• Devin’s a Dog Who Lives For Weekends (Just Like You).

    17 March 2014/ No Comment / by Suzy

    Active, Sporty, Adoptable Dog From Red Hook Rescue: Meet Devin.

    I see them all the time at Harriman State Park, about an hour north of New York City: groups of adults hiking and camping together, setting up dinner at one of the lean-tos along the Appalachian Trail in Orange County, New York.  Happily, comfortably busying himself in their midst, a dog.


    Confident, almost noble, Devin shows off his true beauty from the back of a truck. His face and markings reminded me somewhat of Petco’s Chairman dog, Buster.

    So, what does your typical weekend look like?  A little shopping, a little puttering, a visit from the grandkids, and then the USGA US Open for the rest of the afternoon, until dinnertime and Downton Abbey*?  Devin (and he would be the first to tell you this) is probably not the dog for you.

    On the other hand, if your weekend has you up at dawn filling the cooler or the backpack and hitting the trails in Harriman State Park with some friends, throwing the frisbee in the dogpark or running the Aqueduct trail in Westchester County, Devin might just be your next trail buddy.

    A Many-Colored Mixed Breed Mutt Looking for a Family (or Buddy) to Call His Own.

    All that is known about Devin’s former life is that whoever owned him saw fit to tie him to a pole in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the summer, without water — and abandon him there, to whatever fate had in store for him.

    But when I met Devin to photograph him for Red Hook Dog Rescue (our Rescue of the Month), the first thing I thought was, Great manners!  He sits on command.  He holds your gaze, and offers a paw.  He stays, and stays.

    But show him a toy, and it’s ON. 

    Not in a rambunctious, full-on, clear-the-decks-cuz-Devin’s-playing way.  Just: this is a smart, athletic dog, and he likes to work. 


    Devin, a multi-colored, mixed breed mutt dog, jumps high in the air as a frisbee comes toward him.

    What a dog! Devin is an active, sporty, VERY well-mannered mutt living in boarding in the Bronx. This guy needs a home with people who love the great outdoors as much as he does.

    Harriet tosses a toy in the air, and Devin brings it down with a deftness that makes us both think of those athletic frisbee dogs, or dock dogs that gracefully launch themselves into the lake in pursuit of a ball.  We watch him frolic around a squeaky toy, and in some ways, I’m sure we’re thinking the same thoughts about Devin: how does a dog like this, so eager to use his body and his brain, do in boarding, waiting for the family that we’re sure will eventually come?  What does Devin think when he’s led back to his kennel again? 

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    He’s not hyper, and he’s not a barker.  He’ll sit when you tell him to sit, and when you throw the frisbee, he’ll actually turn briefly while he’s in the air, and wink at you.

    Devin’s not a big dog, but he is enthusiastic when it comes to his toys and full-body hugs, so Red Hook Dog Rescue would like to find him a home with no children and no other pets.

    And though he has nobody to bond with right now, when he does, that bond will be strong, and it will be forever.  You can tell that Devin wants his someone, and he wants to bond for the long haul.

    Cute dog offers a paw to his friend.

    Even as I photographed Devin in the Bronx, nothing about this dog says “Concrete Jungle” to me. Dude’s a nature-boy.

    Devin is available for adoption or foster immediately, from the reputable, long-established Red Hook Dog Rescue.  He’s located in the Bronx, New York, but can be transported locally or in the Northeast.  You can read more about him on Devin’s PetFinder page.  And if you do decide to rescue this guy, please let us know how he’s doing with you!


    Tip: Do you hike with your dog? Don’t forget to pack the frisbee when you hike!  It’s one of the best “double-duty” things to bring on a dog hike, because it fits easily in your pack, can be used as a water dish, and when the ground is wet you can sit on it without making your butt soggy.  And — oh yes — it will keep you both entertained at break time.

    *Confession: I love Downton Abbey.





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