A Heartbreaking Tribute to “Bear”

Doug with Billy

Our hearts are shattered today with the news of the passing of a dear friend, Doug Peebler, affectionately known as “Bear”. Doug was a Colorado-based Harley’s Hero for the past few years. He was especially kind, gentle, honest and humble, and everyone who knew him loved him. Doug loved animals very much … and they loved him. He volunteered at the Harley’s Dream office, he regularly protested a nearby pet store and he attended and helped at many events. Recently Doug helped Dan build the giant puppy mill cage for our parade float. He was always reminding us that he’s available if we needed his help with anything. He and his wife, Brooke, adopted one of our of Harley’s House of Dreams dogs, Billy (pictured here with Doug). We were so fortunate to have had Doug in our lives.

As we have time to collect our thoughts, we’ll plan a special way to honor Doug. But meanwhile, please hold Brooke and the rest of Doug’s family in your hearts. The coming days will be particularly difficult for them.

Doug with Susie Q and Sancho
Doug with Susie Q


  1. He couldn’t have been all that old yet. Hearbreaking. I shall definitely keep his family in my prayers.

  2. So sorry to hear the news about Doug. Prayers for family and friends

  3. I am so very sorry to read such sad news.

    My thoughts are with Doug’s family and to all of you who knew this kind and caring man.
    I wish I’d have had the opportunity and pleasure to have met Doug at one of Harleys Hero’s charity dog events.
    Sadly, I never did, I live in the UK.
    One day, I shall return to the US and will arrange to meet some of you, the dedicated, like Doug who voluntarily work so tirelessly to educate folk and save these dear little dogs.

    When you shed your teardrops for Doug, just remember God only takes the good ones!

    Harley and lots of other little pups will be there smothering Doug with their big hearts & lots of little wet nosed kisses.

    With our deepest sympathy

    Sue & Mark Mitchell
    & Lucky & Bella (our 2 little dogs).

  4. Yuu are in our hearts and prays Brook .Bear will be missed 💜❤Hugs and 🌻

  5. Rest in Peace. Thankyou for all you have done and I am sure will do at the Rainbow Bridge if they need you. Condolences to your family.

  6. Thoughts and prayers for Brooke and family ❤🙏🏻❤🙏🏻❤🙏🏻❤🙏🏻 Doug was a very special man and he will be missed by all 💖

  7. Please accept my sincere condolences to Doug’s family and friends. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  8. I am so very sorry for the loss of your friend Doug…sending prayer’s of comfort to you and his family

  9. I never got to meet you, but know that you and your Family are in my Prayers right now.. May God give you the kind of comfort and love you witnessed in Bear and then some {{{{hugz}}}} <3 . Take it one step at a time and cling to the good.

  10. I’m very sorry for the loss of your friend Bear. My condolences to his wife Brooke. He will be greatly missed in your fight to end Puppy Mills. 😥

  11. I am so very sorry to see this. Such a great man is gone. But I know he is with all the fur babies. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family & so many friends. RIP Bear. 🙁

  12. So sorry for the family’s loss – Doug was one of the first people I met my first year at Hops and Harley –

  13. I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Bear. He will be forever blessed and hold a special place over the Rainbow Bridge, with so many of the precious animals he helped rescue in the past and those that come to him in the future. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I will keep them in prayers.

  14. My thoughts are with Brooke and the Peebler family – Doug was one of the first people I met the first year I went to Hops and Harley –

  15. So sorry to hear about Bear. Sending much love and prayers to Brooke and the family.

  16. Imagine the joy at the Rainbow bridge though…. I wish I was talented enough to draw the scene….. :'( <3

  17. So very sorry for the loss of this caring man! Prayers for his family!

  18. Why is it that God takes good people first? Animals need more advocates like Bear. He and you, his family, will be remembered in my prayers. Love, the Jones

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