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My pet: How Harvey gave me back my ‘get up and go’

Harvey the Jack Russell terrier lives in Dublin with his owner Padraic Walsh

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My Pet: Harvey the Jack Russell who belongs to Padraic Walsh

My Pet: Harvey the Jack Russell who belongs to Padraic Walsh

My Pet: Harvey the Jack Russell who belongs to Padraic Walsh

Getting a dog wasn’t at the forefront of my mind in the winter of 2019. I was grieving the death of my brother, who had passed the previous June. He had hung in for longer than anyone expected with a wretched type of cancer — the type that smashes your life into pieces, then slowly takes those pieces away. The grief, mixed with the trauma of witnessing this, meant it had been a long few months.

My wife encouraged a trip to the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) to see what type of dogs they had. Initially reluctant, I agreed just to visit. However, within 20 minutes of arriving, we were filling out a form to adopt a little Jack Russell. He was found wandering around a Harvey Norman car park a few weeks prior, which is where he got his name, Harvey. Despite being in the excellent care of the DSPCA, Harvey was still underweight and extremely nervous around people.


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