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Henry

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Henry arrived in Rescue in April 2012 when he was eight years old. He came to us with his friend, Charlie, who was a year younger. Both these boys had been born and brought up in Spain by loving owners who returned, with the dogs, to the UK in 2011. Initially all went well for them but then they found themselves living in a home where the dogs were not allowed and were forced to make a dreadful choice between their home and their dogs.

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Henry and Charlie were with us for quite a long time as many potential adopters were worried about taking older dogs. Finding two older dogs a home together proved impossible so we eventually decided to offer them separately. Although they had always been together they were not inseparable and both dogs seemed more interested in people than each other. See Charlie's story.
Henry was rehomed at the end of June 2012 with a family who had an Old English Sheepdog and several small dogs. Henry settled in very well and very quickly and all seemed well until, in January 2013, he had an altercation with one of the little dogs over food and his new family asked us to take him back. Fortunately for Henry someone was already waiting for a dog just like him so, after only a week, he was getting his feet under the table in his new home with Greg and Sue. Sue writes:

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“I thought I would just say hello, and let you know that Henry is really settling in now, he loves being on the yard with the horse, and has had his first walk out with him ‐ no issues at all, so I let him into the sand school with me, where he chased us around, but he didn't want to jump the fence with the horse ‐ yet! We do have a couple of photos of him for your website, but we've haven't taken many photos yet. The girls on the yard think we should have taken a shot of him standing completely underneath the horse (when I wasn't looking), or when he sat very patiently watching me poultice and bandage the horse's hoof (he's had a really nasty abscess for the past two weeks), they can't believe how quickly he's settled down with us.
We still have quite a few barking moments, but.. a lot less than when we first brought him home. He does like to grumble quite a bit, in fact he really is the most opinionated dog I know! Henry goes to work with Greg most days, but he has been to a couple of my work places, and has been really good, but he did 'defend' me from a colleague who leant over my desk to help me with some work. Henry appeared from nowhere under the desk and asked, quite clearly, what Peter was doing leaning over my desk! It made us jump, and then laugh, Henry didn't do it again.

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My Mum and Dad are completely besotted with Henry and insist on 'dog sitting' at least once a week, so they can get their fix. They absolutely adore him, and he has them wrapped around his paw! He loves being there and, after Henry has slept for the whole morning to boost his energy levels, he then goes for a walk with Mum & Dad, and then I believe that they play fetch for most of the afternoon.
He has met quite a few dogs, between the yard dogs and friends, and now over time, our best friends' dog, Griff, and Henry can be found lying in a patch of sun together on the yard.
So the hairy Henry, has been with us over a month now, met nearly all our friends and family, and spends most days travelling around with Greg meeting even more people. I think his favourite days are his once a week trips to the river for a good swim and wash. He loves going after the floaty (on a rope ‐ just in case he doesn't go for it!) and we even managed to take him for a canoe trip for 2 hours the other weekend!
All in all, he's been thrown in at the deep end, and we're all getting on great!”
See you soon, Sue & Greg

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