Sunny’s Progress (And A Foster Plea)

Sunny has come a long way since he joined our little pack. Just a couple of small issues to fix and he’ll be ready for his forever home! Unfortunately, terrible lighting in my new apartment means I don’t have very many good pictures of my handsome boy, but I assure you, a photo shoot is on the to-do list.

Adoptable Golden mix, Sunny

Adoptable Golden mix, Sunny, is ready for a forever home! Through Aussie And Me Animal Rescue.

Sundance has learned a few ‘tricks’ while he’s been here. More importantly, he has learned how to be a good indoor dog. Thankfully, he came to us potty trained. Now he noses his leash when he needs to go outside, walks very nicely on leash, and knows bed time means going into his crate (which also means a treat!).

Adoptable Golden mix, Sunny

Sunny knows his crate is where he can go to rest and stay warm in these “harsh” Florida winters.

Sunny, like Lana, now sits for his food without having to be asked. He comes when called and is learning to shake ‘hands’. I am also happy to report that he lets me brush his teeth!

Adoptable Golden mix, Sunny

Sunny is a joy to foster. Easily one of my easiest fosters to date.

Sunny is mild mannered, super sweet, and between his love of food and love of his people, he is incredibly easy to train. Though I’ve never owned a Golden Retriever before, his attitude is exactly as I imagined their trademark easy-going demeanor. He would make an excellent companion for a first time owner or a low energy household. Just give him some toys and he’ll entertain himself!

Adoptable Retriever, Sunny, is tired of waiting for a forever home

Sunny is tired of waiting for his forever home! Won’t you share him so he can find his family?

So he’s pretty much perfect, right? Basically! All he needs before he can be adopted is to be neutered (already scheduled for this Tuesday) and to be de-wormed again. Easy enough!

Adoptable Retriever, Sunny is easy going and so sweet.

When he isn’t playing or begging to be petted, he is usually found napping.

So maybe you’re thinking “I should adopt this dog“. Yes! Go for it! Just fill out an adoption application on the Aussie and Me website and tell them Sundance sounds like a long lost member of your family! Or, maybe you’re thinking “Geez, what a cool dog! I can’t adopt a dog right now, but I sure wish I could temporarily have a dog like this one”. Oh boy, do I have good news for you! Sunny’s former housemate, Joe, needs a new place to go! He’s currently in a wonderful foster home, but he needs something a little… different. Both Sunny and Joe were beat up on by other dogs in their old home. Sunny and Lana get along well, but Joe is afraid of his large foster sibling. He needs a foster home with a calm, smaller dog or no dog at all. I’ve never met him, but am told he also acts like your typical Golden.

Joe, an adoptable Golden mix needs a calm foster home and some TLC

Joe must find a new foster home where he can feel safe and loved. Please share to help him find a new foster home!

Isn’t he gorgeous?! If you’re interested in helping this handsome boy blossom into his true self, please contact me or send a message to Aussie and Me either via e-mail or Facebook. He is currently in Jacksonville but I imagine he could travel a little for a good home.

What can you do to help animals? A lot, actually!

New Year, No Fear

As I was preparing for work tonight it occurred to me I hadn’t posted in a while. I wrote a post about Lana’s health issues, but didn’t want to upload it until the drama was done. (It is now, I just forgot to do it.) Anyway, so as I was considering this, Pandora sent me a message in the form of a song. “Better Days” by The Goo Goo Dolls popped up. It’s a beautiful song, especially around this time of year. And you know what? It kind of fits the theme of Dream Big.

Go ahead, give it a listen. And while you do that, think about the message very seriously. I think it is important for all people, and all creatures, to feel loved. Especially shelter dogs. Couldn’t you just imagine a newly adopted dog making this plea in his head, hoping the others who were in the shelter with him could also find homes?

And you asked me what I want this year
And I try to make this kind and clear
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

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A mom and one of her pups in Chipley, Florida. (Image links to their Facebook.)

‘Cause I don’t need boxes wrapped in strings
And designer love and empty things
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

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A senior mix at the Tallahassee, FL shelter. (Click image for link.)

So take these words and sing out loud
Cause everyone is forgiven now
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again

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I need someplace simple where we could live
And something only you can give
And that’s faith and trust and peace while we’re alive

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A Dachshund at the Hillsborough Co. FL shelter. (Click for link.)

And the one poor child who saved this world
And there’s 10 million more who probably could
If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them

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Female in Hillsborough Co. FL shelter. (Click for link.)

So take these words and sing out loud
Cause everyone is forgiven now
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again

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Affectionate cat in Hillsborough Co. FL. (Click for link.)

I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days

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Female mix (with mange?) in Hillsborough Co. FL. (Click for link.)

So take these words and sing out loud
Cause everyone is forgiven now
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again
Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again

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*Most animals featured in this post are adoptable (and urgent)! Adoptable pets have links to their shelters and a very brief caption. All others animals shown were rescued.