The story of Eddie. A real second chance rescue.

How Eddie Got A Second Chance

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It has been a long time since I have written a post about myself or my family, and there is a story I need to catch you up on. It’s about Eddie. I think you are going to like it, but it starts with a rather sad ending. Many of you know our sweet Zoe passed away in July of last year. She had been a part of our family for 16 years, and her passing left our family heart broken. I hadn’t been very interested in even attempting to fill the role she vacated. I couldn’t imagine another dog filling our hearts the way she did.

The story of Eddie. It begins with a loss that then lead to finding more room to love.

Despite my lackluster feelings, my oldest daughter Sam has been diligent in her search for the perfect new fur family member. For months she has looked on the websites of rescue organizations and our local animal shelters with the instructions I had given her for the kind of dog that would work for our family. At Christmas our nephew gifted our family a free adoption certificate to our local shelter, and so the search began in earnest. Soon after Christmas, we found a listing and an online picture for a miniature poodle that had been at the shelter for 2 weeks. His name was Glacier. He had the saddest eyes in that picture, but we were intrigued, and decided we needed to at least meet him. We loaded up the kids and went to meet him on December 31st.

My youngest daughter Anneliese is a little timid around dogs, so we knew she would be the deciding factor on whether or not a dog would fit in our family. She was hesitant as we entered the shelter and all of the barking made her very nervous, until we came to Glacier’s cage. I had shown her his picture once, but she ran right up to his cage and said, “Yes, that’s him.” To his credit, he sat down, looked at her and he smiled at the rest of us, and then we saw the sign on his cage that said in BIG, RED LETTERS “NO KIDS- BITER.”

Our hearts sank.

The sweet volunteer  helping us took our family to the back room to find out from an administrator his back story. His records indicated he was about a year old and had been found by a rescue group in a desert area in our town. They didn’t know if he was born there or was abandoned, but they figured if they could rescue him he was cute enough to get adopted. On the same day that he was rescued he was involved in a dog fight and bit one of  the humans who tried to separate the fight. Once a dog bites a human, they become labeled a “special needs” dog.  After hearing all of this my husband and I both wanted to walk away, but the kids begged us to go and at least meet him in the family area. So we did. We sat with him for over an hour. I am not sure what ultimately the deciding factor was, but we found he was completely adorable, lovable, and we loved him for the big afro he had on his head, and the little beard under his chin. Check it out.

The story of Eddie. A real second chance rescue.

None of us liked the name Glacier, it was too sissy for our scrappy little puppy. Jen’s Guy suggested the name sir Edmund Hillary of Mount Everest fame, and we all looked at him and said yes, Eddie fits him. So he became our Eddie, and his hilarious escapades keep us laughing as he tries to navigate his new domestic settings. Did you all see this post I shared on my blog’s Facebook page?

The story of Eddie. A real second chance rescue.

There have also been some super sweet moments I have caught like this. Leaving me to wonder who exactly rescued who?

The story of Eddie. A real second chance rescue.

Eddie has become a bedtime monster hunter, a “bad guy keeper awayer”, a guardian of fairy secrets and other mysteries shared at bedtime, plus a very efficient snuggle buddy and more. The only thing that he has been even remotely tough on is his stuffed duck. Obviously, it’s a complicated relationship….

The story of Eddie. A real second chance rescue.

I guess the moral of the story is, that animals, just like people, should never be judged solely on the word or experiences of another, because we might miss out on so many wonderful opportunities if we do.

The truth about dogs.

Love you Eddie, and welcome to the JENerally Informed family. Your life will now be blogging fodder. You are going to love it!

Thanks for popping in to read this.

Love,

Jen




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  1. Eddie is adorable and I’m so happy you gave him a second chance. He has a great forever home and I know you’ll all love him bunches.

    Have a fabulous day and thanks for such a great feel good post. ♥♥♥
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      Thank you friend, you suffered a fur family member loss recently too, so you know how hard all of this was. I think though, our Zoe would approve of us bringing in another guy like Eddie to take care of like we did her.
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      It does, doesn’t it. He is seriously the sweetest guy with humans and animals. Whatever that fight was, something had to be so wrong for him to get involved. Usually he just runs away when scared, so I am glad we didn’t walk away for sure!
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  2. What a lovely post. I’m sorry to hear about Zoe. We too lost our beautiful Staffordshire Bull Terrier boy ‘Tikka’ last July and he was also 16. I still miss him like crazy.

    We now have a Newfie puppy and she brings such light to our family. I’m glad Eddie has settled in, he is just adorable x

    Thanks so much for joining in with #MMBC. Hope to see you Monday x

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      Oh we both lost loves last summer. So sad isn’t? I am glad to hear you opened your heart and home up to a new fur family member! I know my dogs aren’t related at all, but I see so much in our new little Eddie that reminds me of Zoe, somehow it makes it all just feel right :)
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  3. Awww! Such a sweet story! Isn’t it horrible how one incident can affect the way that dogs are treated for the long term. I’m sure he just thought he was protecting himself. We have a lot of Edwards in our family, so Eddie is a special name to us. Your Eddie is just the cutest, though. So glad you gave him a chance and found happiness together. 😊
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  4. This dog was meant to be a part of your family. It seems clear as can be. Thank you Jen for shedding light on a topic that I never had given thought to: the “labeling” of an adoptable animal. It’s a shame that there wasn’t a description of the biting situation readily available on Eddie’s crate. I will remember this next time our family adopts a pet. #happynowlinkup
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      I really think so too. His back story should have been on his crate as well. He was so cute, but had been there for 2 weeks, probably because of the sign. He must have been so lonely and scared. Happily I think those days are long gone now. I’m glad you enjoyed Eddie’s story. Hugs!
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  5. So nice to see that your family was willing to give this cutie a chance. The circumstances of the alleged bite are important to note. A stressed dog in the midst of a dog fight will not act his true self. It doesn’t make him a bad dog. Everyone can have a bad day. #happynowlinkup

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      Oh you know it. I have a new one about how jumping the wall to get to the kids as they walk home from school is kind of a bad idea, but we’ll get to that another day.

      Thank you so much! I am glad this has become a happy place for you!
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  6. Hi Jen, I am so happy that you gave Eddie a second chance and I do think you’ve chosen the right name for him. We do have to be careful when it comes to dogs and family, but when a person puts their hand in to break up a dog fight they are asking to be bitten. I know I’ve done it and was bitten by the most gentle and loyal dog. It wasn’t that she was biting me, she was trying to protect herself from the little dog attached to her neck.

    Anneliese looks like she’s found a new best friend. I hope he lives a long and happy life with you.

    xx
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      I’ve been bitten too in the same way, and after having Eddie here for over a month now I could not see him biting either a person or an animal unless he felt very threatened. It must have been so scary for him. He really is Anneliese’s new best friend. He follows that kid everywhere, and she rewards him by sneaking treats to him whenever she can.
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