BENEFITING: LEON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
EVENT DATE: Oct 22, 2017
Darcie Morningstar wrote -
I was attending Pints for Paws with friends back in June. As we walked around and tasted the homemade brews we pet all the adoptable dogs the volunteers were walking around the venue. I was headed to the food stand when I saw him, this wrinkly snaggle tooth American Bulldog. I immediately approached the volunteer and asked his name. It was Edgar. She informed me he was 12-years-old and they were struggling to find a home for him due to his old age. I pulled out my phone and texted my husband that I would be bringing home a third dog. For those that attended our wedding, one of my vows to Tyler is I would not exceed owning three dogs at a time, so he couldn't refuse!
We worked with Amy Raddar at the Leon County Humane Society who made arrangements for us to bring home Edgar to join our family of old dogs. We have Jade, an eight-year-old American Bulldog, and Dingo, a fourteen-year-old Corgi. Together they make Tyler and I's "Senior Panel".
I will admit that not long after we brought Edgar home we knew we had a long road ahead regarding his health. He had a skin infection that caused his hair to fall out on his back and rear legs, he had been chained for a long period of time in his previous life which caused all the fur on his neck to fall out. He was skinny. He has burn marks on his legs. He also battled a chronic ear infection, "the worse we've ever seen" is what our vet told us.
I want to make this clear, for those who know my husband Tyler, before we were married, he was NOT a dog person. He actually hated all animals. He was allergic, thought they were loud, dirty and a giant waste of money.
Now, with that in mind, I want to explain to you why I believe my husband, Tyler Huston, is the ultimate Humane Hero.
Since the day Edgar came home to our family, Tyler made it a priority of his to overcome Edgar's health problems. Tyler has put Edgar in HIS CAR (I know I still cannot believe this either) and taken him to the vet more than 12 times for ear flushes, surgery, cultures, and check-ups. Each night, Tyler administer's Edgar's medicated ear drops. I do the easy part and hold Edgar still while Tyler gently cleans the debris and infection from Edgar's ears with a QTip. I also want to make this clear, Tyler does not do well with the dog's bodily fluids, and Edgar's gnarly ear infection looks and smells like rotting flesh. Tyler handles it like a champ while I held my breath and tried not to be sick.
As I sit here and tell you this story, Tyler is on the way to the vet with Edgar (in his car again) for what will hopefully be a positive check up on his ears.
Tyler's efforts are what will allow Edgar to live out the rest of his senior days at our home as part of our family.
Why does Tyler do this? It's costly (and we all know Tyler is anti-spending money), it's time-consuming. Tyler does this because Egar is a good boy. And Tyler is a good man, a dog lover, a Humane Hero. Tyler is my hero.