There has never been any doubt that Harley was put on this earth with a very clear mission. His mere presence evoked a variety of emotions – love, curiosity, inspiration. Harley’s first 10 years suffering in a cage in a puppy mill were filled with utter sadness … however, his last 5 years were nothing but pure happiness!
One simply had to meet Harley to know that he knew … he really knew … that his life had a purpose and he was going to make the most of every moment. He loved everyone, and everyone who met him loved him in return. He was the best little ambassador anyone could have ever hoped for to share the truth about puppy mills.
It was 3 years ago today that Harley passed away – and if I let that thought come to the forefront of my mind, it almost feels like yesterday. There is always a sense of grief for me when I look at Harley’s pictures … yet I do that a lot. I’ve no other choice. His pictures must be shared to tell his story and carry on his legacy.
The very last morning I spent with Harley, I sensed that his time with us was short … although I did not expect he would be leaving us just a few hours later. As I gazed into his eye – which gazed back at me with such wisdom and love – I knew that he was tired and I made a promise to him. I promised we would continue his work. In looking back, I’m quite certain that if he could have spoken he would have said that he’d fulfilled his dream to the extent that he could … and he was now leaving the rest up to us.
In honor of Harley, the “Little Dog with a Big Dream” we created the nonprofit organization, Harley’s Dream, late in 2016. Our mission is to carry on Harley’s legacy by helping end puppy mills. There are countless groups and organizations working hard toward this tremendous effort, and we are thrilled to say that since Harley’s passing, 216 pet store ordinances have been passed including 2 state-wide bans. We are doing our part to help make change and have impacted more than 300 million people through our education and awareness efforts. People are saying “NO, dogs deserve so much better than life in a cage!” Our efforts have been made possible because of YOUR generous donations and support.
But there is so much more work to be done, please consider making a donation in Harley’s memory. Help us continue to fight the horrible puppy mill industry. Thank you so very much.
With love and gratitude,
Rudi & Dan
Founders, Harley’s Dream