Helping Howard

19 Feb

The message from the Oregon Basset Hound Rescue president  came Friday night: Could someone get to the Humane Society on Saturday to take a look at a dog? Howard had been returned to OHS a second time and they were asking for OBHR’s help finding him a new home.

I’d been planning to do my taxes Saturday morning, then spending the rest of the day knitting. But, I live closest to OHS, so I said I’d do it. I was told to wear black (Howard was reported to be afraid of people in black) and  arrive before OHS opened. I was to go right in once the doors opened  and let them know who I was – they’d be expecting me.

There were two small crowds out front when I arrived. The crowd closest to the doors were clearly potential adopters, eager to find their furry soulmate. They were older that the crowd further back. I initially assumed these were volunteers, but, using my excellent powers of eavesdropping, I learned they were veterinary students coming for a tour.


When the doors opened, I queued up and waited my turn. they were expecting me and before I knew it I was being escorted to a meeting room. It wasn’t the sort of meeting room you might imagine. this was a room designed for an intimate meet and greet.

When Howard came in he showed no fear of my black clothes. In fact he was sweet and curious, sniffing all over to get to know this new room.

He came when called and demonstrated how well he could sit (and wait) for a treat. he also demonstrated his excellent climbing skills.

Howard came to Oregon from a kill shelter in California in the Second Chance program. He had been picked up as a stray a few times and the last time, his owners declined to come and get him. The shelter thought he might be adoptable in Oregon so he was sent here.  Apparently, Howard is such a devoted family member he is very vocal if left alone, and so he was adopted and  returned to OHs. Twice.

Despite his sad early life,  Howard is a lover. He is such a lover that he has a big old heart on his side. He is a model canine and OHS staff use him to model leash-walking for new arrivals. Maybe that’s why he has a gold star beside his heart.


If I didn’t have to work, and if Lucy were friendlier to other dogs, I’d have taken him home myself.

I was a little sad to see him go, but hopeful we could spread the news about Howard to the OBHR community.

I am hopeful that Howard will soon be in a home with a retiree or a new friend works from home. Maybe I’ll have a good news update during our March Slice of Life Challenge.


12 Responses to “Helping Howard”

  1. TammyB February 19, 2019 at 6:41 am #

    Puppies are fun no matter how long we are blessed to spend with them.

  2. arjeha February 19, 2019 at 7:17 am #

    Here’s hoping that Howard finds a loving forever family. Looking forward to some good updates on Howard during March.

  3. Emily Culbertson February 19, 2019 at 7:45 am #

    Oh, Howard! I’m in LOVE! He’s easily won me over with the heart and gold star! Does everyone see that?!? I’ll say a little prayer for that fella to find the just right family he needs. I look forward to hearing an update on him.
    And, congratulations on finding ANYTHING to do and abandon your taxes. It’s my least favorite thing (well, right in front of the everyday laundry and dishes).

  4. Karla February 19, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    Sometimes it takes a while for this special dogs to find they perfect forever home, but I know based on what you said that such a dog with this magnificent traits will find his, thank you so much for writing about him I am sure there is a loving family looking out for him too.

  5. Trina Haase February 19, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

    I, too, hope that Howard finds a forever family! He sounds like a honey and I love his coloring!

    Thank you for being an advocate for pets!

  6. terierrol February 19, 2019 at 1:51 pm #

    I Howard finds a happy home soon. Keep us posted.

  7. Lisa Corbett February 19, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

    The whole time I was saying, “She’s taking that dog home!” Have you read “The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness”? It’s great, and all about a dog who finally finds his forever home. Too bad Oregon is so far away…my daughter is ready to adopt Howard! 😉

  8. jarhartz February 19, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

    What a love. I hope he finds a home that can give him all he deserves!

  9. Leigh Anne Eck February 19, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

    Oh, I do hope we hear a happy undate in March!

  10. Akilah February 19, 2019 at 7:26 pm #

    This was so sweet. I love how you framed all his attributes positively. I hope Howard finds a family soon.

  11. Brian Rozinsky February 19, 2019 at 8:26 pm #

    I’m struck by how the ways you see Howard shape how we see Howard and, likely, how he sees himself during your meet-and-greet. A timeless, powerful lesson there.

  12. Erin Bradley February 25, 2019 at 11:54 am #

    This is so sweet. I hope Howard can find a home! We just adopted a little pup and she has forever changed our lives! I love that you saw him for more than just a dog and experienced a glimpse of his sweetness!

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