Name: Rainey, as in Joseph Rainey, the first African-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rainey was born a slave in 1832 in South Carolina. Rainey's father later bought the family's freedom, and Rainey was elected to Congress from South Carolina's 1st District in 1870. (A list of writers, directors and actors included 250 people with either the first or last name Rainey. I never heard of any of 'em.)
Birthdate: October 30, 2018, I'm smack in the middle of my puppy year. I am like clay that you can mold into the perfect pet for you. Here's my sad tale — I've spent most of my life in this shelter. I was brought here as a newborn, and I'm still here. This is no life for a dog ... especially a wonderful, sweet pup like me.
I need a home forever. And let's face it, you could use a lifelong friend, too.
Ethnicity: I'm a Labrador, retriever and Border Collie combo plate. I'm the best of all worlds, a healthy, extremely smart and clever puppy. I'm 39 pounds of fun. I like to play with other animals, including children over 12.
I'm house trained and will let you know when I need to go outside. I'm very athletic and love nothing more than a nice walk around the neighborhood. About the only thing I don't like is being left alone for long periods of time. Who does? If you want a dog, give the dog some attention. Makes sense to me.
Come and get me: I'm available for adoption at 11 am Friday, May 10 at Citizens for Animal Protection (17555 Katy Freeway; 281-497-0591). Tell them, "Ken sent me."
Dog lover? Ken Hoffman introduces you to an adorable pup available for adoption in Houston every Thursday.