Meet Harry, aka HarBear. This sweet boy lost his home due to Covid. His mom passed away, leaving Harry, two other dogs, and two kitties behind. Worthy Dog took in all three dogs and helped the two kitties find their way to rescue. Harry is now in his foster home, living with four dogs, a cat, and a teenage girl. After a quick sniff and greet, Harry and his foster pack of dogs acted like old friends. He was initially unfazed by the cat but has since started to chase, so he is currently kept separate. He’d probably do best in a no-cat home.
While Harry has quickly acclimated to sharing space with the other dogs, he is most focused on his human. He really wants and values attention from people. Initially, he was anxious in his foster home after losing his home and family, which is to be expected. After a week or two, his anxiousness subsided, but he still stays close to his foster mom’s side. Day by day, he’s learning to enjoy some independent time, exploring the backyard, and playing with his pup buddies.
Harry’s foster mom, Johanna, describes him as a confident and affectionate dog who fancies himself a lap dog and loves to snuggle on the couch. He is house trained and takes potty breaks in the backyard. His foster mom has been using a baby gate to try to contain him, but he will push through the baby gate to get to his human if they are still in the home. She has not yet tried the crate, but it’s a tool that could be helpful. Harry sleeps with his foster parents and their pack in bed at night and is a big snuggler who likes to burrow under the covers. He has no issues sharing space, and takes treats gently too.
Johanna describes Harry as having a moderate energy level and good social skills. He will run with the other dogs, and likes to explore in the woods and chase small critters. He has excellent leash skills and is not a strong puller or reactive around other dogs, and rides well in the car too. He has done well meeting the teens who come to the home, as well as friends and family who visit. He may jump up on visitors in excitement, so Johanna is correcting him and using a spray bottle to reinforce, but he really likes people.
Harry is a pup who needs some guidance and boundaries and would benefit from an owner who knows how to lead. He aims to please and needs a consistent routine and someone to teach him the rules of their home. He’s used to living with other dogs, so a puppy buddy in his new home is preferred.
**Preference will be given to homes with another, social confident dog**
BREED ESTIMATE: Terrier Mix
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 36lbs
APPROXIMATE AGE: ~ 2 years
COAT TYPE: Medium-Scruffy
ADOPTION FEE: $400
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/microchipped
LOCATION: Springfield, VA
FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to https://adopt.worthydog.org and complete the application.
You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to https://foster.worthydog.org and fill out an application.
Worthy Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.