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Living Withan Adolescent Dog

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By Laura Yurchak

I lived with older dogs for many years. The day we brought our Border Collie, Tasha, to be cremated, I got a call from Beth at Safe Harbor Humane Society. She said that a 7-month-old Border Collie was surrendered and she was concerned about him being cooped up in a kennel run. She asked if I could foster him. Later that afternoon we went over to see Harley, the Border Collie. George, my husband, was okay with the thought of fostering Harley but we needed to have a day or two to grieve our Tasha. On Tuesday of the following week, Harley became our next foster dog.

Harley is a fun loving, crazy, adolescent dog that is full of energy. He constantly makes us laugh. In fact, he is more entertaining than the TV. We are learning how to live with an adolescent dog again. Every time we leave the house we check to see if it is “Harley proofed”.

Harley loves my shoes and socks. I haven’t had to worry about completely closing closet doors for many years. I do now! I never get mad at him for hunting out his favorite closet items. I just laugh and think to myself, “I left that darn closet door open again!” So far, I have tossed away two pairs of sandalsand two pairs of tennis shoes are gnawed on. I don’tthink I have more than two or three pairs of socks thatdon’t have Harley holes. I have to do a better job ofclosing my closet door.

I would have a counter surfer on my hands if our Terradidn’t teach us to keep the counters free of food.Harley will not get the chance to rehearse taking foodfrom the counter since we don’t give him theopportunity to do so. He will grab a washcloth fromthe tub and prances around with it in his mouth.George and I just laugh at him. He looks at us as if tosay, “Here you go, I saved it just for you.”

Pencils and pens have joined the endangered items list.I am amazed at the way he can crumble a pen intopieces and doesn’t get full of ink. Since hairsprayworks great on getting out ink stains, the clean-up is a snap.

We no longer have to pick up the sticks in the yard since Harley mulches them for us. He started just a little bit of digging but it hasn’t continued. If the digging starts up again, we will get Harley a sand box to dig in.

Harley entertains himself with his toys and playing with our cat and Brandy, our foster dog. He throws his toys in the air and pushes his balls all over the place. He shares the food ball with his friend Brandy. Talk about how smart dogs are! Harley pushes the food ball around and Brandy helps him eat what falls out. It keeps them both busy!!!

Harley entertains himself with his toys and playing with our cat and Brandy, our foster dog. He throws his toys in the air and pushes his balls all over the place. He shares the food ball with his friend Brandy. Talk about how smart dogs are! Harley pushes the food ball around and Brandy helps him eat what falls out. It keeps them both busy!!!

Living with an adolescent dog has its challenges but it is also very rewarding. Harley has mended my broken heart and has given me the joy of loving a dog to my fullest again. Harley is now a Yurchak. I look forward to our life together.



Posted: 5/1/2009 | Updated: 4/14/2011

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