Harrybo the One-Eyed Pooch
Earlier this year I had the absolute privilege of meeting an amazing, beautiful dog. His name is Harry or ‘Harrybo’ and he is a Great Dane with a difference!
Most of you will recognise him as ‘The beautiful one-eyed dog’ who is up on the studio wall. So many of you have asked about Harrybo’s story and how he came to have only one eye. So, I thought, with Harrybo’s mummy’s permission, I would share with you the story of Harrybo The One Eyed Great Dane.
When I put out a model call for Great Danes I was inundated with people messaging me but there was something special about one dog in particular. He stood out from all the others and I knew I just had to meet him. A few days later, Harrybo and his mummy came into the studio and I was absolutely gobsmacked. Harrybo came into the studio and wasn’t fazed at all. He was so tall but such a gentle giant! I instantly fell in love! He loved his cuddles and was so good in front of the camera. He was such a pleasure to be around!
I recently asked Harrybo’s mummy to write a few words about him for this blog. She wrote… “I got Harry as a rescue from the Great Dane Adoption Society at 9 months old, he had no training or socialisation and was a complete nightmare. We did obedience training, he passed his bronze and silver good citizen, we then discovered agility and flyball. He competed successfully in agility until he lost his eye 3 years ago and then I retired him on safety grounds. He has successfully competed in flyball, being the only Great Dane to achieve his Flyball Dog award, then Flyball Dog Intermediate and then his Flyball dog Graduate. Flyball is his favourite thing ever! He retired from competition this month as he has very limited vision in his remaining eye and at 10 1/2 years old and with plates in his hind leg (from a cruciate rupture 4 years ago) I felt it was too much to continue to compete and wanted him to go out on a high (which he did).
He lost his eye 3 years ago, he has cataracts (which are now affecting his remaining eye) so we opted for cataract surgery. Unfortunately, due to complications, he developed glaucoma and we had to remove the eye (after a long and expensive battle, I had to admit defeat when it started causing him pain).
However, losing that eye hasn’t held him back. His favourite things are still running with his friends, chasing balls (we just use large squeaky balls now, so he can easily find them with his limited vision) and still plays at flyball.
His character – he is a bugger!! Very cheeky and loving. Everybody loves him and he loves everybody (apart from children who are scary to him).
He has achieved so much (on top of his sporting achievements). He has donated blood on numerous occasions, saving lives in emergencies. He is a demonstration dog for my students (I teach animal care and veterinary nursing). They use him to learn restraint and handling, grooming, bandaging, health checks and learning how to take pulse, temperature and respiration.
On top of all this, two years ago, he climbed Snowdon to raise funds for the Great Dane adoption society and Wonky Pets Rescue (where his little brother came from).
He is simply the best dog I could ask for (after starting off as a vile juvenile delinquent) and honestly makes me so proud.
He will be 11 years old in January and still goes on 4 mile walks and has physiotherapy, acupuncture and weekly hydrotherapy to help keep him fit.”
I think you’ll all agree that Harrybo is definitely one special boy and he has definitely landed on his paws when his mummy adopted him!
There are lots of dogs just like Harrybo looking for their forever homes with the Great Dane Adoption Society and Wonkey Pets Rescue. You can find out more about their fantastic work and the dogs they have available by popping onto their websites http://www.danes.org.uk http://www.wonkypetsrescue.com.