In January 2021, we adopted Harlow from a P.S.A. shelter. He was discovered in a closed room while his owner was away, and no one wanted to take him because he was severely underweight. It was heartbreaking to see him in that condition, but we were determined to give him a second chance at a happy life.
When we brought Harlow home, he seemed afraid to stay inside. He would anxiously pace around, so I made sure to stay by his side and talk to him to make him feel better. It took some time, but eventually, he started to feel more comfortable in our home. We also made sure he was well-fed, providing him with nutritious meals to help him gain weight.
The next day, he was able to play a little with our other dog, Jada, outside. However, whenever we left him alone, he would become unhappy and anxious. I realized that I needed to be there for him, constantly talking to him and reassuring him that he was safe. I even allowed him to sleep in my room for a few days to help ease his anxiety.
As time went on, Harlow's progress was remarkable. He started gaining weight and after a week, he had gained 2 kilograms thanks to his good appetite. However, he still looked thin compared to other dogs and was around 20 kilograms underweight, which was concerning.
Nevertheless, Harlow's confidence began to grow, and he became less inclined to worry. He learned to walk properly and overcame his fear of the dark. He became more adventurous, developing a fondness for running around in the garden. Seeing his progress, I knew it was time to give him a special treat.
After three months, I took Harlow for his first trip to the beach. It was a joy to see his excitement and happiness as he played in the sand and splashed in the water. It was a moment of pure bliss for both of us.
Looking back at Harlow's incredible transformation, it's hard to believe how far he has come. He is now a healthy, confident, and occasionally mischievous dog. He loves to play and brings so much joy to our lives. Adopting Harlow was one of the best decisions we've ever made, and we are grateful for the opportunity to give him the life he deserves.