This is sad news. Ed and Toni Eames are long term SDS members and important teachers and founders and encouragers of work on anthro and disability who went on to even more important work as advocates in the assistance dog movement.
Tomorrow, as I drive to Petaluma to pick up a rescue basset hound named Honey who is about to share my life, I will think of Ed and Toni and their guide dogs, past and present, both three and four legged.
From: Devva Kasnitz Added: November 21, 2009
I am sorry for your loss. I remember fondly the time we got together here in Kansas. When we went to the concert it was very cool that Ed enjoyed the music. I also remember the day all of you came to the house for an outdoor bar b que and Ed enjoyed playing a little golf with me in the backyard. The birds were really singing that day. He was a fun guy and I enjoyed our time together. He will be missed.
Your friend, Pat Exposito
From: Pat Exposito Added: November 15, 2009
I've known Ed for many years, visiting with Ed and Toni and different conferences around the country and spending fun times at their house. He would have a wonderful BBQ and I would go out on the little patio they had and watched him grill. Often I thought what a wonderful example both he and Toni are to the community... what they have done to help so many people, inviting people to live theature, on trips here and there. Ed was always so kind, thruoghtful and never hesitated to talk about issues related to the assistance dog field. He would take the dogs out in the morning to excercise and pick up after them. Ed loved life, Toni and all his animals that have come in and out of his life. He was a wonderful husband, friend and human being and he will be missed. See you in Heaven Ed...
From: Sr Pauline Quinn op Added: November 14, 2009
Dear Toni and Family:
I am so very saddened, by our loss of Ed to your family and our community. Over the many years that I have been a member or IAADP, I contacted Ed and yourself on many service dog issues, such as housing, access, legislation and other matters that enhanced my independance and quality of life. Ed was always available, by telephone or e-mail to provide exceptional guidance and advice. I wish I would have had the honor of meeting you and Ed personally. I will always keep Ed, in my heart and memories,for the wonderful and devoted work that he has accomplished, for all of the disability community. May God Bless and keep you and yours, at this very difficult time.
From: Maxine Hayden & Missy Added: November 14, 2009
Simply put, Ed was that rare blend of kindness, honesty, intellect, passion and humor that makes all of our lives better. Service dogs and their humans could not have had a better advocate than Ed. His persistence and eloquence gave service dogs and their people a voice. That voice led not just to legislation, but also to education and changes in how the veterinary community understood the role of service dogs and the people who rely on them. In turn, we also became advocates for Ed's message.
Ed was a man who loved deeply, whether his focus was his soulmate Toni, or the "furries", as he and Toni labeled their non-human companions. Watching Ed with Keebler and Latrell....and their absent predecessors.....was to observe someone who knew that partnerships went both ways and that everyone's needs mattered. Ed and Toni have relentlessly shared this message with generations of veterinarians and vet students who have become more patient and humane as a result of their teachings.
To be in Ed's presence when he spoke of issues that mattered - whether these pertained to presidential politics or to overseas access for service dogs - was to be fully engaged and know what it meant to be alive.
Ed never gave up and he never gave in. His internal compass was true and unwavering. His legacy is the enduring cause of better and more compassionate access for all. That Ed delivered this message with love and laughter was his gift to all of us.
From: Karen Overall Added: November 14, 2009
The assistance dog movement has lost its mentor and father figure. We in Indiana are truely grateful for his help in changing the access laws here this past year, and for his work with the TSA in providing relief areas for traveling Partners.
From: Gary and Brady Added: November 13, 2009
Please accept our deepest condolences. Ed was a wonderful man and an asset to the service dog community.
From: Elizabeth Karnazes Added: November 13, 2009
All of us at TOP DOG were saddened to hear of Ed's passing. I met Ed and Toni years ago when they came to Tucson to see Stew Nordensson. Stew always spoke so highly of them, it was a delight to meet them. The work Ed and Toni did for the service dog handler has been monunmental, and we know that IAADP will continue that work into the future. All of us in the service dog field know that we owe Ed a debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts, and we mourn his passing. Peace and prayers to Toni and all of you at IAADP as you carry on his work.
With fond memories,
Lydia Kelley, Training Director, TOP DOG
From: Lydia Kelley, TOP DOG Added: November 12, 2009
Toni and IAADP,
I am truly sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathy and condolences on your loss. While I did not personally know Ed, I have heard and read about Toni and him through The Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound as well as in news articles. His generosity, time, and many accomplishments to IAADP and others have contributed to so many and I know all will continue to thrive for many more to follow. His presence is forever near.
Again, my deepest sympathy and condolences.
Blessings and Light Always, Susy Davis and Shadow
From: Susy Davis and Shadow Added: November 12, 2009
Dear Tony Eames and everyone at I.A.A.D.P., We send you our sincere sympathy and condolence on the passing of Ed Eames. Such a great loss to his family, friends and all guide dog handlers. Please know, everyone is in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Sarah Calhoun, Tico (my guide) & Miah (retired guide)
From: Sarah Calhoun, Tico (my guide) & Miah (retired Guide Added: November 9, 2009