Harper’s Tale

Photo by Flying Fur Pet Photography

Speaking of puppies, we were recently inspired by reading the tale of Harper, a pit bull puppy with a rare disorder and a pretty rough start in life.  According to an MSNBC feature:

“There was a man outside the Save-A-Lot selling pit-bull puppies for $50 a pop,” Daniel explained. “This woman approached him and noticed a noise coming from a garbage bag he was holding. She asked him, ‘What’s in the bag?’ and he said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ ”

The woman pressed the issue and the man opened — and gave her — the contents of the bag. Inside was a puppy so deformed that it couldn’t walk or hold up its head. Shelter workers and veterinarians grimaced when they saw the dog and came to the same conclusion: It really should be euthanized.

That’s when Daniel, a regular at the local animal shelter, stepped in. She decided to take the puppy home for one full and final day of unabashed affection. “I had to show her what it was like to be loved,” Daniel said. “I’d planned on taking her home that night, letting her sleep in bed with us, and having her humanely euthanized in the morning.”

What a difference a day can make. Today, Harper is not only alive — she’s thriving. The frisky gray puppy is gaining more and more mobility each day, to the astonishment of onlookers and medical professionals.

It turns out, when Daniel massaged the little pup’s stiff limbs, Harper responded by lifting her head and attempting to walk.  That’s when Daniel realized the case might not be so hopeless after all.  In the end, a combination of massage, hydrotherapy, and old fashioned TLC saved Harper from a terrible end, and has given her the opportunity to live a healthy and active life.  Yeah!

Flying Fur Pet Photography documented a day in the life of Harper’s rehabilitation.  You definitely have to check out the complete set of photos here.  Harper really knows how to smile for the camera!

For the full story, check out the article on Harper at MSNBC.

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5 Responses to Harper’s Tale

  1. Jennifer says:

    Wow! What a story!

  2. Benny & Lily says:

    What a great story
    Benny & Lily

  3. What an inspirational story. Harper does look short and wide but not so deformed to me.

  4. Bassas Blog says:

    Thank you for sharing such an uplifting story!

  5. Kas says:

    Oh my goodness that was precious! Very inspirational and what a happy looking pup now.

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