Henry is off to a GREAT NEW START in 2017—thanks to all of us and YOU who have been contributing to his Help to Heal Fund! He 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. His boney ribs, under belly, and butt were completely naked of hair (see attached photo) and large clumps of hair were missing from other parts of his body too. He was an ASPCA TV commercial! We are so thankful to have Henry; had we not gotten him when we did, he would have frozen to death, or died of starvation and disease by now. For sure!
Henry is a tri-color Hound who weighed 44 pounds when we got him and weighs 54 pounds now. He seems to be about 2 ½ years old and he was a very sweet dog from day one. One GREAT and very healthy 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 (paid for by some of YOU through our Help to Heal Fund!) cured his illnesses, 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. He is such a happy dog now that he has moved in with Brent and, as you can see in one of these photos, they are best buddies—sometimes sharing the same bed even though there are two beds in their room. (Henry is the dog on the right. This photo was taken by Lish while she was petting them both at the same time as they relaxed and fell asleep!) Brent is a bit more shy than Henry, but when Henry lets someone pet him, Brent will let that person pet him too. Even though shy, Henry is “mentoring Brent” in the ways of accepting human affection.
It still does take Henry a while to warm up to new people because he is a SMART dog, but he is never vicious. His shyness, a result of his past, is something he can’t tell us anything about. He is a sweet, gentle soul that has very well tolerated all of the medical prodding and poking he has received lately. And…he has even kissed a couple of us very gently on the nose. He also will put his paw on a couple of us asking for “more affection, please.” So very sweet.
Our small “dog therapy group” (Lish, Jodie, and Flower) 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. 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. We will keep his webpage current so you can admire him and witness, first hand, what appropriate medical care, nutritious food, and “hands on love” can do when it comes to helping the neediest dogs.
HENRY IS GOOD WITH DOGS.
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