Book on Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Remember Me? Loving and Caring for a Dog with Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Available in print and all major electronic formats.

Help for owners of dogs with dementia now!

  • Learn the symptoms
  • Learn the treatments
  • Learn how to help your dog–and yourself



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What people are saying about Remember Me?

“Meticulously researched, accurate information presented with real empathy.” —Jean Donaldson, author of The Culture Clash, founder of the Academy for Dog Trainers

“Eileen approaches this complex disease with a combination of scientific rigor and deep empathy for the animals and people who suffer from it.”—E’Lise Christensen, board certified veterinary behaviorist

“I have been fortunate to have shared my life with a rather large number of beloved dogs. Having so far outlived all of them, I can only look back and wish I’d had the common sense and wisdom available in this book to help me through the hardest times—the times when it was left to me to figure out how best to help my friends as they started to fade away.” —Sue Ailsby, author of Training Levels: Steps to Success

“Two years ago, my Sheltie Skye exhibited unusual behaviours. At first, we thought it was hearing loss. He would go into a deeper sleep mode, and he wouldn’t respond when we called him. I tried hand signals, but things didn’t improve. He would get lost in the house. I’d often find him stranded at the bottom of the stairs. This book helped me to understand how to give Skye back quality of life—how to recognize his good days and how to help him manage the bad ones. One day I will have to make the difficult decision to let Skye go. But it won’t be out of frustration from not knowing how to deal with CCD.” —Pet owner Ruth Wojcik

Cricket and Eileen outside

Eileen and Cricket, in Cricket’s last days


33 thoughts on “Book on Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

  1. Thank you for your information about CCD. I”m not sure my 13 yr old lab/pit mix has it, but she’s been sleeping more than ever and whining and roaming the house at times. I will talk to my vet and tell him about your Cricket. It’s so hard to even contemplate I can hardly breathe.

  2. Toby, my little Jack Russell will be 21 years old this year I’m crying as I type this as he is so far ‘gone’ in his brain that there is nothing to be done to help him. He has nearly all the syptoms of this horrible condition BUT he’s still a very healthy little ‘furrybutt’ as my son Steven called him when we got him from the dog pound so many many years ago. I know it’s time to helps him pass but I just cannot do it. It’s SO difficult being with him now as there is no recognition, tail wagging ( we always said he worked by batteries as his tail wagged non-stop even when he was being reprimanded his tail was wagging on the floor) absolutely nothing. To be honest it’s really hard work every single day! He has really lived way beyond what he should have but how do I let go of a little dog who doesn’t want to let go of me…’s heartbreaking!

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  4. My precious little Toby will be going ‘sleepies’ today (21st January) at 3pm. I feel as if I have betrayed my little furry friend who showed me nothing but loyalty. The tears don’t deem to be able to stop and it hasn’t even happened yet. Forgive me Toby I just couldn’t watch you not being ‘you’ any longer. I love you little ‘furrybutt’ Love granny x

    • I’m so sorry, Jean. But I don’t think you are betraying him. Every single thing you are doing, you are doing out of love. Take care.

      • Thank you Eileen for your kind words. It’s over now and I just need to find peace in my head and stop thinking all the time! The vet and nurse came to our home and my life changed forever. I love you Toby, always have always will.

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  7. We just helped our little Molly, Papillion, age 16-1/2 cross the rainbow bridge. It was so hard. She had all the classic signs listed here on this site. One of the saddest weekends of our lives. But her quality of life was so poor, and our very skilled, compassionate vet helped us realize we were doing the right thing. As my daughter reminded me – “this is a very small part of her life, remember the good times, the joy and love she brought.”

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  9. I cant believe I found you. Sassy is a 13-year-old rat terrier, and this explains EVERYTHING. My heart is broken, but we’re gonna go forward! I should have enriched her life more sooner. 🙁 But we will start now! Just ordered the book. How can I thank you, Eileen? Wish us luck! PS your feelings on Aricept for dogs? Could heartworm preventive medicine have triggered this in some dogs?….just wondering……. And last of all, did you do any antioxidant-fortifying of Cricket’s food as in the research article you linked to? Again, thank you so much :’-( This site is a treasure trove —-

    • I have never heard of the use of Aricept for dogs, although it is one of the most common drugs for humans with Alzheimer’s. I do wish you luck!

      Heartworm medicine is an unlikely trigger. Some times are not safe for some dogs with genetic conditions, but I’ve never heard of a connection with dementia.

      I did give Cricket high quality fish oil for a couple years but I did cut it back when she got to be more picky. I hope the book is helpful! Thanks for your kind words!

  10. My papillon, Buttercup, as a lot of these symptoms. We don’t know how old she is because she was a rescue 4.5 years ago. I’m going to get the book so I can get more information. Do you think these symptoms can be caused from a reaction to a rabies vaccine? Thanks, Lynn

    • Hi Lynn,
      I’m sorry your dog has these symptoms. (Papillons are wonderful dogs!) I have never heard of the symptoms resulting from any kind of vaccine, but here is a post that tells some of the other conditions that can cause some of the symptoms: Other Causes of Dementia and Dementia-Like Symptoms in Dogs.

      But the most important thing is to get your dog seen by a vet. Depending on the cause of her symptoms, there may be treatments available. Best of luck!

