He refused to come back in the house and darted off through a wooded patch and onto nearby railroad tracks. He trotted along the gravel & ties, across a bridge and kept going. Eddie was missing for 3 days and we were beside ourselves.
Fortunately someone found him, identified him with a photo we had shared with nearby animal shelters and contacted us. We picked him up at the lady's home which was just a block away from the railroad tracks, 6 or 7 miles away, as the train rides.
We were so relieved, Eddie was happy to be back at home and this episode came to be known as "Eddie's Big Adventure."
Eddie had been with us for a little over a year at this point and
we thought it might be good for him to have a canine playmate
and that fostering a rescue dog would be a good way to try adding another
little dog in the family.
A local animal rescue organization was about to take in a 2 year-old chihuahua. So this little fellow comes to our house at the end of April, 2008.
He immediately made friends with us and the other pets in the house. Unlike Eddie, he was trusting and playful with just about everyone, including "dad".
We took him to our veterinarian after a few days for an examination and to be neutered. It was during this brief absence that we realized we were totaly enamoured of him and decided on plan-b -- fostering turned into adoption.
Now "dad" had a little dog, too. His name was unknown when he arrived. We named him Charlie.
Charlie also likes hanging around, sharing blankets, sofas and chairs with the cats.
That's Jon Li on the left and Rah on the right.
Jack got along well with the other dogs but not with people. After a few incidents we realized it wasn't going to work out. We kept him until another foster home was found for him.
Charlie and Eddie enjoying a sunbeam together. (Nov 2009)
Eddie, Charlie and the cats (Jon Li, Pumpkin Pie, Rah and Piper) were living the good life at home. Kathy started volunteering at the Main Line Animal Rescue working with "the littles" and shy dogs. She was helping prepare them for adoption and "forever homes" by getting them accustomed to the kind of human interaction and play time many of the incoming rescues hadn't experienced before.
She wasn't adapting to the kennel situation and so we volunteered to foster her in the quieter enironment at home.
Fortunately it worked out really well. The new arrival fit in well and became a part of the household. We also gave her a new name, Sadie.
She stayed with us for a year or more until ....
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