All About Hank, 5-4-24

I usually tell you what I’ve been doing – since 8 am yesterday it’s been all about Hank. We got over an inch of rain last night so that meant many puddles with mud today. Hank was in hog heaven!

Could he be any cuter?

36 thoughts on “All About Hank, 5-4-24

  1. Shirley Andersen Smith

    Sooo cute. The one pic he looks like he is in trouble….never, right.
    Have a great day Mary.
    Shirley, freezing in central Oregon.

  2. Terri D

    I bet he has a ball exploring at your farm. He must go home exhausted!

  3. Sandy

    Hi Mary, glad it’s not me taking hank home and having to bathe him!Reminds me of my son promises not to go in the water in the middle of winter, every time he threw himself in to the sea! Fortunately we lived across the street and out of soggy, wet woolens at the door and into a hot bath!
    Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  4. Kathy Burton

    Hank is so cute and growing so fast. They sure love water. My daughter’s Golden Retriever is named Arlo
    and he has been obsessed over their tiny pond. They put up many barricades and that never stops him from getting in the pond. Boy, does he small afterwards.

  5. Sally

    How fun playing in all that water! Your grass looks so beautiful, all that green!

  6. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    Looks like they had a great time 😻! I haven’t planted pumpkins 🎃 before and have some jackolanterns seeds I started in a pot. Any special things you recommend for them?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pamela – oh my, I’m no expert but I guess they actually do better for me if they don’t get too much water.

  7. Carolyn Boutilier

    Love it Mary, Hank in the doggie bed looks like he was going to get a good scolding. That picture made me laugh out loud. Yes, i do love Hank. we had 3/4 inch of rain last evening but less than 10 miles from us had 60 mph winds, hail some down trees and power outages. I am glad we missed it. I planted my cuke and squash seeds yesterday. Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Virginia

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – and he’d never get a scolding from me unless he decided to mow down the chickens. I also thought he looked sad in that photo but he really wasn’t. He was quite tickled with himself!

  8. Ginger S

    Love the pictures today Marry. Haven’t seen many of Hazel while Hank is visiting. She’s probably disgusted with all the “rasseling” the boys have been doing! Ha.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Ginger – you are exactly right!!!! She refuses to join in – doesn’t realize how much fun she’s missing out on.

  9. Jeanie S, Central IL

    All that fun in the puddles; just like kids! Hank has so much fun at your house, he will need regularly scheduled play dates. And, if he has not been around cats, he got the full feline experience. 😂
    Thanks, Mary 🥰

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanie – he is great with the cats – he’s learning early that they’re not a threat. Also learning about chickens / we did have so much fun!

  10. Jan Hebert

    Hank’s mom is going to need to install a big walk in shower for bathing him after visiting with you, Mary! They really had fun! I’m so sorry that Hazel won’t join in. Isn’t she a funny little dog. Jan in MA

    1. Hank's Mom-Michele

      When we built a new home 15 years ago we added stairs from our garage to the basement and put a shower in the mechanical room. Hank’s dad was still farming so it was great to come in dirty and get to a shower without having to walk through the house. This shower is also perfect for bathing a dog. In addition to a shower head we have a long detachable shower head that reaches to the shower floor, so it works perfect to clean up a muddy puppy after 2 fun days at Mary’s. We got Hank home and within 30 minutes he was clean again. A quick towel dry, a warm blanket and he was snoozing all later afternoon and most of the evening. Clean and tired. Best way to describe Hank last night. He’s a lucky boy to get to spend time with Mary and Keeper.

  11. Carolyn Rector of Ohio

    Awe, so much fun.Reminds me of when I was “watching” my three year old grandson at a local baseball game his brother played. I let Aidan splash in the puddles out back and I think my daughter was shocked what Nana let Aidan get into. Like he was in high heaven! Aidan is now at Marine bootcamp. Time flies.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – I said the same thing. – he can do pretty much whatever he wants at grandma’s place. Mom can bathe him. I think he liked being dirty- don’t all little boys like being dirty? Haha!

  12. Donna Jo

    Hank is so cute! Glad he’s having so much fun on your farm! He’s going to be so tired!

