On November 15, 2014, the good people at Maui Humane Society put young Sunny The Wonderdog on a plane for Vancouver, WA, where she would soon become a Pacific Northwest treasure. She was welcomed to the Mainland USA by the equally good people at Tender Care Rescue, an organization that frequently takes in Maui’s finest and finds them good homes. Sunny’s trip over the ocean was made possible by the Maui Humane Society’s Wings of Aloha program, an effort funded by private donations and cooperating agencies like Hawaiian Airlines and Alaskan Air.
Within about a week, Sunny found her forever family at an adoption event organized by Tender Care, and took her freedom ride home. For her foster family back here on Maui, her departure was bittersweet. Sunny had become a big part of our lives during her stay, and then one day, she wasn’t here anymore. And that is just one of the wrinkles in the rich tapestry that is animal fostering.
Now that we’ve been through a few foster experiences, we’ve become old friends with the grief of letting go of temporary family members that make permanent marks on our lives and hearts. (And sometimes, our furniture.) We’ve decided to resign ourselves to the sadness and joy of a job well done; keeping the foster loop open saves lives and makes good on the promise that homeless animals will know human kindness in their lifetimes.
And thank goodness I’m not alone. If I cry in the parking lot for 20 minutes or so–just hypothetically–after leaving certain small, brown puppies with the shelter staff, I know that most of the people inside the building have been there, done that. It’s a wash, rinse, repeat situation.
Now that we’re in between washes, rinses and tears, we will look to the east–way east–and know that Sunny and those like her are safe there. From one paradise to another, we say, “Aloha!”
What do you say we spend our life together?
Our little Sunny, who came to us hairless and homeless two months ago, is now up for adoption. It’s time for Sunny’s new fur-ever family to take her home and shower her with the love that she will return to them tenfold. Who will it be?
Sunny’s come a long way, baby. She’s learned how to be a nice family dog with manners, without losing any of her playful, free-spirited personality. She made countless human and dog friends along the way, and made us laugh and shake our heads when we looked at her adorable face.
If you would like to meet Sunny, please visit the Maui Humane Society Monday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Off-island and mainland adoptions welcome. Just call (808) 877-3680 or email Info@MauiHumaneSociety.org to learn more.
Sunny (left of Dustin) and Kissy (right) rest and relax after their Pooch Fit run.
What do you get for the dog who has everything, including playful energy to spare? A session with Dustin of Pooch Fit! This week we treated Sunny and her Best Foster Friend (BFF) and Maui Humane Society alum, Kissy, to a 30-minute run with their own personal trainer. They came back thirsty, tired and extremely happy. You can learn all about Dustin and the Pooch Fit revolution in this interview at Celebrate Maui. Sunny will be adoptable soon. If you’re interested in learning more about this playful pooch who went from homeless and hairless to foster fitness superstar, please call the Maui Humane Society at (808) 877-3680. Inter-island and mainland adoptions welcome. Just do it!
At about five weeks in foster care, Sunny is on the home stretch to being an adoptable dog. We told her to get some rest and grow some new fur, and she did–what an obedient gal! Here are yet some more before and after photos because, really, who doesn’t love dog makeover magic?
Sometimes I still fall asleep sitting up. I’m just way too excited about life.
Latest photos chronicling Sunny’s incredible transformation.
Now that Sunny has demonstrated her house-training skills by letting me know when she needs to go out, we decided to try letting her sleep in our bedroom at night instead of her crate. So we picked up all the delicious slippers and shoes, all of Grumpy Buzz’s stuffed bears, and placed an extra dog bed next to our own. We settled down, her with her Kong toy, I with my magazine, and we all slept very well all that night.
Now that she’s experienced sleeping with the big dogs at night, of course, there’s no going back, even after Sunny was yolked with the dreaded Cone of Shame for a few days following her spay surgery. We listened patiently to her knock around in her plastic party hat all night when curling and re-curling up into her bed, but after that, all was well.
Sunny is now spayed, de-manged, trained to sit, stay and heel, house-trained, crate-trained and ready to take whichever soft spot you have for her at bedtime. She doesn’t even mind if you snore. Don’t snooze! Call the Maui Humane Society to arrange a visit with little Sunny. Inter-island and mainland adoptions welcome. Please call (808) 877-3680 to learn more.