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  12. It is 5am and Zach my little buddy has been up since the early hours. He has been diagnosed with CC’D it is really sad and hard to deal with. He walks into corners and unable to get out of places he never ventured before. He does not always respond to his name. Zach always played with my son in law and he bit him quite aggressively the other week, this is when we knew something was wrong. He as only just started on his medication the vet said it can take up to two weeks before we would see any change if any. In just such a short period of time I have noticed a rapid decline in him and it is heart breaking from what was such a lively and lovely Cairn Terrier seems very lost. I feel for anyone who will have to make the decision we are going to have to make. The tears flow while I have been writing this but I know by reading the post it is helping a great deal. God Bless

    • Christine, I’m so sorry. That is so hard. I don’t usually plug my book in the comments but I do think it would be helpful for you. There are also a lot of comments here from people who have gone through similar difficulties as you. I hope the meds kick in and are helpful. Hugs to you and a special treat for little Zach.

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  14. Dear Eileen, I can not thank you enough fro your post on euthanizing little Cricket. It was hard to read and very difficult to write I am sure. You helped me immensely. My JRT mix Rio,had CCD. He was declining rapidly. He was either eating, asleep, or if awake very anxious, the circles never stopped. I set up a “round pen” for him to safely walk. I tried CBD oil. that helped some for the anxiety. I sat up once again in the middle of the night. He was outside circling. I found your article and as I read the tears streamed, for Rio, for Cricket, for the release you gave me, the peace in knowing what was right. I said good bye to my beloved little guy of 16 years the next day, Dec 31 2017. Thank you Eileen you truly are a God send to me!

    • Dear Jolynn,

      I am so sorry for your loss. Rio was a very lucky guy to have you watching out for him. It is so very kind of you to write while the pain must be so raw. I am so glad that my article helped. That’s the reason I started this site and wrote my book to begin with. Again–thank you for writing. Hugs to you. –Eileen

      PS I took the liberty of editing the small issue you wrote a second message about. No problem about the name!

  15. I cant tell you how grateful I am to have found this website. I have been struggling since last Wednesday, regretting my decision to let her go. Could I have done more, was it too soon, why didn’t I wait until I was ready? My beloved Sasha was 15 1/2 and was diagnosed in June. It was rapid. the circles. sleepless nights, crying , didn’t know anyone and she could no longer look at me. The scariest thing was she was pressing so hard in the corners on the walls that she was in a head stand. I would rush to her side but then it came to a point that I was so afraid for her safety. I had boxes and pillows everywhere to keep her safe but she still was in danger. When I did the quality of life test I knew it was time. I was giving her meds to help her sleep, that was the only time she was safe. So thank you all for your stories, I don’t feel alone and I see that others have to make this heartbreaking decision. I am still healing, still feel so guilty but with time I hope I will realize I made the right decision. I miss her so much, friends and family keep telling me there was never going to be a right time. My sweet girl.

    • Dear Melissa,
      Thank you for sharing your story about Sasha. That sounds terribly hard. I’m so sorry this disease was so hard on her. I believe you will come to know you did the right thing. Dementia is a disease, just like diabetes or cancer, and it’s debilitating. It’s just hard for us to think of it that way when our dogs can still get around physically.

      People like to say that the dog will tell you when it’s time, but my experience is that dogs with cognitive dysfunction **can’t** tell us. It’s up to us to decide for them. And it’s so, so hard. Sasha was incredibly lucky to have you to love her and look after her.

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  17. I put my dog Sunny (chow/retriever mix (14/15 yo) down 2/26/18. I had no idea what was going on with him until the last two weeks before he passed and I had to discover it. The vet never once asked how Sunny was doing cognitively during any of the twice yearly annual exams I took him in for. Never any handouts about the signs to watch out for. Sunny had a host of issues though – Atypical Cushings, Hypothyroidism, Laryngeal Paralysis, Degenerative Neuropathy, and at least two Vestibular events – the second one never fully resolving. An MRI last May showed no brain tumor. No conclusive diagnosis on CCD of course, and no real help with his neuropathy. He started sleeping a lot more during the Fall of 2017, more than 12 hours straight! I didn’t think anything of it. Prior to this he was circling a little – but short circles – turning 180 – stopping – looking around – turning 180 degrees again – stopping – looking around – about 5 times – then he would lay down. He dropped half his weight in 2 years, and by the last two months with his weak hind legs and incontinence, was wearing a full body harness. The last two months of his life he seemed to age years and was beginning to get stuck in small places unable to turn; sleeping at night was now gone – appetite great – but seemed to start having more trouble eating really soft foods. Would lose track of food and wouldn’t always know what to do with water.

    The last two weeks, it was apparent, Sunny had lost the zest for life. I think he still recognized me – but with the neuropathy, couldn’t will his body to move and would lean up agains things. About a week before he passed he stopped getting up when I came home. When I would walk him outside he would sniff a bush if I walked him up to it. But, if I didn’t and I just laid him in the grass – he would just lay there. No sniffing the air, no looking around. It’s almost as if he was just trapped in his body. I took him on one last car ride – as he used to love putting his head out the window. I kept looking in the rear view mirror at him and his little head was just bobbing – no looking around no trying to get up. He was just miserable.

    I miss him so much and I really wish more vets were well versed in this and intervened with their geriatric patients sooner before it’s too late to really do anything about it.

    Darlene and Sunny

    • Dear Darlene,
      I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s especially hard to find out so late in the game that he might have had cognitive issues. Sadly, that’s how and when a lot of people find this site. There are a lot of fabulous vets out there though as well, and more and more screen for cognitive difficulties.

      Sorry about the delay in posting your comments; I have to moderate all comments and sometimes there is a bit of a delay. I have sent all your comments through now. You are so kind to reach out to others who are dealing with this.

      Take care,

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