After one dog at an Appleton, Wisconsin shelter destroyed their stuffed animal, a CSI case was hilariously born. A 4-year old chocolate lab mix by the name of Hank fell in love with a fuzzy purple hippo toy. When he arrived at the Fox Valley Humane Association, he would not go anywhere without his oversized plush. There have even been multiple photos post of Hank and his hippo together on the Fox Valley Humane’s Instagram.
Hank and his purple hippo are a bonded pair, so if you aren't ready for a 4 year old Chocolate Lab to come home when you adopt your fuzzy Hippopotamus...well, sorry, we can't approve your application. The hippo won't let us get an age on her, but we don't think she's quite as old as Hank..They've been together a long time though. She IS spayed and current on vaccinations, but does seem a bit lethargic. Hank is most definitely not. They do say that opposites attract.... #fvha #foxvalleyhumaneassociation #adoptme #adoptdontshop #labsofinstagram #rescuedog #chocolatelab #shelterdog #fuzzypurplehippo
The photo noted that if you were interested in adopting Hank, he would also have to come with his purple hippo. Fox Valley Humane Association wrote, “If you aren’t ready for a 4-year-old Chocolate Lab to come home when you adopt your fuzzy Hippopotamus…well, sorry we can’t approve your application.”
UPDATE: Chief Thomas, of the Appleton Police Department, and K9 Blue (APD's Therapy Dog in-training) came to FVHA this afternoon to examine evidence found in Hank and the Fuzzy Purple Hippo's kennel. We are confident that with the exceptional investigative skills of Blue and the Chief, the case of the Hippossault will be closed soon. A formal announcement from the chief has been scheduled for tomorrow morning. (Swipe to view all photos) @appletonpolicedepartment #fuzzypurplehippo #fvha #foxvalleyhumaneassociation #shelterlife #therapydog
However, even though all the dogs and employees of the shelter were aware of Hank’s favorite toy, something terrible still happened. One day, when Amy Christensen, a volunteer, and communications director for Fox Valley Humane Association checked on Hank, she noticed he was in his cage alone. His purple hippo was seriously deflated, laying on Hank’s dog bed.
UPDATE: Since yesterday's casual questioning brought no results, Hank was brought in for a formal interrogation into the assault of his companion, the Fuzzy Purple Hippo. As of 11:00am Hank's jowls remain firmly closed regarding the incident. #fuzzypurplehippo #fvha #foxvalleyhumaneassociation #adoptme #shelterlife
Rebecca Klich, creative director at the association, took photos of the damage and decided to make the area look like a crime scene. With one pup dressed up as a police officer, a makeshift CSI episode was born.
UPDATE: The Fuzzy Purple Hippo, bonded with Hank, who we told you about last week has had a medical emergency. Dr. Laura is currently performing life-saving surgery to repair the near-decapitation. Details of the incident which caused the injury are murky, as Hank is refusing to answer our questions. (Yes, we have tried sternly asking, "what did you DO??" but he only looks away with a guilty look on his face.) Please keep the Fuzzy Purple Hippo in your thoughts. We will continue to keep you updated. #fvha #foxvalleyhumaneassociation #shelterlife #fuzzypurplehippo
In an attempt to save the purple hippo’s life, doctors at the shelter decided to perform surgery. All of which was hilariously recorded and uploaded on their Instagram account. The caption noted that Hank was “refusing to answer [their] questions.” The dog apparently only “looked away with guilt” when asked what he did to the purple hippo.
HANK UPDATE If you did not see the full story (on our Facebook page) of what REALLY happened that fateful night when the Fuzzy Purple Hippo was injured here it is! AND if you didn't hear, both Hank and his BFF were released into the custody of this amazing family!!! ....read the long, harrowing, and romantic tale below: APPLETON CHIEF OF POLICE EXONORATES HANK OF ALL WRONGDOING IN OFFICIAL STATEMENT!! Through the joint efforts of a talented therapist, brilliant attorney, and stellar investigative team from the Appleton Police Department, the truth has been revealed! On the evening of Monday, July 10 after FVHA staff had left for the night, the Fuzzy Purple Hippo attempted to scale their kennel door. Having opposable thumbs (a design flaw at the stuffie factory?) she believed that she could open the lock if she got to the other side, then free Hank as well. The pair planned to grab a few treats from the box that they stare longingly at all day from their kennel, snag a comfy blanket from the cart in the hall, then head out to the backyard to snuggle and stargaze. The romantic night of their dreams... ...things, as you may have guessed, did not go exactly as planned... Fuzzy Purple Hippo made it to the top of the kennel door with the sort of grace and finesse not typically seen in a hippopotamus, and Hank saw his periwinkle angel in a whole new light. His big chocolate heart thumped an extra beat. As quickly as his heart had soared, it crashed...when her silky fur caught on the wire at the very top of the kennel. His heart wrenching howl could be heard throughout the shelter as she struggled to free herself but could not. Hank slid his bed to the door, made a mountain of his blankets, and climbed atop it all until he could stretch high enough to rescue his damsel in distress. Hank cared for his princess throughout the night until the staff arrived and Dr Laura could perform the life-saving surgery that she needed. Why did he not just explain what happened from the beginning and avoid the speculation and accusations, you ask? That's exactly what we wanted to know! CONTINUED IN NEXT POST..... #fuzzypurplehippo #fvha #foxvalleyhumaneassociation
Luckily, the purple hippo survived the surgery. Even though he is still currently sans stuffing, Hank managed to skip on being charged and was adopted by a family on July 13th.
Both Hank and the purple hippo are still living together.
Sarah is a Hufflepuff living in NYC. When she is not traveling or talking to random animals, she is working as a script writer. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp