the earthdog crew
meet the earthdog pack, the inspiration and namesakes of our products. click on an image for some fun facts about each dog.
simon simon is a terrier mix who spent a good portion of his first year of life in a shelter. the only thing to say about this complete wacko is he adds comic relief to every day. we thank the fool who abandoned him.
wilson wilson, a jack russell terrier, was rescued after he was abandoned in a field as a puppy. after recovering from pneumonia, he developed the personality and spirit of a dog 20 times his size. the world is filled only with adventure and excitement to this incredibly loving and eccentric dog – he would be appalled if he knew he was once abandoned.
indi indi is our family rodeo clown. you know how young boys pull the pigtails of girls they like and taunt them mercilessly? this is indi's daily life with the many "boys" in our house. her tongue is black as night (often appearing dead) which earned her the name, indigo, indi to her friends.
phineus if we were to dissect phineus, we would surely find him comprised totally of buttercream icing. he is all sweetness and light. "phat" phinny is a true fat chunk and we're certain the spirit of avery has taken him over.
reilley reilley was adopted from a lovely family that could no longer care for him. he's the biggest, spazziest goofball going. as he's terrified of strangers, and everyone but dave & i qualify as strangers, you'll have to take our word on this. passersby of the earthdog compound can often see him flailing exuberantly after his shiny, red ball. when it is no longer shiny, it's no longer reilley's ball (and if it doesn't start off red, forget about it). very eccentric.
jewel jewel is an irish wolfhound mix who was left at a shelter on two occasions by two different families. on an outing one day, a lovely man referred to her as "phenomenal" - enough said.
fletcher fletcher, watson's brother, is a true comedian and mr. mclovin. he leaves us speechless because he's such a character. his ratio of intelligence to deviance is a bit too equal for our sanity but he makes up everything in spades with his enormous heart.
watson watson, fletcher's brother, is our tough guy with nothing to back himself up. what velveteen rabbit actually has any fight in them? he and his brother like nothing more than beating the bejinkles out of each other. they lead a rather joyous existence.
flanaganflanagan is a deaf probable irish wolfhound who we adopted after his original owners surrendered him to a shelter but not before they had left him locked in a cage and grossly over-medicated him for the year and a half they had him. he's a little rough around the edges but is shaping up wonderfully to be an awesome companion.
speckspeck is a deaf cattle dog who was apparently an unwanted gift and ended up with a rescue group. we adopted her and found her to be a keeper. her little stature (hopefully her legs will grow into her body) does not fully contain her attitude - she's giving us all a run for our money.
carlycarly entered the fold here perhaps more seamlessly than any other previous dog. she was a rescue living in foster care when we became aware of her and we're happy to welcome her to her permanent family. her foster mom provided revision surgery on her previously botched tail amputation (a product of her chewing because she was kept in a cage and bored) and she’s now an 80-lb, 7-month-old, gangly, uncoordinated goofball who seems to be relishing her freedom. she fell fast in love with speck and flanagan, although together they don’t match her energy level. thankfully, with very careful supervision she’s only destroyed a few things thus far. she's a sweet, lovely lady!
benny benny, benny, benny…what can we say about benny. when we became aware of benny he had been pulled from a kill shelter and was about 3 months old yet we weren’t convinced we had the wherewithal to handle a puppy. when we learned he was deaf it seemed he was meant to be a colella and we snapped him up. he has turned out to be the greatest little guy and the best medicine to heal our aching hearts having lost demeter & astrid within weeks of each other. everyone loves him, especially carly and speck, and he is the best puppy you could ask for. he is incredibly sweet, deliciously soft and an overall gem…his only fault is that he seems to think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!
slaterslater was an impromptu addition who we brought home from a local adoption event. we already loved him but once we found out he had been returned to the shelter twice we definitely couldn't leave him behind. he's a goofy, gangly, dedicated friend and yet he's also a loner dottie.
zigzig is a puppymill reject because he's missing most of his front right arm. what he's not missing is character or spunk. he's fearless as long as he doesn't have to interact with people and doesn't venture beyond our gates. we expect him to be housebroken by 2014. puppymill behavioral scars aside he's a fantastic addition to our family and proof that rejects are worth saving.
odin oh this dog! odin is the sweetest, friendliest, most loving creature. the fact that he is all that after having suffered many atrocities at the hands of some very cruel people makes him all the more special. by the age of 3 months he required the removal of one eye and at 8 months required ear canal removal on the other side because of this abuse. we feel incredibly fortunate to have this amazing guy in our family and will do everything in our power to keep the rest of his life as pain-free as possible.
kody: 12/89-11/1/04 cap'n kody is the reason we're all here in the first place. his effect on our life is immeasurable. he inspired a business that continues to fuel our spirit. he was regal & brilliant and took crap from no one. the absolute greatest!
