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