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Trying to be like Henry

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Henry was our Silver Lab who passed away one month ago today. He was actually my son's dog first, but when my son was going through a divorce and trying to start a business, he couldn't spend as much time with him, so he came to us. I have to admit I wasn't overly excited about this at first because we had a dog of our own and I was afraid she would get upset about sharing attention, but I was wrong about that. Beanie got used to Henry right away.

Over the years, I have had dogs that taught me many important lessons, but Henry was special. He went through a lot. He was uprooted a few times before he became ours and he had some lingering health issues, including a chronic ear infection that vets tried so hard to cure. Many of the treatments must have been incredibly painful, and in the end he required surgery to take out the infected ear canal as a last resort. Thankfully it was successful, and Henry enjoyed the last few years of his life up until a few months ago in relatively good health.

Henry was the most dignified dog I have every been around. He truly appreciated everything to the max. It was hard to know if he was in pain because he was so laid back, except when he was getting treats, or when my son came to visit. I learned so much from him and now my mantra is "Be Like Henry". Here are just some of the things he taught me:

1. Don't complain even when you don't feel your best
2. Enjoy every "treat" like it's your first one
3. Treat everyone like family, even when you don't know them yet
4. Show people (and other creatures) that you love them - smile, say hello, wag your tail, etc.

Henry was a very good boy and I am so lucky to have had him in my life.

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