Harley Wins American Hero Dog Awards

Harley Wins American Hero Dog Awards

Harley with doggles

Harley is a special little dog. Not because of all his physical handicaps from living in a puppy mill for over 10 years in a wire cage, but because he beat the odds and survived and now lives in a happy home  while being a mascot for National Mill Dog Rescue.

National Mill Dog Rescue describes Harley’s first night after being rescued:

“He is small, but also badly crippled on the back legs and walks with his elbows out on the front legs, and he carries his head low to take weight off the back legs. His nails are so long. He has one eye missing, etc. His mouth is full of rot. He is so very sweet. As soon as I got him I bathed him, he was frightened, but stood still. I soaped him up 3 times to get the stench off him. I then towel dried him and put a sweater on him to keep him warm. I cleaned his ears, which were nasty and clipped his nails as much as I dared. He is about 5lbs and sable colored. He’s loved me since the moment I took him. He slept with me, the first time he’s ever slept in a soft place, or bed. He wanted to snuggle so close and he licked me over and over, I let him even though his breath was so bad! He will go to the vet the first of the week to see if he is strong enough to withstand anesthesia for a neuter and dental. In anticipation, I started him on antibiotics. He has diarrhea, parasites and some other issues. This boy has waited a long time for this freedom, and while we have to play games and be nice to the breeders who so badly neglect, it is necessary in order to save the dogs. We will find him a wonderful home, with someone who will adore and love him for whatever time he has left.”

You can hear the whole story of Harley here:

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Congratulations Harley! You are a true hero

 

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