I checked my Facebook tonight and a photographer I deeply admire, Pavlina Sanborn, has asked me to please share handsome Hank. There is an urgency with this request that compelled me to post at this time of night. Hank is a county shelter and only has a short time left to get out of there alive. Hank is currently being housed at Clay County Animal Care & Control and is available to rescue groups only.
From Pavalina: “I love shelter work. I have met some incredible shelter staff, shelter volunteers, and some amazing precious animals. I would love to share a story of a boy we all are trying to save! From time to time I run into pups who are harder to adopt than others. This can be for various reasons. What really doesn’t help is that the longer pups stay in a shelter, the harder they seem to be to adopt, and they often start having behavior issues due to lack of human contact. We all know how hard life for a dog is in a small kennel with few visits a week.
This story is about Hank and his best pal. One of our junior volunteers at the shelter has learned a lot about dogs. He has been handling small pups or the ones that are big and strong. These pups have been shelter residents for a long time and our volunteer has bonded with them. We were able to adopt almost all of them. There is one dog left that I want to share with you, his name is Hank AKA Big Sexy Boy.
Hank is ‘Rescue Only’ dog for few reasons. Hank is big dog, therefore he is not ideal for family with children. Hank can be a bit excited and strong on a leash, therefore he is for experienced owner only. Hank may have tendencies to guard his belongings, but this behavior often develops in the shelter settings. These shelter dogs have few things in their kennel and they often become very protective of the little they have. Perhaps Hank was not treated well in the past, but he is very smart and responds to positive dog training techniques. We are really looking either for experienced rescue with larger breeds or experienced home for Hank. With this said, he really has only one week to get out of the shelter. The shelter has been so good to Hank, he has been given so many chances, but this time we are really looking for get this boy out for good.
Why am I writing this about Hank now? I have not realized Hank was urgent to get out. I have been so busy advocating for all the shelter pups, I have almost forgotten about this sweet boy. I was not aware that we had a timeframe for Hank to get out. Please, no negative comments regarding to the shelter, our shelter Director has been just great at giving every single less adoptable dog a time. Time is all we need to look for experienced home. Hank is for serious inquiries only and truly EXPERIENCED home only.
Hank is very smart! He loves to chase tennis balls, he loves to learn new things, he knows bunch of basics commands.
He is highly ball motivated, food motivated, and he is just a huge chunk of meat, but not a mean dog. Hank loves car rides, he loves walks, run, he loves to be cuddled with. Hank majored in kissing and he is serious kisser. You think he will give you one kiss.
No, Hank will shower you with kisses until towel is needed. Hank has clearly become favorite chunk of love at the shelter to many amazing volunteers. Hank doesn’t do well with people who want to dominate him as he is not very confident dog. Often not very confident dogs are prone to bite to defend themselves, another reason why Hank needs experienced home. To us Hank is big baby, but he does have a size and strength to use, if needed.
Owning a dog is big responsibility and dog training classes or daily short sessions never hurt a dog. I currently have four dogs in my home, one is foster dog from Clay shelter, and we practice daily in short sessions. Teaching dogs new tricks or practicing well known cues helps mental stimulation of any dog. Doesn’t matter the size or breed, each dog should have a job. No treat should be given away for free, dogs love to earn their treat, just like we all love to earn paycheck. Hank is a dog with huge potential and I have a high hopes for him. I really hope he gets some serious shares online and someone will step forward. I cannot think what happens, if nobody steps forward for this big chunk of love. I know we all try and we won’t give up until the final day.”
Here is a video by Suzanni Elizaboo that shows what a sweetheart Hank is.
Every week I ask you to share the animals being featured in the Tuesdays Tail blog hop, but Hank’s life is on the line. I know that you may not be associated with a rescue group. But if you read this blog, there is a good chance that someone in your social media network could save Hank. I think it is worth trying. The blog hop is hosted by Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs.
UPDATE: Hank is safe!
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