Ivy’s Rescue Story

  1. Carol says:

    Danelle, your story about Ivy was causing tears to roll down my face. So glad she was sent to you & Deb and you stood your ground with the b#$@h that tried to take her. Love all the house pictures and everything else you post!

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Thanks so much. I cried when I wrote it. ????

    • Nina Cox says:

      I’m so thankful that GOD brought Ivy Rose to you and Deb! I love her sweet face and beautiful eyes! ????????
      ~Nina, Farmhouse Junk

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Awww…. me too. She is sure special.

    • Tina says:

      I just read Ivy’s story…I’m in tears ????…My babies are in my photos, sitting next to me, walking with me, and we snuggle in the evening. We lost our Biscuits a year ago to cancer, but Gravy and Layla are my fur babies…Thank goodness Ivy has you and Deb…

  2. Kim says:

    Well that is a fantastic story Love our fur babies and you are so right things happen for a reason happy that Ivy has you all to love her

  3. Jen says:

    She is the BEST dog!

  4. Sheri R. says:

    That was the sweetest thing ever! I am a hugh animal lover and the fact you were able to keep
    Ivy was the best thing I ever read. Faith was on both of your sides that day!!!!

  5. Traci says:

    We rescued a 6 year old male dog about a year ago. He has scars but the sweetest temperament. Abe’s favorite thing to do is just snuggle up beside (78# too much for a lap dog????) me and stare into my eyes. I didn’t really believe the rescue group who told us he was a pit and boxer mix until I just saw Ivy Rose. They look very much alike, color, markings, head tilt and all. This is so cool. I’m glad you’ll have the same joy we have with Abe.

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Awwww… bless your heart. And bless our little rescues. I’m so glad you found each other! ????

  6. Dana says:

    Dear Danelle,
    Your story about Ivy is very near and dear to my heart. We rescued a Golden who locked in a garage for five years I can’t even believe it to this day that someone would do such a horrible act to this sweet soul. When we brought home she smelled and
    Was filthy. She was with us for almost ten years. Thank you sharing your beautiful story of Ivy. Btw I saw Cindy@acottagegirl stories love your home and IG account.
    Yours truly
    Please do visit our home/cottage was built in 1927 on Lake St Clair⛴

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Oh my gosh…???? your story brought tears to my eyes. I just don’t understand the cruelty of some people towards animals. ???? And she had the best ten years of her life without a doubt. I will check it out. Thank you so much!

  7. Kemberly says:

    Beautiful story, and yes, tears are streaming down my cheeks!!!!!! You make my heart happy! I started to follow you because of Cindy@acottagegirl as well…you are hilarious and make me smile daily **which I seem to really need these days**.

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Awwwww.. her story gets me crying every time I think about it. Thanks for following along our shenanigans. You guys are what makes me happy!!!

  8. Stacy Dearden says:

    We rescued a part Pitt bull/boxer as well
    And she is the sweetest dog EVER! It even convinced my cousin to adopt one as well. We now have a second Pitt bill rescue. Your story brought tears to my eyes because it reminds me of the question “who rescued who?”

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Awww bless you for rescuing her. They really do appreciate everything you do. OK… Now I want to cry again. ????

  9. Keturah Toplovich says:

    Beautiful story of sweet Ivy! ????❤ I teared up just reading about it. Our beloved boxer passed away on April 13th. Miss him so much everyday. ???? Thank you for rescuing Ivy. She has a loving home ????

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Thank you. And I’m so sorry about your dog. ???? That is the hardest thing to get over. I swear I cried every day for 6 months when my last dog passed and I still cry just thinking about him.

  10. Tracey Mannix says:

    ???????????? The thought of you and Deb losing sweet Ivy, is so painful. I knew the story had a happy ending, but you never know how that situation could have turned. Yikes. It was totally meant to be that she found you two. We lost our sweet Bella 4 months ago and are now looking for our own Ivy. Your family is truly blessed. Thanks for your inspiring stories:)

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Awwww.. I’m so sorry about your loss of Bella. I swear, THAT pain is so deep and doesn’t go away. I can cry at the drop of a hat thinking about our little “Bob” whom we lost over 7 years ago. Good luck in your search. One will find you, I’m certain.

