Harriet has been with me for two weeks. Let me tell you a bit about her!
She was 1½ when she came to us from Turkey (our very first group of Turkey dogs). She has hip dysplasia (from birth), and was adopted by a family whose other dog also has the same issue.
She had been with them for three years when she was surrendered back to RAGOM after an altercation with the other resident dog over a bone last month. Maybe she remembered something from her days trying to survive in Turkey and that made her snap at the other dog who had her bone.
She has met four dogs so far while with me and had no problems with any of them. Wagged tails, sniff, sniff, and on to checking out other things. Given what we know, she would probably be best as an only dog.
She is kennel trained, although I haven’t used it since a few days after she arrived. She has been a perfect guest! Not an accident, doesn’t get into anything, no barking. She lays either at the front door (window) or in the front of my house on a tie out and a dog bed and just observes!
She is not a runner. Loves people. Flips over for tummy rubs. Sits nicely. Doesn't jump on you, counter surf, or touch things that aren't dog toys. She also sits on the couch in the back of my house watching all the wildlife—birds, ducks, deer, raccoons, fox—she has great eyesight!
We walk 4 - 5 times a day for about 10 - 15 minutes each, sit and watch TV at night after her dinner. She doesn't really cuddle or kiss—just likes a part of her body to be touching you. She sits nicely and loves to be pet and have her ears rubbed!
I leave her several times a day now, free in my house, anywhere from an hour to six hours.
This is what I think Harriet needs in her forever home:
- A fence would be nice, but not necessary—I just know how much she loves being outside...
- She needs work (a Gentle Leader) to walk without pulling—she is strong!—but she can’t be taken for runs or long walks because of her hips.
- Children age 10+ who are dog smart and will not feed her treats or take things from her. I have been teaching her "gentle" when I give her a treat, but she is not there yet.
- She has not been cat tested.