Book Review: Not Like the Others, Harley’s Story

Written by Denise Gruzensky, RN, MSN, FNP Harley’s Story is the true story about Harley the Yorkshire Terrier  a dog with special needs.  Harley’s story starts with his adoption by Denise and having a very active life which includes travel on airplanes.  As Harley gets a little older he begins to show signs of having an illness.  First he a there’s a little weight gain issue, which is taken care of with a careful diet and plenty of exercise.  Then Harley starts drinking a lot of water and having bathroom accidents, even though he is housebroken.  After a visit to the veterinarian it is discovered that Harley has diabetes.  Even though Harley requires daily shots and a careful diet, Denise never gives up on Harley.


Harley’s Story is told through vibrant photographs and begins with his first family giving him up because they couldn’t take care of him, though his new family, his illness and friendships.  Denise closes the book with several animals with different needs, such as a cat with asthma, a dog that’s deaf and another that’s missing a leg.

This book is a great asset for any family considering adoption of a pet, in particular a pet with special needs or any family that is going through a health crisis with a pet.  Written for children in a clear and gentle manner so they can understand that a pet with an illness can still be part of the family.

Not Like the Others, Harley’s Story is available on, Barnes and Noble, and LifeRich Publishing.

I would love to hear your comments about any pets you have that have special needs and how you’re coping with it.


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6 Responses to Book Review: Not Like the Others, Harley’s Story

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book Sally! Our family has now added Doggie Degenerative Disc Disease to our special needs with our latest rescue Shasta.

  2. Ruth says:

    Thank you for posting on Kid Lit Blog Hop enjoyed your page.

  3. This sounds like one of those where the pages get wet from crying while reading. My sister adopts shelter cats and gives them a fabulous home for life. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  4. Julie Grasso says:

    This sounds wonderful, a great story to help kids understand that pets can have special needs as well as humans. I have recently read The Poppy Project, another great true story of triumph from one brave little dog.
    Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention and for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  5. What a great little story! Thanks for the review! I’ll go get my tissues now…

  6. Sally says:

    Thanks Julie, I’ve heard that Harley’s owner is taking on a new pet with a special need. Maybe there’ll be book 2.

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