Age: 10 years old
Weight: 46 lbs
House trained: Yes, generally
Crate trained: Yes
Good with dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Yes
Good with kids: Yes
After spending his first ten years as a kennel dog, Eddie is a diamond in the rough -- with a heart of gold.
Eddie is doing a great job transitioning to house life, trying his best to please. After a decade without obedience training (except maybe “here, Eddie!), he is working on his stay, wait, touch, and off (yes, he is a counter-surfer, so be prepared). His foster is teaching him to ring bells at the backdoor to help him communicate -- especially at night, since his previous life allowed him to “go” anytime, anywhere.
He has been diagnosed with microphthalmia, a genetic eye disease where the third eyelids partially cover his retinas. This means that he has little forward vision, but he has adapted well to using his side vision. He is careful around obstacles, and you can make his life easier by giving him verbal and sensory “clues,” like carpet treads immediately adjacent to any step.
Eddie loves to love people, and he’s more active than you’d expect from a senior. Daily life starts off with a play tussle with his foster collie companion, breakfast, and then maybe a game of fetch with his favorite toy, before he snuggles into his favorite doggie bed for a nap. He enjoys walking -- loose leash! -- But don’t expect him to trek the Appalachian trail. He was very thin when he came into rescue so we’re working on building up his muscles.
Eddie has overcome so much. He was completely shaved to treat lesions from severe flea infestation, and we treated his infected ears. But we never had to fret over the spirit that makes this boy such a jewel.
Eddie is being fostered in Silver Spring, Maryland.