"When she first got here, she was pretty despondent and aloof," McCutchen said. "She was interested in humans in that she would look at us, but she didn't initiate any interaction, and she didn't seem to want any interaction for the first several days."
After about a week, Harriet started walking up to the front of her kennel, which McCutchen recognized as a good sign. "Some of the other dogs won't even do that - they just stay back in their kennels, with their backs against the walls," she said.
The staff tried taking Harriet outside into the play yard, but getting her there was not easy. "We had to carry her out, because she didn't know how to walk on a leash," McCutchen said. "None of them do."