Hurk's Foster Journey
10/30/13: Sorry to say but BAR lost another baby yesterday. Hercules went to the Bridge. Very sudden in his sleep. I can’t believe he’s gone. His little fur friends and I are lost. He was such a good boy. Good by Herkie. Run like the wind…8/23/04 - Wow, has Hercules only been with us a year? Seems like he has been a member of our family forever!
Hercules came to us as our first foster dog after adopting Snoopy from BAR. AFter about 5 minutes with him I knew he would never leave our house. He and Snoopy formed one of those once-in-a-lifetime instantaneous bonds, and have been best buddies every moment since. Truly, I worry about what would happen if we lost one of the boys. I think the other would die of heartbreak, they love each other so much.
Herc continues to be one of the most intelligent and enjoyable dogs I have ever known and is a much-loved member of our family. He is completely trustworthy with children, our cat, and other dogs. He is definitely our dominant male, but he handles himself with dignity and restraint. He loves other dogs and we have not had any issues with our Snoopy or with any of our fosters.
Hercules is a take-anywhere kind of boy. Just this weekend we took him to a local festival, with tons of people, noise and even other dogs. He handled himself perfectly well, and we were approached by many children who wanted to pet him, which we allowed. He rides beautifully in the car and he handles visitors to the house with minimal barking (although much bouncing and wiggling).
We adore our Hercules and are so thankful to BAR for letting him become part of our lives.
7/4/04 - I've attached a couple of pictures of
Hercules and our kitten for Herc's web
4/16/04 - I can't believe it has been
only 8 months since Herc came to live with us. It seems he has been part
of our family forever! Herc is my best pal, he is such an intelligent
and mischievous dog. He is extremely obedient and a wonderful guy to
have around the house, but he also has a warped sense of humor and when
he wants to he can really wreak havoc!
11/24/03 - Hercules is quite the character. He has
an incredibly expressive face, and he is pretty intelligent. You can
watch him thinking something through, and it is so funny to see his
forehead wrinkle up in concentration.
8/23/03 - I think we have a perfect dog in Hercules. He is absolutely a rock, so steady in nearly every situation. He has adjusted very well to life with us and we are so in love with this handsome guy. The only difficulty Herc has had is that we have discovered when left to roam the house alone, Herc will chew up things that don't belong to him. If it isn't left where he can get it, he seeks it out. As a result, Hercules must be crated whenever he is left without human companionship. His crate manners are impeccable. He goes right in when you open the door and relaxes quietly until you let him out. Hercules has clearly been well trained, he will not come in a room where you are eating unless you invite him, otherwise he stays on the other side of the doorway. So unlike our Snoopy who sits as close as you will allow him, drooling and trying to look underfed. Hercules is a very handsome dog, with wise eyes and a wonderfully wrinkly forehead. John thinks he looks a little like Winston Churchill. Hercules gets along great with other dogs and with small children. He is a wonderful companion to Snoopy, they have their regular play/rest cycles and are best pals. Hercules is also having a great time with our new foster, Poochie. Poochie is so big that he makes 67 pound Hercules look tiny. Herc is doing wonderfully here, we love him tremendously. He is one fantastic dog, we love him with all our hearts.
8/17/03 - Herc
is doing great. He had his vet appointment on Wednesday and is now
UTD on all his shots, heartworm negative. I will be calling today
to get his Lyme's test results (I forgot to on Friday). He was
great at the vet's, very interested in everyone and everything.
There was another dog on the other side of the door that he could hear
but not see. He whined and wagged, he clearly wanted to be allowed
to play. He tolerated his shots and blood draws like a trooper.
8/10/03 - Hercules has been adopted by his foster family! Congratulations.
8/7/03 - Hurk is pending adoption.
8/4/03 - Hercules continues to impress us with his good nature and easygoing ways. He spent 8 hours in his crate today with not a single accident or problem! He goes right in his crate when you ask him to without any argument or hesitation. He is a total gentleman. He was all wiggles when I got home from work tonight, and although he clearly wanted to get right up on my lap, he sat quietly in a sit/stay while I sat on the couch with my daughter for a few minutes. This boy has excellent manners and a downright sweet personality. He needs a little work on his leash pulling. I took both the boys for our walk this morning, and for the most part he was very good, he does like to pull a bit when he sees or smells something he is interested in. He appears to know "heel," although I will need to test him when it is just the two of us to determine how much he really does know. He is a great family dog, we are enjoying him immensely.
8/2/03 PM - We have spent the afternoon getting to
know this wonderful boy, and all I can say is that it will not be long
until Hurk is adopted! He has a wonderful personality. We will
evaluate him and see how he does when he is left alone in his crate, as
his previous owners said that he does not being left alone in a
it. We will begin by leaving him for a short period tomorrow in
his crate (with Snoopy around for company) and see if he has any issues
and how we will work through them.
8/2/03 AM - Hercules arrived at the Lakeside Boxer Retreat about 20 minutes ago. We brought the family out front to meet him and let the boys get introduced in the front yard. He is a big fawn and white male, neutered and probably about 10 lbs or so overweight. He gives the nicest little boxer kisses, knows basic commands, and has so far met everyone in the house with no problems whatsoever. When he first saw Aeryn his nub started wiggling like crazy and he gave her a sweet little face wash. He and Snoopy are all wiggles. They seem already to have settled in like two gentlemen, with no issues whatsoever.
We will send pictures shortly. This is a NICE dog, we are delighted to have him here!