sage: 8/92-3/16/03sage was a very, very odd bird (not the sharpest tool in the box, if you will.) she had distemper as a puppy which left her with a couple of teeth in her mouth, 3 legs and not much brain function. she was delightfully goofy. oddly enough, in her day, sage was the leader of the pack - shows you how far beauty can get you. her breath could melt metal but her head smelled like a field of lavender - we can still smell it today!!!
dietrich: 1/95-7/24/07dietrich, aka lammie, was a shepherd mix who was the result of a backyard breeder. in spite of being a genetic disaster, she was every bit as sweet and gentle as she appears. her hobbies included licking the floor incessantly (she was our organic stain remover), eating and sleeping and she was a capricorn. she was the very embodiment of sweetness. she will not be forgotten.
avery: 1910?-6/26/02avery, aka biggie, was rescued in the parking lot of an arby's, which is more befitting than you could ever know. he was a big, goofy, meatball of a dog. he was older than the hills when we found him and we had 5 years with him. he was a perfect example of a once unwanted dog who turned out to be among the greatest in history.
seamus: 2/97-8/30/05 seamus was a scottish deerhound mix who was rescued from an abusive situation. he was kitchen counter height - our seamus mantra was "just because you can doesn't mean you should." he was joyful and gorgeous.
fat moe: 1/03-7/31/04 fat moe was an indescribable mix who was found as a rotund, 3-month-old puppy tanning herself in the middle of the road. although she developed into a slender, young gal, her name was still befitting her rather dense noggin. her smile indicated she had either just completed or was planning her next horrendous act. she was completely fabulous. we lost her to a bleeding disorder at a young age but she packed a lot of living in that short life and her legacy lives on.
garcia: 8/1995-1/12/08 garcia, demeter's sister, clearly lost the bulk of the oxygen to demeter in the womb. she was a faithful companion and an avid swimmer...what more could you ask for? her loss was discussed on the blog
owney: 2/05-4/4/08 owney is buddha...very simply buddha. he was rescued after he was deemed a breeding stock reject and kept in poor conditions. he now adds nothing to our life but brightness and light. we almost lost him last year to a stomach obstruction and that was a time of complete darkness. he recovered completely and continues to add joyousness to every day. he is unexplainable other than to say he loves everything, would never hurt a fly and is as steadfast & true as anything can be.
even after his loss, which was discussed on our blog, he still fills us with peace & love.
demeter: 8/1995-1/19/10 demeter, garcia's sister, is our household marie osmond. her teeth are brilliant white, which is a great thing as you would not want to come across her in a dark alley, if you're a dog. if you're a human (which you probably are) she's lovely.
we lost demeter in jan 2010 after a very valiant fight with bladder cancer.
astrid: 12/95-12/21/09 astrid is a shepherd mix who was rescued as a homeless puppy. originally projected to be a large dog, it would seem that a dachshund must have climbed into her family tree somewhere along the line. this is a good thing as she fancies herself a harry houdini of sorts and takes pleasure in squeezing into amazingly tight spaces. she is very affectionate and usually all over us like a cheap suit.
we said goodbye to astrid on dec 21, 2009...she is dearly missed.
murray: 10/96-11/10/11murray, a terrier mix, was dropped at a shelter with his littermates at 4-weeks old. amazingly, his enormous, adorable head is only part of his mystique, he's also absolute magic.
we said goodbye to murray on 11/10/11 shortly after celebrating his 15th bday...we're so grateful to have shared our lives with this amazing spirit.
zander: 5/06-10/17/13 zander fit in like he's always belonged with us. he was a stray that a family took in, and after he chased off a coyote and was kicked in the head by their horse, they dropped him at a kill shelter. fortunately we were the lucky winners of the zanman...he's quite fabulous.
earlier this year zander developed an aggressive seizure disorder and we lost him tragically due to the complications. we miss him dearly.
dooley: 4/06-2/3/13 we were contacted about dooley when his original family decided they no longer had time for him and wanted to rehome him. at the time we were in the midst of rescuing carly, who was number 15 in the house (the highest number ever) – a 16th dog did not seem doable. because dooley was not neutered we agreed to take him with the caveat that if he didn’t fit in we would find a great home for him. at this time i can honestly say i’m ecstatic that we agreed to take him – he is an incredibly sweet and loving dog. dooley’s a colella now (and forever)!
dooley suffered a splenic and gastric torsion in sept 2013. he survived emergency surgery and seemed to be recuperating well, however, because of complications required two further emergency surgeries over the next 5 months. we tragically lost him to cardiac arrest the morning after his third surgery. we are devastated to have lost this amazing guy. he was a big presence in our family and, while we're grateful to have had 5 extra months with him and so proud of his fight to survive, we feel robbed to have lost him at the young age of 6. he will not be forgotten.
violetviolet came to us desperately needing care for a broken leg that had been left untreated for weeks. she's left with a short leg that doesn't bend but she sees nothing wrong with that. she limped into this house the first day like she belonged and she was right...she did. we adore this little alien. as it turns out this was not the right place for violet but we are happy to report she is in a wonderful forever home.