Thanks to Revell for a review copy of Surviving Henry. Review may contain affiliate links.
Most of my friends know that I would eventually like a dog. But honestly, after reading Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, I don’t know if I’m up for it. Author Erin Young tells about her family’s experience with boxer Henry, and “surviving” is an apt term. Henry destroys various things in the house, nearly drowns, tears up his leg (requiring surgery) while jumping through a glass window — you get the idea. Maybe I’m better cut out for calmer pets?
Although Surviving Henry has a Christian publisher, it’s not overtly Christian. The first 90% or so mentions God maybe once, and there’s a reference to attending church. The final few pages draw more analogies between loving a difficult dog and Christ’s love for us.
Erin seems like a neat person; someone I’d enjoy knowing in real life. And I couldn’t help but muster an “awww” or two for Henry (especially that cover photo). I found this book fine, but not over-the-top funny or compelling. As I said earlier, my sheer horror at the destruction wreaked by Henry may be part of that.
Here, you can watch a bit of Henry in action — if you dare!