Mary Todd Lincoln and her dads
Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln (formerly Minnie) continues to live a full life with her dads, and it turns our she's an excellent road-tripper and local celebrity.
By: on January 06, 2017

We were THRILLED to receive this wonderful update from the family of one of our beloved Best Friends alumna.  Minnie, now Mary Todd Lincoln, will always hold a special place in our hearts!  

Luke Hogan here, one of Mary Todd Lincoln's (Minnie's) dads.

I've been meaning to send you this update all holiday season long, but early January is the best I could muster! I thought you guys might appreciate some pictures of Mary Todd enjoying her new life. We can't believe we've only had her for seven months! From her first, ecstatic moments in our home, it was clear that she was a member of our family. The bonding was immediate and strong.

Mary Todd the dog outside with her tennis ball

Attached, you will find pictures of Miss Mary Todd hanging with us at home, and in our neighborhood. She's a bit of a star amongst our neighbors. People are always commenting on how pretty she is, and we rarely get through a walk without someone saying, "It looks like your dog is wearing eyeliner!"  We've met more neighbors than we even knew we had.

Mary Todd is always up for an adventure. She was even recognized by Bernadette Peters as we left City Vet on the Upper West Side! We've been on road trips (she loves car rides) to Provincetown over the summer, and to St. Louis for Christmas. She does so well with our family and friends.

We've found that if we hug and kiss a person at our front door when we first greet them, Mary Todd immediately wags her tail for too, and makes an instant friend. This makes it dicey when repair men come to the apartment, because we can't exactly greet them like old friends.... so repair men, and delivery men make Mrs. Lincoln very nervous.  But she's good at "sit" and "stay" so usually she stays calm.

We know those "sit" and "stay" skills (and so many others) are due to you guys at Best Friends. She came to us so ready to be in a home, all three of us felt like we hit the jackpot. Honestly, she's such a good girl. So sweet and funny and affectionate. She loves being petted, and asks us to pet her at every opportunity, which is fine by us. We knew we had a lot of love to give a dog, and Mary Todd is a big girl with a big heart.

Dog wearing pearl necklace

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for saving this girl, and for making the commitment to train her and see her all the way through to adoption. We know she had hurdles to clear, and so much hard work happened before we ever even met her. We truly believe that she was waiting for us until she was ready, and we were doing the same for her. Now that she's ours, we're making up for lost time, and doing our best to give her the happiest life possible.

Please share this email with anyone else in your organization who had a hand in raising this extraordinary girl, and might enjoy a happy update.

Man holding a big dog

So grateful to you,
Luke and Nathan and Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln