Nicknames: My Boy, Babbaganush (how do you spell that?)
Birthday: July 1st 2004
Likes: Getting a massage (hey who doesn't like THAT!)
Pet-Peeves: People who are mean to dogs ... JERKS!
Favorite Toy: I'm not sure what toys are for yet ... so I'll get back to ya here ...
Favorite Food: Steak!
Favorite Walk: Around the neighborhood. Its nice and quiet and there is LOTS to sniff!
Best Tricks: My foster Mom says she's happy if I just smile today ... :)
Arrival Story: I am SunDance's foster Mom. SunDance was found as a stray in rural Kentucky and taken to a local shelter. The girls there were wonderful with him. See SunDance appears to have had more negative human experiences than positive ones. He's afraid of new people and environments, but the shelter started walking him and letting him in the office to get socialized. His sad face caught my eye and I couldn't get him out of my mind, so up he came to NJ, into Rogers' Rescues foster program, to get him out of the shelter, into a home environment and continue his way on recovery and eventually into the loving arms of a forever family where he will never have to worry about anyone hurting him EVER again!
Bio: SunDance is super affectionate once he knows you. He adores to be petted and loves to be brushed and touched. More and more we see the happy labby SunDance and less of the scared SunDance. He is gentle, housebroken, has wonderful house manners (no chewing, begging or counter surfing) and is past that hyper lab stage. He gets along great with other dogs and even the cats love him here! It took a few days for him to warm up to us, but now he just loves to be where we are, to follow us in the yard and to go for walks. SunDance is unsure of new places and new people, but is trusting more and more each day. He really is an inspiration. If only we knew what he had to endure in the past 3 years.
SunDance is on the smaller side for a lab, at about 55 pounds. He can stand to gain about 5 pounds.
GOOD NEWS!~ Sundance is adopted!!
No one is sure what Sundance had to endure for the first 3 years of his life. But what we do know is his rescue journey started when someone in Kentucky cared enough to contact animal control to get Sundance off the streets. The first link in his rescue chain. The rescue chain for Sundance grew at the animal shelter where the folks just fell for him and started socializing him best they could. The next step of his journey brought him on a 2 day road trip to NJ that involved lots of transport volunteers. More people added to Sundance's rescue chain. One more link on the rescue chain was me, his foster Mom, who cared for and fell head over heels for this guy over the last 4 weeks. More links were added to his chain as volunteers for Rogers' Rescues conducted admin work by reviewing applications for Sundance and conducting a home visit. And today, the last link in his rescue chain was added. His forever family. A wonderful family, with dog experience, and tons of love and patience for a dog they just met. A new dog bed, new dog bowls, and a new leash all marked the beginning of Sundance's new life. Sundance has the rest of his life to blossom into the happy labby swimming boy we all know is inside.
Sundance's rescue chain is now complete. A long rescue journey for one remarkable dog thanks to lots of wonderful rescue volunteers and one lucky, special family.
Today was quite a big day for me ... the shy one ... as Dogster thrust me into the spotlight by making me the Dog Diary of the Day! Well at first I thought, "oh no" ... I'm too shy for this ... but then I started getting lots of pup pal requests, rosettes and doggie mail and it was really FUN!
So a huge "thank you" to all the dogs and doggie families that wished me luck in finding that special family and who, despite the fact they've never met me, are rooting for me anyway.
SunDance is sleeping peacefully after some dental work today so he asked me to let folks know he is doing wonderfully and feeling good!
SunDance arrived with a broken front canine and some missing teeth as well, all on the same side of his mouth. The shelter he came from said he looked as if he had been kicked or hurt in some way and well, the vet who pulled what was left of the broken canine out of his mouth today, had the same sentiments. Based on his shyness with people, its likely someone kicked or whacked him hard in the face. CAN YOU IMAGINE??
On a positive note, he's doing well and snoozing off into the night after a tough day at the vet. They all loved him there and they let me take the extracted broken tooth home with me. I told Sundance we'll put the tooth under his doggie pillow and hopefully the tooth fairy will come ... He just looked at me, rolled his eyes, and fell back asleep :)
Maybe the tooth fairy will bring him a forever family??