Meet Charlie!

A nine-and-a-half-year-old male Feist mix, Charlie was surrendered to a shelter in North Carolina, brought up to New York by Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, and then found his forever home during the summer of 2013 with Nan and Alf. He had severe separation anxiety at first, but during the next few months he learned to trust his new family and slowly became the playful and goofy dog he is today. The staff at Happy Dogs have loved watching this little guy’s personality blossom, too; he’s been a daily Happy Dogs member since July 2013.

​Charlie had it rough at first, but now life is gooooooood.

​Charlie had it rough at first, but now life is gooooooood.

What is Charlie’s mission in life?

Mission #1: “Be the shadow to my humans.”

Mission #2: “Beg for treats.”

Mission #3: “Obtain belly rubs.”

Loves: Belly rubs. Also: fetching balls. (This is an athletic dog!)

​Charlie *might* allow you to give him a belly rub if you agree not to deliver food to his house.

​Charlie *might* allow you to give him a belly rub if you agree not to deliver food to his house.

Hates: Food-delivery people and doorbells. Also, no offense? But he does not like strangers!

What does Charlie do all day at daycare? Who’s his best bud at Happy Dogs?  The pack leaders at Happy Dogs say that Charlie loves to sniff around with a gang of dogs before he enjoys a good nap with some friendly pillows. While Charlie’s Mom, Nan, says that Charlie’s like that slightly awkward kid in school with social anxiety and not a lot of friends, he does seem to like Dino enough to sleep next to him on the regular.

Charlie and Dino are cuddle buddies Happy Dogs.

Charlie and Dino are cuddle buddies Happy Dogs.

What’s Charlie like after a day at Happy Dogs? This boy literally jumps for joy when he sees Nan and Alf, then he goes home to be a human shadow.

Hi, Charlie! Hi! So happy to see you, too!

Hi, Charlie! Hi! So happy to see you, too!

–Sarah Dohrmann


Meet Eliot!

Amelia and Mark adopted Eliot, a Feist mix who’s now 10 years old, in early 2011 from Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. Mark had been reluctant to adopt a dog, but when he and Amelia met Eliot (f.k.a. “Whitey Ford”) at a sidewalk adoption event, Mark changed his mind after one short walk with him around the block. Amelia says they filled out an adoption application on the spot, “complete with psychotic statements about how she ‘connected’ with Eliot instantly and would probably not survive without him.” A week later, Eliot was theirs.

Just about anybody could think they've instantly connected with Eliot.

Just about anybody could think they’ve instantly connected with Eliot.

A Happy Dog member since April of 2012, the folks at the McCarren Park location say that Eliot loves nap time, loves humans, loves dogs and is basically the epitome of affection. He wiggles his entire white body when he’s excited.

What’s Eliot’s credo? “Smell all the smells, eat all the treats, chase all the squirrels, soak up the love.”

What does he love the very most? Is there anything this dog hates? He loves sunbathing and hates to be moved when he’s conked out. He’s basically a crotchety old man now, in his elderly years.

Still life with canine sunbathing.

Still life with canine sunbathing.

What are his favorite foods and/or treats? Cheese, cheese, and cheese.

According to “dog whisperer” Cesar Millan, every dog needs a job. What’s Eliot’s “job”? He thinks he’s a guard dog for our apartment, but in reality he’s a clown.

​Eliot says, "Cheese!"

​Eliot says, “Cheese!”

What’s Eliot like after a day at Happy Dogs? Who’s his best bud at daycare? He is so pooped when he gets home! We’re not sure about his best buds, but we think they’re probably Mr. Fox and Cupcake, based on his cuddling pictures.

Happy Dogs = cuddle time for Cupcake and Eliot.

Happy Dogs = cuddle time for Cupcake and Eliot.

– Sarah Dohrmann


Meet Willie!

A 2-and-a-half-year-old male boxer who came to his dad Alec through his sister in Colorado who owned Willie’s mother, and who gave Alec the pick of the litter when the time came. Alec says he didn’t actually decide on getting Willie until the last minute, as they’d him labeled a female and his ribbon color was pink.

Here’s a pic from the day Alec met Willie when he was eight weeks old.

Baby Willie at 8 weeks old. (Aw.)

Baby Willie at 8 weeks old. (Aw.)

A member of the Happy Dogs at McCarren Park pack since March of 2015, Willie is at daycare six to seven days a week. He’s a laid-back guy seems to love everyone and everything. He sleeps some, plays with a pup or two, sleeps some more, plays some more, then eats, then sleeps, then plays…

In fact, according to Alec, that’s Willie’s credo: Eat, Sleep, Play!

Willie's such a happy dog.

Willie’s such a happy dog.

What does Willie love the most? Any human attention, but women more than men. Also: Kong tennis balls, tug of war, any meat or meat-flavored treat, sleep, and butt scratches.

Come 'ere, Willie. Let us scratch your butt.

Come ‘ere, Willie. Let us scratch your butt.

What does he dislike the most? Anyone in big, dark-colored coats like Canada Goose and Northface. He thinks they’re bears and barks and growls like crazy! And rain. The boy does not like being wet.

What’s he picky about? Treats. Many bags of things have been donated after he’s refused to eat them.

What’s he like after a day with the pack? Ten minutes of insanity when he walks in the house, then 12 hours of sleep, interrupted by two meals and walks. He’s much more fun on the weekends!

Willie gives the look.

Willie gives the look.

– Sarah Dohrmann