In October 2010 we took in Edward the Wizard from Chilliwack Animal Control as he was having a hard time finding a terrier loving home that could work with his too big for his britches attitude towards other dogs. While in foster care he learned about co-living with dogs and meeting new dogs more politely. Being a unbelievably cute and smart fella he received quite a bit of interest, but not everyone was ready for working with his terrier sass. Enter Karin and Alex, who were looking for a condo friendly, moderately active dog to join their home. Well Freddie was not exactly what they had in mind at first, however Freddie managed to not only join their home but thrive! Plus, as evidenced by the first update below, Karin and Alex had the cutting sense of humour it sometimes takes to love a mighty in his own mind terrier!
It's been an interesting week, but Eddie has definitely settled in.
After destroying a pair of shoes, and chewing the side of our leather couch, I decided to go out and get Eddie a crate. We crate him at night and when we are out. He has definitely learned who is boss and his behavior is much better. I let him out of the crate this morning to stay in the living room until I get back from work. We will see how he does with a little bit of freedom.
He went to the groomer on Saturday and they said he was so well behaved. When I picked him up from the vet last week he was shaggy and smelt a little like vomit (he had been sick at the vet). When the cone came off on Saturday, we went straight to the groomer. He has a new found confidence with his new haircut and bath and he looks and smells great :)
We had a few people over this weekend and he was amazing, no grumbles whatsoever.
He does still bark at other dogs, but we are working on that, and will be stating some obedience classes in January.
All in all I think its going well. He definitely knows I am Mom and tends to follow me around.
We love the little a**hole :)
Fast forward 7 months and a visit to Chilliwack Animal Control lands us with another terrier fella who minus being blond and white instead of grey and white, bared an uncanny resemblance to Eddie, so much so that Michelle and Barry from Bully Buddies aptly name in Frederick the Explorer. Although they had oddly similar weirdo mixy bodies, Freddie`s attitude was thankfully not quite as ahem `large` as Eddie`s originally was.
Michelle was planning to email Karin and Alex about Eddie`s possible brother when low and behold we received this email from them first:
I see that bully buddies has found Eddie's long lost brother and I would LOVE for them to meet. I didn't think it was possible to have such a mish mash of a dog, but let alone to have TWO of them. I think it could be fate.
Eddie is doing well, and his manners have improved tremendously will some dog classes and some time with our dog walker who introduced Eddie to a lot of new friends. He's still a terrier and will get the occasional shoe, or leave the occasional surprise for you, but we love him and couldn't imagine our family without him. I've attached a recent photo.....happiest dog in the world!
Let me know if we could set up a "play date" at some point.
Well as you can imagine Freddie and Eddie instantly hit it off and played together non-stop for an hour and a half: on top of that Karin and Alex fell in love with Freddie too. So this is how a couple who were looking to adopt a short-haired bully breed kind of dog wind up being parents to two wiry terriers with long bodies, short legs and huge under-bites. Perhaps Eddie really is a wizard after-all as how else can one explain such a cunning stunt!
A picture of foster mom Michelle trying to get a picture of the duo when Eddie came over to see if he approved of Freddie: