Hank was welcomed to Old Dog Heaven on May 18th, 2022 as a 15 year old. He was an owner surrender to the City of Albuquerque. Please don't judge his people too harshly: he came to Old Dog Heaven significantly ill and requires a lot of care. Perhaps the best thing the family could do for him was relinquish him in hopes someone like me would take him in.
Hank has liver issues and a great deal of arthritis, but other than that, his blood work looks good. However, he is very bony and he drinks volumes upon volumes of water, which causes frequent urination. He needs to go outside every other hour, even at night. We finally figured out that Hank has advanced Cushing's Disease. I also suspect he has other serious underlying illness. Whatever his ailments, Hank can spend his final days in love and peace at Old Dog Heaven. He gets lots of attention and always a little extra in his bowl!
Hank's mobility has improved greatly since coming to Old Dog Heaven. He loves to go on his walks, and he is the most mild-mannered, sweet old boy you could ever know. He doesn't bark or growl, and he loves to meet other dogs. He is genuinely curious about all the sights and smells around him, and with his tall and lean body, he is elegant. He has discovered my bed, which he has decided is now his bed. He also loves #SnuggleTime and is thrilled to eat everything in sight. We don't know how long Hank will be with us, but we are sure glad the Holy Spirit brought us together!
Hank had been slowly declining since I brought him home. Often he would just lay in front of his water bowl, not even able to stand, drinking bowl after bowl of water due to Cushing's disease. One could see by looking at Hank that he had a hard life before he was relinquished to the shelter. We kept him alive as long as we could with love, fresh air, and good food. Finally, I had to euthanize Hank, a decision that always tears me apart. He died on June 27th, 2022 at 11:38 am.
Hank was an absolute joy to know. A sweet, mellow old boy who brought a wonderful, loving energy to our home. He made everything better. Old Dog Heaven is not the same without him.