Mr. Hank Turns Five!

I’m joining in on Deb’s Wednesday Word link up again today. Today’s word is: challenging.

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How does this relate to Hank’s birthday? Well, Hank is a bloodhound and bloodhounds by nature are extremely stubborn creatures. However, they are also very sensitive to correction and easily get their feelings hurt. As you can imagine, this mixture creates quite a challenge when trying to train and raise a bloodhound, and keep him from becoming unruly. Bloodhounds are also very large dogs (almost always over 100 pounds), so it’s important to have them well trained before they’re fully grown.

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The challenge presented by a bloodhound is a rewarding thing, though. It requires you to work hard with your dog, thus bonding with him in the process. I think a lot of challenges we face in life are like this. Some are challenges we choose, like raising a puppy or running a marathon, while others are ones we just have to face. It takes hard work and dedication to overcome both types, but it’s so rewarding when we do!

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I won’t do what you’re telling me, based on the simple fact that you’re telling me to.

Yesterday was Hank’s fifth birthday. I cannot believe Barry and I have had him for nearly five years. It seems like just yesterday we were picking up 7 week old Hank on July 4, on our way home from our honeymoon. He was so tiny back then, although 19 pounds is actually quite big for a 7 week old puppy.

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He has grown from a rambunctious puppy into a strong and handsome dog. Hank loves chewing on a rawhide and playing fetch in the yard.

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Most of all, he seems happiest when we’re all home and he can just relax with us and with Scout. Napping is a hobby he is very passionate about.

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bloodhounds

I got Hank shortly after graduating college, which also happened to be shortly after getting married. He’s the first dog I’ve ever been able to call truly mine and I couldn’t ask for a better “first dog.”

Hank is a bloodhound, and it’s very much apart of his nature to track. All of his features contribute to this – from the long ears that waft the scent into his nose, to his wrinkles which act as blinders to keep him from getting distracted. It’s ingrained in him, and using his nose is something he has done on his own from the time he was little. When he was a few months old, Barry and I started working with him tracking us. This past year, we became involved with a bloodhound Search & Rescue group. It has been amazing to watch Hank tackle challenges, improve, and learn new tracking-related skills.

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bloodhound tracking

In turning five, Hank is now officially middle-aged. He still acts young and runs around like a limber puppy, but he does have a few gray hairs growing in on his temples and muzzle. He’s not worried, though, as he hears the ladies find a touch of gray reassuring. A sign of wisdom and maturity.

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So wise and all-knowing.

 

He still likes to play, though. His favorite game is fetch – even though he’s not always the best at actually catching the ball!

With his buddy, Simon.

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Good try, Hank.

We celebrated his birthday with a new birthday rawhide….

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….and some puppy ice cream.

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Scout got to have some too, of course, because it wouldn’t be fair to just give Hank stuff.Scout’s birthday is in August, so both dogs will get to celebrate again in a few months!

If you have pets, how old are they? What challenges have you faced with them?

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  1. My pup, Cleo, a cocker spaniel, is 12 this year. While she’s still really active, I’m starting to notice some concerning health issues. The vet, of course, wants to run a bunch of expensive tests. But she’s 12….
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…ChallengingMy Profile

    1. It’s tough when they get older. I don’t know why the vets always want to put the dogs through all this crazy stuff like that…

  2. You’ve got Simon in the picture. He is 12 and still has some puppy in him. He mostly enjoys Hank’s passion for napping. Nothing like a good nap to prepare a full nights sleep!

    Happy Birthday Hank-furd.

    LUD.

    1. That’s such a great picture of the two of them! R is such a great photographer. There truly is nothing like a good nap – especially in preparation for a good nights sleep! 🙂

  3. Happy birthday to Hank! Tell him that being middle-aged isn’t so bad, and welcome to the club!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…The More Challenging The Endeavor…My Profile

    1. I will pass along your sentiment! 🙂

      1. P.S. Thank you for linking up!
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  4. I love that Hank is tied up with Search & Rescue! A big part of my life is volunteering with the State Emergency Service here, and one of our functions is indeed search and rescue. Looking forward to following his adventures – maybe I need to lobby for my unit to develop a canine function (although, I don’t think my tubby Lab would be great for searching, unless the person was carrying food!)
    Stephen Tuck recently posted…Wednesday Word: ChallengingMy Profile

    1. You should lobby for a canine function! It’s so cool watching the dogs work. Thanks for volunteering for the State Emergency Service!

  5. I have 2 adopted 7 year old mutts that I recently had DNA tests run on. It was fun to find out what they were. One of mine had some suspected (not verified) bloodhound in her! She weighs 14 pounds, seriously. Happy Birthday to Hank. He is a cutie!
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Little ChallengesMy Profile

    1. That would be so much fun to find out what they have in them! Glad to hear you’ve got a bit of hound in your one dog – that makes for a great (or stubborn) dog. 😉

  6. Aww happy birthday Hank!! He was such a cute puppy!!! And turned into a handsome dog too 🙂

    My only challenge with Henry was that he was my first dog and I was only in 6th grade so it was definitely a new dose of responsibility having to take him outside in the cold, feeding him and making sure he didn’t get into anything bad. Because of little Henry, when we got Hunter had to adjust to having a big dog too. And all of his hair 🙂 But they are both totally worth everything!!! 🙂
    Becky recently posted…Aunt Becky WeekendMy Profile

    1. Thanks! I think so, too, but I’m very biased 🙂

      Dogs are great for teaching responsibility. They definitely take a lot of work, but it’s so rewarding to have that wagging tail greet you when you get home, like you just completely made their day.

  7. Aww, happy birthday to Hank! He’s such a handsome dog. I see in your pics that he’s not neutered…is Scout spayed? Or will there be little Scout & Hanks at some point?
    jan recently posted…Do You Believe in Signs?My Profile

    1. Thanks, Jan! Scout is spayed, so we won’t be breeding them. But we did keep Hank in tact because he comes from a great bloodline, had such a sweet personality, and meets the standards for the breed. So we wanted to keep the option of him being a sire open. Definitely didn’t want to deal with the litter, though, as they often have 12 to 14 pups!

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