We’ve had a fun first day with little Sony, the Schnauzer mix we helped rescue from Miami-Dade Animal Services. If you haven’t read Sony’s rescue story, check out Saving Sony. We’re fostering him for a week until he goes to live with my parents and sister in his forever home 🙂
I brought Sony home after his neuter surgery yesterday and started to get to know him. He had a tick infestation that took me over an hour to eradicate before he could meet my pack. During that time, I felt some protruding bones and realized he’s a little underweight. Sony’s collar was broken and had been retied with a zip-tie. He’s also been abused– most likely hit by humans– as he cowered when I extended a hand to pet him. Still, he would eventually get close and smother my face in kisses, as he did when I met him at the shelter. It is clear this little guy is still a big love bug!
He met my troop one by one in the backyard: Chelsea, Harley and then Scarlett. Sony was terrified of everyone! He was definitely the only dog in his last “family”. He would run to me, plastering his body against me and attempt to “climb” me (I was sitting the whole time for introductions because he was so tiny and scared). As he got more comfortable (rather quickly!), I let the three smallest run freely in the house. At the end of the night, all four were interacting seamlessly together, though Sony was still a bit shy around Scarlett. This is pretty normal considering he’s learning his place within our pack. (Read one of our previous posts: Introducing a New Dog).
When we went to sleep, he did not want to go in the crate. He jumped at the bed, each time his little head peeping over the edge. Then all of a sudden, he was on top of me! We have pet stairs for Harley and Chelsea because our bed is quite high. This little 7-lb. pup hoped right up! Dogs shouldn’t jump after surgery but what could I do at that point?! Running and jumping happen sometimes– I mean c’mon Sony finally has a real family with canine friends! We put him in his crate and after crying for three minutes, he slept through the night with no accidents.
Today, he’s been an absolute delight. All the pups have been playing together and Sony’s having a great time! He no longer shies away when the pups run to him; instead, he indulges their offers to play. He’s been going potty outside and we’re keeping our fingers crossed he continues that, even though he feels the need to do it on my large flower pots (poor guy wasn’t trained properly)! He loves squeaky toys and though he doesn’t know any basic commands, he comes when called and has already learned “let’s go outside”. And he continues to love giving kisses!
Here are some more photos from our first day with Sony. We may change his name but it’s Sony for now 🙂