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Scroll down to read about the dogs that have been saved through Sunny Pits. Each dog has an amazing story that will show you why adopted pets rule! Also, we have jokes.

HARLEY

Stats:

Age 6 months

Type Cuddlebug

Weight 50 lbs.

Color Blue-Gray

Gender Male 

Nickname Piglet

Potty Trained? Yes

Crate Trained? Yes

Cute and Cuddly? Yes

Good with people? Yes

Good with dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Not Tested

Special Move

Social Butterfly

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History:

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Status - Adopted:

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DOZER

Stats:

Age 2 yrs.

Type Feisty/Playful

Weight 35 lbs.

Color White

Gender Male 

Nickname Dozey Wozey

Potty Trained? Yes

Crate Trained? Yes

Cute and Cuddly? Yes

Good with people? Yes

Good with dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Not Tested

Special Move

Dish

Those ears can't hear a thing (he is deaf) but it may be the perfect solution for your satellite TV signal

History:

Dozer's story is one of rejection. We don't know where he came from originally, but he spent most of his life in a shelter. He was adopted and returned twice before we finally took him in on a recommendation from Marion County Animal Shelter. Two rejections and one claim of a bite may make you skeptical, but it's most likely that people didn't have the patience for his high energy and play drive. On top of that, being deaf made it more difficult to manage his behavior. 

After spending two months with us, Dozer had lots of fun playing with the other dogs and was well-adjusted. He was a rough player but never exhibited signs of aggression. It's likely that previous owners misunderstood his play style. In times of confrontation, he was submissive to other dogs. He was very responsive to discipline and quickly learned the rules of the house.

Status - Adopted:

Dozer was adopted through a foster-to-adopt program with a wonderful family from Marion County. He has an older dog and two cats as his buddies. He is doing great with his new family.

ZOE

Stats:

Age 10 yrs.

Type Old/Crotchety

Weight 65 lbs.

Color Gray/White

Gender Female 

Nickname Momma Zoe

Potty Trained? Yes

Crate Trained? Haha...No

Old and Cranky? Very

Good with people? Yes

Good with dogs? Yes

Loving the A/C? Yes

Special Move

Walking Farts

Incapacitates her opponent via a mobile and widespread deployment of noxious gas.

History:

 

Like most of the dogs we receive, her origins are unknown. What we do know is that she was used for backyard breeding in Alabama. She was kept outdoors, her teeth were ground down to almost nothing and her ears were cropped. When we received her she had mange, heartworms, and was malnourished. The person that was keeping her was considering euthanasia. Thanks to overwhelming enthusiasm from our supporters, we were able to take her and provide a proper home and medical care.

Status - Sanctuary:

We didn't know exactly what we were getting into, but with many donations and the help of a vet's office, we decided to provide Zoe with care through the end of her life. Turns out, that could be quite a long time, and we are overjoyed to hear it. After getting proper nutrition, antibiotics, lots of exercise and air conditioning, her skin is looking very healthy and her demeanor has become increasingly pleasant. She finally knows how to play and just be a dog. She still has heartworms and they may not be treatable, but we will do whatever is possible. As long as she is happy and healthy enough she will have a home here at Sunny Pits.

Thank you again to everyone that believed it wasn't too late to give her the life she deserves.

Update: Zoe was passed away in late 2019 due to worsening health issues. She was given a place in our home to remember her.

APOLLO

Stats:

Age 4 yrs.

Type Couch Potato

Weight 75 lbs.

Color White

Gender Male 

Nickname Poopa

Potty Trained? Yes

Crate Trained? No

Down for a Nap? Always

Good with people? Yes

Good with dogs? Yes

Sunbathing? Yes, please

Special Move

Drunken Boxing

Catches the opponent off guard with staggered and unpredictable movements. Increased critical chance.

History:

 

As far as we know, Apollo was found alone and malnourished in a vacant field just a month before he came to us. He was picked up and taken to the local shelter and, on their recommendation, we took him because of our experience with deaf dogs. On the first day home, he had a grand mal seizure, which scared us a little. After an epilepsy diagnosis, he is now on medication. His seizures are mild and infrequent. 

Status - Sanctuary:

From the very beginning, we knew Apollo was going to be a great dog. His demeanor is always calm and pleasant but he knows how to have fun. Because he is deaf and his epilepsy requires a very strict medication schedule, and also because we love him so much, we decided to provide permanent sanctuary for him. Unfortunately his medication keeps him mildly sedated, so he doesn't always move too fast, but he still finds a way to play with the other dogs. He still has bursts of energy and his gait is impressive when he is in a full run. Because of his breed, he isn't as stocky as the other dogs, but he is by far the largest dog we have had to date.

ONYX

Stats:

Age 3 yrs.

Type Crazypants

Weight 60 lbs.

Color White

Gender Female 

Nickname Onyx-bo-bonix

Potty Trained? Yes

Crate Trained? Yes

Silly? Very

Good with people? Yes

Good with dogs? It's complicated

Good with cats? Not tested

Special Move

RoooOOOOoooOOO!

Inflicts confusion upon the opponent as they try to interpret the meaning of this bizarre sound.

History:

 

At age 2, Onyx was brought to us by her owner who, due to a change in living situation, was unable to keep her. She was our first deaf dog. Within the first week, she destroyed most of our living room including a futon, about 20 books, 2 sets of car keys and much more. This was our introduction to anxiety, and also crate training. When left unattended for longer periods of time, she would become very destructive. Crating was a great solution because it kept her stomach and our belongings safe while we couldn't supervise her. 

In spite of, but partially because of, her behavioral issues we decided to keep her. With time we grew to love Onyx very, very much and we didn't have any issues since implementing the crating until about a year later. At that time we started fostering other dogs, and it turned out to be another type of trigger for her anxiety. After several smaller fights and one big nasty fight with our original (and most docile) dog Rockie, we decided that our home wasn't a place where she was happy and safe anymore. Luckily, her original owner was in a better living situation and more than eager to take her back.

Status - Adopted/Returned to Owner:

We want to be very clear about this. We consider this a success story. Onyx was and still is a great dog. We absolutely love her. We made so many memories with her. We cried when she left and we still cry when we think of her. The fact that she became aggressive in our home is not a result of being a mean dog, but a result of her anxiety. We believe that the revolving door of dogs being fostered through our house caused confusion and it was more than she could handle. She was happy to return to her original owner, who had her since birth, and also still has Onyx's biological mother. After being back in a stable and predictable environment, Onyx has returned to her happy and playful self. Most importantly, she is safe. We still keep in contact with her owner to check in and see how she is doing.

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