About Odie

About Odie

Welcome to My World

And what a world it is! I was adopted by my Mom in May 2011. I first met her while I was living at Chicago Animal Care and Control (aka the pound). I don’t even know how I got there or how long I had been there. My “Momz to be” came to pick up a guinea pig to transport to another shelter. The minute I laid eyes…well, you know, I knew she would be mine.

I was rescued from CACC by a wonderful pet store in Evanston IL doing some rescue work and they took me in like their own. I lived there for almost 6 months before my moms noticed that it was ME, and that I should go home with her. On May 2014, our 3rd anniversary, my moms wrote this nice blog about our life together. I think she really loves me.

Happy Anniversary, Odie! (My No-Eyed Shih-Tzu)

It has been 3 years since I adopted Odie. He was rescued from CACC by Thee Fishbowl in Evanston IL. And what an adventure it has been!
IMG_0462  Odie first haircut
Odie’s first day home                                        Odie’s first haircut

Odie came to me tired and worn after who knows how long in a shelter after who knows how many homes. He slept for the first two weeks and was very docile in the beginning. We had our challenges as to who was in charge. We both had our meltdowns. Marlene, from Bark Busters, helped me tremendously by showing me what it meant to have a dog, having been a cat person forever.

Odie has traveled with me to Cleveland, North Carolina, New Mexico and most recently accompanied me to BlogPaws Conference, in Las Vegas, and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. He loves to fly and ride in the car and sees traveling as a great partnership…even when I steer him into a pole on occasion (by accident!).

photo 3              odie Kanab
Odie at BlogPaws with his new friend Manny the Frenchie      Odie enjoying the view in Kanab

One of the things I learned early on with Odie is that he is an agent of change.  He came to me so well trained and in the last three years he has adjusted, generally, to a house with five cats.

Odie came in at a time when I was working for myself, having just moved to my first house and spending a lot of time at home. He seemed to take it upon himself to get me out of the house. The routine of walking him allowed for so much creation in my business (step away from the computer!). As an animal communicator I also found Odie to be a great inspiration in my professional growth.

When I adopted Odie, he came with severe glaucoma.  After about nine months, he made it clear it was making him very uncomfortable. With great enthusiasm, he helped me raise funds, and within a month we had raised enough money to cover the cost of his surgery (double eye removal). He struggled with tremendous pain immediately after the surgery, but within a few days, he came through like a champ and is so much more comfortable as a no-eyed Shih-Tzu.

Odie after surgery
about a week after surgery, they left him with a little goatee

Odie has opened up so many doors to me in the three years we have spent together. He opened the doors of vulnerability, growth and partnership delivering me to the door of another wonderful adventurous relationship. And as a dear friend said to me when I told her I adopted Odie, “Get a dog, get a man!” The three of us have been on so many adventures in the past two and a half years.

Odie and DBF

Our most recent adventure took place while we were in Kanab, Utah. After walking the labyrinth in Angel’s Overlook Cemetery at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, we stood on what felt like the edge of the world, facing the full moon rising, while the sun set behind us — with a furiously blowing wind. I made the decision to let go of all of my burdens and all of my mock-ups, to set them free to the wind and the moon. Once I felt complete, I turned to walk back to the car when Odie pulled and clearly said “I’m not done!” I paused and he sat down facing the wind and the moon;  then, with a big gust of wind, Odie let it go too. It was amazing to share this moment with him.

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Angel’s Overlook, Odie with rock “Angel’s Gather Here”, Labyrinth 

I look forward to more amazing adventures with Odie. He now has a Facebook page and is on Instagram. I know that we are still lighting each other up as we learn to trust more and feel safe in our ever changing realities.  We continue to grow and change together discovering everything we cannot see come manifest.


If you are interested in learning more about animal communication please visit my website, Healing Habitat.
This entry was posted on May 23, 2014.

10 Replies to “About Odie”

  1. Odie you and your mommy’s are such an inspiration to my mommy and I especially my mommy see about 8 years ago my mommy started having trouble seeing and over a course of time and many many drs from duke in NC to USC and now UCI out here in California mommy ended up having ice syndrome in her right eye and now has a prosthetic, here eye removal surgery was in 2012 and its been really tough there have been some really dark times for her, but my older human sister got mommy to make and instagram account so she could keep her mind busy with a fun hobby, and that’s where she meet you my brave brave friend odie, your outlook on life odie has helped my mommy many times over and I thank you sweet friend and mommy and I are honored to be your friend

  2. I am so happy there are people like you in this world 🙂 Odie is a lucky little guy and he is very cute, I hope you guys have many more adventures 🙂

  3. We met at the zoomroom with munchkin! Had a blast. Me and my wife (Bodieandbishops mom and dad) were talking on our ride home and said” ok, out of all the shihtzus today which was the one that grabbed your heart. Of course we said all of them but odie was my fav! Such a cool lil dog that looks like he is touching so many. I’m glad to read his story! Hope your journey with him is long and full of love and excitement. Maybe see you at the next one!

  4. Your story makes me heart melt. Odie, you are soooooo adorable! I’d love to kiss that little face!! I have two Shih Tzus, Fizzee and Ava. Without them, life would be quite dull! Shih Tzus are truly the best dogs and we’re lucky to have them show US so much about life! I’m so happy I found your blog! May your life be long and full of many, many more adventures with your Moms, Odie!! Xoxo from Fizzee and Ava-Utah

  5. Just now came across an Amazon product, “Odie and Cody Pet Shampoo”. Have no idea how I managed to make it to Odie’s story, but I’m so very glad I did. You see, we used to have a little Shih Tzu, Samson, in our lives, and we shared many adventures and lots of love and affection for 12+ years. He, too, was quite the little trooper. About a year after we adopted him, he developed juvenile cataracts. We managed to have surgery done on both eyes, and off he went!! It seemed like he picked up speed while running in the yard after that! So you can see how Odie’s story touched my heart – made me once again visit the sweet memories of our little Samson. Once again the tears, for we will always miss him so very much. So, Odie, do something for me – get Moms to take you for a car ride and put your face close to the window so the wind can blow thru your gorgeous hair. I’m sure sweet little Samson will also be watching and remembering. Moms, bless you for having such a big, loving heart for all the sweet, innocent little animals. They surely need and deserve all the love and affection we can give them. As the ASPCA says, “We Are Their Voice”, and Moms, you and Odie are singing the loveliest melody ever!
    We wish you both loads and loads of adventures and kisses!!

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