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Guest Post from HSSV: Adopt a Naughty Dog!

Uploaded: Dec 12, 2014
Here's a really fun guest post from Humane Society Silicon Valley. Thanks to Victoria Levy and Leanne Reis at UPRAISE Marketing + PR for making this happen. Have a read, and decide for yourself if YOU could handle this dog? If you think you might, here's his full profile at HSSV.

There are a lot of wonderful pets available for adoption right now, check it out here!

Full Disclosure: Three Reasons You DON'T Want To Adopt Eddie The Terrible


Things are about to get real....

We know, we know. He is adorable - all small and yellow and fluffy, and a little bit tubby which makes him seem softer somehow? like a dog you can trust with your secrets. But don't be fooled. Sure, he is a great listener, but inside that innocuous, adorable blonde package exists tons - indeed, whole square miles - of naughty.

It's true: Eddie the Terrible IS terrible. And we have three great reasons you shouldn't even think about adopting him.

Those zombies don't stand a chance now...

1) Like to go for walks in dog-friendly areas? Enjoy the dog park? Keep walking....

While Eddie the Terrible has never actually attacked another dog, he's made it abundantly clear that he hasn't ruled out the possibility. He goes from zero to Cujo in .05 seconds when he sees another dog on leash. Well, sayeth you, lots of small dogs bark at other dogs on leash. True. But we know people expect a lot from dogs in this day and age and when it comes to leash theatrics and Eddie is at the top of his game. Also true: he's made some progress. But if his adorable little blond-ness let you think this is going to be a plug-and-play dog, think again.

Granted, if there are no other dogs around, he's wonderful to take for a stroll. He loves him some leash walks and yard time. But at the sight of another dog, all bets are off. It's Cujo time.

We're pretty sure somewhere out there exists someone patient enough to work with him on this or someone who frankly doesn't give a bean if he likes to scream his head off for a few seconds at the neighbor's lab. But in the interest of full disclosure, we have to be honest.

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2) Want your kids to grow up with a full complement of fingers and toes? Not the dog for you

Some dogs love kids. We have a bunch of child-lovin' dogs. Eddie the Terrible, however, is not one of them. Honestly he's a little whiffy with some adults, too. Not in an eat-them sort of way but in 'this makes me very nervous' sort of way. Eddie's never actually bitten anyone, but we're not saying it could never happen.

In a home environment Eddie is lovely. He's housebroken, loyal, fun and friendly. He lives to play fetch! But, socially, he stinks.
We're in Silicon Valley - if we started throwing out the socially awkward, no one would ever have another piece of new technology again. We know somewhere out this little guy has a match.

Now that I have thumbs, let's get this party started...

3) Looking for a simple dog that will sleep in his crate? Not your guy.

So let's talk about the bed, or the sofa, or anywhere that you generally like to hang out - because that's where Eddie's going to want to bunk. Worried about dog hair on the furniture? Very valid worry if you adopt Eddie. While Eddie is crate trained, he has a weird thing about sleeping in the crate. And by weird thing, we mean 'nope, not happening'. A bed in your room? Awesome. In the bed with you? Better. In a crate? Let him sing you the song of his people...

In fact if you're looking for a floor-sleeping, speed bump of a dog that minds his own business, strike Eddie clean off your list. Eddie demands interaction. Not all the time and not in that follow-you-around-and-bark sort of way that makes you want to stick your head in the oven, just in a 'whither thou goest, I goest' way. Or however that goeth. You're in the living room? Cool, he wants to watch TV with you. Going outside? Did we mention that he loves fetch? Heck, if he didn't want to eat other dogs, he'd be a shoo-in as an agility pooch as he's played on the equipment and is pretty fearless.

Let's face it: unless you're looking for a dog that's a little bit of work, Eddie the Terrible is not the dog for you. We know, we know. He's super loyal, easy in the house and a lot of fun but he's a little rough around the edges. Actually he's kind of a jerk. But he's a jerk we believe in.
We're not expecting you to want to meet him but if you must, we really can't deter you.

If you love a challenge, are looking for the dog of a lifetime and think you can handle the thirteen pounds of terror that is Eddie, we won't stop you. You just go ahead and call 1.408.262.2133 ext 150. But don't say we didn't warn you.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Nancy H., a resident of Barron Park,
on Dec 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

One of the funniest things I've ever read. Extremely well-written. Give us more!

Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford,
on Dec 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm

A very clever, amusing way to "market" those hard to place dogs, just brilliant. I think local TV news did a brief spot on Eddie. May many unadoptable (and otherwise) dogs and cats find forever homes this season.

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