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Harley Goes Home

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:15pm
Michael and Victoria with Harley

When Midnight, a six-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, came to us, he suffered from severe skin disease and ear infections and looked emaciated. He underwent treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital and slowly began to recover. When he was ready, Midnight stayed for months in our Adoption Center, waiting patiently for someone to take him home.

 In February, Victoria D'Asto and Michael Pisula did just that, giving Midnight a new life as part of their family.

“My husband and I waited a year and a half after the passing of our last dog before visiting the ASPCA in Manhattan,” Victoria says. “After looking at all the dogs and meeting several of them, we settled on Midnight, now known as Harley.”

Harley has come a long way, but he still suffers from chronic ear infections. With medication and TLC, Harley’s ear infections are manageable.

“Even with his health issues and difficult past, we felt that he would be a great addition to our family,” Victoria says.

And they were right. Harley is thriving in his new home.

“It turns out that we really lucked out—Harley is so well trained and sweet with everyone he meets,” Victoria says.  “He seems to enjoy his new diet and exercise program as he gains those last five pounds to bring him back up to a healthy weight.”

Victoria tells us that Harley loves to go for walks in Manhattan’s Riverside Park, on shopping trips, and enjoys romping around at Victoria and Michael’s country home on the weekends.

“He loves destroying his toys, fighting for the peanut butter in his new Kong toy and lounging by the fireplace,” she says.  “It's been almost two weeks, and he's already become our best friend!  Thanks, ASPCA!”

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Wonderful! I am sure Harley will make you as happy as you make him! God Bless You All.

Debbie Fisher

Rescues have so much love to give. Six years ago, we adopted our then, two-year-old Jack Russell Terrior, Cindy. I suffer from what is called daily migraine, but my neurologist couldn't figure out why, until a few months after Cindy joined our family. I told him that Cindy became clingy and even grabbed my arm with her teeth once when I was trying to leave the house once, Which, though it didn't hurt, Concerned me a bit. Within about a half an hour, I was hit with a really bad migraine! When I told my neurologist, he told me that he had never heard of a dog being able to tell a person when they were going to have a migraine, but he had heard of a dog who could tell a person when they were having, or were going to have a seizure! It seems that I was having small seizures which were causing major migraines, But they were not causing damage that could be seen on a CT scan or MRI, And because they were so sporadic, and putting me on an EEG machine would have cost a lot of time and money just to catch it, he put Me on antiseizure medication, which has helped with the severity of the migraines. It hasn't really helped with the frequency, but it does help with the severity, which is good, because when I have really bad migraines, it affects the right side of my body. It makes me very very weak, and it makes things hard to do for me. Cindy still lets me know before they happen, but without her, there probably would not have been a diagnosis.


I had a stray black lab/basset cross that suffered from chronic ear infections/ear pain for years. We tried everything the vet recommended and nothing worked. I remembered that when one of my kids was little, I was told to use garlic oil for ear ache/ear infection. I tried it on Boomer, and after a week of treatment his ear problems resolved for the first time in years. He was pain/infection free for the last 2 years of his life after suffering with ear problems for 6 years.


Anyone who adopts an older dog (Midnight/Harley was getting close to technically being a senior when he was adopted)has my deepest admiration. There's NOTHING like the love of an old dog.

Paul Denko

OMG. I had a lab mix named Midnight who passed years ago. Since, we have adopted 3 dogs and 3 cats and what you did was wonderful. To give a dog a life of love and caring is just great!


Senior dogs are the best!! Its great you gave Harley a 2nd chance!!

Liz Thawley

Harley is a lucky dog!


Way to go you two!!! I have rescued three pups myself, it makes me Happy reading about these stories. We need more people like you out there.!!

Denise Taylor

What a lovely family you are! Maybe my miniature apricot poodle, Tru, and I will meet you one day walking in Riverside Park. We are from the Upper Westside too!

Marta Esposito

So glad you rescued that sweet boy. I've been a lab lover most of my life - best dogs ever!! Kudos to you for adopting an older dog - now he's got the life he deserves!