Sunny got off to a rough start - mats, fleas, ticks, torn off nail, kennel cough, neutering, neutering infection (had to wear the dreaded cone for three weeks!). After having him for only ten days, his 'rescuer' fell and broke her hip and was unable to continue caring for him. My daughter kept Sunny for those first weeks. Sunny and her lab quickly bonded with each other. When she had to leave to work in another town, Sunny came to us. Sunny loves our dogs too and we have doodle wrestling and zoomies daily. What entertainment! Sunny is 'training' our other dogs to give him the toy by annoyingly barking at them. There have been a couple of scuffles over high value toys so they have been removed. You can click on any of these pictures to make them larger for details.


Sunny has the perfect temperament. He is very playful when it is playtime and very calm when it isn't. While he loves doggy friends, he adores people and loves nothing more than a good snuggle. He is not fazed by little children, barking dogs, car rides, traffic, visits to restaurants, etc. He is afraid of human aggressive behavior - my daughter-in-law was play growling with her baby and Sunny growled and pushed at her to protect the baby who was laughing through it all. He also showed fear growling when my son came into the house in his motorcycle gear but when he spoke calmly to him and offered his hand, Sunny was fine.
He is perfectly night crate-trained and when he wants your attention in the morning he gives a very polite quiet woof; like whispering, "Good morning. Could I get up now?"
We have a doggy door and Sunny has had no accidents in our house - he has restricted access/leash supervision to any areas outside of the den/kitchen, because he is still marking in 'new' areas. I truly think this will fade over time and with familiarity of his home.
When left alone Sunny panics and tries to dig his way out, but when left with any human or dog, he is perfectly fine. We haven't tried crating him and leaving but I suspect he might be perfectly fine rather than anxious. I don't want to try it yet simply because he has been through so much in his short year of life I don't want to deliberately test his anxiety.
Now about food. Sunny is exactly like Clancy was when we got him as a rescue. Sunny would probably eat until he was sick. He has learned to sit before being released to eat - he has not mastered the 'wait' part yet, so we lightly hold his collar until we release him. Currently we have a ball in Sunny's bowl to slow down his gobbling. I suspect that, like Clancy, once Sunny has a chance to be in a permanent home for a while, he will attain food manners - sit and wait to be released to eat, not gobble, eat only from his dish. I think Sunny will need lots of training to keep him from jumping onto the kitchen table and I suspect that he could jump onto the counters if he really wanted to.

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Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on August 16, 2011 at 11:54pm
My mom is spunky and I hope once she settles in, she will enjoy the activities and companionship of others who have lived the same history she has and understand the same jokes.  We will ensure that she will not be without doggy snuggles, just not her own dog.
Comment by Colleen, Jake & Baxter on August 16, 2011 at 11:35pm
Thanks for sharing.  My own MIL is 91 and at  88 was in a car accident and broke both legs in numerous places.  Dr's said she would never walk but she proved them wrong (cause she is soooo stubborn!).  She has dementia and is in assisted living.  I just thought your mom showed a lot of spunk :o) and I hope your dogs can visit and snuggle with her eventually.
Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on August 16, 2011 at 11:19am
Physically my mom is expected to recover, but sadly the fall, anesthetic, medications all took their toll on her 88 year old mind and she is moving to an assisted living facility, and while pets are allowed, we know she could not manage the crating time and potty trips Sunny would need.  The snuggling would be perfect though.
Comment by Colleen, Jake & Baxter on August 16, 2011 at 11:05am
Sonny has come a long way and is well on his way to becoming the dog he was meant to be. I was so sorry to hear about your mom and hope she is on the mend.
Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on August 16, 2011 at 2:44am
So do I.  He seems to be quite calm and one of those dogs who is content to 'love the one they're with.'  He doesn't seem needy for attention like Clancy was, but he really deserves a home where he can have tons and tons of special lovin'.
Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on August 15, 2011 at 11:57pm

Sunny is adorable, I hope his person finds him soon!

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