Kerry here. I'm mostly blogging at kerrying-on.blogspot.com now but sometimes I get all crazy and post here, too. Labels I'm proud of: professional actress, vegan, momma to one handsome pup, happy. www.kerryalexander.com {photo by www.danielsilbert.com}

 

365 Days Later:

A year ago today, right around this time of day, my doorbell rang.

Waiting outside was a woman I’ve never met before who was holding one end of a skinny blue leash. The other end was attached to the harness of a shy, nervous dog named Henry.

It was love at first sight.

I honestly can’t believe I’ve been the proud owner (read: Mama) to this little pup for a whole year and more over, I can’t believe the immense changes I’ve seen in him.

This is Henry the day he arrived. He looked like an old man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He refused to be further than a foot away from the dining room table, which provided a nice structure to hide under. He wouldn’t play, didn’t bark and looked like he was going to puke any second.

This is Henry today, a year later, on the exact same floor. He is vibrant, playful, loving, cuddly, trusting (mostly), my protector and barks like a mad man. When he is on a bark rant and driving me and everyone around me crazy, I think about how he didn’t bark for weeks and I can’t get myself to shush him. He is so vocal and expressive and seems to understand plain english quite well - if I ask him does he want to go on a w-a-l-k, he barks! When we get in, I ask him to please go have some water from his dish and off he trots. If he does something naughty, I explain to him what would be better next time and he makes the adjustments accordingly. I know this sounds crazy but trust me, it’s even crazier to observe.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I was not in a good place this time last year. I fully and firmly stand by the belief that why I am light years away from where I was, is largely in part due to Henry. It’s impossible to stay in a negative mindset when there is this face staring at you every morning or paws tapping you to wake up.

Henry has lived with me in multiple states in lots of different locations. He has taken an East coast road trip with me and stayed in hotels. He’s taught me how to raise my standards and that treats - edible or not - are crucial in life. He’s taught me how to speak up and how to protect another living thing. Most importantly, he’s taught me how to love and be loved. He is without a doubt the single greatest thing that has ever existed in my life.

Recently, I had to do an assignment that included asking people the question “what does everyone know about you?” - every person included the fact that I have a dog named Henry who I love more than anything. Every. Person.

If at any point you decide you have the time and love for a dog, please adopt. The best feeling in the world is knowing that I’m the reason he’s done a total 180 - that all of the patience, lessons, struggles and work to show him that humans are, in fact, good, has completely changed him. Hen could be the poster puppy for adopted dogs - all he needed was someone who loved him, to find his person, and he became the best dog in the world. And please, if you have a dog you’re struggling with, get a trainer or get educated but don’t give up on him. As I’m writing this, he’s fast asleep next to me, paws splayed out and perfectly content on ‘his’ couch. I can’t imagine if he was still in foster care looking for his human.

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it a million times more: I may have rescued Henry but Henry saved me. And a year later, he continue to.

This is the story of the day we fell in love. 

This is the awesome organization I adopted him through.

This is why I love the internet:
My cousin’s husband found this beautiful stray pup on the side of the road near their home in Pennsylvania. They’re desperately trying to find her a home as every local shelter said they will put her to sleep if she is brought to them. This just about broke my heart so I posted something quick on facebook and within minutes got messages from various people (most of whom I don’t actually speak to in real life) all looking to help with ideas and connections. I just emailed a man who runs a no-kill shelter in Aspen with connections all over the country including a relationship with the no-kill pit bull shelter Bernadette Peters founded in Brooklyn and after I hit send, my brain went “what?” - how random and amazing is that?
My cousin was running out of options and considering bringing her to a shelter but now things are looking up. Hopefully the end of this story will be a good one but in the meantime, how amazing is the internet?
Please spread the word if you know anyone who works for or is well versed on no-kill shelters especially in the Pennsylvania area or Northeast part of the country. If you do and want more info: she is a year and a half old, potty trained, a medium sized pit-bull mix, sweet as could be and gets along great with humans and children (they have three kids including two little ones).
I get so fired up when it comes to saving pups sometimes I think I may have missed my calling. Please adopt, please be good to animals, please get educated on shelters/puppy mills/ways to help. They can’t speak but we can speak up for them.

This is why I love the internet:

My cousin’s husband found this beautiful stray pup on the side of the road near their home in Pennsylvania. They’re desperately trying to find her a home as every local shelter said they will put her to sleep if she is brought to them. This just about broke my heart so I posted something quick on facebook and within minutes got messages from various people (most of whom I don’t actually speak to in real life) all looking to help with ideas and connections. I just emailed a man who runs a no-kill shelter in Aspen with connections all over the country including a relationship with the no-kill pit bull shelter Bernadette Peters founded in Brooklyn and after I hit send, my brain went “what?” - how random and amazing is that?

My cousin was running out of options and considering bringing her to a shelter but now things are looking up. Hopefully the end of this story will be a good one but in the meantime, how amazing is the internet?

Please spread the word if you know anyone who works for or is well versed on no-kill shelters especially in the Pennsylvania area or Northeast part of the country. If you do and want more info: she is a year and a half old, potty trained, a medium sized pit-bull mix, sweet as could be and gets along great with humans and children (they have three kids including two little ones).

I get so fired up when it comes to saving pups sometimes I think I may have missed my calling. Please adopt, please be good to animals, please get educated on shelters/puppy mills/ways to help. They can’t speak but we can speak up for them.