v-text.gif v-can.jpg

newsletter logo 2

Greetings from Toby's Foundation,

TOBY’S FOUNDATION is Giving $10,000 for a New Canine Epilepsy Research Study

Toby’s Foundation is pleased to announce that we are giving $10,000 to co-sponsor a Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) grant for Dr. Karen Munana at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM). 

Grant information:

The Research Study: Improving seizure monitoring in dogs with epilepsy

Scientific Title: Use of Accelerometry to Detect Seizure Activity in Dogs with Idiopathic Epilepsy

Summary: Researchers will investigate the use of a commercially available, collar-mounted activity monitor to detect seizures in dogs with epilepsy.

Description: Epilepsy is a common problem in dogs that typically requires lifelong medical attention. However, the majority of dogs do not become seizure-free with treatment, and a consistent worry for caregivers is the risk of seizures occurring when a dog is alone.  Researchers will evaluate the use of a commercially available, collar-mounted accelerometer to reliably detect seizure activity in epileptic dogs. The availability of an easily worn, inexpensive device to detect seizures will provide valuable data to help veterinarians make informed treatment adjustments, and reduce the risk of injury or death from unobserved seizures for their canine patients.


DONORS: We want to thank all of our donors! Without your generosity we could not keep moving forward in the fight against canine epilepsy. We support research to find the genes responsible for canine epilepsy to develop a screening test and to develop more effective treatments for dogs suffering from this disease. To view our donor list or to make a donation, please click here.

We want to especially thank C.A. Sharp, President of the Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute (ASHGI) and the Board of Directors for their very generous donation to Toby’s Foundation to support our sponsorship of the MAF grant for Dr. Karen Munana and for their help in the fight against canine epilepsy.

Recent Donors: The Reel Family Foundation in Honor of Bob and Terri Reel,  Sean and Pamela Tupy, Tonya Berger in Memory of Murphy,  John Otey in the name of Mrs. Nancy Smith, West Coast Australian Shepherd Association, Charis Williams, Hilary Hines, Walt and Mary Smith in Memory of Jimi on his 5th birthday,  Amy Vanderryn, Lisa Stirnemann, Jo Ann Frey, Chris Vuxton, Margaret R. MacDonald, Ronald Wyse in Memory of Buddy, Darcy Long, Irene Brennan, Tom and Sherry Altman in Memory of Moon Valleys Black Beans and Rice, Sabine Maurer, and Mark Farr.



toby on computer
We have just updated our Letters to Toby with a letter from Carina in Norway about the life she shared with her dog Tinka who had epilepsy. Tinka has passed away and Carina’s perspective and thoughts will be helpful to many. Carina wrote to us earlier in 2011. Both letters along with photos can be seen in our "Letters to Toby" section on our website. Please click here to read these letters. We also have a link to a moving video tribute from Carina for Tinka. You’ll smile, maybe cry, and it will touch your heart!


If you have a story that you would like to share with us about your dog with epilepsy please send it to us at tobysfoundation@tobysfoundation.org.


PURPLE DAY is March 26th

Purple Day logo

Please wear purple on March 26th to join with others around the globe to raise epilepsy awareness for canines and humans! Same Disease Different Species. 

Send us your Purple Day photos and we’ll put them on our website. 

For more information visit  www.purpleday.org. Please share this information with others.


AussiE-Update Volume VIII, No. 58 
February 14, 2016

Permission is given to post, cross post and share this information.
No portion of the text may be changed to alter meaning. Credit should be given to Toby's Foundation AussiE-Update with volume, number and date of the issue.

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply to this message with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line or simply click on the following link: Unsubscribe

Toby's Foundation
P.O. Box 7321
Laguna Niguel, California 92607

Read the VerticalResponse marketing policy.

Try Email Marketing with VerticalResponse!