Updated 09:49 a.m. August 3rd, 2012

Guess who finally went home after getting a temporary 'stay of execution'? Hank the Handsome Lab mix may be wagging his tail, but I can't seem to quit smiling as I'm overcome by tears of joy. I had been praying that Hank would be spared. "The bigger dogs are harder to adopt," so I'm told by Mr. Vannoy the Director of the animal shelter, thus the reason why I worried so much about the 85 pound lab named Hank. Thank to the wonderful family that cared enough to give Hank life. Please look at all the other beautiful critters that need homes, follow the link to see their picture and description.

Hank's time is up and was due to be put down. Please help save him!

Hank is the best of both worlds, part Golden Retriever and part Yellow Lab, the two most popular breeds of dogs that every canine trainer is always looking for. Whether it's a seeing eye dog, a canine companion or the highly sought after diabetic alert dog, Hank has the smarts and compassion that makes him an incredible pet.

I took Hank out of his kennel, not realizing that I (the one arm guy) was trying to put a leash on this 85 pound, tail waggin', fun lovin' mound of fur. Hank really surprised me, when he stepped out of his kennel and sat down to watch me try to close the gate and wrestle to put his leash on him, all the while I tried to operate my camera. I sensed that Hank knew, I was a little overwhelmed and he didn't take advantage of me. He waited me out, as I got the leash on him I asked a shelter worker to hold him for me. That is when Hank went to work, he began posing for the camera.

I will admit though, Hank melted my heart when I found out that his time was up, several days ago. As I walked in to find my next 'KEAN Critter', Hank was on his way to the back to be put down. So, I begged Mr. Vannoy and his staff to allow me till this weekend to try and find Hank a permanent home. Please if you are within driving distance and want someone to love and to love you back, Hank is your man.

This 85 pound mound of love, is only a year and a half old and is currently residing at the Abilene Animal Shelter. Caution this is one tame dog!

The Abilene Animal Control Shelter (a.k.a. the pound) Info:


The Animal Control Shelter is located at 925 South 25th in Abilene


Mon.-Fri. 10:30 a.m. till 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. til 2p.m.

Phone Number:



You can check out the rest of the dogs and cats that are up for adoption at the shelters website.

More Info:

About Hank, he is neither fixed nor vaccinated but that will be taken care of when you adopt him. The $80 adoption fee includes neutering, micro-chipping and his rabies shot. Hank's, Animal Control Shelters Reference I.D.# is: 16735548.

Please visit the Abilene Animal Shelter and let's save Hank.