- Pets and Animals
Eddie the Adopted Dog
In June 2011 the Russell family grew by one. Our newest family member was a quiet little furry fellow named Eddie who'd just done a stint "on the inside".
Rescued from the pound, Eddie had spent some time with a foster family before we answered an advertisement for his adoption. 24 hours later he was sitting in the back seat of our car on his way to his new Forever Home.
Where We Found Eddie
Eddie was rescued from the Pound by Furry Friends Animal Rescue QLD.
They did great work rescuing cats and dogs who need another chance at a forever home. They provided foster homes for them, carried out the necessary vet work to ensure that the animals are desexed, microchipped and vaccinated and then rehomed them.
I don't believe the service is running any more, but there are many similar services out there doing the same great work. They're always in need of foster carers and people to adopt the saved animals. Assistance in the form of donations or support of their fundraising programs will also help them continue to carry out their fantastic work.
Image below was taken by Eddie's Foster Mum Lucinda (Luckaye)
Eddie waiting to be adopted
Eddie Becomes Ours
We first became aware of little Eddie through a photo a friend had posted on Facebook. She was his Foster Mum and was putting his photo up in the hope of finding him a new forever home. You can see the photo above. He had the saddest little face - who could resist those eyes?
As it turns out - not us!
First I showed the photo to my husband. It had been 8 or 9 months since we said goodbye to our beautiful furry girl Echo (you can read Echo's story here) and we weren't sure if we were ready for another dog yet.
The next day Eddie's Foster Mum published his photo again. And the next day too. She was quite persistant ;-)
After a few days of this I said to my husband "Eddie's photo is up again." He completely surprised me by saying "Perhaps we should go and see what he's like?" Before I could make contact though a new post popped up - a potential adopter was going to see Eddie that very day. Oh well, we thought, it wasn't to be.
Some days later my husband asked me out of the blue "Did you hear what happened to that little dog? Did he get adopted?" Turns out he hadn't, and before I knew it we were on our way to meet him!
He was gorgeous, the perfect size, a lovely temperament and such soft fur. He reacted really well to us and was soon running around with Master Two. They were a hit with each other right away. I would have loved to have bundled him up right then and there, but we had to head home and fill out the Adoption Application. I think it's great that they screen potential owners to make sure the animals are going to a good home, but it sure made the next 24 hours seem like the longest wait ever! Once that was sorted and our Adoption Fee paid we were able to pick him up and bring him home.
Eddie on his way home
Eddie Settles In
From the moment we turned into our street it seemed like Eddie knew where he was going. By the time we turned into our driveway he was so excited he was bouncing all over the back seat. We let him into the yard and that was that - it was his place.
So I guess there really was no settling in time. Eddie was home as soon as he arrived :-)
Since then it's been like there wasn't a time when Eddie wasn't here. He has his favourite spot on the top step to lie in the sun, his favourite chair to curl up in and watch TV with Dad, his favourite chew toy to squeak and scare Mum with and his favourite ball to get Master Two to throw for him.
He spends his days doing "perimeter patrol" around our quarter acre block, playing doggie games through the fence with the dogs next door and behind us, and finding new hiding spots to bury his denta-bones. We go for walks around the neighbourhood and he checks out all the cool smells along the way. There's also plenty of time spent snoozing, either stretched out in the sunshine or curled up on his doggie bed. It's a pretty good life really!
Eddie - February 2013
Eddie's Favourite Thing
Master Two picked out a set of these squeaky toys for Eddie as a welcome present. Eddie LOVES them!
As for me, I'm a little undecided. They're great for keeping Eddie occupied, but he does have a bad habit of sneaking up behind me and squeaking them loudly - causing me to jump a mile ;-)
Eddie likes nothing better than to curl up on your lap (like a cat!) and snuggle his head in under your arm.
He's a real people dog and is by your side at all times.
Photos of Eddie - Happy snaps of our little manClick thumbnail to view full-size
Eddie's Dark Side
He he, it's not ALL sunlight and puppy dog tails here. Eddie does have a (slightly) bad side, as we soon found out ;-)
It's all about separation anxiety. If we leave the house he will do anything, and I mean ANYTHING, to try and get out and find us. This has caused only one heart-stopping escapade to date, but numerous other attempts that have been thwarted before he could leave the yard or the front footpath. It's also caused a lot of scratch damage to our verandah, a fair amount of barking and yodelling to annoy the neighbours and lots of messes ...
Yes, the messes. No easier way to tell that Master Eddie is unimpressed by being left home alone than the messy messages he leaves. You could be in the yard with him, be sure that he'd done his business, put him on the verandah to go out for 5 minutes and when you got back be greeted by an eye-boggling double or triple mess. No idea how such a small dog can produce on whim like that!
From what I've been told separation anxiety is really common in rescued pets, so whether it's been caused by his stay in the pound or whether it was a pre-existing issue and possibly the cause of him ending up in the pound in the first place we'll never know. We do know that we can deal with it though.
We now have somewhere secure we can lock him when we go out. That way we know he's safe and he has heaps of room to run, plenty of fresh air and shelter, and as an added bonus can still look out and see his doggy mate next door. We've also worked really hard on making him feel safe and secure here, and reassuring him that when we go out we will return.
Happy to say that while the separation anxiety is still there, he seems a lot better. No more messes and the unhappy yodelling has since decreased as well.
Find Out More About The Jack Russell Breed
We're not totally sure what Eddie's mix is, but there seems to be at least some Jack Russell in there. His temperament and a lot of his habits seem to be very Jack Russell-ish too.
For Jack Russell Fans
Eddie has just had his 9th Birthday! He celebrated with a few doggie liver treats and a big walk.
Do you have a Jack Russell, or a Jack Russell Cross?