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My name is Hans!
Facts about Hans
- Breed: German Shepherd Dog Mix
- Color: White
- Age: Senior
- Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
- Sex: Male
I am already neutered, housetrained, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.
#634…that is what I was when I first arrived at the shelter….nothing but a random set of 3 numbers was all I measured up to. I guess I was pretty sick when I arrived, massive ear infections and a terrible case of kennel cough. Ya see, for my entire 8 years of life I was tied outside in all sorts of weather, sun, rain, hail, snow…I went through it all. WHY?
Shelter life isn’t the best…lots of noise, dogs barking, people coming and going and the kennels are made of steel. So for the past month that has been my life….living in a steel kennel with limited times in the play area…plus I didn’t feel good. They had me on some meds but all I wanted to do was sleep.
So every day was the same, you wait in anticipation that today might just be the day when they open your kennel door and you get to leave. Each morning was the same, you hear the large steel doors creak open, the jingling of keys and footsteps, always the footsteps, people talking excitedly about the new dog they get to bring home…but they never stopped at my cage. No one seemed to want me WHY? I am a good dog all I need is for someone to let me prove it.
But today was different. I woke up with this tingling feeling in my tummy that I never felt before. It was like little bitty butterfly wings tickling me….it was exciting because I knew today was different. And so the day started….the large steal door creaked open, I heard the jingle of the keys and footsteps….they were coming closer and closer….I was alert – my ears were perked up and I stood up….my tail just had a little hint of a flutter…the footsteps were slowing down and then it hit – my door opened – I couldn’t believe it….they opened my cage door! The worker knelt down and he said “Good morning Hans, how would you like to go for a ride today?” A ride? I heard of that but never experienced it but man I was out of that cage lickity split!
After going down the hallway…I see a lady with a big smile on her face. Was that smile for me…was she here to pick ME? They brought me to her and she leaned down and gently stroked my ears and said “Hans, we have been waiting a very long time to get you. Today is the day you start a new life. So let’s blow this popcorn stand and go for a ride!” There it was again, the word ride….that was a good thing I just knew it!!!
And a riding we did go – I got to stick my head out of the window and sniff and snort – it was glorious. I arrived at my foster family’s house where there is another big white dog. He looks kinda like me but with longer hair. We sniffed each other and then we went outside. There is a great big fenced yard that I got to explore – it was so much fun to run in freedom, without being tied up. But my foster mom wanted to get me and show me where I would sleep.
So much happened to me today and I experienced so many new things that I just have a feeling that good things will happen. As my foster mom tucked me into bed she gently whispered “you will never EVER be locked on a chain outside again and today is a new beginning for you my big man. I promise that a new family will be found for you will love you as much as I do.”
I drifted off to sleep and I started to dream that…..my life is so good BUT Lake Haven makes it so much better!
~~All of the dogs at Lake Haven have been tested for heartworm, are up to date on vaccines and started on flea and tick prevention. If they are not already spayed or neutered a voucher will be provided at the time of adoption to cover the cost of the spay/neuter surgery. ~~If you're interested in bringing this wonderful dog into your home and making it part of your family please complete an online application at: www.lakehavenrescue.org. Most of the dogs that are available will be at the Petsmart in Grandville, on the 1st three Saturdays of each month. Dogs and puppies can be seen on days other than Saturdays with an approved application