Introducing…. HANK!

My apologies for not updating more, but it’s been a very busy few days.

I’ll start on last Friday. As you know, I had set up an appointment to meet Jack, John & Jim on Sunday, but then I was also offered the opportunity to meet Oscar on Saturday. Oscar’s a 5 month old black lab that was had been abandoned and found in a parking lot. When he was found he was infested with fleas and ticks, was missing patches of fur from the bugs and was all skin and bones. Rescue For Life: Labrador Retriever Rescue took him and the female he was found with (Mollie) and had them in quarantine at the vets for two weeks.

Oscar’s foster, Denise, was over 2 hours away in Bloomingberg, NY so I was indecisive about whether or not I wanted to go meet him. It was a long drive on a weekend that was jam packed with activities. Ultimately, I remembered how much I had been wanting a puppy and that the only way to find one was to meet as many as possible. Vinny had to work, but my friend Lynda was kind enough to go on a road trip with me.

Denise e-mailed me these photos before I went to meet him.

He definitely looks skinny even though he’d been gaining 8 pounds a week. And his head is comically small.

When we got there, it was not love at first sight. He’s very gangly and awkward (which is awfully cute) and did not show much interest in me. However, after spending some time with him I realized what an amazing dog he is. He’s bright, gentle and seems to absorb everything. He also became very interested in me once I did some food testing with him (not a bad thing for training). So I called Vinny and told him we were getting a puppy!

When I got Charleston I was lucky he turned out to be such a good dog. With the new little man, I feel smart for getting such a good dog and lucky that I got to him first. He’s been amazing me every day with how cool and loving he is.

I won’t bore you with any more details today, but promise to update on Hank (we changed his name… what do you think?) more often.

One Response to “Introducing…. HANK!”

  1. Anonymous

    He’s hilarious! What a cutie! My dog ignored me for the first hour that I met him. Then right as I was about to leave the shelter, he crawled into my lap. It was a done deal. GOOD LUCK!