About Hogan

Hogan before we adopted him (picture sent to us by his foster mom, Julie)

We’d had Dusty and Cora for about eight weeks when we decided we’d like to adopt another rescued dog—one who would ideally play with both Cora and Dusty. Dusty really seemed to need a playmate, and we’d thought Cora might be willing to play with a dog a little less exuberant than Dusty, so we began our search for Number Three.

We found Hogan on Petfinder.com and took an immediate interest in him. Before we had even begun the search that resulted in our adopting Cora and Dusty, I’d wanted a terrier of some sort. Instead, we’d fallen for Cora and subsequently Dusty, so we wound up with hounds. But the third dog, I resolved, would be a terrier. Part of me wanted a Jack Russell again, but any JRT would certainly forever remind me of Roxie—and have a hard time measuring up—and I wasn’t so sure that was a good idea.

Hogan, though, was perfect. With his beautiful terrier face, dark coat, black-rimmed eyes, and curly tail, he looked a little wild (which I like!), all terrier (which I love!), but hardly at all like Roxie (which I thought was for the best). Hogan had been brought to Canada from the Humane Society of Cozumel, Mexico, by Rat Terrier Rescue Canada in May or June 2011. When I tell people he’s from Mexico, they say exactly what we think: “He even looks Mexican!” (Click here to read about what we’ve learned about Hogan’s life in Mexico.) We’re not certain what kind of terrier he is, but we think he’s almost surely got Australian terrier in him. He might even be a purebred. (Thanks to a neighbour for telling me about the breed—I’d never heard of it before, but Hogan matches the description to a T!)

Hogan on the lookout for squirrels, as always

When we go for our walks, Hogan (a.k.a. Hogie or Hogie Bear) very much stands out as “not a hound.” Whereas Dusty and Cora constantly have their noses to the ground, Hogan keeps his head up and just barrels forward. He moves toward grass only when there’s something upright to pee on; otherwise, he really prefers not to walk on grass. If concrete or asphalt is an option, that’s what he pulls toward.

Much like Cora, Hogan is fearful, but being a terrier, he shows his fear by growling rather than by cowering as Cora does. We’re trying to reassure Hogan that we’ll keep him safe, which is what a trainer taught us to do. But we’re anxious to teach him that other dogs aren’t to be feared because we have a lot of friends with dogs and would like some of our social gatherings to include our respective animals. So next week, Hogan starts obedience class, where he’ll be exposed to other dogs. (Of course, I’ll be posting about his progress there.)

Unusual for a terrier, Hogan is very calm. He doesn’t have nearly as much energy as Dusty despite being estimated to be only two years old. I suppose some breeds of terrier aren’t known to be hyper, but our experience with Roxie had us expecting any terrier to be super-energetic at least until age 12 or 13. Hogan’s not what we’d expected in that sense, but that’s okay. He’s still a really affectionate and smart little dog, and he’s turned out to be the perfect addition to our family!

Hogan’s Likes and Dislikes

✓ walks
✓ playing tug-of-war with his brother
✓ fast food (in the form of any bag or wrapper he
finds on the ground)
✓ belly rubs
✓ ear massages
✓ curling up with Mom or Dad
✓ sleeping
✓ chasing squirrels (if he were allowed to)
× meeting up with other dogs on our walks
× ear cleanings
× Dusty taking the toy he’s playing with
× showers/baths
× having to go for a walk in the rain
× being towel-dried after a walk in the rain
× being brushed
× mornings

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