No Trucks Allowed

September 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
My name is Erin Dollar and I am animal advocate and live in Birmingham, Alabama. On August 6, 2013 my boyfriend Lee (he prefers "Catfish") and I were on our way to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, something we often did but today was a bit different, it was more than just a casual visit.  Earlier in the week Catfish had met a little pit bull puppy named Blu at the GBHS while he was working close by. He told me to prepare to fall in love and that we would possibly be adopting a puppy once we got there. As we turned onto Snow Drive (the street the Humane Society is located) there, tied to a "NO TRUCKS" sign, sat a gray pit bull puppy. He had a large dirty collar and was tied up with twine, left alone to die, less than a block from the Humane Society. Catfish read my mind, I didn't even have to say "STOP THE CAR!" I could not get him in the car fast enough.
We drove our precious cargo to the GBHS where we met Phil Doster. Phil was great, he helped us tremendously in sorting out our options. We were on the fence about keeping this abandoned puppy but only because we were scared that he may have multuple health issues (a common reason for animals to be adandoned). Visually, we knew he had a severe case of cherry eye, diagnosed by a visible fleshy mass, abnormal tear production, and a discharge or drainage from the eye. He also had some skin irritation issues and was malnourished.  As luck would have it GBHS was having a shot/vet clinic that day so we decided at least to do that and it would buy more time until we decided what to do. This little guy was so well behaved around other dogs and everyone who met him fell in love with him. Thankfully his heartworm test came back negative and we had already decided his name was Hank. We also learned that the puppy named Blu had been adopted the day before so it had to be fate that brought us to Hank.
The following Monday, August 8th we took Hank to our vet and the only issue found that we didn't already know about was hookworms. With medication Hank's hookworms were rid, his skin issues cleared up as well with antibiotics. Hank eventually had surgery for his cherry eye and he has made a full recovery.  These days Hank loves to go fishing out on the lake. Hank thinks his daddy's lures are his toys so when Catfish casts his line out Hank likes to run after them barking. He has come close to falling in the water more times than we care to count. Hank has turned into such a treat snob because of all of the donations we've received for rescuing him, oh to have these problems. Hank is also now understanding the concept of toys and I think he likes what he has learned.
As with some rescue dogs Hank does not like the rain at all. We got caught in the rain while fishing one day and Hank wrapped himself up under his momma and used her as shelter. That same day he made friends with a horse named Cowboy who was just as curious about him as he was. Hank almost gave his Mom Erin a heart attack because he wouldn't leave Cowboy alone.
To be a little guy Hank is SUCH a bed hog. He loves to wallow in dirty clothes, wiggle his butt every chance he gets and once you pick your car keys up you better be ready to go, he's already at the door waiting. We would love to thank Phil Doster and his crew at GBHS, Peggy Cropp and Alabama Pet Foods, Montevallo Animal Clinic, and Freek On A Leesh Pet Bazaar for joining us on this wild ride of ours with Handsome Hank. He is our joy and we wouldn't have it any other way.

 


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