1992? – 6/01/2006
When I first saw Eva’s picture on the GSRNE website, it was love at first sight. There was something in her eyes that said we were meant to be together. That was in the summer of 2002 when she was about 9 or 10. As I got to know her, I began to understand more of her past; her agility when tethered and her heavily callused elbows told me that she had spent most of her life tied up outside with asphalt for a yard. It was such a delight to watch her run freely and enjoy the freedom of her yard and roll around in the grass. She protected the neighborhood from noisy motorcycles was always on guard looking for them – and successfully chased them all away by running back and forth along her fence.
She adored kitties, took care of her 3 kitty siblings and helped me with fosters for Siamese Rescue of Virginia. I always wondered if she had had puppies; she enjoyed collecting squeak toy-babies and keeping them safe – several times a day she would check on them to make sure they were all safely tucked in their bed. She stole an old blanket from the laundry and dragged it to where her babies were – and that was their bed thereafter. Her goal was to give them each nibble-kisses without making them squeak, if one squeaked she was upset that she hurt it and licked it to make it better. I think this was the first time she had toys, as she valued each and every thing that was hers, and ‘knew’ each time I came home with a new toy for her, waiting with expectant eyes like a child on Christmas morning.