Henry is starting to feel better already, as you can actually SEE in this photo of him sitting on his tiny, almost hairless butt. He goes up to other dogs at the shelter, kisses them through the fence, prancing and play bowing to join in their play. To see him do this is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. He isn’t strong enough to really go out and play with them yet, but he truly wants to. From the looks of it, he LOVES other dogs. In a few weeks, after he is healthy, stronger, and neutered we will be able to pair him up with a roommate and he will really enjoy that. He is a very sweet boy!
UPDATE 11/21/16: Go ahead. Take a look! These photos of a sick and emaciated Henry are hard to look at but the GOOD NEWS is that YOU can help us help him by donating to his “Help to Heal” fund! Henry, a very sweet Hound mix, just arrived our shelter and we are so THANKFUL that we have him. He seems to be about 2 ½ years old and he weighs only 44 pounds. (He needs to gain a lot of weight.) He is an ASPCA TV commercial—that is for sure—but we are going to change all of that because THAT is what we DO! Keep in mind as you look at Henry that these are his “BEFORE” photos and we will be showcasing him in his “AFTER” photos one day in the not too distant future.
We are vetting Henry very well; treating him for Lyme, Ehrlichia, hookworms, and whip worms. His extremely thin coat is due to poor nutrition and it will be getting much better because we are feeding him (twice a day) very nutritious vet prescribed Royal Canin Gastrointestinal food that is sure to put a healthy weight on him soon. Henry literally has many bald spots all over his body where his hair has fallen out in clumps. Had we not gotten him, he probably would have frozen to death, or died of starvation, within the next week or two. We won’t have him neutered for about 3 weeks when he is healthier and stronger.
HIS STORY: Henry was found by two women who were traveling though Nelson County, saw him, picked him up, and contributed $50.00 to help with his medical care. When his hold time at Animal Control was up, he became our very precious Almost Home family member.
Yesterday Lish and I (Flower) spent time in Henry’s room, petting him and giving him many tiny bits of delicious treats. Even though he has been a starving dog, he accepted our treats with a mouth so gentle we hardly felt him take them from our hands. He let us touch him everywhere and he even let me clean his ears a little bit. We didn’t force ourselves on him—we just let him know that all of the people he comes in contact with now will be good people who have his best interests at heart.
Henry has all the makings of being someone’s very beloved pet and we are getting him all ready to fit that bill. We will update his webpage as he progresses, so stay tuned to watch him turn into a real prince charming. Donations to his “Help to Heal Fund” would be much appreciated too.
GOOD WITH DOGS.
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