Harlow’s journey began in January 2021, when he was rescued from the P.S.A. shelter. He was found locked in a room while his owner was away on vacation. No one appeared interested in giving him a chance because he was so severely underweight.

When I first brought Harlow inside, he was initially fearful. I was obligated to remain by his side, offering him soothing words and nourishing food to help him regain his strength.

The next day, he worked up the courage to play with our other dog, Jada, in the backyard. However, whenever we left him alone, he became depressed. To alleviate his anxiety, I found myself constantly conversing with him and even allowing him to spend a few nights in my room.

Fortunately, Harlow had a voracious appetite, and he gained two kilograms within a week, although he still appeared emaciated, weighing 20 kilograms less than his ideal weight.

Harlow’s confidence increased over time, and he became less anxious and fearful. He began to take pleasure in leisurely strolls and overcame his fear of the dark. He delighted in his newfound freedom by sprinting around the garden, which became his favorite activity.

After three months of improvement, I decided it was time to take Harlow to the beach for the first time. It was a transformative experience for him, as he reveled in the sand, sun, and surf, his joy evident in every wag of his tail.

Looking back on his miraculous transformation, Harlow is now a perfectly normal dog: healthy, self-assured, and occasionally playful.

The fact that he has moved on from his past traumas is a sign of his development, despite the fact that he has a habit I detest.

Harlow’s journey is a testament to the power of love, patience, and compassion. He has overcome his troubled past and is now looking forward to a prosperous future with a loving family.