I only knew Ed through the great advice and impact he had when I emailed interested in being involved with the IAADP and his support there after. Very few emails were sent but the ones he did send were precise and understanding and thoughtful and always encouraging to do more.
He will be sadly missed through the Assistance Dog World and I hope there will be others including myself that will be able to learn from all he has taught us over the years and be able push the IAADP further in the future and continue to support Assistance Dogs and their Partners, Worldwide.
For every dog and partner that passes through the doors of the IAADP there will always be a little piece of Ed in them. God bless and rest in peace.
All our love,
Adele, Adam and Team PADS-Personal Assistance Dog Solutions, Australia
From: Adele Lindley Added: April 4, 2010
I have been a member of IAADP for 3 years with my first service dog. Rudy is a Bichon Papillon mix who showed an amazing knack for retrieval at a very young age. Rudy and I began our journey in some ignorance but the wonderful organization that Ed Eames created has been an invaluable resource that helped get us on the right track. Ed and Toni asked us to be part of their educational DVD to demonstrate that small dogs can be successfully trained for service work too. We wish to thank Ed for including partnerships such as ours in his educational and advocacy efforts. Assistance dog partnerships everywhere will continue to benefit from your beautiful legacy forever.
From: Francine McClendon Added: March 16, 2010
It has been my humble pleasure to have been associated with Ed professionally and personally...and his charming wife over some 14 years. Ed was a giant of a statesman for the human race and for the disability community at large; not just for our single issue. We discussed state; and federal legislative issues before congress and "honed in" on the issues that we believed required our input; including ongoing airlines issue, and other input(grass roots)that we heard from our IAADP membership and others. You left us far better off than you found us.
Ed was the crown jewel in the crown of a man's life. You have set the benchmarks for IAADP to move forward......Now it is time for IAADP to take your guidance and move ahead. You have left us far better than you "walked onto the IAADP STAGE"....
God bless you Ed.............. and God bless the Management,the Board and Membership of IAADP and all of our four-legged partners - who make it poosible for all of us two legged folka to make thru another day.
Wilson Hulley /23 March 2010/1845 EDT/ partners - who share our life with our assistance dog
From: Wilson & Deborah Hulley & Laurel (my Assistance dog) Added: March 23, 2010
Thank you Toni, Latrell, and Keebler for sharing Ed with us as the IAADP grew. I've been a service dog partner member since 1994(95). Ad Ed wrote about his travels, work on behalf of the assistance dog community I saw his example though his leadership of how I could be more indepent with my own service dog as we spoke to groups and traveled too.Eventhough I never met Ed, I feel as though I have met him though all he shared with us over the years. Thank you Ed. Toni, my prayers continue for you Latrell, and Keebler as you all adjust to life without your beloved partner. May God bless and keep you as you deal with your loss and continue your leadership. With love and prayers, Melissa and Jonah, my faithful service dog.
From: Rev.Melissa K.Berry Added: March 18, 2010
I have been a member of this wonderful organization for the past 10yrs. I am honored to have gotten to know Ed,Toni, and all the gang through this wonderful organization. He has been an inspiration to me and I will remain true to his movement and never stop educating and advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities and their service dogs. Ed had always answered my calls for help and I will make sure to do the same for others, for I know he will be there support me and give me the encouragement to always do so. Thank You for all you have done for us!!! We will never forget you!!! Just like my dog, you and will always be by my side in memory and spirit!!!
From: Sherry Christoffer and Amber Added: March 11, 2010
I had the pleasure of sitting with Ed at a lunch break at an ADI conference last year. He was so friendly and encouraging to be with me. I have also be in the audience as he presented at conferences and was always impressed with his compassion to help assistance dog users and programs. He will be missed
From: Jen Rogers Added: March 4, 2010
I am so sad to hear that Ed has left us behind. IAADP has been a life line in a sea of ignorance of the laws regarding service dogs, and was a HUGE help when my husband's great pyrenees, Hannah, had to have hip surgery! We would have had to have given her up to a rescue because there was no way for us to pay such a large vet bill.
I would be willing to bet that my service dog, Patches, who crossed the bridge last June, welcomed Mr. Eames with a wagging tail and a welcoming warm, wet and sloppy tongue! We never got to meet him but I talked to her all the time and told her about IAADP. She was a good listener.
THANK YOU to Ed and Toni for starting up this wonderful organization!
From: Viki Gentilman Added: February 24, 2010
I met Ed at an NFB convention and liked him on the spot. I also remember his devotion to guide dog users and his work to make convention life with a service dog a good experience for both dog and handler.
From: Joseli Walter Added: February 8, 2010
In Ed Eames memory we must never let service dog advocacy slow down. Toni, I am sorry for your loss and wish you much comfort in the months and years ahead.
From: Elaine Added: January 23, 2010
As I understand it, IAADP was founded in response to a problem which could not be solved through existing organizational means.
IAADP has emerged as a moving force in the assistance dog arena and gives credence to the notion that if one can't go through the door, try the window or, make another door.