Adopted on 06/07/2014
When Harmony’s owner surrendered her to a shelter, she was pretty fearful but would warm up slowly as she got to know her caretakers. She enjoyed playing in a group of dogs and had lots of energy; but it became evident that her elbows would hurt afterwards. An examination revealed the need for elbow surgery so that would not continue to happen. Once GSRNE had a foster home available and agreed to take in Harmony, the surgery was performed and she was moved into a real home after four months at the shelter.
There were two other dogs in the foster home, and they helped Harmony to fit in and feel at ease. She was on restricted activity while her elbows healed, and she grew to enjoy being handled and cuddled by her foster Mom and Dad. Gradually, she was able to become more active and eventually was allowed to run and play the way she had been itching to do. She loves to fetch a tennis ball and will run right back to you so you can throw it for her again. Once she’s comfortable with a new person, she’ll show you her silly side and will wriggle and turn in circles during a good back rub.
Harmony needed gradual socialization around other people as she continued to learn that only good things will happen. Attending a group obedience class helped her with that; she’s quickly learnt new things and already knows basic commands plus how to touch your hand with her paw on request. She does enjoy getting treats, and they help her focus on the task at hand. She is ready to meet the adopter who will show her patience and love and help her become the happy, silly, fun-loving girl she was meant to be.
UPDATE 11/01/13: We decided to do a DNA test on Harmony to see what she may be mixed with and found that she is 3/4 GSD and 1/4 Finnish Spitz. An interesting combination for her, and this girl is very sweet, goofy, and always happy!