Henry has improved so much since we got him on 11/20/16. (He was found by the side of a road by two women passing by in their car.) He came to us emaciated and very sick with Lyme, Ehrlichia, hookworms, and whip worms (see above photo). His boney ribs, under belly, and butt were completely naked of hair. He was an ASPCA TV commercial! Had we not gotten him when we did, he would have frozen to death, or died of starvation and disease!
Henry is a tri-color Hound who now weighs a perfect 54 pounds and seems to be about 2 ½ years old. He was a very sweet dog from day one. One GREAT thing Henry arrived WITH (in his bag of tricks) was his LOVE of other dogs and his comfort (and playfulness) around them. Even though he was very sick at the time, he would go up to other dogs at the shelter, kiss them through the fence, prancing and play bowing to join in their play. To see him do this was wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. He was so sick and skinny, and yet there was “a playful little dog” inside him.
After top notch medical care, his illnesses were cured and he was neutered. And then we let the “games begin” by giving Henry the freedom to play with other dogs. He LOVED it, his doggie playmates loved it, and so did we. His antics continually make us laugh. For a while he and Brent were roommates. (Henry is the dog on the right in this above photo). Brent is a bit shyer than Henry, but when Henry lets someone pet him, Brent lets that person pet him too. Even though shy, Henry’s “mentoring of Brent” in the ways of accepting human affection has done a lot to help Brent begin to come out of his shell too. Dogs helping dogs is a wonderful thing.
It still takes Henry a while to warm up to new people because he is a SMART dog, but he is never vicious. He is a sweet, gentle soul that very well tolerated all of the medical prodding and poking he received when we first got him. Now, he has even kissed a couple of us very gently on the nose. He also will put his paw on us asking for “more affection, please.” Our “dog therapy group” has been working with Henry for a few hours each week and will be happy to personally show you how he has grown to trust us. He has all the makings of being someone’s very beloved pet. Appropriate medical care, nutritious food, and “hands on love” have worked miracles for this very sweet boy.
Henry’s new home MUST HAVE: another dog or two, a securely fenced yard (in a quiet community), and loving, patient adults who want to make a difference in the life of an ASPCA commercial dog.
HENRY IS GOOD WITH DOGS.
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