There are not many people who are concerned about the well-being of animals at shelter homes. It is usually those people who have a genuine love for animals to come forward to help them out.
One such man decided to take home a 16-year-old dog to his house from the shelter so he would not die alone, which changed the dog’s life.
The man who was taking care of Henry was Zach Skow, according to The Dodo. “I saw them bringing him out of his kennel, and he didn’t want to walk. He couldn’t hear. He couldn’t see out of one eye. You could tell he was really confused. He’s probably 15 or 16. I assume he was surrendered because he had cancer,” Skow said.
“I remember the expression on his face. You could just feel his pain,” added Skow. He was not sure if Henry would make it very long.
“I just wanted to get him home, give him love, give him a couple of days, couple of weeks,” said Skow. His foster parent said Henry got better after that first night of sleep.
“So we’re here at the vet. We’re just dropping him off. They’re going to remove that testicular cancer,” said Skow.
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Guy picks up a confused 16-year-old dog from the shelter so he doesn't die alone — months later he's galloping around the yard after his foster dad 😍 😍 pic.twitter.com/SVU2TRL9PN— The Dodo (@dodo) March 27, 2021
Henry kept getting better and one day, Skow shared that he followed him up the stairs. “Every morning, he would do a little gallop and every day, that gallop would get a little bit more.”
So about a month and a half in, they began to get adoption applications for Henry.
“A lot of folks wonder how you bring an animal into your life and let it go. It is challenging and you fall in love, but it’s very easy to delineate between the value of keeping him in our family and letting him go.”
A while later, Henry was adopted by another family and his mom ran an Instagram channel called @seniordoghenry, documenting his life. Henry, unfortunately, passed away on January 6, 2022.
“He passed peacefully with myself and our family by his side. He passed in my arms and in my lap with love, ear rubs, boops, and loads of kisses from me and the girls. I am a mess and my heart is broken.”
“He was a joy in my life that I cannot explain; he brought sunshine on dark days and unconditional love each and every day. His tests were all looking good, but his body just couldn’t handle it anymore. I know he brought joy to so many, and to my family, you have all brought in light and love like we could not comprehend.”
“Thank you for being on his journey with us – and for loving and supporting him daily. RIP Henry, my sweet boy,” wrote the family on Instagram.