  11. Lila L. Lujan says:

    sweet baby girl. Love that she found her own parents that would love and take care of her. In recent years all our dogs have also been rescue dogs. It really is the best way to go for everyone! True that when pet dies, you never get over it. Grieving is grieving whether or not the loved one is a fur baby or a person.. You give your heart, a piece of it goes when they leave the earth. We lost our cocker December 2016. We took a little time to grieve and then decided it was time to bring in a new companion for our 2.5 year old maltshipoo. We adopted a 8 week old girl pekinges/caviliar mix of sorts. My husband had been chronically ill for years with a worsening state in 2017. Little Missy became his lap companion and brought him much joy. Early October my husband passed away with little warning that his condition was terminal. Our sweet maltshipoo decided to go with him on the same day (my heart pup) I grieve for both my husband and my pup simultaneously. My hubbies pup is now my follow me everywhere, hold me now like my dad always did companion. Her scruff of neck fur is mostly damp with tears. Our fur babies get our entire hearts. Love on yours…she knows you need her as much as she needed you.

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Oh my gosh. I’m so sorry for your losses. I have tears in my eyes just reading your story. Thanks so much for sharing and I totally agree.

  12. Sandy says:

    I love Ivy’s rescue story! Thank god you never head from the neglectful lady again. She looks so precious! I found you on Instagram and your stories crack me up! You and Deb are funny! so glad that you and Ivy found each other! I love rescue dogs and have 3 Shih Tzus. It breaks my heart when I lose a precious fur baby but I can’t imagine my life without my sweet pups.

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Thank you so much. And I hear ya. I just don’t know what I would do without her. It’s so hard when we lose one. And, I’ve always said, that is the worst thing about owning a dog. More than likely, you will outlive them. ❤️

  13. BETTY says:

    I am so glad I got to read about Ivys story,she is truly a lucky girl. God does work in mysterious ways. my first pitbull was the love of my life and I lost her to cancer it broke my heart,but I now have another blue pit and she is my heartbeat they are the best dogs and I will always have one,they get a bad rap they are wonderful loyal loving pets . Thanks for sharing Ivys story

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Awwww. aren’t they the best. She is the most dedicated dog I’ve ever had.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Love seeing Ivy in your stories! Rescues are the best… ????.

  15. Shelley says:

    I loved reading this story. she truly was searching for you!! Been showing my husband Ivy Rose videos and telling him when we get our next dog I want one who will bury her head in the blankets. The cutest, sweetest dog!!

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      hahahahaha she is so sweet. And can you imagine that? Go to the shelter and say, “Do you have a nice dog that hates the world and covers her head up?” ???? Ivy doesn’t hate the world. I just like to make up funnies as to why she covers up her head.

  16. Joycelyn says:

    Such a precious story. Thank you for sharing and for saving Ivy!

  17. Linda says:

    I believe it’s a Good thing ,that sometimes our pets pick us! I have a cat from a litter I had 16 yrs. ago that no one wanted. We thought he was slow and he never meowed. He turned out to be the smartest cat I’ve ever known. My Bichon/ Maltese , I went to what was supposed to be a reputable pet store to get a certain puppy. I get there see him crowded in a cage, ask to hold. I buy him look at his paperwork he was born on my birthday! He definitely was a puppy mill pup and has been a hand full 9 yrs. later I wouldn’t trade him for the world! I’m so glad that God gave you I’ve and she’s had such a good life with you❤️

  18. Sandra says:

    My daughter rescued a female boxer years ago. When the dog was turned over to the Middle Tennessee boxer rescue she was pregnant with still born puppies inside her. They operated and spayed her and put her up for adoption. She was is sweetest dog. She lived for another 7 years before cancer took her. We all lived that sweet girl.

  19. Martina says:

    I’m so happy for that dog, but so upset about all those other dogs that horrible woman has. ????????
    Our dog died 3/4/16, and we just got a new one last December. She’s also a rescue, about 9-10 years old and extremely terrified of men. It breaks my heart to think what some man did to this amazing, very smart and beautiful little dog. She’s so good, it’s unbelievable. She’s a little 13 lb girl, a mix of chihuahua, dachshund, Pekingese and more. We are lucky to have her and I’m glad that Penny has a good life now. 🙂

