In mid-August 2004, someone picked up a stray Jack Russell terrier about 3 months old. They noticed it had deformed front legs, so they dropped it at the vet. A veterinarian nurse called us to see if we would take him - without stressing too much upon the extent of his physical problem. She said to me that if anyone could help the puppy, it would be us. So she asked if we would take him. On 23rd August, we adopted the little puppy. It was then that we realised the extent of his deformity. This deformity was even more reason for us to take the little puppy.
Later that evening, while talking to Maheshwara on the phone, he suggested the name of "Eddie" for the puppy. That is a very good name for the little terrier. All of the cats and dogs have taken to the little guy straight away. We felt so much love for Eddie and wanted to protect and nurture him.
As the pictures taken on the day of his arrival show, he could barely stand because his front legs were so bowed. We carried him around like a baby because his legs shook just from his weight when he tried to stand up. We put a cushion under his legs when he ate to ease his discomfort. Steffan and I were delighted to have him.
When I called him the second day that he was with us, he tried so hard to walk to me, dragging his feet and his head as he crawled across the floor. My heart sank as I watched him bravely struggle to me. I told myself not to call him again unless he could walk.
The change in Eddie was dramatic from the first day he arrived. Others commented that he quickly went from looking like nobody's dog to a happy, confident and affectionate puppy. Eddie is a tough fighter with a strong spirit.
Eddie put on weight very quickly and his condition was worsening because his legs couldn't stand the additional weight. He shook violently when he tried to stand up. It was heartbreaking to watch this valiant little dog try to move about.
I kept asking Eddie who he was because I recognised the face behind Eddie, but could not recall where I had seen him before. On 27th August 2004, before I said goodnight to Eddie, I gave him about one minute of healing for his deformity. The next morning, I saw Eddie up on the window sill. The day before, Eddie could not even climb into his indoor doghouse. When Eddie saw me, he was so excited that he jumped from the window to greet me. I knew then that Eddie could walk! Eddie was able to stand up and walk straight to me.
All the other dogs knew something was very different about Eddie that day. They all stared at him with surprised looks on their faces. When I asked Eddie who he was, he gave me a look and I said, "Is that you Andy?" and he said, "Yes, I am."
In his last life, Andy passed away when he was 25 years old. He was in his final year at university when he fell ill with cancer. He died 26 years ago. He was born with polio and had to drag his feet when he walked. In that life, he was also very determined to walk despite the problems he had with his legs.
Andy is part of the Rescue Team - he has been working on the subtle level since his physical death. He has now come back as a little puppy to help with Class 3.
We have another friend who passed on a few years ago who returned a few months ago in a poodle's body to help with the Class 3 work. These are both very cheerful beings.
Here are some photos taken of Eddie on the first day of his arrival at Alukar Heights. He got progressively worse afterwards, until he received the healing. Eddie is now a confident, happy puppy. He is well behaved and very affectionate. He brings us a lot of joy. He is growing stronger by the day.
We have had a lot of new animals arrive here as they prepare for the "drumming".