Harper

NJ -

Female -

2 years

Personal Information

Weight:80lbs

Color:Brindle

Ears:Natural

Tail:Docked

Spayed/Neutered:Yes

Shots Up to Date:Yes

Other Dogs:Yes

Cats:Unknown

Children:Unknown

Crate Trained:Yes

House Trained:Yes

Microchipped:No

Individual Needs:Harper would require a yard with a sturdy fence of at least 6 feet. Possible Breed ID: Boxer/Great Dane Mix

Adoption Donation:$375.00

My Story

01.21.2020

I had the pleasure of taking care of Harper for almost 2 weeks while her foster parents were away.  While Harper was with me, I learned a lot about her.  Harper can be very sweet and lovable, goofy and playful and she is very smart.   Harper has a lot of wonderful qualities which all come out once she relaxes and acclimates to her surroundings.  Unfortunately, Harper's nature seems to be very overprotective.  It appears that she willingly accepts everyone in the household, but is leery and unsure of any new people.  After discussing it with her foster family, we feel she acts this way out of fear.  We believe that with patience and training (for the owner as well as Harper) she may, stressing the word MAY here, MAY be able to over come this.  So at this time, we are not recommending she go to a household with small children or even teenagers because all the busy in and out will definitely stress her out.  The ideal environment for Harper would be a home with an older couple who don't have children or a quieter household.  

As far as other dogs go, Harper loved my boxer who is a very tiny and petite 4 year old female boxer.  Like any boxers, sometimes the play was rough, but I never had to intervene or separate them or shut down the play.  I also crated Harper at times to see how she would react, she crated completely fine.  I did gate her in my family room at night and she slept thru the night quietly with no issues.  She does all her business outside and eats her meals when they are served to her.  She responds to her name and comes when called, she also gives paw and sits.  

Harper has been in rescue too long, she needs to find her forever home.  She is still so young and would make a great addition to the right household.   She really is a wonderful dog who just needs a chance to thrive in the right situation.  

01.25.2019

Harper came into rescue several weeks ago.  Her foster mom has been working with her a bit since she is selective about the men that she meets.  She loves women and older teenagers but she hasn't had any exposure to kids in the home.  She is steadily improving with men and it simply requires allowing her the time and space to warm up. that could be several days or even longer.

Harper is a big girl lol  A whole lot more to love I always say-but she doesn't know her own size so she is a bit clumsy lol and since she is really still a baby, folks expect more from her since her body is big but she isn't sure how to manage it!  She responds very well to commands-she will sit on command and stay for a bit (we continue to work on it) and she will give you her paw.  She eats in her crate and sits before presented with the food.

Harper is crate trained and goes in with a treat every time.  She sleeps in her crate at night and is quiet until it's time for the house to rise in the mornings.  She eats three times a day now, but she could be fed twice a day in her new home.  She eats about 6 cups of dog food per day with additions of vegetables, rice, some wet food and/or some yogurt.  She loves food and would eat just about anything.  She was thin when she arrived but has put on some weight and looks good but needs to have that amount of food to maintain her girlish figure!

Check back as we will update her progress!  I almost forgot to say-this girl is absolutely GORGEOUS!  She really is-in fact a couple of the pictures that are posted are simply to show her markings.  She is difficult to photograph as she is pretty much always on the move lol  She is curious and loves to explore her environment.  She also gets along with all the dogs in her foster home and there are 5 who live here all of the time and several more who visit on and off as the foster mom dog-sits.  She has done well with just about all of them.  She is probably best placed with another big male dog.  She gets along with the female in the foster home, but sometimes females do not get along as they get older so we do advise an opposite gender match.

If you think you can provide Harper with the home that she needs, get your application in.  We adopt only into NJ and limited parts of PA/NY and CT (within about 60 miles of Central NJ).

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