Henk was a beautiful soul who came to SCGSR as a 7 month old. He had such severe hip displasia that he couldn’t open his hind legs and was SCGSR’s first bilateral FHO surgery.
Henk was adopted by his loving dads, Carl and Alan on October 4, 2008, and lived out a happy and active life. He loved everyone he met, both canine and human; his best friend being a 12 pound Shitzu. He lived to play, especially if it meant getting wet. He would go in the pool on his own, swim around a bit then sit on the steps with his ball. When the ball was thrown into the pool, he would jump in with gusto to retrieve it. He spent most of his summers with us in the Pacific Northwest, playing in rivers, lakes and the ocean. As with most German Shepherds, he was also very smart. He knew the names of each of his dozens of toys and would retrieve them when prompted. When riding in the car, he would watch the driver very closely, paying attention to their hands and feet so that he could anticipate every turn and stop. When it was the scheduled time for his feeding, he knew it. He would come up and stare at one of us until his food was ready.
Sadly we had to say goodbye to Henk on November 1, 2017. We already miss our special boy so very much. We are comforted in knowing that he had such a wonderful, happy and spoiled life after such a rough start. The joy that he brought to us was immeasurable. We love you Henk!