When Jill first laid eyes on Harley, she knew he was meant to join her family. His cute, little heart-shaped nose won her over instantly. It didn’t matter that his two hind legs were paralyzed.
Dogs with disabilities have a harder time getting adopted; after all, not every family is prepared for the extra work required to care for these animals. It’s a reality Dog Tales Rescue knows all too well, which is why these adoptions, when they work out, are just that much sweeter. Harley’s story, which began when Danielle found his pregnant mom wandering the streets of Israel, has one of those happy endings.
Harley’s paralysis was caused by a congenital defect in his spine, and he requires a wheelchair to get around on his own. Jill, her husband, Jim, and their two sons have embraced this energetic dog completely and are committed to doing whatever it takes to give him the best life they can. Today, they’ve brought lovable Harley back to Dog Tales to see whether hydrotherapy can help strengthen his hind legs.
“He is one of my favourites here,” says Jodi, the vet technician overseeing his treatment. “Most people would give up on a dog like that, and these people didn’t. They fought for him, and he’s living an amazing life with an amazing family.”
“Having a dog with special needs is a lot more work, to be honest,” says Jill. “I always say, it’s about 20 per cent more work, 100 per cent more love.”
Now, those are numbers we can get behind!
Dog Tales Rescue airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.