Harlow Louise and her seven litter mates were born at an animal rescue in Polson, Montana just one week after her mother was rescued (along with 30+ other dogs) from a hoarding situation in California. We brought this unbelievably adorable 1.5 pound wirehaired dachshund home and after about a week we noticed she was constantly spitting up her food and her stomach made a strange sloshing sound. She was diagnosed with megaesophagus and we were devastated.
We contacted the animal rescue and remarkably, Harlow’s mother, nor any of her sibling had ME. Being that these puppies came from a hoarding situation there is a good chance that there were multiple fathers to this particular litter (none of the puppies looked similar to one another – at all!) so Harlow was uniquely flawed by her father’s traits.
We were so lucky to have found an amazing local veterinarian, he and his staff helped us deal with this brutal disease and jumped through hoops to help with Harlow more then we could have ever imagined. They made it possible for Harlow to take part in a ME study at Washington State University to learn more about megaesophagus and how we could give her the best life possible.
Harlow Louise came into my life and changed everything. My baby girl was my purpose, my strength and brought the most vibrant colors to my life. Her trials and tribulations pushed me to be a more driven person and to always love deeper. My brave little angel grew her wings much too early, unexpectedly from gastroesphageal intussuception, alongside her constant battle with ME, but has forever impacted the way I see the world. I urge you to never take a special day, a silly moment or a good laugh for granted. My world will be a much colder place without her blanket tunnels, her shoe nibbling and her endless supply of kisses.
If you have the opportunity to love a special needs animal the bond you build is unlike anything I’ve never come across in life, it is so so worth it. I’ve had several friends, family members and complete strangers be so inspired by Harlow’s life that they are now completely open to the idea of adopting special needs and senior animals. We were able to teach people that life is not measured in years, it’s measured in hearts you change, love you give and memories you make.
Because of the impact Harlow made we decided we wanted to make a difference in her honor, to feed two birds with one scone: spread rescue messages that matter, and give 100% of each purchase you make back to the animals who need it most!