To Harley In Memoriam ~ by Nancy O.
Harley, you would’ve continued being the best Hearing Dog I you could have for another hundred years, if possible, alerting me to every sound I needed to know, and some I didn’t want to know, wherever I was, 24/7, for thirteen years after your training of eighteen months. But your body gave out today and you were called to peaceful, blissful, much-deserved rest. My heart is so heavy! But only for me, not for you. I’m so happy for you to be out of severe arthritic pain, out of trying every therapy and medication there is, to no avail.
Your work is finished, and you were perfect! You gave me wide-open eyes, real independence and confidence, and you gave my family peace of mind. You gave students and colleagues a dose of HARLEY THERAPY every day. You gave many in the community immeasurable joy upon seeing you around in stores and offices.
Words are paltry to describe the good that you have accomplished in your nearly fifteen years. I am unable to express adequate thanks for your exemplary soundwork 24/7, showing me that the world really does have sounds every single minute; there is no absolute silence outside of deaf ears. You and I were even able to travel to faraway cities and states alone by air for several days because of the safety and confidence you gave me in bustling cities and unfamiliar, pastoral farming towns alike. You somehow knew the conditions that made sounds unhearable for me, and never let me miss one in any environment at home or outside of it. Now I am back in silence or muddled sounds much of the time, remembering how it was before you came and showed me how wonderful it is to have a Hearing Dog’s sound awareness. I need time to heal now and will live with the silence until I am grounded again.
Best of all, you taught me life lessons which I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life because your work for me gave me the freedom to think. Your mere presence next to me at all times gave me inspiration and peace. Thank you, dear Harley. I love you more than words can say -- I love you a hundred times over! And I hear you in my mind answering: “But I love YOU a THOUSAND times over! Woof!”