In part one of the series I introduced you to Henry’s introduction into Peace for Pits when he received a last hour reprieve sparing his life. This week I sat down with the little fellow and he answered my questions regarding life beyond the cages of Chicago Animal Control and Care as he prepares for his forever family.
Dog Name: Henry O’Henry
Foster Guardian’s: Tom & Lisa
Dog Age: 1 year
Dog Breed: Pit Bull Mix
Siblings: (human): Sage, 13, Amanda, 11 Harmony, 12
Classes attended/attending: will begin @ Narnia in April
My nickname is: Hen
The type of family I am searching for to share my life with will be available to spend generous amounts of time with me, offer lots of petting, attention, cuddle time and love.
When I grow up I want to be: a happy family dog with good manners.
My favorite place to sleep is: on the couch with foster momma, but then she puts me in my crate for the night. However, I would sleep in the big beds upstairs if they would invite me to do so.
My favorite holiday is: St Patricks Day because that’s my 1st family holiday after being released from dog jail.
My best friend is: Alexa, I liked her right away, her lap was mine.
My favorite treat: carrots, spinach, olives, celery, cucumber, kale & lettuce. I am a veggie dog, living green keeps the body clean and lean.
My favorite toy: tire
My favorite season of the year is: warm weather, not a fan of cold, rain nor heavy winds.
My favorite trip was when we went to: so far it’s been whenever Aunt Cyn takes me in the car into town to run errands. My ultimate ride was when we left the city on my FREEDOM ride.
My favorite quote is: “This is Henry’s toy!”
My favorite pastime activity: sitting- I love to just sit on my own & look at my family & say “look what a good boy I am!”
I look really cute when I: hop toward my toys to fetch them, or run/gallop back with them in my mouth to share with my family.
The biggest mess I ever made was: a little puke in my crate, but I was careful to move my blanket out of the way & politely puke in just the little corner of crate.
The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to: shoes, but I just nibbled on them.
The one time I was a hero was: staying alive on the streets as a stray and then surviving at the shelter until my freedom day.
I am really good at: getting attention, just ask the neighbors and all my fosters friends. Girls just can’t resist how handsome I am and ask to meet me and give me a petting.
I am sometimes afraid of: the dark, nighttime outside is scary, also an opossum or field mouse may startle me.
The one thing I can’t resist is: snuggling on couch next to humans.
I think my siblings are: Sage- loud & energetic, Amanda- loving & compassionate, Harmony- gentle & caring
My toughest challenge so far has been: going back into the crate when my family leaves the house.
Please share something that you learned from your dog and what they have meant to your family.
We have learned that the negative stereotype about pit bulls are untrue and that Henry is a calm & gentle pup. He is very loving and makes a great addition to the family. Henry enjoys joining in all family activities and wants to be in the thick of things constantly.
How/Why the dog’s name was chosen:
His name came about from the candy bar O’Henry which is chocolate and caramel. Also, because his foster Auntie’s said we’d be saying “O’Henry you’re too cute” or “O’Henry your’re so smart”, or “O’Henry you’re a little stinker”. He loves his name, his ears perk right up when he hears it and he comes running when called. Henry fits him perfectly.
What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of?
In Henry’s case, he is a pit bull mix. He is on the smaller size at under 40 lbs, very intelligent, quick learner, loves the kids, mannered baby boy who has been a great family dog. He has the build of his bigger family members but fits perfectly into our town home style living. Everything you love about the breed in a bite size package.
Thank you to Tom, Lisa and Henry for their participation in the interview.
If you are interested in adopting Henry, please complete an application on the Peace for Pits website, click here.
Henry begins his obedience training on April 1st, he will be attending a 6 week session at Narnia Pet Behavior and training.