Foster Location: North Sioux City, SD
Age: 3 years (DOB: 10-01-15)
Weight: 18 lbs
Kids: Yes! Dog-Savvy/Gentle
Adoption fee: $600
Fenced Yard: Preferred
Harper came into SNAFU Rescue via a breeder release. Her breeder wanted her to be placed in a loving home, be spoiled, and live out her life as a cherished pet.
Harper is a SUPER SWEET GIRL! She is easy going but guarded. She loves her neck and back scratched. Harper is a shy girl and is a bit slowing learning to live the life of a pampered pet, but she is making more and more progress each day and has come a long way in the short time she has been with the rescue. At first she would just stand in the corner with her head hung down and now has started to explore and follows her foster family around the house every where. While Harper is thrilled with her new life, it’s important to remember that she is dealing with a big transition and as such, she is a bit reserved and will need a patient and understanding family. Again,Each day she is gaining confidence and becoming more playful. She likes to chew on water buffalo horns a bit and is curious about toys but is not playing too hard YET. Car rides, laying in her cozy dog bed, and cuddling are some of her favorite pastimes. She gets along with the teenagers in her home but has not been exposed to small children or cats. Ideally we think a home with older, slow moving, quieter children would be best. Fast sudden movements tend to startle and scare her.
Harper is still working on potty training. Her foster family reports that while she consistently goes outside, she is having 1-2 accidents inside while exploring. She will need to be on a regular and consistent potty schedule and a patient approach to her continued training. Maintaining this routine will be required to ensure her continued success. She has also done great with crate training and sleeps quietly in her kennel during the night or when her foster family happens to leave the home. For her safety, she will need to keep a similar crating schedule when her humans are away from the home and/or when she is left unsupervised so she is safe and secure while no one is at home. She does not know danger and is still learning how to be a pet.
Medically, Harper seems to be in great health. She is spayed, had a dental, heartworm tested and is up to date on vaccinations/deworming. She has been given the go ahead for adoption by our veterinarian!
Harper would do well in almost any type of home. Since she is still working on potty training and does not know how to potty on a leash, a house with a fenced yard will be preferred for her (opposed to a multiple floor apartment style dwelling with no yard) but is not a requirement for adoption. Harper would prefer a family that loves to spend time at home and will shower her with attention and cuddles but she is also fine being home alone so long as it’s not an extended period of time (more than 6-8hrs). Though she can be a bit timid initially, Harper loves meeting new people and would be excited to go to work with her family if they wanted to take her with them to the office! If not, no problem at all - she will be happy to sleep away the day in her kennel with a blanket and a good chew toy to keep her busy as long as her people can arrange for a mid-day potty break for her!
If you feel like your family might be the perfect forever home for Harper, please submit an adoption application for her today!!
NOTE: Please note that it will likely be at *least* a 3-4 week minimum before you hear back from us after submitting an adoption application. We typically accept for new applications for a period of 7 days or until 20 applications have been received for any newly available dog. After that time period, the applications are sent on to the foster family for review and that usually takes from at *least* a few days to a week to sort through the applications, etc. :-) Most of our dogs receive several applications so this process does take some time, especially on dogs who are more popular for one reason or another. We do require phone interviews to be conducted between the foster family and potential adopters, vet reference checks and a home visit to be conducted for all potential adopters, if they are selected as the top choice applicant, which will also take time to complete. That being said, we do always let our applicants know if they are chosen or not. :-)
IF you happen to not be chosen, please don't feel discouraged as, again, we usually get several applications for each dog, and sometimes it can be very difficult to choose just one adopter. In those cases, we usually offer to keep the applications for adoption on file for any future dogs that come into our rescue. :-)
ALL adopters are required to come and pick up their adopted dogs in person from the dog's foster home (we do not ship any of our dogs). Please have road/driving transport plans in place to pick up an adopted dog before you apply! While we are not against adopters flying a foster dog in cabin on a commercial flight, please keep in mind that many are not good candidates for flying due to size and/or being a brachycephalic/short nosed breed.
If an adopter can not keep one of our grads, for any reason at all, at ANY point in time, they *must* be willing and able to return their adopted dog to his/her original foster home, despite distance and any costs that would be required to do so.