For the Love of Eddy
Creating a Safe Haven for Today and Tomorrow
Paul and Lydia Stevens of Colorado Springs, Colorado, don't have children. Or do they? Consider Eddy, a Chihuahua-terrier mix who came into the Stevenses' lives about 18 months ago.
"We had plans to go to Las Vegas for my 80th birthday," Lydia recalls.
But then, they received a call from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) saying that a young dog in poor health needed a home right away.
"So, we canceled the trip to Vegas," Lydia says.
Instead, baby gates were set up and a regimented feeding schedule was put into place—a scenario that will sound familiar to any parent. Today, Eddy is a healthy, happy little guy who keeps Paul and Lydia on their toes, just like a toddler.
"He likes to go out and pick our ripe tomatoes," Lydia chuckles.
"He digs up potatoes for you, too," Paul points out.
"He digs them up for himself!" Lydia answers. "He's very smart—smarter than we are, maybe."
The Stevenses are used to rearranging their lives around their four-legged children. Several stray dogs have waited for them on their doorstep, almost as if they knew they'd be safe there.
"We've long kidded that we're the local branch of the Humane Society," Lydia says.
But when it comes to supporting the causes that matter to them, Lydia and Paul are not kidding around. They've been loyal contributors to HSPPR as far back as records have been kept, and they have used their will to make sure that support continues.
"We think they do a real good job and really don't get the recognition they need," Paul explains. "We have no living relatives, so we set up our estate so that what remains will go to the Humane Society."
But don't worry, he adds, "We've also made provisions for our animals!"
Lucky for Eddy—and lucky for all the animals served by HSPPR.
Learn more about making a gift that will provide a safe home for animals in our community by contacting Randy Harrelson at (719) 302-8737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.