Hello! I'm Sonny which is short for "The Sundance Kid." but my foster dad lovingly calls me the little monster. I'm your typical 7-month-old GSP with lots of energy, curiosity and a big heart for any human that will love on me.
When I'm inside I love to sit on my bed and watch the humans cook or read while I chew on a bone or my favorite toy. I'm quiet when I'm around them. During the day I like to watch and chase squirrels in the backyard. There's a pecan tree at my foster dad's house that I've taken the responsibility of protecting those pecans from the squirrels till he gets home. He also has sheep and chickens. I don't chase the chickens when he’s looking but I'm super curious and the sheep are just too much for me to ignore. I really want to play with them, but they just run from me. My nose is super active and always leading into bushes, sheds, and other interesting places. My foster dad says not to follow my nose towards anything that smells bad, because I might learn what a skunk is, and he wouldn't like that.
I think I'm pretty smart too. I've learned some human words like SIT. Especially when food is involved. I know BED, because that's my personal comfort space. NO, is a big word that my foster dad used a lot when I got here. I know that whenever he says that word, that I must stop what I'm doing or looking at. I think he calls it a release word. I also know a couple noises like whistles and smooches. Those sounds mean "come here", which means I'm probably going to get my ears or belly scratched and I love that. My foster dad was the happiest when I learned what POTTY meant. I can pretty much do it on command now. There's still lots to learn and I'm eager to please. I like other dogs too.
My foster GSP sister that's 7 has taught me a lot about dog language so I'm comfortable with dogs older and younger. I've heard of cats but never seen one so I'm not sure how I would do. Foster Dad says I have a high prey drive so sharing a house with a younger cat may not be good but an older one that is dominant may help. I wasn't the dominant one between my brothers so I'm not that type. I will let others eat before me. I've almost figured out the leash and will pull a bit at first or when my nose tells me to go somewhere but I'm starting to understand it. I also know how to stay in an invisible fence!!! I think I have a lot of great qualities, but as I am still a puppy will need someone to continue my training.
Sonny's Foster Dad here: I think Sonny will be a great dog for someone that can give him the time and training. He's smart and needs the attention. He doesn't have anxiety or fears of being left alone. He just wants the engagement that so many GSP's need. He likes to be outside during the day and inside at night. I've taken him to work with me a couple times and he does well in groups with people and strange dogs. He's catching up quickly to where I think he should be for his age when it comes to training but still needs some work and time. I think he would benefit from a family with no other dogs or 1 other older dog but not a pack. He's a beautiful dog with lots of personality and is healthy. He runs well on trails and would make a great hiking partner. He needs a forever home and a family or person to attach to and he will be a very responsive and loyal dog for that forever family.
Sonny is UTD on all vaccines and microchipped, so his adoption fee is $575. If interested in Sonny, please fill out an adoption application.