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!

Challenge 1: Sunny versus Stairs

I had started writing daily updates on Sunny, but realized I just didn’t have the energy to work full time, provide Sunny with the attention he needed, and blog daily as well. If you follow me on Facebook (personally or through Dream Big, Bark Loudly’s official page) or on Instagram, then you’ve been getting daily updates anyway! Adoptable Retriever, SunnyI will, however, still share the big accomplishments, the funny stories, and the incredible changes as they happen. First: the ‘huge’ accomplishment that is going up and down stairs.

Last Saturday when I brought Sunny home, he was what we rescue folks call ‘terrified’. He had to be carried from the back seat of my car, up stairs, and over to my front door. If I hadn’t had to unlock the door and open it, I would have carried him straight into the living room.

Adoptable Sunny's First Day in FosterSunny had a few hours to settle in and sniff around before Michael got home from the football game. At that point, we decided it was time to take the dogs out and feed them. Sunny wore a martingale collar so he could get used to the feeling of something around his neck, and I hooked the leash to his harness.

As always, Lana ran out the door first with Michael, and Sunny and I brought up the rear. About 5 feet from the stairs, our little foster boy dropped to the ground and refused to move. I didn’t think too much about it, just picked him up and carried him down stairs. However, after several more walks where that 48 pound little mess had to be carried up and down stairs, my thighs and back were killing me. No more!

Adoptable Retriever, Sunny, is looking for a forever home in Florida.

But I cannot say enough good things about Sunny and his desire to please. We spent about 15-20 minutes, treats in hand, going up one stair at a time. And, by Sunday night, Sunny could slowly traverse the stairwell on his own. A week later, he can keep up with the rest of the family! With him, the most important part of training is the praise.

Adoptable Retriever, Sunny, is looking for a forever home in Florida.

If you had asked me then, I would have said it would take Sunny a good week to figure out the stairs. I am beyond thrilled that with just one training session he picked it up. Sunny is treat motivated and smart. And like so many retrievers, he lives to please his handler. With lots of praise and positive training, Sunny is a joy to train. This little boy is amazing and will be ready for a home in no time. Even if his future family lives upstairs.

Adoptable Retriever, Sunny, is looking for a forever home in Florida.

We need to focus on confidence building before we tackle tricks, but this experience has me convinced he’ll be ready for a home in no time. Sunny came to us with so much to learn, and in just one week he has already come so far. I cannot wait to see this boy reach his potential.

Hiatus – O V E R



Goodness, this place is deserted. And who is to blame? Me. Totally me. I may have scared a few people away when I went MIA.


IT’S CALLED A HIATUS! This just means I’m basically like a screenwriter.

But really, did you want me rambling on when I didn’t even have a foster dog? Where’s my credibility? Where’s the excitement? Just me and my perfectly trained angel of a dog – that’s not blog-worthy. Even if I am being a little sarcastic. A smidge sarcastic, tops.

It’s okay though. Because, my friends, WE’RE BACK!

YESSSSMostly. I didn’t get to pull a dog on my own yet. Turns out I get insanely excited about BIG ideas and then panic when it comes time to execute. And the dog I wanted to pull has bad joints and I live on the third floor, which seemed like not the ideal environment. So instead, I’m back with the fabulous Florida-based rescue, Aussie and Me. See Brody, the Aussie I almost stole foster-failed.

I don’t know for sure which dog I’m taking. I put in a request, and specifically begged to not take any puppies. I still haven’t forgotten how awful it was to house break Lana. Therefore, I don’t have pictures yet. But, this entire process was finalized today and I will have the new kid on SATURDAY; sometimes these things have to move pretty fast.

So, I will be back soon with pictures, an introduction, and a little bit of gibberish. You know, the usual.

-Kayla and Lana

Find-A-Friend Friday – Family Edition!

Hello, all! I see you survived the week! Excellent news.

You want more excellent news? I promised my friends at the Gadsden County Humane Society that I’d feature some of their adoptable animals for this week’s Find-A-Friend Friday. And I have just the little family in mind!

Find-A-Friend Friday | Dream Big, Bark LoudlyMeet Sunshine (momma) and Ruby (baby). Aren’t they the cutest real life example of Pete and Repeat? I just adore the bottom picture – it screams ‘like mother like daughter’. Not to mention, I swear Sunshine looks like a dog I used to LOVE at daycare. I think she was a Border/Lab mix.

sunshine and pupsBut wait, there’s more! Sunshine actually has three little adoptable puppies! Mabel and Pruitt are also in foster with GCHS looking for forever homes. How precious are these dogs. It should be clear that’s why this adorable little family pulled at my heartstrings. Are they tempting you, too?


There is another special duo at the Gadsden County Humane Society that could use some good vibes this week. Axle and Sasha have been in foster for what feels like forever! They even have their own Facebook page! It sounds as though these lovely siblings would prefer a home together. Here’s what GCHS has to say about them:
“Axle and Sasha are a brother/sister duo looking for a home with no young children. They love attention and playing with other dogs but are easily scared. They need someone special that will take the time to get to know them and allow them adjust to their new home.”

Find-A-Friend Friday | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

This is Axle. Both he and Sasha need a forever home with a loving, easy-going, and patient family.

Find-A-Friend Friday | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

Sasha and Axle enjoying a walk together! Look how nicely they posed!

If you know someone in the market for some stellar siblings, or an absolutely adorable mom and pup team, please share Sunshine, Ruby, Axle, and Sasha with them! And, check out the Gadsden County Humane Society Facebook to see more adoptable animals.

Another dog in need of a foster/adopter

I’m not going to lie, I’m seriously considering signing up for this girl, myself. I don’t need another dog right now, but she’s fluffy, she’s big, and judging by her picture I’m guessing she likes to swim!

This is what RESCUE looks like | Dream Big, Bark Loudly

In fact, here’s what her rescue, Aussie and Me, has to say about her:

“Molly is a beautiful 2 yr old Border Collie/St. Bernard mix who is needing a new home and/or foster home. She is an owner surrender only because her owner’s schedule has changed and she is not getting what she needs and is spending too much time on her own. Because of this, it has caused her to regress in her housebreaking skills and she is spending her days in boredom. Once Molly finds a new place where she will have someone pay more attention to her, we are confident that Molly will return back to being her happy normal self.Molly has a very gentle temperament and a loving personality. We will be conducting a complete temperament test and evaluation so we can properly place Molly so she does not end up in the shelter (which is something the owner is considering.) If you are interested in foster/adopting Molly, please send an email to Molly is located in Sarasota, FL and can be transported within reason. (R)”