I never knew how much one could love a dog.  Henry has brought Taylor and me so much joy.  He is hands down the only one in our life who truly never gets sick of hanging out with us! He’s up for anything, he never complains, he eats the same food twice a day and is always excited about it, he looks out for us, and most importantly he loves us.  Not many people in this world are as accepting as dogs.  And I wish we could all be a little more like Henry.  The world would be a happier and more peaceful place.

Yesterday morning we almost lost Henry.  There were many complications leading up to his surgery.  We were told to say goodbye to him just in case.  And after many terrifying hours we got the news that he had survived his operation.  His spleen had twisted and was a dead organ.  They had to remove it because it was poisoning his body.  Henry is very weak, but expected to make a full recovery.  We aren’t able to see him until tomorrow and hopefully we will be able to take him home on Sunday.

Thank you all again for your kind words and encouragement .  It has been really nice reading your comments.  Taylor and I are blessed to have such a great network of people rooting for us.  Thanks again.

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27 Responses to Henry

  1. Saveen says:

    Henry is in our prayers. Keep him as comfortable as possible and continu to tell him how much you love him. We went through a tough time earlier this year with our dear 2 year old beagle/ shih tzu pup PC going through 4 major surgeries and daily radiation treatments for 2 months. She is a doing well now and we pray for a full recovery everyday. Henry will be in our thoughts and prayers now too. Stay positive and strog.

  2. Pam Lewis says:

    Hooray for Henry! He has two lovely people that can only make his will to live stronger.
    He is lucky to have you in his life as you are blessed to have him. Hope all goes well
    as expected.
    Love Pam

  3. Jean G says:

    praying for a speedy recovery . . . ❤

  4. Nicole says:

    Hang in there! Our cat required surgery reroute his urethra (basically a sex change of sorts) because he kept getting sick — we spent way more than most people would, and almost everyone at the vet knows us by name, but it’s been a year and a half now and he’s so much happier and healthier. It was worth every penny, but one of the most stressful things we’ve gone through. Hope Henry has a speedy recovery so he can go back to being a happy farm dog, and glad to hear they figured out what was wrong!

  5. Oh this news makes me very happy! Get well soon, Henry!

  6. Ileen says:

    Thank you medical science and lots of prayers! Wishing all the best

  7. Claudia Patterson says:

    I kept re-checking your blog for a Henry update and was so happy to see this! He’s strong, and he will recover and be fine and romp with you in the fields for many years to come! Thank goodness for great vets and dog people.
    Claudia Patterson
    Ramsey, NJ

  8. Lauren says:

    So happy to hear that they found the problem. Here’s to hoping for a speedy and complete recovery for Henry. Pets are as much a part of the family as any human and the way we care about them is no different.

  9. Ellie says:

    Yay! I’m so happy to hear that Henry pulled thru and I hope he continues to recover at full speed.

  10. Georgia says:

    We love Henry too and wish him – and his Mom and Dad – all the best. My dog, Kate, is rooting for him too!

  11. Pat Reichert says:

    So very glad to hear that Henry is on the mend. It always amazes me how a dog can so completely work its way into your heart before you even know it. Having had the pleasure of dog companionship for most of my life, I can identify with you and what you went through…..hang in there….dogs are incredibly resilient and before you know it he will be back in that blank space he occupied before his illness. Love to you all, your Montana aunt Patty

  12. Carrie Link says:

    Oh, Andrea, lizzie has been updating me. We are praying for Henry! Really glad to hear the surgery went well! I get it about dogs, and you’re so right, they are enlightened beings!

    Aunt Carrie

  13. Beth says:

    Good news that Henry came through his surgery and that his prognosis is good. You were great to be such attentive caregivers. Thanks for keeping us posted – as you see, your loyal readers were checking and waiting for news. Any idea how the spleen problem developed?
    Best wishes to you all. Hang in there!

  14. Julie says:

    Oh my gosh! I’m so glad he made it through surgery. Give him a big hug from all of us here 🙂

  15. Great news! Thanks for the update, and sending more love to you guys.

  16. Jean says:

    Wow. What a tough time for all of you. So happy to hear that the prognosis is good for Henry. We are pulling hard for him. Sounds like you may be working with Tufts Veterinary? Take care.

  17. adam says:

    It appears there is still plenty of fight left in that dog. ‘Atta boy Hen-man!

  18. Simone says:

    Henry is so lucky to have you guys for parents! Really glad to hear he is going to be okay.

  19. Karen Anne says:

    Whew. Good thoughts to Henry and every other animal and human who needs them.

    My Dad had his spleen out after an accident years ago, and never missed it.

    Did the vet say anything about the twisting situation?

  20. Sherry Kennedy says:

    Prayers are being said for both Henry and you two. It’s hard to have a sick child (even 4 legged ones) and I know you have been anxious about his health. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

  21. Fred says:

    Henry and you 2 are in my thoughts. Here’s hoping for a speedy and great recovery!

  22. Trish says:

    so happy to hear that beautiful Henry is on the mend! You’re right, dogs are wonderful. I live with 4 foundlings who are such a pleasure.

  23. susan says:

    So relieved to hear that he pulled through for you and all praises to a great and dedicated vet practice ❤ and you guys for all the love. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

  24. sundya says:

    YAY Henry!!! I’ve been thinking about him all day!!!!! oh, that make me so happy!! He is very lucky to have you and Taylor loving him and taking care of him! Hope he recovers quickly. Did they say what made his spleen get twisted?

  25. Leese says:

    You never know how much people are interested in you and your charming life story until an event like this unfolds. You,Taylor and Henry have been embraced by many following the NYT article. You guys leave our day more charmed and thoughtful. Thanks for keeping the reality of farm life ……………more real.Have a peaceful Sunday,with Henry resting on your couch, and good smells wafting thru your kitchen

  26. Korinda says:

    Yay Henry!!!

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