  20. This is the second time I have read your story about Ivy Rose. OMG…so awesome you found each other. I have a yellow lab who is 6 months old. He is not a rescue and I paid a reasonable amount for him (Kruze) but he is the light of my life and I forced getting him on my hubby. Kevin (hubby) had a dog when we got married 3 yrs ago that was HIS Dog!! And he was a handful to say the least, and we had to put him down this past Feb at age 16. Kevin cried for months and said “I will NEVER get another dog” But I kept looking on line because I have always wanted a white Lab. Kevin kept saying “STOP IT” Nope not me..I kept looking.. Then one day I see this post on FB for white lab puppies and I fell in love with one of them. I showed Kevin the pic and again he said “NO”. I let it go for a few. Then I see another post from the same lady that she had 4 puppies left , 3 black 1 yellow. All the white ones were gone.. Again showing Kevin the pic of the yellow lab, he said “If you want it .. go get it” Well that’s all I needed to hear.. So the next day I drive 2 hours to pick up my puppy. Kevin has fallen head over heels for him and I love seeing him smile again after crying for months. So I have to say Kruze rescued Kevin. Anyway, that is my Kruze Story.. Thank you for letting me share. Love your post and craziness. Love from Nashville. Joanne

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      I’m crying because I can feel the pain in his heart. I just can’t think about little Ivy passing. It is truly one of the most heartbreaking times and the absolute worst thing about owning a pet. I’m so happy your little Kruse found you!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Oh Wow, if that isn’t Devine Intervention I dont know what is. Beautiful Story and Rescue are the best because they have been through the worst and she knows you saved her!

  22. Nancy says:

    I just love following you ladies. Seriously put a giggle in my day. But your puppy story is so sweet. Divine intervention ? Absolutely. My crazy lab mix was a rescue as well. His mommy was found wandering the streets of SC. Was found by a rescue, pregnant and shot. It’s a miracle her pups lived. Your story put a tear in my eye.

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Awwww Thank you. Bless you and your little pup’s heart. Ivy’s story makes me cry to this day.

  23. Ann McFarland says:

    Omgosh we have sooo much in common.. FIRST AND FOREMOST OUR MELANCHOLY DANCING ERR TIME AN OLD SONG COMES ON AND CRY THAT UGLY CRY! also … the dog thing.. I went to rescue a Rottweiler after mine passed away and I finally stopped crying everyday about 6 months later, I picked her up in this really scary neighborhood in Spokane , Washington (2 hr drive). There was another one laying in this concrete mud slab and my husband walked over, picked her up too and said here’s ur money we r not leaving here without both dogs or a phone call! WHAT?! My quiet shy sweet opposite of me husband raised his lil voice WOW!! So here we r 7 years later with these two overgrown beasts that live the hell our of us each other and KenneDee the smaller one (149 Pounds) has been like a service dog since I had to leave my career 4 yrs ago as my PTSD trauma finally caught up to me at 46 yrs lAter… they r my whole heart & have saved my life…. Danelle I truly love & appreciate you n Deb each day you make my soul shine a whole lot brighter ! Ann

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      I’ve got tears… bless all of your hearts. I’m so happy you found your two pups. And I totally understand that dogs calm people down. Ivy can make me feel so much better after having a rough day. She has no clue what a service she does for me. Thank you so much for following along. I so appreciate it.

  24. Frances Brothers says:

    I got a neglected rescue puppy 13.5 yrs ago. Ivy’s story is so heartbreaking but with a happy ending. I wish all dogs could have loving families and happy lives like ours do.

  25. Brigitte says:

    Oh, my heart!

  26. Shelly says:

    Oh my Gosh! I LOVE this story! Thx for sharing!

  27. Brooklyn says:


  28. Nancy K says:

    My brother & sister-in-law does dog & cat rescues/fostering & they introduced me to a lady who was looking to give away her 8 month old Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix. I immediately fell in love & said I would take her. She had never eaten dog food, only cat food because the lady had 13 cats (that’s why she didn’t want her puppy), her name was Daisy Grace (I just call her Daisy). I took her home & bathed her (had fleas) & then went to Petco for puppy supplies, had her spayed & had a couple of rotten teeth removed as well as all her shots, all done in the first week. Probably spent $600. Well the next week the lady called my brother claiming she changed her mind & wanted her back, claimed she only agreed to temporarily try out a week with me. Hahaha, nope sorry me & Daisy weren’t gonna have none of that!!! That was about 8 years ago. She’s my sweet baby & I love her soooo much!!! And yes I teared up writing this!!

  29. Nicole Gallardo says:

    Oh my heart!!! Thank you for sharing!! She looks just like my sweet boy Rocco. ♥️

  30. Robin says:

    I love this story so much❤️ You truly rescued that sweet girl. Thanks for sharing her story.

