In late August, Bruce Howard was walking Eddie and his brother Luke when the three of them were suddenly surrounded by a pack of five coyotes. Bruce and Luke were able to escape but one coyote attacked Eddie, leaving him entirely limp on the ground. Bruce called 911 and Eddie was rushed to the intensive care unit at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services (AIMSS), where they began to treat his severe wounds, including a bruised lung, penetrating chest wounds and a fractured rib.
Bruce, 62 years old and out of work since December, needed help to cover the extensive medical expenses. AIMSS drew on its $700 grant-in-aid from SFAfA and contributed another $700 of in-kind services. As the bill continued to cli
mb, Bruce created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs, which ultimately climbed to north of $15,000.
Miraculously Eddie has made a full recovery and while Bruce says Eddie still has PTSD and is afraid of German Shepherds, he has even gone back to visit Stern Grove and the site of the incident, a place he has always loved to play. “Eddie is my new hero,” wrote Bruce on the GoFundMe page. “He is determined to do all the dog things he used to do.”