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.
Rudi and Dan