Update Received October 2014: Harmon is the most wonderful addition to our little family and we love him so, so much! Since our last communication, Harmon has grown a lot! He's now 45 pounds, but still thinks he's just a little guy... he seems to enjoy "mountain climbing" on us as we're playing with him or laying in bed. He completed his first round of training at Canine Coach! in Minneapolis, and did super well (except for peeing on his teacher the first night...). :) He listens super well and is now finally getting the hang of "shake."
Harmon is very loved by our families. Our parents call him their "grandpuppy" and spoil him accordingly! He also has two doggy "aunts" and a doggy "uncle" that he gets to play with! They run and wrestle and love being together. They are so fun to watch. Harm also enjoys the dog park nearby, adventuring through Ritter Farm Park, or walking in downtown Lakeville, where he may get the occasional ice cream treat. This summer we took him swimming at the lake many nights, though he's still getting the hang of that. If his doggy aunt is there, he will usually jump right in-- he just needs the encouragement! :) He still has a lot of energy so we like to wear him out as much as we can!
We couldn't have asked for a dog with a better temperament! He is definitely our companion! He absolutely MUST be with us at all times when we're at home. :) Either snuggled up next to us on the couch or sitting on the rug in the kitchen while we cook, he just loves to be with us, which is really special to us. He also loves blankets (he will even drag one around the house occasionally), sticks, and playing tug. He also assumes that every person he sees wants to be his friend! If he sees someone walking, he wants to meet them!
We could not be more thankful for our little fur baby and are so appreciative of your heart to give these pups a home until they find their forever home! Thanks for everything you do! Attached are some pics of our baby for you to enjoy! :)
Update Received May 2014: I just wanted to give you an update on our new pup and how he's been doing in his new home! "McGraw's" new name is Harmon-- after the Twins baseball player Harmon Killebrew. We're big baseball fans! :) He has been showered in love by us and by his grandparents and aunts and uncles.
Harmon's first night went super well! He slept almost five straight hours with no whining! The nights after the first have been less smooth, but on average he's slept two hours between getting up to go outside. Last night was the first night we had zero crying when he was placed in his kennel (which sits next to our bed) and a full night of sleep! What a pleasant surprise for us! :) Potty training is going pretty well, with only a few accidents here and there. We've started "bell training"-- which is something both our parents do with their dogs-- to help him associate going outside with going potty. We've hung a small bell by our door and "help" him ring it each time we go outside. If he ever rings it, he gets to go out! It's a long, sometimes obnoxious, process, but we've seen it work really well with our families' dogs.
We are so happy with the new addition to our family and love Harmon so dearly! He plays so well and is starting to learn that walks are about walking, and not about eating everything he sees off the ground. ;) Probably our favorite thing about him is his post-play snuggles. After every play session, when he feels he's "done," he crawls into one of our laps and takes a nap. He also loves snuggling with us on the couch while we're working or watching tv! We're excited for him to meet the other dogs in our families and meet new puppy friends!
We cannot thank you enough for your servant heart in rescuing and fostering and bringing this little dude into our lives! We just love him so much!