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Wednesday, July 17 2013

 

Henry's story will always be a mystery to us, but given our experience policing in the ghetto, we've got a pretty good idea of his start in life. His un-neutered generic ghetto dog father met his un-spayed generic ghetto dog mother and several puppies were born. Human children likely played with them for a while. He likes humans. A LOT! Someone in his life was kind to him.  For some reason, the food ran out. Henry was on his own in a ditch by a railroad yard.

Henry is clearly a plucky little survivor. He is obsessed with where his next meal is coming from. He's had some bad encounters with other dogs because he was quite defensive around our dogs at first. When Briar first met him, he hunched up and growled low at her.  Briar has killed possums bigger than Henry. She raised her eyebrow, gave him an incredulous look and walked away.

He has since loosened up. By now he's figured out that the dogs here will just ignore him. Dillon tries to engage him to play with a kong toy that is almost as big as Henry is. Toys are clearly not in his databanks. Henry is almost frantic in his perpetual search for food. Even though his belly is full, he cannot wrap his mind around the idea of regular meals.

"You must eat fast! You must eat it ALL! You must hunt for more!"

Henry is starved for human attention. He loves to carried. He loves to be cuddled. He loves the human touch. Other than food, Henry loves nothing more than to sit in the recliner and watch television with you. He would make a perfect companion dog for someone who wants a smaller dog.


 
Yesterday Other Half let him ride along as he ran errands.

Henry was in Heaven. He charmed everyone. They ran into my mother at the post office. She texted me to say that I needed to take pictures that captured his "grateful expression." The vet gave him a clean bill of health and pronounced that he just needed 'groceries' and TLC. They sent him home with goodies and promised to help find him a "furever home!"

The people at PetsMart were smitten and have also offered to help. The people at the feed store took pictures of him.  Henry is the face of stray dogs everywhere - scared, uncertain, overwhelmed, and ever so cautiously grateful.

Most of these photos were taken on Day 1 of the new chapter in Henry's life.  Even now, 3 days later, he is a changed dog. He now sports a little collar and a jaunty little trot. There is food in his belly and hope in his eyes.  Once we get some weight on his bones, you won't even be able to recognize him.

 

Please get Henry's story out there. We want to find him a perfect forever home with someone who loves a plucky little terrier-type dog with a strong will to survive. The vet estimates that Henry is approximately 5 months old. He will stay small. We will get him neutered when the vet decides he's healthy enough. Even though we don't plan to keep him, I will always worry about his future, therefore, I'll have him microchipped so he will always have a ticket back to us no matter where his journeys take him.

 

 

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 12:39 pm   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
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Hi, I didn't realize that Henry is so small until I saw the picture of you OH bending over to pet him. I know that it is really sad but it is kind of fun to watch them eat. The food just flies every which a way. He's cute, you will find him a great home I'm sure. Jan
Posted by Jan on 07/17/2013 - 07:28 PM
He's a whole lot smaller than I pictured so it shouldn't be so hard to find someone who wants him. How did you get rid of the fleas, etc. so quickly? I would have hesitated to let him out where the fleas could reach others. Best of luck to the little guy. You and your husband are so generous!
Posted by Terri's Pal on 07/18/2013 - 03:22 PM
You both are the greatest! I am going to get myself microchipped so if I ever get lost I will make it to your house.
Posted by Sue in Wyoming on 07/18/2013 - 04:26 PM
Ahhhhh!!! Hope you find that good furever home. He is cute and those little cuddlers make such nice companions for older people (I know, I have one - also a rescue). The right home will come along.
Posted by Susan on 07/19/2013 - 02:08 PM
how's he doing now? he sure picked the right cruiser when he spotted Other Half on patrol! a few weeks with your farm family and steady feedings of food and love will help him learn that this world can be a very good place to be. the right dog comes into our life at the right time for the right reason...so his forever family will find him at your farm, when it is the right time.
Posted by clairesmum on 07/21/2013 - 10:27 AM

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