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April 15, 2022

Episode 67. Unconditional Love: Rescues and Adopting Children from Difficult Places

Episode 67. Unconditional Love: Rescues and Adopting Children from Difficult Places

Harley’s story is one of unconditional love … the story of rescue and adoption … and the story of living with diabetes. A family nurse practitioner, Densie, who has a passion for rescues, also is a mom to four little humans. Her forever family through adoption started when she rescued Harley.


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Today’s guest is Denise Gruzensky, the author of Not Like the Others: Harley’s Story, the first book in her series “Life Lessons from Fur Friends.”

Harley’s story is one of unconditional love … the story of rescue and adoption … and the story of living with diabetes. A family nurse practitioner, Densie, who has a passion for rescues, also is a mom to four little humans. Her forever family through adoption started when she rescued Harley.

Before I welcome Denise to the podcast, I need to update you about my family. I mentioned a few episodes ago my mother has been diagnosed with vascular dementia. I had realized she was becoming more forgetful, but I shrugged it off because she is 89 years old, and I figured her forgetfulness was part of the aging process. Unfortunately, it is much more serious. I am devastated for my mother. Within the past year her primary care doctor had declared Mom the picture of health. He had predicted she would live past 100 years old. I never ever suspected my mother might one day receive this diagnosis.

I recently drove to South Carolina to spend time with my mother and help her put a few things into place, and I plan to spend more time with her. I love my mother very much and want her to live the happiest and most stress-free life possible. I have decided to pause my podcast for a short while. My plan is to remix earlier episodes with new introductions and to continue to interview guests. I just cannot commit right now to new episodes for the next several weeks.

I am so very thankful for each person who has listened to the podcast. You have helped the podcast grow and you have helped me grow personally. Thank you!

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Denise Gruzensky

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I grew up loving all animals. As an adult, I developed a passion for rescues. In addition to writing, I volunteer for local animal shelters, work as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and I’m a mom to four humans-and a dog. We are a forever family through adoption which all started when I rescued Harley.

In “Not Like the Others” you are introduced to Harley my rescued Yorkshire terrier. He will learn the meaning of a forever family and unconditional love.

How do you talk to your child about their newly diagnosed illness? How do you tell your child their pet has an illness like diabetes? What can you do to explain unconditional? The answer is "Harley's Story".

I believe pets teach us important life lessons. "Not Like the Others" is the first book in my series "Life Lessons from Fur Friends".