Henry the Labrador-X may be deaf but he doesn’t seem to know, he doesn’t act any differently from any other dog

Dumped in a Turkish dog park/shelter where hundreds of dogs roam freely, it’s a survival of the fittest and poor Henry was regularly being attacked by other dogs because he is totally deaf and could not hear their warning growls. When one of our foster carers saw him there she immediately took him out and brought him into AFOT care.

Henry, safe at last in the arms of his rescuer and
foster carer

He was taken straight to the vets and was found to have previously had a toe amputated from each of his rear paws, most probably due to standing in urine and faeces for extended periods and this had affected his mobility. Due to a poor diet and lack of exercise he was overweight and his cholesterol was a little high and his liver a little fatty, but nothing that time, good food, supplements and patience could not fix and our dedicated foster carer was determined to do just that.

It didn’t take Henry long to make himself at home

Thought to be about 6-8 years of age (although he is getting younger day by day), Henry has thrived since being in foster care and is loving all the attention. He may be deaf but he will respond to hand signals and in a short space of time he already will sit and come to command. This is something we would encourage be continued by any potential adopter. He’s eager to learn and engage, particularly for food, so it will be an ongoing training exercise that will encourage a strong bond between Henry and his new family.

Henry enjoying a chew

He is house trained and after some initial training by our foster carer he can walk upstairs and he is beginning to walk nicely on the lead although he stops when he’s had enough and can be stubborn to move, but this is a work in progress.

Enjoying one of his many walks

He likes to snooze a lot throughout the day but he gets very excited when he sees the lead. Henry loves the company of other dogs and just like most Labradors, he loves his food and he can guard his bowl against other dogs but not humans. This is related to his deafness and he’s just warning other dogs away. He’s more than happy to tuck into their bowls though. This is something our foster carer is working with Henry on and he’s already responding. It’s just insecurity which will come in time with trust. Henry isn’t cat tested.

Henry looking so much healthier, happier and younger after a haircut

He loves a cuddle and a snuggle and is very loving. He would ideally be suited to someone who is at home and can give him the exercise regime suited to his reduced mobility. Although this is improving immensely, we doubt he will ever be suitable for a very active family.

Given everything Henry has to contend with he really is a hero as he takes it all in his stride with a wagging tail.

Henry enjoying a snooze with his friends

Now we need to find Henry the perfect home. Someone who can dedicate themselves to the ongoing training, diet and exercise he needs. If you think that could be you then please check out what’s involved in taking on one of our rescue dogs by clicking this link and reading our Dog Adoption Policy guidelines.

A home check is always made and while there is no adoption fee required, we do ask for a voluntary donation to help towards our costs.

If you want to register your interest in Henry or are interested in providing a loving home for one of our rescue dogs in general then please complete and submit our Dog Adoption Registration form.