The pair got in contact with Last Hope and began the process of bringing Murdock home.
"I have never met so many compassionate, completely dedicated animal lovers, every single one of them was just amazing to talk to, one in particular was John Esposito," Ed says. "John was a real keystone in the visibility that Murdock received and ultimately us adopting him."
Esposito knew that Murdock was a special case and took a hard look at Ed and Cheryl. Through the screening process he learned that not only was the couple dog lovers, but they were experienced, dedicated owners. Their previous dog, Lexie, had been returned to the shelter five times before finally living out her last years at their Phoenix home. "She had very unique quirks and things about her that if you want a dog to fit into your ideal world and be what you expect it to be, then I just think you are setting both the animal and yourself up for failure," Ed says.
In the 20 or so years owning dogs, they also had an Alaskan malamute, a breed not for the novice owner, a rottweiler mix (some may believe a "dangerous" breed) and had trained one of their dogs to be a wilderness search and rescue dog. "We had a lot of experience with a variety of dogs and training," Ed says.