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Sex: Female neutered
Age: 2.5 years
Type: Mixed breed
Location: Foster home - Farnborough, Hants
Live with children: Yes - 10 years+
Live with dogs: Yes - under 9 years old. Sociable.
Live with cats: Yes
Special Requirements: Calm patient family to show her life is now good. A sociable, settled adult dog in the home.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £400
Harlequin arrived into the UK 6th September and bless her she was so shy and afraid of being out of the Crete shelter prison.
Harlequin lived together with a pack of dogs, over the last 18 months we have taken many dogs from the shelter, it was now finally Harlequin's turn.
Harlequin was very shy, but as with all the dogs who have left the shelter, a few days they start to relax and enjoy life.
Harlequin is still shy and timid and will need some time to adapt, but she will and will be a wonderful happy fun girl. Her adopters will need to understand she is still a work in progress but with time she will be fantastic.
Harlequin likes the company of other dogs so we feel another sociable dog under 9 years in the home will be a benefit to her.
With the right boundaries and guidance he will all easily adjust and make a great family pet. We ask our adopters to be 100% sure they are ready to commit to the training and time required.
IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO MEET / ADOPT NOW PLEASE DO NOT APPLY AS WE ARE A SMALL TEAM AND NEED TO PRIORITISE FAMILIES READY.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's name: Harlequin
Where does Harlequin sleep at night?
She has the option of sleeping in her bed, which is next to mine, or she can sleep on my bed. She varies each night.
How is Harlequin with current pets?
Harlequin, or Harley for short, is in foster with another dog who is quite placid. To start with she relied on him a lot for confidence but as times gone on she’s gained her own independence. She has tried playing with Patch and loves to run down the garden with him.
Harley also lives with a cat, she's quite scared of him, but they have touched noses a few times.
Is Harlequin clean indoors?
Is Harlequin out on walks and how does she walk on lead?
Harley is out on walks and loves being out and about even though she can be easily startled. She can pull a little bit on the lead, but with a few reminders she walks nicely again.
Has Harlequin met with other dogs?
My my job means that Harley is out meeting lots of different types of dogs. She definitely seems more comfortable in the presence of dogs, she likes to follow them and sniff at same spots.
She has done a few air snaps with boisterous or very playful dogs just because she feels overwhelmed it doesn’t take her long to warm up to them.
How is Harlequin with humans?
Harlequin is very timid around people especially those she doesn’t know.
In the home- when she first came to our house she would stay in one spot for the entire time hoping not to be seen. I had to use a lead and encourage her to come out for toilet breaks.
In the week that we've had her I've seen her confidence slowly increase, she will now wander into other rooms in the house. She now walks through the house but can be easily startled if people are moving around, or we have a guest. She’s still reluctant to approach anyone but does sometimes allow us to approach her for tickles.
Outside - she is very wary of people on walks and will do a wide birth to avoid them. If I’m walking with a friend she seems more relaxed and on occasion allowed people to give her head tickles.
Has Harlequin been left alone?
So far she can be left for up to 1hr - she seems to just sleep the whole time.
Have you noticed Harlequin is afraid of any particular things?
Harley is scared of a lot of things, many of which have been mentioned above, e.g. people and bouncy dogs.
Harley can also be startled by noises both inside, such as the tv or the washing machine being turned on. She is improving with time and exposure.
The perfect family for Harlequin
The ideal family for Harley would be one which is prepared to put the hard work in with a dog who at first won’t show her love towards them, but over time will. The family needs to be active active and enjoy walks as this will be key to helping Harley overcome her people fears.
Her new family need to be confident that they can deal with a dog who, initially, is a flight risk and needs some tough love to help her overcome fears. Equally her family need to be loving and provide her with a safe calm home. She has shown interest in toys so with time would love someone who will play with her. She can live with children over 12.
I think Harley would love to live with another dog who can help her build her confidence. She could also live with cats.