  31. Valerie Abbott says:

    We had to put our 12 year old love dog to sleep yesterday. our whole family is so very heartbroken. Reading this warmed my heart. I am so happy for Ivy Rose that horrible woman didn’t come back for her! I have recently discovered your blog and I love it! Thank you for sharing “The Story of Ivy Rose”.

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Awwww… I am so sorry for your loss. It is just devastating to have to make that decision. Hang in there.

  32. Karen says:

    I finally just read this and I cried! I thought you got her as an adult. She is so dang cute and is lucky to have you guys. Thanks for sharing!!

  33. Oh my gosh!! I’m so happy you stood your ground & took care of Ivy girl!! Thank God your daughter heard that conversation, hid & locked the bathroom door!! Ivy is blessed to have you both!!
    We have a rescue & we love him! He’s 5yrs old now.
    Thank you taking Ivy & for posting this!!

  34. OMG ????. Ivy was waiting for a good home she followed your scents into the doctors office. God sent her because you and Deb are great parents. I cried reading I have a rescue she is a chihuahua named foxy. I had her trained for being a therapy dog. She knows when my sugars go hypoglycemia. Licking me all over especially the face and my nose when I’m sleeping. I love her to death. She’ll be five years in November. My daughter found her walking the streets in Aurora Illinois. She’s my kid. Take care you two sweethearts. You make my day.

  35. Terry says:

    I have a house full of neglected rescue pups and cats…..all are so loving and appreciative of my love…..thank you for standing strong for sweet Ivy…

  36. Amy Trader says:

    I just love watching Ivy. We lost our dog a couple of months ago, and my husband and boys have been begging me to get a Pit Bull puppy. i have just not wanted to undertake another puppy so soon.
    Sunday, My husband met a friend to ride bikes, and a little girl with a puppy was outside. It got away from her and ran to my husband . The picture he sent us is a Pit Bull Boxer mix . I immediately thought of Ivy.. She is being fostered by that family, and is now, along with her sister, being applied for adoption by us. What else do we have to do, right? Do you have any tips or helpful recommendations for this mix of dog?

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Awwwwwww… that gave me chills…. Losing a dog is one of the hardest things to go through. The thing I tell every single dog owner is make sure to take them to training classes. And really stick with it. You will soon realize you have so much control over them that you didn’t think you could ever have. AND…. it depends on the environment, but we never rough house with her… we let her run outside, but never in the house. We kept her environment really calm while in the house and she has been one of the easiest dogs we’ve ever had.

  37. […] in all of the lands.  I know you would disagree because I’m sure YOUR dog is the best!  But she walked into our lives one day truly by “coincidence” and I know deep down in my heart, it wasn’t that […]

  38. […] here with her so she doesn’t get stressed leaving.  I can’t even stand that thought.  She is a rescue and I know she gets nervous going new places.  She’s just like us actually.  She […]

  39. Mary Anne says:

    I’m so touched with this story tears running down my face. Grateful that lady never returned. Fate!! Ivy Rose meant to be with you. Her eyes still show the remnants of a horrific beginning. She’s so safe with you and knows it. Hugs to the 3 of you.

  40. Leigh Burton says:

    OMGosh, I am in tears this is the best story. I’m so glad she found y’all. And by the way I think y’all just rock!!!

  41. Angie says:

    ????Made my day!
    Sweet Ivy. Thank God she found y’all.

  42. @valleygirl_24 says:

    I cried too ???? How lovely of a story ????????????????????????

  43. Barbara says:

    I’ve read precious little Ivy’s story before and it never gets old. It’s one of those magical happenings when everything aligns perfectly so that something wonderful can happen. You found each other and every time I look in those incredible eyes of hers I kmow we have so much to learn from our furry companions because Ivy already knows. She is a love and could not have chosen a better home ❤????❤

  44. Donna says:

    ❤️this story warms my heart and made me tear up, I have a similar scenario/story how I rescued my pup too! And he is also a boxer/pittie mix ????

  45. […] off, our rescue, Ivy Rose helped me decorate.  She has to have her nose in everything I do, so therefore, I decided she […]

  46. Sondra says:

    I just love you all. I have three rescue dogs and I feel so lucky. Thank you for all of your wonderful decorating ideas.

  47. Fiona says:

    Ivy is there for a reason Danelle. Timing is everything and it was the right time. I hope that I am too blessed to a dog when it’s time. You said something about her staring. That’s love and of course the hugs. ????.

