For part one, click here: Adopting Pongo
For part two, click here: Bringing Home Sonnig
Similar to Sonnig, I too was born in Penang and was brought to Taiping at a very young age. I think I was just a year old.
|View of Taiping Maxwell Hill from behind my house at sunset.|
|Welcome to Rain Town Sonnig! His first rainy day in Taiping.|
I can only imagine what life would be like for Sonnig in the shelter. Not much space to run around, being confined most of the time, the toilet is their living space and not much contact with grass. I couldn't wait to see how he adjusts to life in his new home where there are plenty of space and grass to run around.
|Our first encounter. After that, this puppy was always on my mind.|
|Now he has all the space he needs to stretch out those long legs and run laps around the house.|
It took some time for him to adjust, but adjust he did. First few days I had to toilet train him to go on the grass cause he was already used to doing his business on cement. It didn't take long for him to understand cause after a few treats later, he never had an accident.
Due to his hyper energy, my initial thought was that it would be very difficult for me to train him. It took a lot of patience, but Sonnig is amazingly smart! He would learn something new every day and he learn them fast. The basic obedience was done in a week and I used German commands as well as hand cues. Sit, lie down and stay. Next came the tricks.
|It's so easy to feed my dogs now that I've done obedience training. Thank You Cesar Millan!|
In my lifetime before I had Sonnig, I've only successfully trained one dog to shake hand and the other to fetch. It's funny that only one dog knew one trick and not the other no matter how hard I try to teach them both the same trick. Amazingly with Sonnig, not only did I succeed with both those tricks, I even got him to roll over and balance food on his snout! He isn't a pure breed and I'm no dog trainer, but we did it! Together!
|It took a lot of trial and error, patience and persistence, but we did it!|
|Like a pro...|
My family did not accept him the way I did and Sonnig could feel the tension, which made things even worse. What can I say, he was a work in progress and we needed a lot of time to make things happen. He isn't a poodle or a border collie, so why do you expect so much from him? There were so many fights and debates, where I had to persistently convince my family he just needed more chew toys and for them to interact with him.
|Worst accident ever. Squirrel got the better of him and crashed into an unused aquarium.|
|His favorite thing to do in the mornings. Staying true to his name, he appreciates a sunny morning everyday.|
Today, Sonnig has a new girlfriend and spends most of his days sleeping, eating and having fun goofing around in his destined to be forever home. This may be the end of this story, but we still got lots of adventure waiting for us, meaning more chapters to fill.
Till next time...
P.S: The new 'My Pet Story' post regarding Sonnig just got published. To read it, simply press here: MY PET STORY-SONNIG THE RAMBUTAN KING
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