Pet-Peeves: People's hands near my head/face, feeling trapped by this leash thingy they put on me.
Favorite Toy: He's crazy for the Everlasting Fun ball (with food inside)
Favorite Food: Not picky
Favorite Walk: ...to the moon and back....for a start!
Best Tricks: Stealing a stick from Pepper, he sit's up and begs,
Arrival Story: Sonny started in New Orleans, was placed in a foster home in Mississippi for 3 weeks, then spent 4 days on a truck to come to Connecticut. He was so hyper from the trip and undersocialized that he did not make a good first impression. I'm a sucker for a sob story and my boys were game - so we took him in to foster. His first impression may not have been good, but he's going all out to improve his image. He's very smart and a eager and willing learner. We reviewed potty training, he knows sit, down and come very well.
After lots of exercise he is calming down and becoming more comfortable. He does very well and is quiet in his crate as long as his needs have been met. He's learning "watch-me" and "stay". For a dog that had not been leashed or walked he's catching on so fast. With the use of food and a head collar we have a very nice LLW! He is learning to go without the head collar. He is not a fast walker and knows I don't stop all the time for sniffing.
Bio: Sonny looks like a 4 or 5 month old Lab puppy. He's short and has baby-soft fur and is just so chubby and cute. But he's older than he looks, about 17 months. I don't know how anyone could resist this cutie, but Sonny has not had the loving attention of people and has little social experience. He has learned his manners quickly. Both my dogs have let him know he's a big boy, not a baby anymore. He has accepted the limits they placed on him and is very respectful.
He was difficult to leash the first time. He isn't sure if it was a game of tug or if he was trapped, rolling around using his mouth like a puppy is so undignified! We have come to an agreement on the matter and he has decided he likes food and my hands near his face and leashing means a walk! Good boy Sonny.
"Nice trade, lady", he's thinking.
While he looks like a perfect mini-English Lab or a Lab puppy, he is part Golden Retreiver part Beagle, (except that he's rather quiet......a good thing.) He bugles a little when he barks an alert. And when he's sniffing or alert he puts up his "bicycle flag" .
He does very well with my 14 year-old handling him (and he's just learning too). So far his favorite playmate is Cricket, my sister's Black Lab. Sonny and Cricket ran all over Cricket's fenced yard playing keep-away with a tennis ball.
He greets everything and everyone with eagerness. He tried and tried to jump into the back of my tall SUV. He fell a few times but was not scared. Boy was he happy when he made it up. He loves to go in the car.
Forums Motto: the world's first blond, agility Beagle
Food dispensing toys: (difficulty)
Twist and Treat (easy)
Everlasting Fun Ball (use her kibble) (easy)
Everlasting Treat Ball (skip the disk, stuff with kibble) (easy)
Premier Kibble Nibble (medium)
Buster cube (medium to hard)
*Waggle or Chuckle (medium to hard)
(Note on the last 2 with *'s...They can be noisy, Tug-a-Jug is hard plastic, give it to her on carpet, or get used to the noise. The Waggle and Chuckle have to be picked up and dropped, the impact propels kibble out for pup to find. Sonny can play this for hours.)
It's been more than 4 months since Sonny joined the family. I'm now the Mother of 5. 2, 2 leggers and 3, 4 leggers. Pepper and I are outnumbered by all these noisy, messy BOYS. (sigh)
Pepper alternately play with Sonny and teases him, or tells him to buzz off while she's catching sunshine.
Sonny has grown! The once tubby little dog that looked foolish trying to keep up, is a leaner, faster and longer legged dog now. He's past his first birthday and all grown up! He has no trouble keeping up with the other 2 dogs now.
He still jumps sometimes. He still has to be reminded about keeping his mouth to himself if he gets over-excited. But his self control is developing better every day.
He loves to swim and play outside. He loves chewing sticks and playing with the Ruff Rock, rubber dog toy.
Still hear, "...he's SOOOO cute!" all the time.
I still respond, "I know that's why I now have 3 dogs.....".
It's been two weeks since we picked up Sonny and I'm afraid I may never get him out of my house. The once snappy, ill mannered pup that did not know how to walk on a leash has become a mellow, sweet boy.
He has a better temperment than either Snickers or Pepper. Easy going.
My Husband says it's a miracle, the boys are so happy with him. Nick is very fond of him, and I think wants to keep him.
When he arrived you couldn't pet him because he would mouth your hands - hard! Heaven forbid you get on the floor, chomp. Any excitement and he used the mouth. Not any more! I can rough-house with him, pet him, kiss his face or snuggle him on my lap.
Well, at least there would be another smart blond in the house.