Sleeps with Dogs
 
It was two years ago today,
when a frightened blue Pit Bull appeared at the Sleeps With Dogs' house.
It was late at night and around the young female's neck was
a knotted rope she gnawed through to break free.
 I knew this stray girl needed a name,
so I called her Harriet Tubman because she freed herself.
Harriet spent the night inside the SWD house.

I whisked Harriet to the vet in the morning to check for a microchip and have her health assessed.
No microchip (not that I would've returned her to a neglectful home anyway). 
She was underweight, had mange and was not spayed.
All treatable.
I left the vet's office with meds and hope of finding Harriet a home.
Having not been in this position before, 
I figured finding this youngster a home wouldn't be a problem...
Foster Harriet became this homeless girl's new name.
After Foster Harriet's mange cleared-up and she healed from spay surgery,
she clearly felt better.
It was then I realized Foster Harriet was a wild, untamed whirling dervish of a pooch.
I was blindsided by this high-energy, nutty girl.
You see, DogMa was used to lazy, easily pooped-out dogs. 
Foster Harriet was neither.
For months, I tried to find Foster Harriet a home 
or a rescue with available space (they were all full),
all while attempting to keep my own sanity and limbs with this pawsmanian devilish dog.
Then something pawmazing happened...
Foster Harriet started chasing balls and bringing them back to DogMa.
Over and over.
It saved her life and mine (mostly mine).
The ball provided a welcomed outlet for Foster Harriet's energy
as the search for a home, rescue or other foster continued.
And while I was desperate and overwhelmed at times, 
the only option told to me repeatedly was to dump Foster Harriet at animal control.
That was not an option for DogMa.
Harriet Tubman is a nutty ball of energy.
She is also silly, funny, sweet and supaw smart.
Harriet has several nicknames at the SWD house: 
Tubs, Tubman, Hairball, Hairballsie and Harrry-monster
She is a cuddlebug who insists on sleeping under the covers.
... And DogMa loves her.
After a two year roller coaster ride on The Tubman Express,
today it is official...
Harriet Tubman has found her furever home.
It is right here. 
Kathy
2/7/2013 11:47:51 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!

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2/8/2013 12:23:59 am

YAY TUBS AND DOGMA! I'm so happy to hear this news. <3

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Coleen
2/8/2013 12:36:10 am

I never saw this story turning out any other way :) Yay!!!

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Briana A.
2/8/2013 12:42:07 am

I knew it! Ever since the first post you made about her and those first pics you shared of her I knew she belonged with you and you just didn't see it yet =)

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Kiss
2/8/2013 12:49:01 am

YAY your the best dogma. I am so happy for her and you and the girls.

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Lisa
2/8/2013 01:37:39 am

I love you Harriet Webb <3

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Jaime K.
2/8/2013 01:48:47 am

I am sooooo extremely happy for you! Such a beautiful fur-baby!

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Beth
2/8/2013 01:49:12 am

YAY for Harriet! She is one lucky bitch! I love the ball video, especially how Piggie just sits there. Send my love to the Pig . . . and the wild ones. ;)

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Jennifer H.
2/8/2013 02:03:17 am

Yay! Glad she has a forever home :)

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Alison
2/8/2013 02:32:09 am

What great news! I don't know you or your dog pack, but a part of me loves your dogs and all the pictures you post as if they were my own.

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Nancy Livingston
2/8/2013 06:14:07 am

Yay for the Jackelope HT!

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doctoramz
2/8/2013 06:31:54 am

I'm thrilled that she found you! And that she saved you. :-)

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cecelia blake
2/8/2013 06:34:23 am

Congrats to you both! We have a slightly similiar yet not situation with out girl Liz. Her fb is From Liz to Loved. I struggled with the idea of keeping her, turns out she had been trained and fought and we have other dogs. We fell in love though and decided to make it work. We continue to foster and have 5 of our own dogs counting Liz. She improves daily and the ball was her outlet in the beginning. Though we had to go from the 'I will go thru you to get ball' to the 'Ohhh I drop it and sit and you toss it' phase in baby steps. lol

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rrhoop5469
2/8/2013 12:49:00 pm

