is a keeper!
Schmoobie-Doo! because he looks a bit like a cartoon
character with no fur) is a real charmer. Be careful
or you'll fall for this cute sable boy too! Sonny
is current on all of his shots, neutered and around
5 years old. He is housebroken, cat friendly and
seems to have been an only dog, but gets along
with other dogs pretty well.
surrendered to a shelter in Minnesota by his owner.
We don't have much background information on Sonny,
but he apparently was so matted when he was brought
to the shelter that he had to be shaved from head
to the very tip of his tail. Brrrrrrr! His fur
will grow quickly, but as a result will be an undignified
Collie for awhile and he can't be outside for more
than a few minutes at a time. He has been wearing
a modified sweatshirt to help him stay warm. Although
his lack of fur makes him look very puppy-ish,
he will grow a beautiful coat over the next year.
The fur on the top of his head is very soft and
Sonny was frightened of the hardwood and linoleum
floors in his foster home, but now seems to be
taking that in stride. He has learned to do the
stairs - and then practiced for about 20 minutes
going up and down, up and down many times on his
own... just to make sure. <wink> He hops
up the steps like a bunny. It's pretty darned cute!
not have lived with another dog as he doesn't really
know how to play with them. Only once has he has
attempted to mount my girl collies. Tasha has taught
him some R-E-S-P-E-C-T! He would rather play with
me than with the other dogs, but is coming around
a bit. He barks at the other dogs as they play.
He has a wonderfully rich baritone Collie voice.
He doesn't seem very interested in toys, but is
crazy for chew sticks.
very affectionate, friendly and very outgoing.
He walks very well on a leash, but will pull if
he sees children or other dogs. He's quite tall
and at 74 lbs. is very strong. The pads on his
feet are quite soft, so I don't believe that he's
used to daily walks, but he'd love to learn about
them when he can be out longer in the cold. He
is a snuggler and loves attention and to be petted.
The commands he knows are: "sit", "down", "shake", "leave
it" and "come". He is a very good
boy. He'd like to curl up on your couch or bed
if you will let him. He also loves to ride in the
car. He sits up the whole time and looks out the
not yet been officially tested with children, but
wants to go near them on the briefs walks that
he's had. Sonny, like many Collies, likes to nibble
and mouth - he "herds" when feeling frisky
in an affectionate manner - for sure he would not
be a good match for a home with young children
under 5 or 6 years old.
Sonny is perky, very loveable and sweet.
updates from Sonny's Foster Mom:
update: Sonny should be called Sunny because of
his great disposition!
is ready to be adopted into a loving home. He is
such a good dog! One of the easiest foster Collies
that has been in my home. He wants to please and
loves to be around people. He's very happy to follow
me around the house and hang out where I am. Sonny
LOVES to give big Collie smooches. His tail is
almost always wagging; he's just naturally a very
happy and affectionate guy. Although he still does
not have the beautiful fur of a rough Collie (it's
growing though!) it's promising to be a glorious
coat. If the fur on his head is any indication,
his fur will be a beautiful auburn color with darker
can be very active, but he is also extremely content
to nap or calmly observe whatever I am doing. He
truly is a great dog. I can't imagine why anyone
would give him up! He's very happy to go for walks,
enjoying all of the wonderful scents and marking
every tree and bush. He also enjoys going to the
dog park. He now understands when his affectionate
nibbles and nips need to stop with a "no bite" command.
The nibbles are very playful and affectionate though.
Not a aggressive bone in his body. He loves everyone
he meets and is very social. He is so good with
the kitties too. They walk underneath him and he
is not bothered at all.
Sonny is very happy in his foster home, he really
wants to find a "forever home" to call
his own. I will have some new pictures later in
now looks like Fozzie Bear on The Muppets (am I
dating myself by saying that?) He's very fuzzy
all over. Cute, cute, CUTE guy!
LOVES kids, but because he's so mouthy should not
be adopted into a family with kids under 10 years
old. When he's feeling frisky he's so full of joy
that he gets very nippy and likes to bite mittens
or leashes or sleeves. He was so happy to meet
a little boy that he just jumped up to smother
his face with big sloppy kisses - the boy was about
10 and dog friendly so he just laughed. Sonny is
a very tall and lanky boy - 26 inches at the shoulder.
also loves being around other dogs at the park.
He's so very happy to be able to be out and running
around with the other dogs. When we go out to the
car he stands at the door to hop in because he
knows we are going to the park. Sonny runs around
greeting everyone when we get to the park. He is
just an absolute love! My Tasha has taught him
how to play and romp and he's having a blast at
my house. He would love to be with another playful
dog. He's also very happy merely to hang out with
a good chew stick. He likes to cuddle on the couch
too. He really is a fabulous Collie boy. Everyone
who meets him comments on how very cute and nice
Sonny likes to "herd" the vacuum cleaner!
has passed a major test. Now that it has
warmed up, he's been going to the dog park. He's
been great. Loves visiting with people,
getting petted and chasing other dogs. (still
hasn't really been around children) He's
got fairly good recall too.
quite a guy! Everyone thought he was great.