days of the summer, high in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. What a happy and intense dog!