Evo & Eli's Love Box C/O Calvin J Forsythe Jr.
Evo and Eli, two very young dachshunds, were dumped
at a shelter by a back yard breeder. The breeder
dumped them when they could not sell them because
had not treated them for demodex mange and allowed
both Evo and Eli to scratch
and itch so much that they lost their hair and were
covered in scabs. How sad to go through that only
being a puppy.
A rescue I volunteer for took them from the shelter
and provided treatment for them. Slowly but surely
with their meds, the hair started growing back.
There were some bald spots but the medicine and lots
of love made a difference. No more scratching and
now they could concentrate on being puppies!
Evo and Eli were inseparable. They did everything
together because of their special bond. If they
could not see each other they would cry and whine
until they found one another. If Evo had a vet
appointment, Eli would have to go along because if
he was left behind he would destroy his crate pad
and blanket and have bloody paws trying to get out
of his kennel to find his brother.
It was thought that Evo and Eli would one day be
adopted to a furever family and spend their days
being loved and care for like they deserved. This
would not be their fate.
Evo got sick very quickly and was taken to the vet.
Their foster mom, Georgeanne, was told that Evo had
an enlarged heart and was dying. It was a hard
decision but knowing that Evo was suffering,
Georgeanne could only hold Evo and tell him he was a
good boy and that she loved him while he passed over
to the Rainbow Bridge on December 4, 2010.
After Evo’s passing, his foster mommy, Georgeanne,
wanted to do something in his memory and she thought
of Evo’s Love Box knowing that Evo and Eli never had
anything of their own before coming into rescue.
They had only dreamed of a soft bed, collars and
toys! Georgeanne, thought it would be a great idea
to collect items for other needy dachshunds.
Meanwhile, Eli mourned for his brother for weeks. He
would walk around whining all day and after Evo went
to the Rainbow Bridge, Eli would not sleep or eat
for 2 days. Eli was heartbroken as he looked daily
for his brother. He would go to Evo’s crate, look
for him in his old bed, on and behind the couch and
check every blanket in every room but could not find
Evo. Georgeanne continued to console Eli and tell
him that his brother was not there but Eli would not
give up looking for him.
On December 31st at 1:30am, Eli woke Georgeanne. She
thought he might have to potty so she put on her
slippers and picked him up to take him outside. As
Georgeanne carried Eli down the hallway she could
feel his heart beating fast but she thought he must
really be excited about going outside. When they
came back inside, Eli went to bed with his foster
mommy and daddy but Georgeanne knew something wasn’t
right because she could hear Eli breathing fast and
heavy. She decided that she would call her vet, Dr.
Shew, to see what she thought about his breathing.
Dr. Shew recommended that she take Eli to the
Mountain View Animal Emergency Clinic. Georgeanne
and Eli hurried to the Emergency Vet. Eli was
quickly evaluated and Dr. Maria Ciaravella told
Georgeanne the bad news – Eli had an enlarged heart
just like his brother. The emergency vet tried
several things but Eli was not responding to the
medicine. Georgeanne was again going to have to help
another baby cross over to the Rainbow Bridge.
During this terrible moment where Georgeanne would
have to help Eli make this difficult transition she
was greeted by a warm smile, Dr. Heidi Mostoller had
arrived, the same vet that had helped when Evo went
to the Rainbow Bridge. Georgeanne help Eli as he
went to the Rainbow Bridge and told him how brave he
was and that he was loved and the he was going to be
able to finally find his brother at the Rainbow
In honor of these two brothers, his foster mom has
created Evo & Eli’s Love Box. This Love Box will
allow their love to be passed onto to those other
babies in need who are cared for by loving foster
parents. Inside of Evo & Eli’s Love Box we hope to
have items like sweaters, collars, leashes, squeaky
toys, soft beds, fleece blankets, gift certificates
to pet stores, etc.
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