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We know this page is for visitors, but we just couldn't help ourselves and put Henry's story below. Henry "owns" Henry's Haberdashery here at Mikey's Dog Town.
Henry's Christmas Story: A rescue dog's miracle
There is a little doggy boy named Henry and he is my son. I adopted Henry in February from the orphanage (aka Rock County Humane Society
.) It was obvious Henry was beaten badly in his prior home; he wouldn't come within 15 ft. of strangers. Henry came to be at the orphanage because someone threw him out on to the streets of Beloit, WI at Christmas time. For those not familiar with Wisconsin winters, they are not just cold, they are deathly cold. They can quite literally take your breath away. I can't imagine how little Henry survived, half of his short coat was missing from a flea allergy. He was completely without any protection, no warmth at all. Henry certainly had a terrible Christmas last year and probably all of his previous years.
For the past 9+ months Henry has worked very hard on his fear of strangers, but still has a good deal of fear around men he doesn't know. So, when his orphanage announced a fundraising event to have your dog's picture taken with Santa I was concerned how Henry might react to the big man in red. But, we told him about Santa and if you tell him your wishes, he can make them come true. So, Henry put on his little bow tie to look his best for Santa and off we went.
I've only seen Christmas miracles in the movies, until today. In the building to meet Santa Henry's doggy siblings were excited to meet everyone, but Henry hung back. I was worried about this, he was getting overwhelmed, perhaps too much so to enjoy meeting Santa. Then we saw Santa! Little Henry surprisingly went running up to the large man in red. He jumped up and put his paws on Santa's knee, he let Santa pet his head and then he reached his nose up and Santa knelt down to hear all of Henry's wishes. That's when I realized my wish had come true, my sweet boy Henry was able to enjoy meeting Santa.
On the way home Henry asked me, in his own way, if I thought Santa would bring him his wishes. I told him, "Oh yes, I think so, you've been such a good boy." Henry replied by the look in his eye, "I only asked him for a few small things, mostly I was thanking Santa for granting me my last year's wish -- he gave me a loving family and a home."
by Michelle Oxley - 2/11/11
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