Dog of the Month: Bill

Bill has been with DDI, it seems like forever. He is a sweet old man, who is in love with life. Anyone who has walked him, can attest to his infectious, happy demeanor. His longtime,  dog walker, Mike, agrees, “Bill is such a loyal and loving dog! He is always happy to see me upon arrival for his walk and always greets me with a wagging tail. We like to take our time on walks and he enjoys stopping to take in all the smells. He is always friendly with everyone and one of the calmest souls I’ve ever interacted with. Congrats on being our Dog of the Month Bill. You deserve it”

We couldn’t agree more! Below is an incredible insight into Bill’s journey.

When and where did you get Bill?
Bill was found in a dumpster when he was just a week or two old – a woman was walking by, heard his cries from inside, and rescued him. He had mange and was very underweight, so it took a little while to nurse him back to health. He made his way to a rescue society, which is where I found him. He was only about 3 months old when I adopted him, and we’ve been together for almost 13 years now. He was already named Bill when we met. The lady who found him had recently lost a close friend to cancer, and Bill was named for him. It seemed wrong to rename him, and anyway I think it’s a hilarious name for a dog.

What is your favorite thing about Bill?
Bill is my best friend. He’s been a constant in my life through a lot of good and bad times. What’s not to love about that?

If you could describe Bill life attitude in one sentence, what would it be?
“Time for a nap.”

Tell us a cute/funny story about Bill.
About a year ago, my girlfriend and I read about a “Dog IQ Test” online, and decided to give the test to Bill.

Step One: Say his name mixed in with a few random words and see if he perked up.
Results: No discernible reaction.
Step Two: Cover with a blanket, and time how long it takes them to escape.
Results: Bill lies down and appears to begin napping.
Step 3: Show him a treat as you place it under an opaque cup, then see if they can get the treat. Results: Bill fixes the cup with a tremendously melancholy gaze, but makes no move to extract the treat.

A cynic would say that he failed every test, but I think he’s just a refined gentleman: Blankets are for sleeping under, and eventually I just gave him the treat, so instead of making a mess he just exercised patience. Unfortunately the best I can come up with for the name thing is just that he’s going kind of deaf…


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