Meet Henry, the newest member of our family. Henry came from the county Animal Control shelter, where they were calling him "Gerald." To us, he looks like a "Henry." He was brought in as a stray on August 11, so we don't know what his name really is. The vet estimates he is 7 years old.
Henry is definitely part beagle, might have some black lab in him, and who knows what else. He weighs 30 pounds, so he is smaller than Phoebe in weight and in height. He is truly one of the sweetest, most gentle and affectionate dogs I've ever met.
When I saw this guy's face online, I thought, "Wow, he looks like Phoebe!" I could tell by the grey on his face that he's older, and older dogs don't get adopted as readily as puppies or younger adult dogs. That alone made him appealing to me. The photo of this boy tugged at my heart. A few days later, my husband and I went to the shelter to visit him. The minute he walked into the visitation room, we were hooked. He was smaller than I had expected and even cuter than the photo I had seen online.
Then he started coughing, and my concern about him having kennel cough turned out to be correct. He was put on antibiotics the next day, but we had to wait several more days before we could bring Phoebe to the shelter so they could meet. We had to make sure they would get along before we could adopt him. When he was cough-free, we introduced the two and they got along just fine.
On Friday, August 31, we picked up Henry from the vet (he had to be neutered and we also had his teeth cleaned while he was under). His first night at our house was very good, considering what the poor guy had been through. He was groggy and a little sick to his stomach, but he slept through the night. The next day, he ate a small meal and started feeling more peppy. We need to restrict his activity for a week to let him heal. So far, he's being a very good patient. Here he is chilling out on the runner in the living room.
Here are the two kids, Henry on the left and Phoebe on the right. They look quite a bit alike, don't they. I love Henry's white markings and his grey face!
Henry is a wonderful dog. He's friendly with people and dogs, he's smart and affectionate. He's a happy boy, with a tail that seems to wag constantly. When he's really happy, it goes in a complete circle. The only downside so far is that he's a furniture dog, jumping up on the sofa and our bed, which is against house rules. And he doesn't know basic commands like "Sit" and "Stay." They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks? We'll see about that ....