Eden McCoy (Josslyn)
When most folks start looking to adopt a dog, they’re all about the adorable puppies. But Eden McCoy, in addition to playing Josslyn on GENERAL HOSPITAL, attends a full-time high school and is also a serious competitor on the beach volleyball scene. “Because of our busy schedule, we didn’t have a lot of time to train a puppy, so we wanted a senior citi- zen dog under 10 lbs.,” says the actress, who scoured dog adoption sites last year until, at last, her mother, Natasha, texted her Poké’s picture.
The second McCoy saw the message, she asked her mom to go rescue that dog from O.C. Animal Care immediately — before someone else could! Poké had been found roaming the street of Fullerton, CA, so when they brought her home last September, the quiet, sweet, old dog weighed under 6 lbs. “She was a little scared at first, but she warmed up pretty quickly,” McCoy recalls. “Now, she weighs 9 lbs., and we’ve discovered she really likes toys. She’s really playful! And she loves crowds and people. She’s friendly to everyone. Us feeding her, taking her in and treating her like a person has helped a lot.”
And for the record, she means they actually treat Poké like a regular member of the family. The beach-loving dog cheers McCoy on at her volleyball games, hits the hiking trails in Griffith Park and even eats the
same food as her forever family. We’re talk- ing waffles for breakfast and steak for dinner! “When she wants her food, she chuffs — it’s like a sneeze — and just springs up off the ground, really high,” McCoy laughs. “It gets me every time.”
The one place Poké doesn’t get to go is the GH set, so while McCoy’s working and her mom is hanging out at the studio with her, the dog does what most of us do when left to our own devices — watches TV! “I put on the FidoTV channel and Poké sits in my room and watches it while we’re gone,” McCoy says. “It’s hysterical!”
“She looks like a Star Wars character,” McCoy says of Poké. “I’m still not used to how cute she is, honestly.”
“We knew right away that Poké was the right dog for us,” says McCoy, who was committed to rescuing a dog instead of buying one. “I was inspired by William deVry (Julian), who’s a big-time animal activist. I felt like it wasthe right thing to do.” “It’s Poké like a poké bowl,” McCoy says. “We didn’t actually name her, sowe have no idea where that came from. Butit’s cute.”