In 2002 I was running into some real stone-walling in my attempts to obtain a guide dog. Time after time the response was, "You use your vision!". (True, all 20/420 of it.) Someone, in answer to one of very many email forays, suggested contacting Ed as a good source of support. With his help and encouragement, I persevered and, in the summer of 2003,was paired with a Leader Dog. I don't think I need explain to any of you what a tremendous event this was for me and the great changes it has made in my life. Over the intervening years I had intermittent contact with Ed, and was always warmed by his personal interest and response. Ed, I'll miss you.
From: Phyllis Collett Added: December 20, 2009
Over the many years we have had the pleasure of knowing Ed and Toni,we have enjoyed discussing Ed's research and his work with IAADP. He and Toni have made a big difference in the quality of life for many Fresno citizens. We will miss his humor, his grin, and his humanity.
From: Bob and Olivia Palacio Added: December 10, 2009
As a rehab technologist I came to know Ed and Toni when they asked if I could fix a balky cassette player. The machine was their access to a world of literature we sighted people take for granted, and Ed hovered over me as I peered into its guts. This began my friendship with this driven couple and their house full of animals. I will greatly miss Ed's easygoing style, his understated brilliance, and his hospitality.
From: Howard Hurtt Added: December 10, 2009
Dear Toni, We were fortunate to meet you & Ed at the ADI/IAADP conference in San Diego soon after I graduated with CCI Service Dog Indy (Indira III). We were immediately impressed by your dedication, professionalism and warmth. You invited us to lunch in your suite & we learned firsthand what genuine people you were. In the years since, you both responded to my emails with prompt, accurate information. You also shared your monthly news with us, which has been so appreciated. Your advocacy for the assistance dog movement cannot be measured; you worked selflessly as a team and I know Ed continues to be "by your side," Toni. He is dearly missed but will never be forgotten. With our love & prayers, Mary & Richard
From: Mary Hill & Richard Leste Added: December 7, 2009
My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Eames. The world has lost a great advocate for the assistance dog movement.
From: Tammy Catalano Added: November 29, 2009
Dear Toni, You and Ed have brought awareness of service dog issues and concerns to the veterinary community. I am very fortunate to have met you and Ed, I appreciate your kindness and friendship. We will all miss Ed, but the legacy the two of you created will continue on. Please accept my sympathy for your loss.
From: Dr Pam Mitchell Added: November 26, 2009
I won a scholarship to attend a conference a few years go in Baltimore; it was Edís topic of Emergency preparedness that caught my interest and made me submit for it. It was because of his devotion and commitment that I went home and began my own educational program on the subject. Now Iím working with a videographer to make a DVD to be given out to future graduating teams from Canine Partners for Life, instructing them on how they can carry it forward to their towns, cityís, and states. I have educated my own emergency responders in my city and surrounding areaís including the local Red Cross, so that perhaps any other working dog teams wonít run into complications during an emergency situation. Toni, meeting you both that year meant a lot too me; I came away having learned so very much from the various lectures. Sadly I had to retire my standard poodle, Fennec; but he is now retired and living a leisurely life here at home with the other pets. I now have a wonderful little black lab named Tinker; who is doing great. God Bless and I know you had to have been so very proud of all that Ed accomplished.
From: Lori Buffington & Tinker *retiree Fennec too* Added: November 23, 2009
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
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