Eden McCoy (Joss­lyn)

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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.”

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