Harley Still Lives On … in all of us

Dear Friends,
 
5 years ago today … it seems like a lifetime, and it seems like yesterday. A day we knew would inevitably come, but the reality of it ever coming seemed so far away. But when it came, our world splintered into a million pieces, and when we let the memory come to the forefront of our minds, it’s a very painful one.
 
Our hearts are now a patchwork sewn together with the love from all of you for our Harley, and the incredible ways in which you help carry on his legacy. We are filled with gratitude for the outpouring of support for Harley’s mission … Harley’s Dream. Because of YOU, Harley’s message continues to be heard all over the world. Because of YOU, we’ve been able to make a positive impact on the lives of breeding dogs who are trapped in puppy mills. Because of YOU, the public is opening its eyes, animal welfare laws are being established, and people are choosing to adopt their pets rather than purchasing. Because of YOU, 145 dogs (and one cat!) have been saved from shelters … mostly seniors – precious lives without hope who may not have survived without our help. Because of YOU, these sad, scared dogs got a second chance – they learned of kindness and love and what it’s like to be treasured.
 
Harley left such a huge legacy and still lives on in all of us. And though we still feel the pain of losing him, we smile because he lived. We smile at the memories of his antics and milestones and wisdom. And we smile as we realize the impact he had on so many.
 
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for loving our boy and giving us strength since the day that Harley left us. You helped us get through it, and he lives on because of you. We are forever grateful.
 
Love,
Rudi and Dan

14 comments

  1. Dan and Rudi, you are so very welcome. Wheezer and I will continue to support Harley’s Dream. We are so grateful for all you do . Thank you

  2. I think of Harley every day and tell everyone I meet about Harley and puppy mills. I hope I have affected a small change!

  3. I remember my husband driving me to DC when Harley came to speak at Congress about puppy mills. I’d read Harley would be at the ASPCA ? building.. I was thrilled to see Harley when we got there and I got to hold Harley and he gave me kisses! I will never forget it. Never.

  4. Furever in our hearts and memories. We are his voice and his message against puppy mills and TO ADOPT, DON’T SHOP will continue furever! <3

  5. What a powerful outpouring of emotion but so well deserved towards that little scrap of a dog who lives on in all of us who continue animal welfare, in particular towards those dogs who gave and are still giving their lives for the greed of man. One day Harley it may come to an end and your memory will be right there in everyone of us who has done something towards that goal. Rudi & Dan I salute you. I donate every week on. Friday, it’s not much but over a year I am proud at what it helps to achieve. Much love, Lynda Smeeton, Devon UK xx

  6. I never had the privelege of meeting Harley but he had a profound impact on me. From the minute I saw his precious face on You Tube and read his story, I knew I had to do what I could to spread his mission. When hebpassedvaway I cried like had lost one of my own. Although he lived a wonderful life after being rescued, I could not help but be upset that he did not have more years with Rudi and Dan. Harley was and still is a very special dog and he is making a difference for so many dogs. He may have went to the Rainbow Bridge but he is still very much alive. I love you Harley.❤🐾🌻

  7. I miss Harley so – it makes me more dedicated to keep his dream alive and rescue others

  8. We all loved Harley and miss him, but we can never feel the heartbreak you both have. Keep on saving these precious babies!! Thank you!!!❤️🐾🐾

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