October has brought its round, orange rump into Seattle and with it continuing sunshine and warmth…such a treat! While Hank would prefer that our summers start in, say— June? He’s not complaining.
Speaking of roundly russet rumps, what is Hank doing?
He’s so glad you asked: Plenty. You see, October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! To mark (heh) the event, Hank visited a shelter. Yep. And then he adopted a dog.
Yes. Hank would like to formally introduce Captain Henry Stanley. Hank calls him “CAP” and Cap will never again be called late to dinner.
Isn’t he beautiful?
Oh, my. Let’s look again:
(N.B. It’s entirely a coincidence that Captain Stanley’s nickname is “Hank” and that he’s a ringer for Hank in his younger days. Entirely. And KMG365…Cap may also have spent some time in the LAFD in the 70s. Maybe.)
Cap’s story is a sad one, and shared by too many critters in our communities. This hale, 10-year old fellow was tossed overboard and abandoned at least three times by people—the last time he was left tied up outside the animal shelter in the cold. When Hank found him, Cap had been in the slammer for a month, wasn’t eating, and was very, very scared.
Hank hopes you pardon his spicy talk here, but the hell with that.
So Hank took him home. As you can see, Cap was a little the worse for wear. But less than 24 hours after his liberation, Cap found himself eating fish & chips with the burly dudes at the Pacific Inn and being fed bacon by the bartender—and this after a long day of frolicking in the Sound and being coddled by Hank’s Very Favorite People.
Ahoy, green velvet couch! Cap’s getting his sea legs back.
He’s even gaining a little weight and bravely trying some old and new tricks. Like driving.
And going to shows.
And being entirely well-behaved.
So how about it?
If you’ve been thinking you might have room in that vast heart of yours, how about throwing a lifeline to another foundering ancient mariner? Will you join Hank this month and bring in another senior from the cold?
(OK, sure, Hank was hoping any new addition to the house would include Loretta Lynn*, but that’s just Hank. Old dogs are simply the best dogs. They’re mellow, they’re easy to read and train, and they always remember you’ve rescued them. Always always.)
Here’s some great news: From October 12th-14th, Seattle Humane Society is waiving all adoption fees (but you’ll donate anyway, right?) on cats, dogs and other critters: http://www.seattlehumane.org/adopt/pets/dogs/all/sort/available
…and there are so many more available through Seattle-area Old Dog Haven: http://www.olddoghaven.org/adoptable.htm
…and Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue: http://www.spdrdogs.org/
…and Petfinder: http://www.petfinder.com/index.html
But WAIT! There’s MORE!
To sweeten the proverbial pot, if YOU adopt an older shelter dog this month and promise to love and cherish him or her forever, Hankie Good-Lookin’ will not only bake and mail you two dozen delicious COWBOY COOKIES, he will also bake your newly beloved two dozen of his lovely PEANUT BUTTER & YAM BISCUITS.
Just let him know of your October awesomeness and he’ll get busy in the kitchen. (*If you adopt Loretta Lynn, Hank will up your order to 3 dozen.)
Now, if you’re still wavering about opening your heart and your home to an elder canine, consider this:
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.
~ T.S. Eliot
Hank & Cap Say: ADOPT DON’T SHOP.
Please don’t breed or buy while shelter pets die!