Hi everyone! It's me, Harper and I am so excited to be able to talk to you myself. Sometimes folks think that they know you but it's so much better to let others know who you are all by yourself!!
I love it at my foster home. I have lots of other dogs to play with and I love that - and, I have three of those grown-up folks who take great care of me and the food ain't bad either lol I never have accidents in the house since that is certainly not lady-like and I am surely a lady! I love my crate and rarely bark as most of my needs are met here before I even know that it's a need!! I do bark when I am outside if I see folks that I do not know but I never run at or after them, I just bark. My bark can be a bit scary but it's just a bark lol
I am a great BIG girl and I know that sometimes that scares some people. But, I really am a sweetheart and I love people, it's just that when I first meet someone, I am very scared. Because I'm frightened of new things and new people, I bark and hoot and holler to make sure everyone knows how I feel. That can be somewhat intimidating even though I am just scared. My foster dad says that it's because I intimidate some people with all that carrying on, but I told him that really, it's that they intimidate ME!! I just need a bit of time to get to know new people and then I am their best friend. ( It's for that reason that we are hoping to find a new home that is interested in Harper in our immediate area so that they could come and visit with her and let her get to know them. She likes people a lot, it's simply that the fear gets in the way sometimes. )
Harper loves the new harness that her foster dad got for her. It has lots of patches and insignias on it and she just loves when he brings it out because she knows that means she is going in the car with him. They are working on socializing her in new situations like Petsmart or PetCo for example. So, they have a Sunday morning routine and take a ride to one of those stores and if there are not too many people there already, she is able to take a walk inside. It's a gradual process but the only way to desensitize her to new situations and new people. She also goes to the veterinarian's office often, just for a toenail trim. Yes, she needs her nails cut but really, it is mostly to, again, desensitize her to more things. She is muzzled for the procedure but is also cooperative. The muzzle is used just as a precaution. Harper has never bitten anyone-human or dog-and does not attempt to do so.
Now that the warmer weather is approaching and most of us are confined to our homes because of the coronavirus, Harper will be able to spend a lot more time learnig new things since all of the adults in her life will be home for the time being. Harper is very bright and eager to learn. You can watch her wheels turning when you are working on anything new with her. She loves to work on new things and also loves the praise she gets when she succeeds-of course, the training treats help too lololol
Harper is very anxious for her furever family to find her and she promises, she will love and protect them forever!!