  13. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    I’ll bet Keeper is a very patient teacher for Hank. We are the Hank Fan Club😀. Thanks for sending,Mary. We had a perfect day for our granddaughter’s college graduation.
    Unpacking from retreat today.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane- wow, you’ve been very busy with retreat and graduation – where did she graduate from? And what did you sew on retreat?

      1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

        Hi Mary, She graduated from Muskingum University—also where John and Annie Glenn graduated, Agnes Moorehead, and Jack Hannah. My husband and I went there, our two kids and son in law, now Emma is a graduate and two more grands will be juniors! I will send picks of blocks I worked on. Nothing finished. I do have pics of others’ finishes😀

  14. Rita in Iowa

    Looks like dog fun to me! Great day to do that. We went out early yesterday to put things away in the shed, like the snow blower, sprayer , after spraying the lawn on Friday. And then it rained. House cleaning was done and cutting of scraps in my sewing room.
    Today I hope to pull some grass and tree seedlings from the rocks around the house. Maybe some more scrap cutting.
    Daughter’s birthdays are today and Wednesday. Wish they were closer!😅

  15. NancyTD

    Hank had a great time at your house. My great grand daughters love splashing in puddles too. I get pictures of them covered in mud and big smiles on their faces. Cute when I don’t have to clean them up!
    Going out to enjoy the sunshine and pull weeds in my flowers this afternoon. Working on hand quilting an appliqué quilt. Hands can’t take too much at a time. Sure is hard to even find stencils for hand quilting—have to make do with what I have. Next rainy day I will practice on my sewing with my new machine so I will be ready for the class on the 14th.
    Enjoy the day and thanks for sharing Hank’s fun.

  16. Betty Klosterman

    Mary, did the dogs scare the geese out of the pond? Or didn’t they survive winter? Did you have swans a few years ago?

    God made puddles for kids and pets. They can only get so muddy, so let them have fun. Then hose them off before letting into the house! They will always remember all that wonderful fun, giggles and laughter. They can only get so wet, so let them have at it. Big kids, too. They’re full of wonderful, happy sounds.

    I heard about a rancher out here. Water was so precious. The kids had a schedule of chores to be done each day. On Friday, he had them water one part of the yard. Imagine the fun the kids had doing that!

    The wind is really blowing today. It even blew the back door open! I’ll have to make sure it is latched. We have a problem out here with the ground shifting during dry or wet spells. Such is life. It it wasn’t tied down in the yard, it won’t be there the next time you look. Tomorrow it will be something different. Variety is the spice of life?
    Take care. Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – I have 5 geese left and when I know another dog will be visiting I always close the gate to the pond. The geese are so old they can’t walk well and the dogs frighten them terribly. Just trying to get out of the way of a dog walking towards them, they can stumble and then the dogs think it’s fair game to grab a goose. Usually they die of fright at that point. So it’s the first thing I do when someone else visits. The pond is so full and clean right now – and it’s full of frogs and killdeer are along the edge. I just mowed out there and as I drive by I can see frogs jumping into the water! Love to hear them at night. I have never had swans. I agree – all that water and mud was there just for Hank to have fun. I know there’s a very convenient shower for him at home and before you know it, he’s clean as a whistle. I can’t wait till he visits again. What direction is your wind coming from? So I’ll know what to expect in a day or so.

  17. Debra L Reber

    Looks like the dogs had lots of fun! I bet they are tired out now!!

  18. Joy in NW Iowa

    Betty k in Rapid city – hi! Jay & I were just in your city for college graduation! We would have come before Friday but your weather wasn’t very pleasant looking. 🥴. Our grandson graduated from the SD School of Mines Summa Cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering! We headed back to Iowa after graduation!
    Mary you had so much fun with Hank and Keeper !! They are so funny…they fight just light our daughters Goldens! Hank is a really pretty dog! Love him!
    Thanks for ALL the neat pictures!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – I was exhausted trying to keep track of those two but Keeper was like the big brother/babysitter. Hank just tagged along wherever Keeper went and I could call Keeper and he’d show up with Hank in tow. Yes, what a gorgeous dog!! Love him!

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