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Harry

1/16/19

Harry has been chasing people down lately just to be petted. He will remain there for quite awhile receiving all the attention he can get until someone else passes by and then he'll just move on to them where he'll get the same treatment. He also barks at the other dogs but only to get closer to them and play. He has been so full of energy and trusting of others around him.
He waits patiently when given his food and also waits until you tell him to eat. When he is thirsty and there is no water in his bowl, he will move it with his nose towards me. When I start laughing, he barks at me as if to say, “Stop laughing and give me some water!” I find this so hilarious...When I shut my TV off and get ready for bed, he will wait a few minutes before jumping up onto the bed. He'll circle around for a few seconds before coming up to me, licking me a few times, and finally resting right on my chest until he falls asleep.

1/9/19

Harry has been very good this week and he is doing really well. He’s been running up to others for pets and has not been barking at anyone. He plays with the other dogs and once outside, it is all he looks forward to. Now, every time I get up to put my shoes on, he immediately runs to the door and sits down, patiently waiting for me to take him out. He has improved so much in all areas and I know that he will be a great dog for anyone.

1/2/19

Over the weekend, Harry was given another bath and he did even better than the first time. He is beginning to trust not just me but others as well. Now he climbs up on the bed when he wants to play by hitting me with his paws. When I’m watching football and he notices that I’m into the game, he grabs one of toys and jumps up onto the bed to drop it on my lap. He’ll stare at me then. I have no choice but to take his toy and a ball and go play fetch outside. He enjoys being out and knows he can get his way. I just can’t seem to say no. He’s adorable and loves to be pampered.

12/26/18

Harry’s been behaving pretty well lately and listening to commands better. He now sleeps with me and cuddles every night. He licks my face at about 3:15am. This is the time I am up and getting ready for work. It’s like he already knows my routine so well that he knows what time I get up to leave.

12/19/18

I gave Harry a bath and he did extremely well. Of course, he wasn’t happy at all. After he was completely dried off, I went to give him a treat and instead he barked at me and went to his crate. I gave him his space and watched the college game while laying on my bed. After about 30 minutes, Harry walked up to my bed slowly and put his paws up on the bed. I pretended not to see him and he licked my hand. So then I patted the bed next to me so he could jump up and he did. He walked back-and-forth a few times and then laid on my chest. I swear a minute hadn’t even passed before I heard him snoring! It felt so great knowing that he wasn’t completely mad at me after all.

12/12/18

We have a dog yard where we can take the dogs off leash and let them run in a fenced area. I will throw the ball for Harry and let him run his little heart out. Sometimes Harry does a barrel roll because he runs too fast and falls over. It almost seems like he gets embarrassed because he will look around to see if anyone saw what happened as he gets up. He is a funny little guy!

12/5/18

Throughout the week, little Harry has been adjusting to being in the presence of a lot of people at once. He’s not really a fan of this, but I’ve been trying to train him in that environment in hopes of making progress. He loves big dogs. Hank is his best friend in here. Harry runs way faster when he plays with Hank trying to keep up. After they play together, Harry will pass out for hours and snore like an old man!

11/28/18

Since Harry is so smart, I taught him how to weave in and out of cones like in an agility course. He’s pretty good at this. I’ve been trying to keep Harry active because he looks a little bit like a fat square when he’s sitting in certain positions haha. I can tell that he has more energy now compared to when he first arrived so I think we’re doing a good job!

11/21/18

You know I knew dogs did a lot of things humans do, but this one shocked me. We went outside to let him run and play his chase game. Every now and then when I get tired of running, I’ll honestly just fall down and he loves when I do that because he sprints to me and jumps all over me to wrestle. Sometimes he snuggles his face into my neck so he comes over and starts doing that. Before I knew it, we were nose to nose staring at each other until Harry decided to burp in my face!!! For one, I’ve never heard him burp before but it sounded cute. The face he gave me afterwards was priceless. I wish I would have had a camera because I could fill a book in a day with silly pictures of Harry. He will definitely give you and your family a ton of great moments and memories. He is doing so well with strangers now too, but if he doesn’t like you then you’re just out of luck!

11/14/18

For the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about Harry working on his socialization and getting petted. He has become way more comfortable with people touching him and showing him love. He actually wants to socialize when we have day room now. It seems like Harry chooses who he likes and doesn’t. If he doesn’t like you, there seems to be no changing that. There’s only a few people he isn’t fond of thankfully. Harry loves to play ball. He gets very excited when he gets the ball and will shake and roll around in the grass with it. If I get down on the ground, he will come jump on me and then roll over for a belly rub!

11/7/18

This week I finally saw Harry’s true personality! It took a little while. He loves to run and play outside. He chases me and when I get on the ground, he will pounce on me and we wrestle. Harry finally started to roll onto his back for me to rub his belly! He loves to play keep away. I’ll take one of his toys and run away with it making him jump and chase me. When I finally give in, I’ll give the toy to Harry and try to take it back, but he will just run away from me so I have to chase him! He is such a happy dog. Harry reached a huge milestone this week! I can put him in the stay position and walk the entire yard before coming back around and telling him OK to come! This is a huge improvement because it’s such a long distance to walk the whole area.

10/31/18

Harry is warming up! It’s like he knows exactly what I’m saying to him sometimes. This week we have been working on his desensitization with touch on parts of his body that he isn’t fond of being touched like having the hair groomed around his mouth. He loves attention from his favorite friends more than anything. I can tell that Harry is getting more comfortable here because he played fetch with a ball and ran his little behind off! He slept like a rock that night! His weekly milestone is getting his belly rubbed and beard touched! When we get up in the morning, it’s about 6:30am and when I take him for his walk, he gives me a look as if to say, “Man, it’s way too early to be out of bed! He’s a really cool dog overall and I doubt he’ll be here too long!

10/24/18

Harry is a unique dog and I’m happy to be able to work with him. He’s one of the most loyal dogs that I’ve ever met. He has only been here one week and has made so much progress so far that it’s incredible. Harry learns extremely fast and loves attention. We are taking it slow with him, but Harry already knows sit, down, shake, place, stay, and come. I think it’s pretty impressive since he’s only been here a week. He loves to play with the other dogs. If I lay down or sit on the ground, he will come jump all over me to play and give kisses.

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