Saturday, May 17, 2014

Newest Member of Twins Territory: Harmon!

On March 26, we posted a story HERE about a pregnant dog we called Sophie (we later learned her name is Isis). She lived in Circle Pines a short distance from where the dog Jacob was found injured. We offered help so she could have her puppies in a warm and safe place.

She had 11 black or nearly black with brindle pups and one white one. We came regularly to feed the mama and check on her pups. One day the owner called us in distress because someone or something had stolen the little white pup. Because she was concerned for the safety of the other pups, she surrendered the family to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. We took the mama to the shelter with the promise to wean off the pups, spay mama and return her home again.

When they were big enough, the pups went to All Dog Rescue into Linda’s foster home. As usual they did very well and have been finding their forever homes. Mama Isis was fixed at the April clinic and was returned home. She is a great dog and we came to love her very much. We still visit her and bring her treats and food.

Thank you to our supporters who help us with such a family here in Red Lake.
Sincerely, Karen

Hi Linda,

Hope you've been able to find some rest over the past week in the midst of your efforts to find good homes for the pups! 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.

Harmon went to the vet for the first time this morning and has slept pretty much all day since the appointment! Our vet said he looks wonderful and the tests came back negative for parasites or worms! Yay! He seems a bit sore from his vaccinations, but he was an excellent little patient while we were there! Everyone just loved him!

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! Please let us know if there's anything else you need from us! We'll stay in contact!

K & D

P.S. I forgot to tell you: the Tuesday after we adopted Harmon, Drew tweeted a picture of him with the words, "The newest member of Twins Territory: Harmon!" to the Minnesota Twins, the president of the Twins Organization, and some current players and it was retweeted by the Twins! It got over 14 retweets, 103 favorites, and tons of cute comments from fellow Twins fans. My favorite was "He doesn't look like too much of a 'killer'" :)

Just thought you'd like to hear that! I've attached the picture Drew tweeted as well and one of Harmon helping me study. :)


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