Thursday 16 September 2021

A Day In The Life Of Henry


When we're out and about, one of the questions that we're often asked is what does a day for Henry look like? So here goes, a day in the life of Henry - from Henry's point of view!

4.30am to 5.30am! I is awake! I is toilet trained and I can usually last eight hours before I needs to have a toilet break. I is very good at letting my hoomans know, usually my Mummy. Sometimes my nose is too wet and she wakes up real fast when I needs to go to the toilet during the night. Mummy says that I am like clockwork and I always wake between 4.30am and 5.30am to go outside. I don't think my Mummy is awake yet because when I want to play, she tells me that I gots to go back to sleep! After my toilet break outside, I goes into my crate until my hoomans wake up.

6.00am (or there about): My hoomans are awake! Usually it is my Daddy or Mummy that let me out of my crate. My first job of the day, even though the work day hasn't even started, is to find my hooman boy L. My Mummy and Daddy call it hide and seek but I knows that I have to track my boy. He usually still asleep or hiding in bed so I race up the stairs as quick as I can, and I jump onto the bed to wake him up. My Mummy and Daddy is always very happy when I finds my boy, my boy is grumpy because he not want to get up because he know it a school day. If my other hooman child O not awake, I sneak into the bedroom and I wake O up too! But O is usually awake so I get big pats from O. This is good practice for tracking my boy!

Breakfast: My hooman boy L has to get my breakfast ready, he sometimes needs help to open the packet. I get two bricks of wet food every morning. I try to tells my hoomans that I still hungry but they not believe me! They say I is being a Labrador and that I'm not really hungry. Hmph!

Getting ready for school: L doesn't like getting ready for school, he just wants to snuggle on the couch so I gives him lap lays to help him to calm. Sometimes I just knows when L needs a lap lay, but sometimes L asks me to come to him. I really like it when L calls me because he has a treat for me! Mmmm food! When L is feeling happier, I go upstairs with him to help him get ready. 

If I see my Daddy's socks on the floor, I be the bestest boy ever and I carry them downstairs for Daddy. He sometimes not happy because I keep finding the same pair of socks that Mummy keeps washing and Daddy not wears them yet. So far I finds them five times! I a great finder!

When my boy is ready in his school uniform, he gots to get me ready. I know that it is work time when my boy puts my jacket on me so I can't play with my sloth teddy or my chew toys. When I gots my coat and leads on, I gots to be Mr Serious Henry - no more playing so I go and lay on my place, my pillow, and waits for my next command.

My hoomans tell me that when they takes my jacket off, I can just be a puppy. They say that I just a big goofball puppy when I not working!

When my hoomans say "Let's go Henry," I knows that it is time to go. I walk out to the car with my hoomans and jump into the car. I like car rides because I goes to sleep but I not like it when we go around corners so I tell my Mummy by groaning at her!

School drop off - My boy L does not like walking into school, so when we is sitting in the car, I give him more lap lays to help him to calm. I just knows that he needs them. Sometimes he cuddles me too which I loves. When we walk into school we gots to cross the school crossing. I knows to stop at the crossing until the school crossing hooman blows their whistle. Sometimes my boy L forgets to stop, so I put my bottom on the ground and I don't move even when L tries to pull my lead to move. I waits until my Mummy tells me to move because then it is safe! When we gets to L's classroom I give him lap lays and I nuzzle his legs and his body to let him knows it is okay.

When his classroom opens, L gives me big cuddles so I knows that he is going to be okay. His friends say hi to me, I like when people say hi. Sometimes other hooman children ask to pat me but my Mummy gots to say no because I am helping my boy L. When we walk back to the car, my Mummy gives me big pats and tells me I'm a good boy because I helps my boy L.

Sometimes when we goes to school, I gets to go into L's classroom to look around. I even gets to go to the library to show Mrs A my reading log - my hooman boy reads to me every night!

I even gets to go to the sports day. I cheered my hooman boy when he runs really fast on his stompers. One day I going to go to school for the whole day to help my boy L.


