Henry came to us on October 30, 2007 from SW Washington Humane Society. At that time, the vet told us that he was about 9 months old. I brought Henry home for the family, but he quickly bonded to me for reasons I do not know. I am blessed. Henry was my dog, and I was his human. Henry was clearly part lab, but he also had some “hound-ish” tendencies. His eyes were sad, even though I know he was a happy dog. He loved looking out the living room window to watch walkers-by. He grew to be quite well known by some neighbors, and they watched for Henry as they passed by, looking for his greeting at the window. He would howl out a “hello” to the kids when they got home from school, and when my husband came home from a long day at work, he would be sitting at the top of the stairs waiting to shake his hand. I got a special greeting. If I held out my hands, he would jump up to me at eye level to give me a kiss. This dog ate shoes, tooth brushes, crayons, selective contents of the pantry, halloween candy, fell off a 12 ft deck onto the grass below (got up wagging his tail), all without any medical consequenses. We thought he was indestructable. But, we were wrong. In November, 2017, we noticed he had lost quite a bit of weight. The vet found a mass growing in his abdomen which had attached itself to his internal organs, and it was growing. She told us that we didn’t have much time with Henry. Over the next few months Henry grew anxious. He found it harder and harder to get comfortable. We learned that as a result of the growth, his heart was beating irregularly, eventually causing him pain. On March 6, 2018 we said goodbye to dear Henry. The house is quiet now without his nails tapping across the wood floors. There is an emptiness without our big “polar bear” dog. Henry, I am confident that we will see you again one day. Until that time, may you be at peace, feasting on an array of doggie treats, crayons, cardboard, and all of the things you love.
A donation was made in Henry's memory and the memorial was created on March 17, 2018.