Second Chance Pet Adoption League.
You may have seen his cameo in my Angels on Horseback post a couple days ago, but I figured he deserved a proper introduction.
While he's happy and healthy right now, he has a sad story. Hudson was found wandering around Prospect Park in Paterson, NJ, where he'd been living for at least a few weeks. He was brought to an area shelter, but nobody claimed him so it seems he must have been abandoned.
When they first found him, he was all overgrown and matted with fleas and worms and a host of other things. He also had a nasty case of kennel cough (aka a doggy cold). The rescue had to shave him down and give him medicine to nurse him back to health. They named him Furby and put him up for adoption. The minute I found him on the Petfinder.com, I knew he was meant to be our little guy so I filled out the application and sent it in.
I was told that somebody else had an appointment to come get him, but that they would let me know if that fell through. A week later, I emailed again asking for an update and was happy to learn that the other couple had decided against him (they thought he was too active for their older dog).
"He's ours!" I excitedly told Eugene, who told me to temper my enthusiasm just in case it didn't work out.
"Nope, he's definitely ours," I said. I went ahead and ordered all the supplies we needed and proceeded to set up his new home.
When we brought him home, he was still getting over his cold, which meant that he was constantly coughing and sneezing. (I admit that it was kind of adorable, although I felt bad for him.) The rescue gave us antibiotics for him, and within a week he was good as new!
So far, we've learned that he's not really a morning dog. During the week, he waits patiently until Eugene is ready for work and calls him for his morning walk. During the the weekends, he likes sleep in as late as possible, and even then it takes some coaxing to get him to go out.
He then proceeds to stretch and yawn for a few minutes before he lets us put his harness on.
He's definitely a little bit of a beggar (see above), so we're trying to train him out of that habit with a 100% no treats during mealtime rule.
It's pretty tough when you hear him whimper and look at you with those big brown eyes, but we're sticking to it.
(I'm also making him homemade doggy treats, and will share those recipes, too.)
Hudson is a big fan of healthy snacks. He loves cucumbers, cheese, and baked sweet potatoes. His absolute FAVORITE thing ever is oranges. He goes absolutely crazy for them, hopping around and wagging his tail.
The other day I was taking some cocktail photos for my next story in Cosmo for Latinas, and when I looked away for a second, he slipped into the set and stole the orange garnish from my glass like a tiny hairy little magician.
He now spends hours up there just watching people and cars drive by like he's Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window. It's cute to watch his little head move from side-to-side as he keeps an eye on things.
At night, he sleeps in a little bed next to ours, snuggled up with a little blanket and his favorite toys.
But occasionally he hops up onto our bed and stretches out provocatively hoping for a belly rub.
We love our little Hudson, and we're looking forward to years and years of adventures with him.
Second Chance Pet Adoption League. They have so many wonderful dogs available and are really lovely and easy to work with. The adoption process was easy breezy and they were very honest and upfront with all information. They sent Hudson home with us with a new leash and collar, as well as a coupon for a free first vet visit.
You can visit their Facebook page here for more information.
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