When Harvey Met Callie: Shelter Dogs Find Love in a Hopeless Place
BEDFORD — The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is looking for a home for two dogs who have grown to depend on each other over the past five months they have been in the shelter.
Callie is a 5-year-old black retriever mix who came to the ARLNH on Aug. 31, 2017, from a breeding situation where the dogs spent their whole lives outdoors inside a chain-link fence.
Callie arrived at the ARLNH with a daughter, Hannah, but unfortunately the daughter passed away due to unmanageable seizures. According to shelter staff, Callie was distraught from losing her daughter but still remained positive and enjoyed human companionship.
Harvey, a 4-year-old golden-retriever mix, arrived to the shelter from the same situation although he and Callie had previously not spent much time together.
Harvey was a tough egg when he arrived to the shelter. Staff says he did not enjoy human interaction and shook uncontrollably.
"Harvey was a mess. We tried everything to warm this guys (sic) heart," the ARLNH wrote on Harvey's bio. Staff spent endless hours trying to socialize Harvey to no avail. "Spending time with humans only seemed to make things worse."
Until ... Harvey met Callie.
Staff says Harvey's tail went from tucked under himself to a high wag. "He went from shaking to wiggling. His sad eyes brightened. Harvey found a reason to live," his bio said.
Callie is the take-charge type of girl and wants to be the center of attention, which Harvey is totally OK with.
Harvey has changed since meeting Callie. He still has a lot to overcome, but he is a better dog since knowing her.
They are looking for a home together, preferably with a fenced-in yard to help with housetraining and a patient family with no children or other dogs.
Harvey and Callie have been visited several times by a family who is very interested in adopting the pair. But ARLNH Director of Operations, Naomi Stevens, says there are several other dogs (and other pets) available for adoption if Harvey and Callie do find their "fur"ever homes.
We sure do hope they do.
To learn more about these and other adoptable pets, go to rescueleague.org.