Hooper the Rescue Puppy
Meet Hooper, Alex’s baby girl, and my first grandchild grandpuppy. Our entire family is beyond excited with this little nugget of adorableness, so we thought that we should share the cuteness with the world. You’re welcome.
Alex and her boyfriend Max adopted Hooper on Friday, September 19, 2014 from Wright Way Rescue in Morton Grove, IL. She’s a pug/terrier mix and has a personality that is beyond hysterical. She’s also really, really smart. She quickly learned where her treats are stored and tries to climb the cabinet to get to them, and she has discovered that when she cocks her head we all turn into mush. She enjoys her power immensely.
By now you’re probably wondering how Alex and Max chose the name Hooper, am I right? Do you remember the movie Jaws? Do you remember Richard Dreyfuss’ charming character, Hooper? Yep, that’s who she’s named after. Are you scratching your head out of curiosity? Well….Max is an up and coming film director/cinematographer/writer/future Academy Award Winner, and he has liked that name since he first saw the movie. Little did they know that she would live up to the movie that her name came from, because her little razor teeth are very much like shark teeth. We have the scars to prove it. Just kidding, kind of.
Hooper and Max (remember this name – Max Moore)
Needless to say, Alex and Max are desperately in love with their little girl and they are doing a great job teaching her to go potty outside, not to chew hands, cords, or furniture, and to be quiet when they leave her in her crate. Actually, that last part isn’t going so well…..
On Tuesday, Alex put Hooper in her crate with her stuffed elephant and her chew toy and went out for a run. Ten minutes into her run the apartment manager called her to tell her that he had received a noise complaint because Hooper was yelping. Seriously!?! It was 10:00 am on a weekday, and, the apartment building allows dogs. Whoever called to complain needs to move to a building without dogs, because dogs bark, and puppies cry. Anyway, because I’ve always been a sucker when I hear fear and sadness in my daughter’s voice, I jumped in my car and drove 45 minutes to Chicago to puppy sit while Alex went to work. She only had to train two clients so it wasn’t very long, and let’s be real, I LOVED playing with the baby. And, it also gave me the chance to spend time with my baby girl.
Side note: We had the most amazing tofu and lemongrass sandwich from a little Vietnamese shop just around the corner from her apartment. YUM!!! I’m going to replicate it and post the recipe as soon as I perfect it.
The proud Mi-Mi and her grandpuppy. FYI, the couch is NOT leather. As if!
This sandwich is the B.O.M.B.
Training a dog takes time, and a LOT of patience, and considering she’s only nine or ten weeks old, (the rescue’s guesstimate) I think she’s doing really well. But, in the meantime, and because I’ve trained many dogs in my adult lifetime, Gizmo and I will be making the trek to Chi town again soon to keep the munchkin under control while Alex is at school and Max is working. Oh the hardships of being the mi-mi (never call me grandma!) to a puppy. Wink, wink.
Gizmo and Hooper’s first meeting. Yes, they are Hawkeyes fans, and Alabama fans. Game day shirts are determined by who’s playing!
Gizmo giving Hooper the stink eye from across the room.
I’m not sure who looks more exhausted!
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you one of the best things about her. Her ears, they’re like velvet.
If you or someone you know is looking for a dog or cat, please adopt from a shelter. There are so many sweet, loving animals that are just waiting to become part of a family.
Sleepy puppy love.