From one of his posts on the Drake. Enjoy...
This is Henry (aka Hank). Much to my dismay I inherited him from an ex (her first dog) when he was about 8 months old. I didn't have room in my life for a dog at the time (college) and didn't want him to begin with because 1. he wasn't a gun dog and 2. he was 8 months old and had received no training of any kind. He wouldn't come, sit, stay, down, didn't even know his name. The only place he would shit was on the living room floor or the seat of the truck and he liked to bite. In the first six months I had him he dug a hole in my carpet, chewed the arm off the couch, got in the garbage almost daily, barked constantly, escaped from his kennel with great regularity, got arrested twice ($350) and hit by a car once ($500), killed 2 of my neighbors cats, found particular joy in destroying fly tying materials (especially Hoffman hackle), his favorite perfume to wear was fresh green cow shit but if it was unavailable anything that had been dead for more than a week would do and due to the biting I was forced to get a P.O. box and UPS stopped delivering to me altogether. I could go on but I think you get the picture. He was an asshole. After much frustration on both of our parts we came to a sort of understanding. If he'd agree to stay home when I told him to, not bite people, not kill the neighbors pets and not destroy my stuff I'd agree to feed and play with him daily and not kill him. He turned out to be the best dog I've ever had. He knows a bunch of dog tricks, herds cattle and horses, accompanied me on hundreds of guided trips, and used to retrieve ducks as well as any lab I've owned, not to mention that he LOVES kids. He's 13 now, half deaf and blind and too crippled up to do much anymore but I still love him (UPS and the USPS still won't deliver).
Don't be alarmed, this is one of his tricks. He "smiles" on command.
He likes to get in on fish photos.
Ol Hank made such an impression on me that last winter when I decided I needed another dog I sought out one of the same pedigree as Hank and ended up with Gringo. Gringo is about to celebrate his first birthday. He's a great dog too but completely different personality than Henry, well behaved, non-destructive (for the most part), mellow and obedient.
Here's the two of them together.
A funny thing happened a few days ago when the National Finals Rodeo came on TV. Gringo has never shown any interest whatsoever in the TV except for maybe a rare occasion when he'd hear a dog bark he might perk an ear. Since the rodeo has been on he's been glued to the set every night. He sits in the middle of the living room and watches the cows and horses, occasionally letting out a muffled growl or a hushed "woof" and intermittently getting up to touch the TV with his nose.
Waiting in anxious anticipation.
It's on now!
I don't know what I'd do without my dogs.