Wow! New start, New day and New year!
I keep looking at Henny and wondering if he would of made it to 2019 at the shelter. He was so sick and no one knew. He wasn't eating and he just stood in his kennel trembling all over.
I had spent the morning giving treats to hundreds of dogs at the West shelter, moving from kennel to kennel with a few kind words and a quick scratch. I keep my heart tucked away when I go to county because otherwise I'm instantly overwhelmed by despair.
Then I saw a trembling little guy with pleading eyes.. and I stopped dead in my tracks. I looked at his paperwork as I tried to comfort him. His name was simply listed as “unknown”. I had that all too familiar feeling creep over me and I knew I suppose to help Him. But how, I couldn't bring him home as we had another foster already and we were going to be moving in a couple of weeks. I had to leave him.
Trying to push him out of my mind, I continued on and left the shelter when I ran out of treats.
I had to go back on Saturday and I would check on him again. This dog, “unknown” didn't leave my thoughts, but I didn't tell anyone, what was the point… I couldn't think of a way to help him at that point, other than do a Facebook Live and try to share him with the world.
So that's what I did on Saturday, helped a few e-listed dogs get some additional exposure and then I asked if I could do the same with the little white dog, “unknown”
He came into the room, tail tucked and shaking. I started filming and telling people about him and was given the honor of naming him. One of you suggested Hendrix and it just seemed to fit. So Unknown now had a name, he was now Hendrix.
A couple of days later I was all the way across town at a different shelter location. I got down to my last two treats, and a white dog caught my eye. The dog wasn't looking at me, so I wasn't able to see his face, but I saw the trembling little body and again stopped dead.
Suddenly, the little face looked at me and I couldn't believe it, was it Hendrix? How could it be Hendrix…. How could he be here..? I had just seen him two days ago all the way across town. I quickly looked at his paperwork and it said Name: Hendrix. I felt dizzy for a moment and I felt this pull in my chest the way I have in the past when the universe is trying to get my attention.
There were 900 dogs in the county system… what were the odds I'd get down to my last two treats and be standing right in front of this dog again…. in a totally different facility.
But I still couldn't take Hendrix, I had to leave him for the third time – but this time I bent down and held his sweet little face and told him, “I promise, I will be back for you…”
I knew I couldn't foster Henny full time, but I decided I would pull him as a day foster and asked my daughter Carly if he could spend the night with her. That way he could at least get a break and some rest and of course lots of cuddles.
So we went back again, it was pouring rain and we all huddled around and waited in front of Henny's kennel, my mom, who happened to be visiting, and both my girls Carly and Caitie. We filled out the paperwork and took him home and he went right in the shower to get cleaned up.
It was really clear to us as soon as he came home how sick he was. He had the worst upper respiratory infection I have seen and he had some pretty serious parasites. He just wanted to cuddle and sleep.
The overnight visit went by quickly and it was quickly approaching the time to take Henny back to the shelter. I imagined having to re-watch shelter workers having to force him back in his kennel… because it was the only way to get him back in there… then I envisioned his sweet, scared eyes and his body starting to tremble in fear again…. and we decided as a family he would not be going back.
We had to either return Hendrix to the shelter or put him in boarding when Lucy arrived. Some would ask, why would you spend close to $3000 on a dog that doesn't even belong to you. It's valid question, and I hope that our story above explains why, because I feel that's what we were supposed to do.
If you'd like to contribute towards Hendrix expenses – please do so here.
Thank you! Marika, Stelly and Family.