|Sleeping in bed with Carter.|
|Harper eyeing the cake at her first birthday party.|
|From the size of the kids, I'm guessing this was Harper's 9th birthday.|
|Climbing a vertical wall to get to Ty.|
|For some reason Ty trained her to jump onto his back.|
We have a bench in our entryway and she would always lay on it to wait for us to come home when we were gone. It took me a while to realize what was happening because she'd always get down to greet us at the door but anything I may have laid on the bench would have been knocked on the floor. When she got sick she couldn't jump up there anymore so she'd lay on the tile by the front door.
She loved wearing costumes because she knew she'd get more attention and pets while wearing them.
|Halloween party, costumes for all!|
|Harper's first Halloween costume.|
|Bunny ears for Easter.|
|Her Mrs. Claus costume on Christmas. Carter always loved getting her to walk through the door of his play house.|
|Valentine's Day! In pictures like this I'm rubbing her neck to reward her, not choking her out!|
She would eat anything Carter handed her. Usually it was food but she'd even eat grass or leaves if he handed it to her. He thought that was great fun!
She loved to play with Skippy. When Skippy first moved in with us in Lamar, he would stand on the kitchen table and wait for Harper to walk by. Then he'd reach down and slap her on the back as she walked through. It was so funny to see her surprised reaction!
|Skippy hated car rides and would howl. If she sat on his carrier he'd calm down, so she always did!|
One time I was in the shower and the power went out. I was scared so I started calling for Harper but she wouldn't come because she hated taking baths. Out of desperation I called for Skippy but it was so dark I couldn't see that he had come. When I stepped out of the shower, I stepped on him because he came when I'd called him!
Carter always wanted Harper to be included in games. So many times she was part of a birthday party for his stuffed animal where he'd feed her cake or she'd have to sit in the wagon with him. She was always a good sport about it too. When Carter was little he blamed stuff on her a lot too which was funny. Anytime he tooted, he'd try to pass it off as her.
|Carter said she looked cold and tucked her under a blanket.|
She always loved Carter so much. When he was a baby she always followed him from room to room and laid with him. She'd let him pull her fur and her tail and she would just keep laying there. She never moved away from him.
She also loved Elise but by then was a bit older and a little more wary of sharing her life with another child. She still followed her around and laid with her all the time. She always knew where her babies were and would check on them.
For some reason she loved Ty's brother, Paul, even though Paul doesn't really like dogs. She'd run to him and jump on him whenever she saw him and you could see him awkwardly unsure of what to do.
|Paul carefully stepping around Harper so as not to disturb her.|
|Probably attempting to lick Rocky's face.|
She did tend to be a bit of a sandbagger on runs though. Often times she ran much faster on the way back to the car or the house because she knew we were on our way back.
When we first moved into our house she had this long weiner dog plush she loved and would run around the house with. It was so cute and I loved seeing which room it was in when I returned home from work.
Thomas used to pick her up over his head and say she was going, "fly fly". She didn't mind and would just hang out.
|Harper going fly fly.|
When she was a puppy I put a gate up at Christmas time to keep her out of the room with my Christmas tree while I was gone. She knocked the gate down while I was at work and chewed up a couple presents.
She loved cats and had a special excited bark she only used when she saw a cat.
The only time she didn't pull on a leash was when one of the kids was holding her leash. She was so good for the kids and loved to walk with them.
After baths she would do what we deemed her "crazy dog". She'd run through the house, jump on furniture, and just act crazy. Carter would get so excited to watch her after her baths.
She loved to run super fast hot laps in the backyard. When it snowed she'd do her crazy dog outside in the snow. I got some awesome pictures of Carter in his first real snow laughing over Harper doing hot laps in the snow.
I may add more memories later as they come to me, these were just the ones that I thought of as I wrote this. If you have any memories for me to add, please leave a comment and I will add them. I wish she was here for her 11th birthday but I am so glad we got to celebrate 10 of them together. She was a wonderful dog who brought so much love and joy into my life. I am grateful she was my companion during the 2 years I lived alone and beyond.