Henny gets new life, new home

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS - ELL­WOOD SHREVE

In less than two months, the staff at Pet and Wildlife Res­cue (PAW) have been able to turn the life around of a dog that was so ag­gres­sive, it was days be­fore she could even be touched.

Henny – a one-year-old boxer mix – first came to the at­ten­tion of PAW – which pro­vides an­i­mal con­trol ser­vices for Chatham-Kent – when a call was re­ceived in the early morn­ing of Sept. 23 about a dog tied to a fence out­side the Wal­lace­burg an­i­mal shel­ter.

Ja­son Hamm, man­ager of an­i­mal con­trol ser­vices, said the dog was very ag­gres­sive and hard to han­dle when the an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer ar­rived.

How­ever, that’s where Chantelle Kuhn, an an­i­mal care at­ten­dant with PAW, took the lead in re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing Henny. A YouTube video of Henny’s trans­for­ma­tion can be found by search­ing “The Book of Zelda.”

“It took a cou­ple days for any of our an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers or shel­ter staff here to even touch her,” she said.

She added the dog had “hor­ri­ble fleas,” which caused hair loss on her back end.

Kuhn said ev­ery­one at the shel­ter worked to­gether to slowly in­tro­duce the dog to hu­man con­tact as well as other dogs.

She said shel­ter em­ploy­ees started to give her treats.

“She slowly came around to treats. She was re­ally food mo­ti­vated, so we were able to get close to her that way and build her trust,” Kuhn said.

But she said Henny’s big­gest turn­around hap­pened when she was in­tro­duced to other dogs.

“She was like a to­tally dif­fer­ent dog when she was around other dogs.”

Kuhn be­gan fos­ter­ing Henny in her home. She found she could only pet the dog when her other dogs were around.

“When she saw that the other dogs trusted me, that’s when she felt com­fort­able for ev­ery­body to give her pets,” she said. “Now she’s just … like a to­tally dif­fer­ent dog, a wig­gle-bum, that’s all she does,” Kuhn laughed. “It’s the sweet­est lit­tle thing.”

She said the dog’s name came from her boyfriend, who kept call­ing her dif­fer­ent names and she re­sponded to Henny.

How­ever, there was still work to be done to get Henny to trust hu­mans again.

“I’d bring her into work and we’d all take turns so­cial­iz­ing her … so she got used to peo­ple com­ing in and out of the shel­ter,” Kuhn said.

Henny is among the sev­eral dogs the staff at PAW have been able to re­ha­bil­i­tate.

“We do ev­ery­thing in our power not to de­stroy dogs. Ob­vi­ously, it’s an out­come that no­body wants,” Hamm said.

He said a dog is as­sessed and, if it is deemed the an­i­mal can be re­ha­bil­i­tated, they do it on site.

“If we think that the dog is too ag­gres­sive or it needs more care than we can pro­vide, we are in touch with tons of res­cues, both breed-spe­cific and ones that work on ag­gres­sion, and we’ll trans­fer dogs out to give them the best chance,” Hamm said.

Kuhn said when most dogs come in, they’re just ter­ri­fied.

“That’s re­ally the rea­son they’re al­ways show­ing the ag­gres­sion a lot of times, is just out of fear,” she said.

Henny has gone from be­ing fos­tered by Kuhn to be­com­ing part of the fam­ily by be­ing adopted.

“When she came into my house, she def­i­nitely felt like she was at home the way she was re­ally at­tached to my other dogs,” Kuhn said, adding Henny cud­dles up to her other dogs and night.

“The way her per­son­al­ity just came out and her act­ing so goofy all the time, you could tell she just felt at home.”

Chatham Daily News

SUP­PLIED PHOTO

Chantelle Kuhn, an an­i­mal care at­ten­dant with Pet and Wildlife Res­cue, has wel­comed Henny into her home af­ter help­ing re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the one-year-old boxer that was found tied to a fence at the Wal­lace­burg an­i­mal shel­ter in the early morn­ing hours of Sept. 23. Henny, front right, has quickly taken to Kuhn's other dogs Bo, left, and Phoebe.

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