Whelped August 6, 2016
Harper was whelped here at Semper Fidelis. She was unanimously the pick to stay to move forward with.
Harper is a fun, spunky, confident, sweet, fearless puppy. She is not what I would consider a crazy high energy dog, but she has shown great promise for lure coursing, and also has a great prey drive. Harper has one leg of her AKC Lure Coursing JC. I have also started Harper in the show ring and she earned her first point at the very first show we entered. Harper is a laid back puppy. She has never been really vocal, is not a big whiner, and has really never really been destructive. At 16 months we can leave her out of her crate for several hours while we leave to run errands.
At a week shy of five months of age,
Harper showed her true colors of confidence: After morning puppy class,
we headed to Petsmart for a social visit. It was a busy Saturday with
lots of people in the store. We were approached by a man with his two
teenage sons. The younger boy asked to pet Harper and as he did, the
second older boy, standing only a few feet away, began having a
meltdown. As he thrashed, screamed, and flailed, I recognized that he
I did not snatch Harper up, I kept giving her treats
and telling her she was a good girl. She was not put off, nor bothered
by the screaming boy. As he fell onto the floor in front of us in a
tantrum, Harper continued to be the happy, upbeat, puppy that she is,
watching, but not put off. After a minute, the boy's father took him
down an adjacent isle to get him to calm down. We continued on our way,
meeting a dozen or so more people without issue.
Her ability to take everything in stride and rebound immediately from this incident shows me that the work I put in with this litter was worth every minute.
Harper has met a variety of people, including my 94 year old Grandmother who resides in a nursing home. She has not been put off by smells or strange equipment. She has met people in wheel chairs, power chairs, on crutches, with walkers, in casts and with all sorts of medical anomalies.