In the December 21, 2023, Chagrin Valley Times newspaper, reporter Sue Reid told the story of Cedric, renamed Izzy by his new owner, and the many people who helped Izzy recover and find a home. An excerpt from the story is below:
“He returned to Rescue Village months after he first arrived, staying there longer than most animals. Then, on June 6, the day he was up for adoption, 84-year-old Eileen Pritzker walked in the door. The Beachwood resident said she regularly drove by the Russell Township shelter on the way to visit her husband, Herbert, who had been in a nursing home. “My family thought it was time I get a dog,” she said. Izzy – aka Cedric — would fit the bill. “That’s the one, Grandma!” Ms. Pritzker recalled her granddaughter saying upon spotting Izzy at Rescue Village.
With tears in her eyes, she picked the dog she would quickly rename “Izzy” to be by her side. “He was beautiful, and just so alive and friendly,” Ms. Pritzker said. She didn’t know much of his background, but only that she was lucky to have him and he to have her. The two went everywhere together, including drives where he would find his spot in the back seat. At home, he enjoyed running in her back yard. Izzy instantly became her “bed buddy,” and three weeks ago, that became much more of a gift.
That is when Ms. Pritzker’s husband of 63 years passed away.”