Chester Edisto, the Wonder Dog

Pulled: Thursday June 2, 2011 from a local rescue

Rescue commitment: Friday October 21, 2011 by Last Chance Animal Rescue

Poor Chester E. He’s the foster that seems to have become permanent. It’s hard to be the letter “E” and to watch Chesters F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, and Y go to their new homes.

Scott says it’s my fault, for not “selling” Chester E. But, I want to be honest, and, well, Chester E. is a dog I still haven’t figured out.

Scott says that Chester E. is the “weird kid” and my friend, Casey, elaborated by saying that he’s the kid who eats his boogers and is consequently left lonely on the playground.

Chester E. is afraid of nearly everything. Scott was feeding him one morning and dropped some pellets of dog food on the floor accidentally. Chester E. ran and hid under the kitchen table.

I walked outside with Chester E. and a big black and blue butterfly flew by. Chester E. ran and hid under the patio table.

So, yes, Chester E. is afraid of his own food. And of butterflies.

BUT, Chester E. is incredibly determined when he sets his mind to things. See photo, above, in which Edisto is determined to fit into a bed for a 10 lb, rather than 40 lb, dog. “You do not fit, Chester E.” I said. — to which Chester E. seems to reply, below:

“I do not care.”

Oh, Edisto. And, as you can see, he’s determined to fit not only himself, but also his favorite stuffed animal (a horse).

And, indeed, when he sets his mind to it, Chester E. seems to have super-canine abilities. If he wants to escape the laundry room (one of the places we try to get him to sleep at night), he will leap the baby gate in a single bound. The first time he did it, I thought it was because I had used the smaller of the two baby gates. But, then, he jumped the taller one in a single bound as well. So, to prevent Edisto from escaping now, we have to do this:

And, despite being afraid of butterflies, Chester E. tried to steal food from his foster brother Chester X. — a pit bull mix. Chester X. growled politely, as if to say, “This is my food, Edisto. Go eat your own.” A second later, Chester X. was crying and bleeding from the ear, b/c Chester E. went all Mike Tyson on his . . . ear.

I never would have believed it if I hadn’t seen it. And kudos to Chester X, who is still E.’s friend regardless.

So what is Chester E.? He’s both nerdy Clark Kent and hero Superman. He’s a Wonder Dog. Or, as Casey likes to say: “Edisto: You’re such a Goober.”

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