It’s probably obvious that I have a soft spot for Chihuahuas. My first dog, Mickey, was my companion and fearless protector from age 3 to 18. All my childhood memories in some way involve Mickey.
Chihuahuas are undoubtedly cute little dogs, great companions and entertainers, but they can also be hero dogs and make a difference in the world.
The top title at the 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards is Harley, a Chihuahua from Berthoud, Colorado, who beat 170 other courageous contenders for the title.
He inspired a campaign called “Harley to the Rescue” which has not only raised awareness of the evils of puppy mills but has also raised the funds to save and provide medical care for over 500 puppy mill dogs over the past two years.
Harley personally goes on rescue missions and seems to establish a connection with the frightened dogs being rescued. He seems to understand exactly what is going on.
As a spokesdog against puppy mills, Harley makes appearances at schools and public events. Despite his battered appearance and broken little body, he thrives on the outpouring of love and attention wherever he goes.
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