Every Dog Matters – Hero Dog #2357
Morris Animal Foundation appreciates the commitment made by our study participants, and we want to honor and recognize that commitment. Each month, we’ll share their stories and learn about the families and veterinarians who care for them. This month, meet Henry Hufford, Hero Dog #2357
When you call for an Uber ride, your app will show you how other Uber users rate your driver before accepting the ride. You, in turn, can rate the driver following your ride. In Barbara Farron’s case, you also might want to rate her dog, Henry Hufford, Hero Dog #2357 in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
Barbara, of Tacoma, Washington, is an Uber driver, and Henry, a 100-pound golden retriever, is her co-pilot and constant companion.
“I take him in the car all the time; no one seems to mind, and I feel better having him around,” said Barbara. “Henry, of course, loves it!”
Henry Hufford wasn’t really in Barbara’s life plan. Her 14-year old golden retriever, Charlie, had died of cancer and Barbara wasn’t anxious to get another dog. But not long after Charlie passed, Barbara was at a social function and met a woman with a beautiful, serene and friendly golden retriever. One thing led to another, and Barbara soon had a new puppy from the same breeder. Barb named the puppy after her great grandfather, Henry Hufford.
Henry the dog turned out to be quite a handful.
“Henry was definitely not cut from the same cloth as the calm golden I met at the party,” said Barbara. “We went to a trainer together because he was so rambunctious. Not only did he eat everything, but he was so big a little bump could knock a small person down or give a large person quite a shock.”
Henry, Barbara reports, is now a well-behaved boy, although he will occasionally grab a fancy shoe from her closet and bring it out to her.
“He does it to get attention,” said Barbara. “I say thank you and put it back; I’m just glad he isn’t eating them anymore!”
Barbara learned about the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study just before Charlie died. She enrolled Henry in the study as a way of giving back to Morris Animal Foundation.
“I feel that participation in the study is my way to contribute to the organization,” said Barbara. “I just want to do anything I can.”