Harrison - a.k.a. "Scrappy Doo"
Newest update: August 2016
Scrappy, formerly known as Harrison, is such a sweet, bouncy dog! He is approximately 1.5 years old. He has a shiny black coat perfect for petting, and has an adorable tail that curls right over his back. He wants everyone to know that he may be a small package, but he is a marvelous guy with a big personality.
His foster mom tells us he is far more puppy-ish than adult dog.
His foster mom says, "We have puzzled and puzzled over his breeding. Surely it is more than a couple of breeds. We have decided whatever he is, the combination is something akin to Jack Russell Terrier/ Bull Terrier or bulldog. He gets very excited about almost everything – going for rides in the car, going for hikes, going to do chores, meal-time, being invited to snuggle... And when he's excited you can't help but giggle at him. He practically dances! His front paws alternate in rapid succession and he just gets so darned animated!!
He is a most accomplished flusher of rodents, or anything that is hiding in the grasses. He also fancies himself a herder with the horses, but has demonstrated excellent listening skills and restraint when redirected.
Scrappy's ideal home would be one that has another young dog to play with, older children would be good if they are at least 12 years old and experienced with being respectful with dogs, dog savvy, and ACTIVE. Here at the farm we are always on the go and this has allowed Scrappy to have much better focus and attention during training. The home also needs to be with adults that understand that it is necessary to be leaders for Scrappy. He is an amazing dog, but seems eager to take over the leader role if not told clearly that it is not his place.
We have found that having him on leash in the house at first, basically directing his every move, being able to correct his behaviors before they become an issue, and using lots of positive reinforcement has allowed us to become humans he looks up to and respects. He knows to sit and ask for permission to snuggle and he understands that he must sit and wait to be asked in or out of the door when it is opened.
We all think he would have a blast with agility and/or obedience classes. He just always looks to connect with his humans and seeks to please them in any way he can think of."
He has some insecurities, especially when it comes to new people and fast-moving little kids. He needs to be managed at the door, as every dog should be (our trainers tell us all the time that dogs should not be answerign the door) and if visitors or delivery people will enter the yard he needs to be on leash . With increased confidence he will continue to improve but he will need continued training and good exercise.
If you are interested in applying for Harrison/Scrappy or any of our dogs, please fill out the application.
Please note: we do not have a physical facility where the dogs are housed. They are cared for in our network of wonderful foster homes throughout New England. Our expectation is that, after being approved by our rescue, the applicant(s) will visit the dog in their foster placement where they are feeling safe and loved.