Harley’s Story – A New Life for A Rescued Dog

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Written by Harley Scorgie, an adopted Pekingese boy. What his first few days in his new home was like 🙂 Such a cute story every pet owner should read! ♥

I was a bit scared when you dropped me off in my new place, but my mom gave me a styling new designer collar which now has my name on and a big bed all to myself – at first I didn’t know what the bed was but mom showed me that it is where I sleep at night and I also find that it is a useful hiding spot from my friends who stay with me for all my favourite toys.

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This is my version of helping mom unpack her clothing boxes from her move – it was hard work!

The first night I slept all the way through and mom said that I was such a good boy, she says I’m not allowed to sleep on the bed but in the morning she wakes up and lets me come and cuddle in the pillows with her – I love it!!

rescued dog adopted from animal shelter johannesburg


rescued dog adopted from animal shelter johannesburg

Cuddling with mom in the pillows every morning is the best!

On Day 3 mom took me to her office, it’s such a cool place because everybody gets to bring their dogs so I have lots of friends to play with and we have been going there every day. I have all of mom’s colleagues wrapped around my little paw because of my cute face and I make sure they give me as many tummy tickles as I want (tummy tickles are my favourite by the way!)

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First day going to the office – mom says I’m a good driving companion and sit like a good boy the whole way

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Cuddles from Carina in the office!

rescued dog adopted from animal shelter johannesburg

Half falling asleep on Byron’s shoulder – he likes to take me for walks in the office gardens

It made mom very sad when she realised that I didn’t know what stairs were in her house so we practiced for a few nights going up by using treats, I was very scared but on the third night I managed to make it all the way up to the top. Mom was so proud that she started crying! Now I’m a master of the stairs and spend all day following mom up and down which she says is good for me since I get spoilt with so many treats so I have to keep fit.

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My friends and I – Minki (bottom left) is mom’s roommates dog and we also have a foster called Zigga at the moment (top left)

When we come home from work, I go for a walk with mom and her roommate around the complex, her roommate has a Yorkie called Minki and is busy fostering another Yorkie from Ark Animal Centre, called Zigga so we are all friends and love our walks together. I’m not a huge fan of the harness and lead but mom says it’s for me to stay safe so that we can live together forever, I do however enjoy playing hide and go seek with her when I see her take it out and I make her chase me.

harley and minkie with doggy outfits clothes on

Minki and my new outfits for the park

Mom is busy teaching me how to play ball, she had to go and buy special small tennis balls for me because normal tennis balls were too big for my mouth. So far I understand that I must fetch it but mom keeps on telling me I must bring it back to her but I prefer to sit and chew it – she says we need to work on our communication.

When I first arrived I liked to mark my territory all over the house, mom didn’t seem to like that too much but after a week of her showing me I was naughty for doing that, I’ve worked out that I must go outside. Every time I go outside now mom calls me a good boy and I sometimes get a treat – Beeno’s are my favourite!

stephanie scorgie and harley adopted pekingnese

I love my new mommy!!

Mom says that in my letter I must tell you that she says thank you for letting me be part of her life because she doesn’t know what she would do without me now. I also want to say thank you for rescuing me and making sure that I went to a home with lots of love.


Harley Scorgie

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