Dogs of Kelowna: Eddie

Meet Eddie, just one of the amazing dogs you can find living in the City of Kelowna

Meet the dogs of Kelowna, this is Eddie and his owner Jenny McAlpine.

Tell us about yourself, how your dog came into your life and your favourite thing to do in Kelowna?

My name is Jenny McAlpine. Eddie joined our family as a puppy in December 2017. After hearing so much about the wonderful work that therapy dogs are doing with humans, I made the decision to get my own pup, train him, and certify him as a therapy dog to bring a little happiness to people who need it in our community. We both love the outdoors so we’re fortunate to live in Kelowna where there are countless things to do in the outdoors.

Tell us about your Dog?

. He’s got loads of nicknames like ‘the polar bear’, ‘the yeti’, ‘schnoodle’. His favourite activities are chasing balls and sticks (still learning to bring them back and drop them!), tummy rubs, hiking, and swimming in Okanagan Lake. He also loves spending time with his girlfriend next door called Kate (she’s a yellow lab). He has a wonderful, happy, active life.

What has been your dog’s favourite adventure?

Eddie’s favourite adventures would be anything in the outdoors. He loves snow, water, and is great off leash. He goes to Day School with Uncle Wayne and the pack at Dogizes once a week and I watch the videos posted afterwards to see what exciting adventures they get up to each day.

Please share any challenges you have faced with your dog:

Eddie is rather food motivated (aren’t we all!?), but has a bit of a sensitive tummy so I need to keep a close eye on what he eats. Also with those big floppy, fluffy ears, he is prone to ear infections so we have to keep those ears in check.

How far has your dog come, with these challenges?

I’ve never had a dog before so getting a puppy was a huge undertaking, and I wanted to ensure that I had the right advice and training for both of us. With the help and patience of Wayne and his team at Dogzies, both Eddie and I have learned, and continue to learn. I’m teaching him good dog manners, how to bring that ball or stick back to me, and he’s teaching me to have patience and reminding me what unconditional love is.

What else should we know about Eddie?

We lost our daughter, Georgia, to suicide two years ago. After her death I tried to find meaning in things, to advocate, and to help others. Nothing really made sense, although I had a yearning for ‘doing something to help’ nothing felt meaningful. Over time, I met people who owned therapy dogs, kids who spent time with therapy dogs, heartwarming stories about connections with therapy dogs. It all started to fit together and Eddie joined our family in Dec 2017. He is now a certified therapy dog with the B.A.R.K. Program at UBCO and is a hit with everyone he meets. That goofy smile, giant paws, the unconditional love. That’s my boy!

Missed last week’s dog?

Click here

Dogs of Kelowna is sponsored by: Dogzies Canine School and Doak Shirreff Lawyers.

If you wish your dog to be featured please contact: Breanna Nathorst at breanna.nathorst@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Firefighter spring training comes to Lake Country

From LNG to breaking down doors, firefighters get training from industry pros

Okanagan FC kicks off regular season Saturday night

OKFC starts their inaugural season of the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) in Penticton

Lake Country joins celebration of local government professionals

The district joined communities across the province by planting a new tree

Kootnekoff: Nervous about random drug testing?

Are you an employer with workers performing safety sensitive activities, but without… Continue reading

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Severe thunderstorm watch

Environment Canada forecasts thunder, cloud and rain for one more day

Firefighter spring training comes to Lake Country

From LNG to breaking down doors, firefighters get training from industry pros

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Missing Shuswap teen found safe

The teen was found by searchers at 4:30 a.m. on May 25

More than just a playground: Penticton’s Busy Beans Play Café to help parents and children

Owners Kim Wade and Tracey Wiseman want to use their expertise to help struggling families

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near Canyon Hot Springs due… Continue reading

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

Okanagan woman celebrates 101 years young on the back of a Harley Davidson

Last Saturday Violet Madeline celebrated 101 years. A member of the Lower… Continue reading

Most Read