Mummy's work time! Going to work with my Mummy is good practice for me - I gets to practice my public access skills that I need to remember. Sometimes the hoomans that my Mummy supports, need my help too, so I can practice my other skills. When I at work with my Mummy, peoples want to pat me so I gots to do a trick first to earn the pat! Only my boy L gets pats without me doing a trick because I his boy.

When we go to work, we go to all sorts of places. Sometimes we go to Mummy's work place, sometimes we go to the shopping centre, sometimes we go on the train, sometimes we go to the library and sometimes we even goes to a cafe. I gots to be on my best behaviour because I a working dog.


When I at work with Mummy, sometimes people stop and ask if I am okay because I am laying down. I is okay, I is being a good boy. When I don't need to do anything, I gots to lay down on my place and I goes to sleep. Mummy and Daddy says that I would do that all day until they gives me my next command. They is rights!

3.00pm School pick up time! I loves school pick up time because I gets to see my hooman boy again. L gives me big pats and cuddles and sometimes I needs to give him lap lays because he uses all his energy at school to be a good boy.

After school we gets to do fun things. Sometimes we gets to go to see the horses at equine therapy. When I first see the horses, I think what the hecks are they?? They big dogs! Sometimes we gets to go to Holt Bolt and I watch my little hoomans do their exercises.


When my hoomans go out, I goes out. My Mummy and Daddy says that every outing we go on, is an opportunity for me to practice my skills.

At home, my hooman boy looks after me (my other hoomans help too!) My hooman boy gives me good brushes and I sits super still for him. I gets a warm bath every two weeks so I not a smelly dog! My hooman boy likes to help give me a bath but I not like the big dryer noise, the hecks it loud! So my hoomans got to use towels to dry me. My hooman boy even gots to pick up my poops, lucky they not smells bad!


My Mummy and Daddy makes sure that I gets time at home just to be a puppy so when we goes on walks, I love walks, my hooman boy and me plays ball. L gots super fast stompers just like me but I always catch him. I gets to smell all the grass and the trees and have fun. My hooman boy likes to look at the little creek when we goes on walks, so I sit behind him to make sure he not fall in. Even when I not wearing my work coat, I is still working because if my hooman boy needs my help, I is there. Sometimes we practice hide and seek in the park but I always finds my boy. I uses my eyes and my ears and my nose to finds my boy.

When we finish our walks, it my dinner time - I get two more bricks of food for my dinner. When my hoomans eating, I knows that I not allowed to beg for food because I not supposed to have hooman food. Sometimes I allowed to have a few hot chips if my hoomans are having hot chips with their dinner. I love hot chips!

When we at home, my hooman children practice my lap lays. I just knows when they need me to do lap lays for real. If my hooman boy is okay, but my other hooman child not okay, I look at my Mummy and Daddy to check and then I go helps O. My lap lays help them to calm because I is super heavy. I like lap lays because I gets extra cuddles from my little hoomans.


After dinner, it bed times. I go upstairs with my hooman children and make sure that they do everything that they gots to do before bed and then I lays down in L's bed and he reads me a story. Sometimes he read me more than one story. Then when he finish reading, we goes to sleep in L's bed. L is trying very hard to stay in his bed, I is proud of him, but sometimes he still wakes up in the middle of the night and he goes into his Mummy and Daddy's bed, so then I gets to have the whole bed to myself! Sometimes I follow him to make sure he is okays and then I sleeps on my bed in Mummy and Daddy's room.

When my hooman boy is asleep, sometimes I wakes up and goes downstairs to my Mummy and Daddy. I always hoping that they going to give me more food, but I usually go to sleep on my place. Mummy and Daddy tell me that I would be a great couch potato because when I not working, I love to sleep.

It hard work being a working dog! When my Mummy and Daddy goes to bed, they take me outside to go to the toilet before I goes back to sleep upstairs.



On the weekends, sometimes I gots to work, like when we go to Australia Zoo. That was lots of fun but I not like the bush turkeys. What the hecks? What are they man?!?!?! When we goes to the beach, I gets to take off my coat and be a puppy. Once we finds a funny sausage thing - I wants to eat it but my Mummy says it a sea cucumber - what the hecks is that? It look like a fat sausage!

I likes being a working dog because I gets to help me hooman boy. I be his bestest friend and companion.

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