We adopted Jessie from the pound on death row back in May to join our family with 2 other dogs. We don't believe she actually "fought", at least not the real fights but you could tell she had pups and she had 1 scare on her face (probably from breeding). My husband thinks she was a breeder and breeders can get mean just by the lifestyle their forced to live. She was only around 2 1/2 when we got her so if that had been her life, glad she has a normal life now. Took 2 months of rotating the dogs to get them used to each other. Now they're all pals. She is dog selective so we have to keep her close (leash) around other dogs just to be safe but she loves people to death. When we got her, the poor girl acted like she didn't even know how to play with a toy. Now she is the master of all masters at toy masacres with cotton going everywhere, lol. She tosses her toys in the air and chases after them. :) It takes a lot of work to adopt a strong type dog (and some little dogs for that matter). But they are so worth it to have a loving normal life.

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kimmie poo
2/8/2013 08:49:37 am

Beautiful! So well-written. A wonderful addition to the SWD house...officially!

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Linda Riesenbeck
2/8/2013 11:41:40 am

Oh Happy Day!!!! I am not surprised that Harriet has found her furever home with the most pawsome DogMa in the world!!! I'm so happy for you, Piggy Rose and Bella, but especially for Harriet...now officially Ms. Harriet Tubman Webb!! You rock Rachel....I wanna be just like you! Love to all of you....XOXOXO

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Melissa Tibbs
2/8/2013 11:51:09 am

I love this story. I'm glad you are keeping her. I bet she planned it that way.

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Von
2/8/2013 11:57:51 am

So happy for everyone involved, including the 4-legged family members!

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Lynn
2/8/2013 12:06:16 pm

That's so cool that her furever home is right there with you... She's a beautiful girl and definately looks like she has a BUNCH of energy... I'm so glad Ms. Tubs is happy and at home...

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rrhoop5469
2/8/2013 12:40:19 pm

Ahhhh, such a sweet & funny story. So glad everything worked out and she got to stay with you and her new play buddies. She looks so happy. I have 3 dogs. A 9 yr old pom-a-poo, an 8 yr old pit mix type and I adopted our 3rd dog (pit type dog). Jessie was due to be put down, on my birthday, at Manhattan AC&C. I live in Ohio. I seen her picture and wanted her so I had someone pull her for me. I drove all the way to the NJ border to get her May 2012. Boy was I in for a rude awakening. Adopting a dog straight out, that hasn't been sent to a foster meant that "I" had to do all the hard work & training. Jessie was NOT dog friendly but she loved people to death, was well behaved & even sat for treats. It took 2 months of rotating cages to get all 3 dogs used to each other, start playing with each other, etc. I thought I was going to lose my mind and would have sworn I was going to have to rehome her. She ended up fitting in really well with our family. Even all the weight that Shadow (the 8 yr old pit mix) lost, has been regained, lol. Seemed it was just as stressful on him as it was on me. Wish more people who adopted from the pound or stray dogs would realize that it takes time and it takes a lot of work. It's only the very, very few that can't be trained and learn to love & thrive in their new loving home.

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Erica
2/8/2013 01:20:35 pm

I'm so happy for her and u,I also knew that it was u all along from the first words of this post that would provide a home with a deep understanding if who she was and she knew that even b4 u I believe I'm grateful another pittie has found a good keep ur head up and remember when ur ready to pull out all ur hair in the chaos of life with our 4legged family members that she will always b there for u as much as u for her amen for ppl like u in this prejudice world

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2/8/2013 03:09:08 pm

Its funny how they sneak in and curl up in your heart, and your bed, on the couch....

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tow allá
2/8/2013 06:55:01 pm

What An awesome story. You did a great thing by keeping her

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Frazz
2/9/2013 03:06:17 am

LOVE this story of the 4-legged Harriet Tubman! Although neither of you knew it that night, Harriet hit the doggie lottery jackpot when she wandered up to the SWD fence & so did you! We may not get the dog we want, but we usually get the dog we need. Thank you for saving her life!

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2/9/2013 10:54:48 pm

Oh my dog that is such pawtastic news! Congratulations Harriet and her new family. (p.s. we love foster failures! )

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Julie
2/17/2013 08:45:39 am

I truly am happy for you both! Great news! Hope all is well.

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