On 11/20/16 Henry was found at the side of a road by two women passing by in their car. He was emaciated and very sick with Lyme, Ehrlichia, hookworms, and whip worms. His boney ribs and under belly were completely bare of hair. Had we not gotten him when we did, he would have frozen to death, or died of starvation and disease!
Henry is now a handsome, healthy, tri-color Hound who weighs 54 pounds and seems to be about 3 years old. A very sweet but shy dog from day one, he loves being around other dogs and he wants to get to know them all. When he is with other dogs, he enters his comfort level and becomes very playful. He kisses other dogs through the fence and prances and play bows to invite them all to join in play with him. Even when he was so sick and skinny, there was “a playful little dog” inside him.
After top notch medical care, his illnesses were cured and he was neutered. And then we gave Henry the freedom to play with other dogs. He LOVED it, his doggie playmates loved it, and so did we. His antics made us laugh. For a while he and Brent were roommates. Brent is a bit shyer than Henry, but when Henry let someone pet him, Brent let that person pet him too. Even though Henry is shy, his “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.
After a few months of being roommates, one evening when no one was around, Brent and Henry fought over something (both incurring leg wounds) and we had to end their bromance. They still seem like they want to be together (perhaps they worked out their differences) but it is a chance we don’t want to take. Turbo is Brent’s roommate now, and Henry (depressed because he is lonely) will get a daytime playmate soon.
Henry is still painfully shy with new 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 that he has grown to know those of us at the shelter, 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. Henry 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 would probably do best in a calm home in a quiet community with a securely fenced yard and people who will give him the time necessary for him to grow to trust them. He’d enjoy another mellow/submissive doggie playmate too, because he needs one for his self-confidence and the “fun and dog games” he enjoys.
HENRY IS GOOD WITH SUBMISSIVE DOGS.
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