Harry. Photography by Jessica Turner.

THE FLORENCES adopted Harold Joseph Florence as a birthday gift for their son Sam, and the mini goldendoodle has been a part of their family for the past eight years.

Harry was neglected in his prior home, so at first, he was nervous with his new family. Soon he became comfortable with the Florences.

“We were real patient with him and spent a lot of time with him and played with him and tried to make him feel comfortable,” says Elizabeth Florence.

Now, Florence says Harry loves spending time with the family and even expects to go most places with them.

The Florences lost power in their house during the 2021 winter storm. They would spend time throughout the day in their car with their garage open, warming up and charging their phones. Like any family member, Harry would join them. Now, Florence says Harry expects to go with them in the car anytime he notices suitcases or sees them all leaving at once.

Despite his attachment to his family, the goldendoodle still needs his “Harry time.”

Prior to the pandemic, Harry spent every night sleeping on his bed in his parents’ room. After everybody stayed home for so many months he refuses to sleep there. Instead, Harry gets what his family calls his “me time” by sleeping alone in the living room.

Harry might be getting older, but his spirit is still young.

“He’s 9 years old, but he does not look like a 9-year-old, and he doesn’t act like a 9-year-old. He’s very youthful,” says Florence.

Florence says he still plays like a puppy and begs for treats by putting on his cutest face or getting up on his hind legs to impress people.

Most importantly, he is a companion for each member of the family.

“He loves every single person in our family equally,” says Florence.

Read more about our Preston Hollow pets here.