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An update... from Harley!
Well I'm still here and having a great time.
Last week my foster mom and dad were out in the yard
and they left the door open to the barn where I was
hanging out after breakfast. I think it was a test.
I didn't go anywhere, I didn't make a mess, I didn't
get into anything, and I didn't hurt the bunnies.
I LOVE bunnies.
Last week they also let me run loose around the yard,
but I went right up on the deck. My foster mom was
there and her lap was empty!
I LOVE laps.
I love the deck too. I have learned to sit on the
deck with mom and dad and hang out for a long time.
They say I'm a "good girl!"
I'm getting better with the thunder storms. They
happen every day so maybe that's the reason. I just
sit in the kiddie pool and feel better. Is that OK?
I have gotten real good with those chickens. I watch
them, but I don't run around the chicken yard as much
as I did in the past. They're pretty tempting though...
They said I had to report on my "social skills" What
are they? I'm not sure, but I know that now I only
bark when someone is walking by - and then only for
a couple of barks. They say that's alright.
I come to my name when I am loose in the yard - most
of the time. :-)
Show me the leash for a walk and I will do ANYthing!
Dad and I go for walks every day. I sit nicely waiting
for him to get ready. Then I jump up on the bench
so he can attach the leash before the walk. I jump
back on the bench after the walk so he can take the
leash off. Dad likes that!!
I guess that's all for now from me... Harley. Still
waiting for my "forever home" to find me.
Until then I'll just go hang out with the bunnies.
let her age fool you! Eight is far from "old"
for a border collie (whose average life span is 15+), and
this charming, adorable girl still have plenty of life and
love to give!
Harley is a very lovey girl with people and requires her
morning hugs and kisses before breakfast. She can be somewhat
fearful of strange men, however once she warms up to you
she is all about the attention!
That being said, Harley is both pretty and polite. She
loves attention, but isn't pushy about asking for it. She
doesn't generally jump on people (although loves to gently
come up for hugs and kisses) and knows some basic commands
- come, sit, down, stay.
Harley doesn't love being left alone (hey, who does?) and
will sometimes bark for attention. This has gotten better
as she's settled into her foster home and she's realized
that barking doesn't get her anything, but her new home
will need to be patient with her until she's adjusted to
her new surroundings and provide her with enough attention,
exercise and things "to do" to help her settle
when they can't be around.
Now that Harley has settled in, the only barking she really
does is very brief and just to alert her family to passing
cars/people and squirrels. :-)
is very much a "Queen B" sort of border collie
- preferring to the worshipped by her people than sharing
the attention with other dogs. She has lived with other
dogs in the past, but has clearly shown that she needs to
be the boss, and is willing to back that up. For this reason
we are placing her as an only dog.
Harley can sometimes be obnoxious meeting strange dogs,
especially when she is stressed. However once she is comfortable
in her surroundings, and with some consistent positive reinforcement
for good behavior (she is VERY food motivated!) we believe
Harley can learn to be polite when meeting strang dogs,
but this is going to take some work and management, especially
Harley is very curious of cats, but will do fine with dog
savvy cats. Because of her prey drive and interest in small
critters (i.e., squirrels) we would prefer a fenced yard
for Harley. If not a fence, at least a home where people
will always supervise her when she is outside. Remember,
even dogs with a previously rock solid "come"
need some time to adjust in a new environment they will
come reliably! And never underestimate the power of squirrels!
is very curious indoors, but appears to have good house
manners and will let you know when she needs to go out.
She has been known to guard her most favorite possessions
(rawhide/bones) but doesn't seem to have any issues with
her toys or food. For this reason we are looking for an
adult only home for her with people that are experienced
enough to handle her safely around the good stuff.
Harley possesses one BC quirk that isn't unusual, but can
be a challenge to manage - shadow chasing. While some people
may think it's funny or cute, or a good way to "exercise"
their Border Collie, shadow chasing is very detrimental
to a typical BC, and the behavior should never be encouraged.
Harley's shadow chasing tends to be worse in stressful
situations - being somewhere new and unfamiliar, around
new people, etc. She can be redirected from this, and her
foster parents have taught her a "no shadow" command
Obviously the shadow chasing is a bigger issue in a location
where there are lots of shadows, and it sounds strange,
but we know that Harley will not do well in a house where
there is not a lot of regular, even lighting, and this is
a serious consideration in the choice of her forever home.
have learned that Harley is a dog that is very stressed
by upheaval in her life, and her "quirks" really
come to the surface under those circumstances. In the first
few weeks in her new home, her family will need to be very
patient with her and willing/able to manage these quirks.
She will need plenty of quiet time to settle in and be comfortable
in her surroundings before launching into her new family's
routine; meeting new people and other dogs; venturing out
into the world. We can't stress enough how important these
first few weeks will be to the success of Harley's adoption,
and we would be happy to give her new family plenty of information
and tips on the best way to proceed with her in these first
few weeks to ensure a "happily ever after" for
all involved. Everyone in rescue that has met Harley and
seen her sweet, devoted side agrees that all the initial
work will be WELL worth it in the end!
Harley has done very well during her recent vet visits.
She charmed the staff who commented on what a good girl
Harley walks very nicely on a leash. Being a more mature
girl, she doesn't require as much exercise as the young
whippersnappers do, but she does enjoy her daily "walkies."
Harley is being fostered in central New Hampshire.
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