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Greetings from Toby's Foundation,


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From Dr. Ned Patterson’s End – Year 1 progress report for CHF grant #01615: "Identification of Idiopathic Epilepsy Genes in Australian Shepherds" that Toby’s Foundation co-sponsors.

“We are continuing in depth analysis, and working on finding the most likely genes in each area of three chromosomes that may be related to contributing to epilepsy, and we plan to find additional markers near the genes. Currently we are in the middle of sequencing two candidate genes from these three identified areas. In addition, we plan to utilize next generation sequencing to sequence portions of these 3 chromosomal areas in the next 6-9 months, if needed, in our search for genetic mutations contributing to epilepsy in Australian Shepherds”.


We need your help! New blood samples from affected dogs are needed. Please send in a blood sample from your dog with idiopathic/primary epilepsy for Dr. Ned Patterson’s Aussie epilepsy research at the University of Minnesota. New samples from dogs that are 10+ years old that have never had a seizure are also needed to serve as controls.


To submit a blood sample from your dog please go to our website and click on the link for the University of Minnesota for all the information, instructions and forms that you will need to submit a blood sample. Your information is kept confidential.


Hatch worked as a Seizure Alert /Autism Assistance service dog until he started seizing. He was diagnosed with epilepsy and his career and special relationship with the person who counted on him for assistance ended because he got epilepsy. Hatch has given blood for Dr. Patterson’s Aussie epilepsy research. Blood is needed from affected dogs! Have you given blood yet from your affected dog? Please help us by giving blood and save our breed from this devastating disease! Please see the information above to submit a blood sample from your dog. Please see our current ad with Hatch in the Australian Shepherd Journal and Aussie Times March/April 2013. The ad can also be viewed on our website.

PURPLE DAY is almost here:

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Purple Day is Tuesday March 26, 2013.  Purple is the international color for epilepsy. Please wear purple on March 26th to join others from around the globe to raise epilepsy awareness for humans and canines…”same disease different species.” Please visit their website for more information.

Charitable Giving

Your gifts help us to support the research to find the genes responsible for canine epilepsy and develop a screening test.

Please make Toby's Foundation part of your charitable giving. Toby's Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our Federal Tax Identification number is 74-3135217. Your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and helps us in our efforts to stop canine epilepsy. 

Please check with your employer about a Matching Gifts program.

If you would like to make a memorial or honorary gift to support canine epilepsy research, an acknowledgement card can be sent to whomever you specify.

We accept donations online (see link below) or you may mail your check to:

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

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AussiE-Update Volume VI, No. 47
March 22, 2013

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