The Hound is Loose

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

Meet the newest member of the Colthorp clan-- Ed.

We walked into the Capital Area Humane Society a few weeks ago with high expectations, but we never thought we'd exceed them in the first eyes that met ours.

You walk through the doors into the kennel and cage area and the first thing that strikes you is all the barking.  My wife immediately was taken with a little brown and white mutt.  He was the only one not barking and he was just laying down checking things out.  We walked over and were immediately in love.  My wife more than I, since she spent most of our visit right there.


"I don't know what else we're going to see here, but I know we're going home with a dog," I said knowing at the very least this guy would go home with us.

Turns out just about every other dog we liked was already adopted and waiting to be taken home.  Except the hound/terrier/lab mix named Edward that we loved from the get-go.  Julie and I liked him the best anyway, but the kids needed a few minutes alone to come around since he was a little big for a puppy at 30 pounds.  I think they had their hearts set on a furry little fella to raise into a big boy.  But five minutes later, they were as in love as Julie was.  And since we all kind of liked the name Edward-- we let it stay.  The girls like to say Eddie, but I like to come home and say hi to Ed.

He's good on the house training, and he's cool with his crate, too.  But, like all dogs, he loves to chew stuff and he's even gotten into the ornaments on the tree. 


Here's the cool part-- Ed loves the snow.  That might not sound like a big deal, but Ed is a Southern dawg, born in Mississippi.  He arrived in Michigan through an overcrowding exchange program.  I thought he'd never want to go outside in the winter, but the dude looks like a snowmobile when he gets out there and gets going.

So, we're fans of the big guy and everything he brings to the house and the family.  Hopefully he'll do that for a long, long time.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2010 at 05:18 PM
    thats such a cute dog. we adopted a puppy from there that you guys had on your show on july 30 2010 bandit
  • by Bill Location: Jackson on Jul 18, 2010 at 04:14 PM
    There is nothing man can do when he enters the kennels at any HS with the wife and children, All of our dogs have been adopted from these wonderful places, 3 dogs 2 different places. the only regret I have ever had is that they would not allow us to take them all home. dogs with human names are the best by far.
  • by lz Location: newsroom on Feb 8, 2010 at 06:38 PM
    aww this made me tear up! can't wait to meet the pooch. he looks awesome. i smell a wilx softball mascot!??!?!
  • by Beth Location: Haslett on Jan 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    He's a cutie. Our dog was from CAHS too--a Tennessee boy brought to Lansing for the same reason. He's great--4 years old now (2 when we adopted). Don't know why no one picked him earlier--I guess he was waiting for us!
  • by trish Location: williamston on Jan 15, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    I love the fact that you are showing your support to the Humane Society - they do so much and need the communities support.
  • by Jennifer Location: Okemos on Dec 31, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    Mutts are the best! My brother and I won a dog at the movie theater back in 1962. She was a mix of a German shepherd and a beagle, and a more loving, loyal dog would have been hard to find! We named her Caesar before we realized she was female, but Caesar she remained. We had her for 14 1/2 wonderful years. So, if Ed is a mutt, he's a winner! Enjoy him!
  • by Lori Location: St. Johns on Dec 19, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    I adopted a Dog from the Humane Society about 14 years ago. Pete was one of the best dogs we ever had. We lost Pete in September he was 15 1/2 years old. If someone is looking for a animal I would suggest they go to the shelter. The staff was great and the animals there need a loving home. I'm sure the Colthorp family will have many good and happy years with Ed. P.S. don't forget to get Ed a bone for Christmas.
  • by Janet Location: Okemos on Dec 13, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    Hey Jason - I am looking forward to regular updates about Ed (I'm seeing a "Marley and Me" thing going on here)!! Anywho - Have a Merry Christmas - Ed certainly will now that he is a member of such a wonderful family. He is now guaranteed a lifetime of love!
  • by Meriam's Location: Elsie, MI on Dec 12, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    Hey Jason! I remember running into you and the family at the restaurant the day you adopted Ed =) What a cute guy and sounds like a great personality! He will grow up with your girls and bring a lot to the family I am sure. Somehow I feel the animals who are rescued know it and are that much more loyal. I should know...I have rescued dogs, cats and a horse! Love them all! Enjoy Ed, and may the Colthorp Family have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
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