I am so sad after an incident this weekend and I just want to commiserate with people who will understand and maybe give a little advice. After messing around in competitive dog sports with various rescued Shelties and my current breeder-reject Collie, I finally decided to get serious and acquire a Sheltie puppy from well known show/agility lines. Her sire and dam are both champions (with many ROMs and BISS further back in the pedigree), both OFA tested Excellent (hips and elbows), CEA clear, and tested clear for a few other inherited Sheltie problems. Some related dogs have earned MACHs and OTCHs. In other words, the owners of both sire and dam are very responsible, well-respected breeders who are serious about their breed's health. They also considered Windy the pick of the litter and only let her go because it looked like she was going to go oversized for the very strict size limits on show Shelties. Windy is now 7 months old and everything I could have hoped for; incredibly quick learner, drivey as all get-out, and the body structure to stay sound and fast. My agility trainer is very impressed and says she definitely has what it takes to go all the way to a MACH. It even appears that she may stay in size for the breed ring. In fact, I was just getting Windy ready for her first Puppy Match Saturday morning when the "sad" thing happened - and we didn't end up going. I have had a Sheltie with epilepsy before (which is why I didn't rescue this time around), but that one had full out grand mal seizures. Windy wasn't doing that, but it did look neurological. She started bobbing her head every three seconds or so... very regularly and definitely involuntary. Gradually the bobbing got more severe, she was more like thrusting her head out and one of her front legs, too, and even snapping her teeth just a little - again every three seconds or so - then it faded into bobbing again, then back to normal. The whole episode lasted for nearly two hours. Windy did not loose consciousness at any time, but she seemed confused and even a little scared, but not in pain. Afterward she was just as if nothing had happened. I spent that time cuddling her and crying, and still feel very sad because I am now so afraid poor little perfect Windy is epileptic. She is going to the vet tomorrow to rule out anything else. In the meantime, there are some experienced dog people here - does anyone know what else this could be? She is very young for the onset of epilepsy, which usually appears at 1 to 3 years. She has never had any injuries or gotten into poison. No changes in food and no recent vaccinations. However, she is in heat for the first time. I guess I'll share a few pics of my beautiful girl, too. 10 weeks - best stacking I could get without help. Look at that cute fuzzball! 13 weeks - look at that attitude! Pretty nice front, too. 4 months - big head, no fur, awkward puppy stage. At this point I was wondering when she was going to grow some neck! But she was already raring to get on the agility course. 7 months, a couple weeks before the Puppy Match and her "episode" - she is coming together and turning into a beauty. Thanks for letting me share my fears for my beautiful young girl.