It was one year ago today that I went up island to pick up Eddie and welcomed him to my family.
I confess, at first I wasn't sure we were a good fit. Despite having been debarked years before, he was the barkiest dog I have ever lived with. I felt like I was living with someone who was constantly yelling at me - not a pleasant feeling. He earned the nickname Mr. Bossy Boots.
| I am a Superhero!|
In control of the world!
But he had many great qualities as well. He took to walking like a duck to water, despite not having been on walks for at least six years of his eight year life. When tired from exercise, he settled well in the house, and he is an independent little guy who is happy to lie in the same room with me while I give attention to more needy dogs in my care. He is good with the cat, and clean in the house. And I was committed to him from the get-go.
|Chilling out with his sister Sadie and foster brother Petey|
Over the year, his personality has blossomed and he has become a character. Though he still has his moments of barkiness, he knows when I mean business, and I have learned to anticipate those moments and distract him before they start. He's a great little hiker, a quick learner (at least, when treats are involved!), and a good companion to dogs, cats, and people.
|Eddie and his friend Sadie B|
on West Escarpment Way trail
He's made many friends, canine and human. He's said goodbye to Sadie (who passed away in June) and Petey (who moved to another foster home in June, and recently passed away), and welcomed visiting dogs like Georgi, Sadie B, Sasha, Noon, Riley and Taleah. He's met pigs at the pig sanctuary, travelled to the Okanagan, gone camping, and graduated with honours from doggy school. He's had a busy first year with me, and we both look forward to many more.
|Eddie in the Okanagan|
|Eddie loves camping -|
visiting in houses and apartments, not so much!
|Graduating with Honours|
from Cowichan Canine's Foundations Programme
Happy Gotcha Day, Eddie. I'm so glad I gotcha!