From Homeless to a Gentleman

Alumni Feed — By on September 19, 2011 9:42 am


By Karen Murray, ‘84

This is Teddy.  He was feral –very feral– and living (if you can call it that) in my Orlando neighborhood.  He was in bad shape from homeless street life, full of bloody wounds.  I did TNR on him (humanely trapped him and had him neutered and vaccinated and then released him where he had been trapped).  Many months later I saw him down the street from my house and I called his name, which at that time was “Black and White.”  He followed me home, keeping a big distance between us.  That’s when a relationship started to develop between us.  It literally took years, but Teddy eventually decided he wanted to move in with me, and now he’s not feral at all.  Indeed, he’s extremely civilized: he walks on a leash, and on request (with the expectation of a treat) scratches his post, gives high five, shakes hands, kisses, sits, lies down, pirouettes (in both directions), and passes a ball.  He is now known around the neighborhood as a gentleman and a scholar.


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  1. Aaron says:

    Teddy is a lucky boy, indeed!

  2. Richard says:

    I think Teddy’s good manners reflect his good steward’s patience, kindness and love for animals.

  3. Beth says:

    Your story lets us see that everyone deserves a chance–even bloody, down on his luck Teddy. Kudos to you for being able to build trust with this fella. As street smart as he is, he never would have come to you (and perform ballet, no less) if he didn’t sense what a trustworthy person you are.

  4. Karen says:

    I would like to say that my heart was warmed by all the kindness-to-animals stories from ISU folks. When there are so many horrors around, including/especially regarding animals, it is really uplifting to be reminded that there are a lot of good people out there who really love and respect animals and understand their importance.

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