Hopes for Henry

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Trish Leavitt (sitting) receives her new dog, Patrick Henry, last Saturday at River Road Assisted Living from a representative of Hopes Haven. (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon A. Zaitz)

Trish Leavitt (sitting) receives her new dog, Patrick Henry, last Saturday at River Road Assisted Living from a representative of Hopes Haven. (KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon A. Zaitz)

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ
Of the Keizertimes

It was devastating when Trish Leavitt found out her pet poodle, Riley, had been killed by a coyote.

Riley, a little poodle, was her friend and her companion.

Her mother, Judy Leavitt, had to tell her daughter the terrible news. Trish had moved into River Road Assisted Living just three days earlier and, according to her mother, was not happy. On top of that she had to bear the news of her dog’s demise.

Judy Leavitt contacted Hopes Haven, a dog rescue and adoption organization, pleading for a dog for her daughter. On Saturday, Dec. 15, Trish was presented with Patrick Henry, a Dachsund-Yorkie mix, by representatives from Hopes Haven.

River Road Assisted Living staff, residents and media crowded the social room at the residence at the corner of Bever Dr. The plan to present Trish with her new dog had been in the works for more than a week. It was a success—she was surprised and Henry had a new home.

Her new dog cuddled up to Trish immediately, stopped shaking and settled in.

“When I go back to my room I’m going to break down and cry,” said Trish about her good fortune.

Trish previously had small dogs. Her new dog, who answers to the name Henry, is about twice the size of Riley. Henry, a stray who had been nursed back to health by Marion County Dog Control, was still nervous, shaking in a room full of people before he met Trish.

Henry not only has a new home and a new owner, he also has just about anything he needs.  Craig Carner, general manager of the Keizer Station Petco store, presented Trish and Henry $150 worth of accessories.

Before his introduction to his new owner, Henry was groomed and had his nails treated, a donation from Kim Steen of D & J Dog Grooming in Keizer.

Within a few days Henry had made himself at home with Trish. “We’ve connected,” said Trish. “I think it’s going to work out.”

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