Natalie Olivieri, vice president of Furever Bully Love Rescue, found Harper in a field in Redland, Florida. This field was a notorious dog dumping ground.
Natalie has seen her share of strays over the years, and she knows an abused dog when she sees one. This dog was definitely traumatized.
An organization called the Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project visits the area every day to feed the strays, but there are more homeless dogs than any one organization could help.
So Furever Bully Love Rescue teamed up with Redland Rock Pit earlier in the year to raise some money for the cause, and to help rescue dogs in the area.
It was an experience Natalie would never forget. That was the day she would meet a one-year-old Hound mix named Harper.
Volunteers put out food, and that’s when Harper appeared with four or five other dogs. She fell to the ground in fear.
The dog was covered in scars and terrified of humans. There was no way they were going to leave her. But the dog wouldn’t move. They were even able to slip a leash around her neck, but she refused to get up. So, they picked her up and transported her with a blanket on the floor of the vehicle instead of in a crate.
When the volunteers arrived back in Orlando, Harper was treated for anemia, worms, and a tooth infection. But healing her soul would take a lot longer.
Harper didn’t stand up for three days. And anytime someone picked her up, she’d cling to them and not let go.
Harper’s past obviously took a huge toll on the poor dog.
She went straight to foster care with a woman named Cheryl Kessler. After just a few weeks, Cheryl could already recognise a huge change in the dog.
She’s been getting better every day and really coming out of her shell. Lately she’s been running around and doing donuts in the backyard. How wonderful that this poor abused pup can enjoy life again!