We’ve recently learned that our 2018 alumnus Harley has left this world. When Harley came to rescue, he was desperately in need of food and love. However, he left this world having had more love in 5 years than many dogs receive in a lifetime.
His dad Matt sent us this heartbreaking announcement, “It is with great sadness to announce that Harley (Fox's Snake Eyed Harley - 2018 alumni) received his angel wings this week. He was a true fighter that hung on as long as possible and will be greatly missed.
Harley entered the rescue like many dogs - underweight, heartworm positive, and intact. Of course, my plan was to foster and rehab him to the point of adoption and thankfully, that failed miserably. I knew Harley was 'my dog' and he knew I was 'his human'. Once he was healthy, I made sure he was mine.
Harley was dumped at the shelter and labeled 'too old to hunt', but he was very active with me. And trust me, he still had a nose for birds. I am an avid bird hunter with my younger GSP and Harley would often taste the spoils of the hunt. So many times, did I catch him eating a downed dove or woodcock after the hunt! Let's just say he had a unique and funny way of chomping down his food.
But Harley's favorite activity was snuggling with me. He would certainly let you know if I was not around (bark bark, whine whine!). He just needed to be with me, in the same room, at all times. And that is why this is so difficult; because while I know he is in a better place now, he is without me.
I'll always admire Harley's will and determination. It wasn't until his stroke one year ago that I knew the end was nearing. But again, he rebounded from that and had 12 more wonderful months here. Ultimately it was a seizure this week that was too much to handle and I had to say goodbye. I find some resolve in the fact that I was with him through the ordeal and until the end.
I'm sure I could write pages about our adventures and what he meant to me, but in the end, he was a great big brother to his 'sister' Maple and just generally a good boy. I'll miss you Harley. Love, Matt
“From now on you will never be alone. Even when we are separated, and even when death itself parts us, I shall remain with you.” Ladislouse Boros