In our weekly “Happy Tails” series, we often focus on the life-saving aspect of animal adoption. Abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs and cats find their second chance at the ASPCA, and we couldn’t be more grateful to all those who have opened their homes to our animals over the years. But every now and then, we hear the story of an adoption that reminds us that sometimes, the life-saving goes both ways. Eddie’s story is one such story.
We first met Eddie in December 2013. The 5-year-old Miniature Pinscher was surrendered when his owner could no longer keep up with his health and behavioral issues, which included anxiety, excessive barking, and pancreatitis. We knew that he would need a loving adopter who was willing to work through his issues and keep up with his medical and dietary needs. Fortunately, in February, Samuel C. walked through our door.
For the last 28 years, Samuel and his husband, Joseph, have cared for dogs and cats. A few months after their 15-year-old Jack Russell Terrier passed away, they headed to the ASPCA Adoption Center to begin the search for their next furry friend. “Eddie caught our eye during the tour,” says Samuel. “One of the vets informed us that he was diagnosed with pancreatitis, and that he required a strict low-fat diet, a daily dosage of Denamarin, prescription meals, and would be unable to be showered with treats. Nevertheless, we felt that he needed us to restore his confidence in humans and spoil the hell out of him for the rest of his life.”
Though Eddie had a reputation for irritability, he won Samuel and Joseph over. “After sitting on the floor for 15 minutes with him, he finally approached us and licked me in the face. As far as I was concerned, that was all the confirmation I needed,” Samuel says. “He was ready to join our family and allow two doting dads to make the rest of his life a funhouse.”
Back at home, Samuel and Joseph changed Eddie’s name to “Casie-Lou Eddie,” and the adjustment period was even easier than expected. “By the end of the second week, Casie was sleeping with us, going on long walks, and entertaining his dads in the apartment like he has been a part of our family for years,” Samuel recalls. “We were warned that Casie might bark incessantly at loud noises. We were also told that Casie could not be touched everywhere on his body and might snap at us, but we are pleased to announce that our investigative Min Pin allows us to cradle him in our arms in order to give him belly rubs.”
Though it does seem that Samuel and Joseph saved Eddie’s life, Samuel disagrees. “Adopting, loving, and caring for pets helps me to maintain my health. For at least 15 years, I have been living with diabetes and CHR,” he says. “Concentrating on my furry buddy helps me keep everything in perspective.”
Casie continues to improve, both physically and behaviorally, under Samuel and Joseph’s care. “There isn’t a day goes by that we don’t question why any person would ever give up such a sweet butterscotch buddy like our Casie.”
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