Book on Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Help for owners of dogs with dementia now!

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

Available in paperback, hardback, and all major electronic formats.

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

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

Elderly rat terrier with dementia sleeping in woman's lap
Cricket lived with dementia for more than two years and still had a full life

Editions, publication dates, and ISBNs

  • Kindle e-book  November 2015  978-1-943634-00-2
  • Paperback   March 2016  978-1-943634-01-9
  • PDF  May 2016 978-1-943634-04-0  
  • Apple iBook  November 2016 978-1-943634-02-6
  • Hardcover May 2017 978-1-943634-06-4  

65 Comments

  1. Esther Norton says:

    God Bless you for this site..

  2. Eileen Anderson says:

    Thank you, Esther. I hope it’s helpful.

  3. Thank you so very much for sharing your story. For it is helping me with my decision to euthanize my dog.

  4. Herb D says:

    My Rat Terrier of 14 years died on the fourth of July 2019. Had a seizure and stopped breathing. He was very sick a few years ago and was a new dog with low fat pescrition food. He was doing well but showing signs. Couldn’t jump on the bed anymore. Occasionally falling down. Though this was sudden, relieved I didn’t have to make the decision.

    • Eileen Anderson says:

      Herb, I’m sorry for your loss. I also understand about not having to make the decision. My male rat terrier, Gabriel, fell down and died at home, of a probable pulmonary embolism. It was peaceful. I believe there is no shame in being glad for that.

  5. Siera Lane says:

    I have not read your book yet but I did read the article on your own experience with your dog. I’m definitely going to get your book! I have a 18+ year old pitbull who randomly had a seizure a few days ago and we ended up giving her cor but ever since she has acted confused, she’s been circling places she normally never goes, I’ve noticed today that she is going in corners or tight spaces and getting stuck. I was up all night with her last night because she was wondering the house all night, then at 7am she got her head stuck in between the toilet and our shelf behind the toilet, she’s been having accidents in the house and sometimes she acts like she can’t hear us. I need advice on what to do! I don’t want her suffering but I also don’t wanna euthanize her either. I want her to be surrounded by love in her own home. Please help!

    • Eileen Anderson says:

      I’m so sorry you’re going through this with your pittie. Have you talked to your vet? There are other conditions that can cause the same symptoms and I would want to make sure you could rule those out, especially since she had the seizure.

      It is terribly difficult to let our friends go. You can take a look at the quality of life scale that is linked on the When to Say Goodbye page and see if that helps you any. I’m so sorry

      eileen

  6. Susan Tommers says:

    I am forever gratelful to Eileen and her book. My little sweet Shih Tzu Ellie is alive, thriving and acting 3 years younger than when I first read Eileen’s book and started researching dog dementia. Because Ellie is a rescue with no known history, her Vet & ophthalmologist (yes dogs get eye specialists!) –have all put her at about 12+ years. I have had her in my life for almost 8 so when her behavior changed I was keenly aware something wasnt right. Eillie has always been a quiet somewhat “shy”, never barking, rarely running..just “stopping to smell the roses” kinda laid back dog. A year ago I left her (and my other dog) with friends while I went on 2 week vacation. I came back and they told me she BARKED throughout the day for no reason. Very strange in that over 7 years I probably heard her bark once,, The next week I noticed as we walked she just stopped and went into “trance like” stare and didn’t respond to my calling her….this continued. Shortly after, we were at Vet for annual shots and I just blindly asked if dogs got Alzheimer’s. .My Mother suffered for 5 years from Alzheimers and I was at her side watching all the stages of progression. My Vet sympathetically went and got a questionnaire on diagnosing doggie dementia. Eileen refers to one in her book which I have used several time to track progression. My job for next 72 hours was read everything on line and read Eileen’s book several times. She had 70% of all outlined symptons. My little Ellie continued to downgrade but as soon as she started the tremors I knew it was time for medication. (This was 4 months after initial Vet diagnosis of CCD) Her tremors came on fast and furious. After 3 days I was concerned she might shake herself into heart failure. That day my Vet was ready with a prescription for 5mg Selegiline. Eileen mentioned it in her book, however at the time of her writing it, Selegiline still wasnt the norm. Ellie is the kind of Shih Tzu that shakes with thunderstorms, so my Vet and I decided to take a chance rather than fear heart failure from tremors or seizures

    We are now on beginning of 3rd month of medication – 5mg Selegiline, and all I can say is “THANK YOU GOD”….I not only have my Ellie back, but she acts as she did 3-4 years ago. Alert, keeps up with the daily walks, eats, sleeps, and even learned a new trick….which she didn’t even do when she was younger!!! The only signs still apparent of CCD is her barking…but I now see some of it is her trying to train me to give her treats!…..all the other symptoms, tremors, trance staring, fear of stairs, walking into the wall and standing, etc…gone!

    I certainly know that this medication is not a cure, but for now, I am just grateful to have her back.

    I will forever be grateful for Eileen Anderson and her book, Remember Me. I still keep my marked up copy next to my bed, however I can now look at the cover, not have to open it, and be grateful.

    Selegiline is a drug used to treat humans with Palsy. I am not uncomfortable giving her human meds…she takes Valium for her 4th of July shakes, and same eye drops for I get prescribed. She has her own account at Walgreens! My Vet calls the prescription in and I use a GoodRx discount code that Walgreens honors….I get it for 1/4th the cost of my Vet.

    Thank you my dear Eileen for your dedication to Cricket and sharing your experiences. Your book was a wonderful help in getting me through the tough first months and eventually led me to exploring medication and getting a few more good years….but mostly important, giving Ellie (and her little brother Bentley) quality of life and dignity in her older years.

    • Eileen Anderson says:

      Dear Susan,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, and most of all for sharing your Ellie’s progress and improvement. Your message warms my heart. This is why I wrote the book, and I’m so glad it was helpful to you. I don’t have enough words to thank you for your wonderful message, but please know that I am very touched—and happy for you!
      Eileen

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