Harvey made his way to HHDR from Texas in February 2017, via our rescue partner Love on Wheels. Before being rescued, Harvey and over 200 other animals endured deplorable living conditions in a horrific animal hoarding situation. Poor Harvey arrived to his foster home very scared and very ill, with a severe case of mange. As he was nursed back to health, he slowly adjusted to the comforts of living in a home and his sweet personality began to emerge.
Due to his history and the stress of the road trip, Harvey arrived shy, scared, and easily startled. He was retreating into his fear, so we worked with him by showing him affection and taking him on outings. We had hope for Harvey that the right family would come for him. Finally, in April 2017, Harvey was adopted by someone who understood his needs and was willing to be patient and help him learn to trust again. He went home with his new Mom and dog brother Yogi.
We are happy to share a pupdate about this sweet boy. When Harvey was first adopted, he was so fearful that would hide for hours at a time by Mom’s bed or in the bathroom after hearing a loud noise. Now that he knows he is safe in his forever home, he rarely goes to his hiding spots, and when he does, he doesn't stay long. He is still a little unsure about loud noises, new people, and new situations, but he has come a long way. Mom said she is proud of her brave boy and seeing him comfortable and happy is the best feeling.
Harvey’s favorite adventure is walking trails in the woods near his house. He is not scared at all on the trails, and he just loves walking and sniffing around. Harvey often tries to get his older yet smaller fur brother Yogi to play. He'll paw at Yogi to wake him up and invite him to play, but unfortunately Yogi isn’t usually up for it. It’s adorable when they do play together, and the brothers also hang out together on the couch. Harvey gets to play with someone his own size when his lab cousin visits from New York City.
Harvey loves to chew his bones, sniff around his backyard, cuddle with Mom on the couch and in bed at night, and visit his Grammie & Grampie as well as his friends at HHDR. Harvey has several toys that stay upstairs in Mom’s bedroom, and every day he'll go up and put them on the bed after they get up. Sometimes he naps in bed with his head on the pillow like a human and his toys surrounding him on the bed. We are so happy that he feels secure enough to truly relax.
We are grateful to everyone involved in rescuing Harvey (and the other animals he originally lived with), including Animal Investigation & Response, Callahan County Sheriff, Abilene Police Department, Humane Society of North Texas, Rescue the Animals, City of Abilene Animal Services, Humane Tomorrow’s Love on Wheels program, his foster family in Texas, and his forever family in CNY.
We appreciate your support in helping dogs like Harvey find a “new leash on life!”