  48. Lauri says:

    The THREE of you were very lucky to have found each other! We adopt rescue dogs as well and can’t even begin to imagine putting any animal through what these poor babies have been through. Ivy is the sweetest soul and found the perfect home with you guys. ❤️

  49. Sonya Leonard says:

    Love that story. We just lost our sweet Jake a big lab we got from the shelter. He passed in July 2020. My daughter’s dog actually but stayed with me the grandmother while she was in college. My daughter is now living with me temporarily and got a new sweet rescue dog name Blue. He had been in the shelter 3 years. He has healed our heart we love him so much.

  50. Linda says:

    So glad you have her she is Blessed to have you both to love and care for her. It was meant to be that you would rescue that sweet puppy and she’s so beautiful and loving God bless you both God bless Ivy I love to watch her and of course you girls too????♥️????

  51. Laurin says:

    That is the sweetest rescue story ever!!

  52. Lori says:

    I love that Ivy knew to “go to the doctor’s office, they will help me!” ????
    Just wondering if you ever worried about sharing about her on social media under the circumstances?

  53. Amy zielinski says:

    What a great story!! She was Meant to be yours❤️

  54. Diane Gill says:

    This story is wonderful!! I recently asked you about Ivy’s story so I was so glad to see this. What a sweet little girl. Love your page!!

  55. Diane Griggs says:

    I have a rescue that was looking for me too. She walked into my husbands shop one day and has lived with us since that day. We looked for possible owners in the neighborhood but I was praying we wouldn’t find anyone. Ten years later and she’s still my baby. I am so glad she chose us to be “her people”.

  56. Bonnie says:

    I’m so glad she found you. She has the best forever home. Thank you for sticking up for her android giving her such a loving home:)

  57. Tammy says:

    My last dog was a rescued boxer that was used as bait for pit bull ring. I know exactly how you feel and am so thankful that Ivy found you. I miss our Ernest T. Bass, the rescued boxer so much and my hubby is like Deb. He tells me there is no other dog to replace Ernest and I don’t know if I will ever have another dog. I miss them so much. I still look at rescue sites all the time. Your Ivy is such a beautiful dog. Love, love, love her story. It’s a good thing I wasn’t in the store when she came by. ???? BTW, love your posts and your IG stories make me laugh. What fun you two have.

  58. Melonie says:

    I was crying too reading Ivy’s story!???? It was definitely meant for her to become a part of your family! The angels were on her side when y’all came along! She looks like the sweetest fur baby ever!!

  59. Dawn McGlasson says:

    Such a beautiful story. All the right the pieces fell into place that day. She reminds me so much of my boxer mix rescue I had for 15 years. Loved her so much. Just wanted to mention Wisdom Panel is such fun for dog owners. (I’m not connected with them in anyway). I bought myself and kids each kits a couple years ago to find out the breeds and health markers on our canine rescues. So easy and they occasionally update and add new info for your dog such as if they have relatives among the Wisdom Panel users. Just thought you might enjoy it. It was spot on with our dogs. Again, loved the story through tears.

  60. Sally says:

    I love your story and love all the pics of Ivy.
    Our dog passed away last summer, and I had a similar look to our dog. Keep on posting!

    PS I’m burned out on Social Media, but love following you!
    Your posts and stories are very helpful and engaging.
    Thanks for all you do!

  61. Marusca Gatto says:

    I love this story and your sweet Ivy Rose! What a miracle day all around that was when you found eachother!

  62. Jenny Liby says:

    Love this story! Ivy is so sweet!

  63. TC Mullinax says:

    Is it bad that I wouldn’t care a bit if that horrible woman dies from a bite on the butt, a worm infestation and not one, but TWO bb gunshots to the hip??!! Hug your sweet Ivy pup for me. So very grateful you spoil her rotten with love!

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      Haha, I may have a few negative thoughts about her myself when I remember the incident!! We are so greatful for the opportunity to love on her every single day.

  64. Laura Bloom says:

    Not sure how many years I’ve been following you, but I’m just reading Ivy’s story for the first time. Ivy is the best dog and you are the best moms! I’m so glad you were all in the right place at the right time… it was fate!!! 💞💞💞

    • Danelle Harvey says:

      I’m glad you happened upon her story after all this time! She is such an amazing dog.

  65. Kim Black says:

    I love to see Ivy!! Keep it coming. She looks so much like our rescue Lilly.

  66. Great story. I too believe there are NO coincidences in life. I am in hopes that you turned neglectful lady in to someone! And you do know this, right: Ivy Rose escaped that fence because she had to look for you.

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