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Sunny: 7 Year-Old Female Red Lab, ~64 lbs, Spayed

Background: Sunny was surrendered to Lab Rescue as her family was unable to afford surgery to have two mammary masses removed. We, GGLRR, had the procedure done, and we are thrilled that both were benign. Her family cared for her but Sunny was always an outside dog. Thankfully, although not ideal, the family held on to Sunny while we searched and waited for a foster for several months.

What Sunny's Former Family Says:Sunny has been with our family since she was a puppy and has been the most loving dog we've owned. She has been an outside dog for most of her life. She is full of energy and always wants to play or get chased. Her favorite part of the day is going on walks and receiving attention. She tends to bark when she wants to be pet and doesn't stop until she gets the attention. Sunny knows basic commands but doesn't understand "No" She does well with the crate and sleeps in it overnight. Sunny can be leash reactive when encountering a new dog. She has lived with a female dog before. We introduced them slowly and once they met, Sunny didn't mind having her around. Sunny needs a patient family who can give her love, attention, and training. I think she would do best in a home with a single person or a couple with time and energy. If she were to go with a family, she'd do best with older children since she is a big energetic dog and likes to jump on people and gets the zoomies.

What Sunny's Foster Says: Sunny is an energetic, beautiful Lab with a disposition to match her name! She has quickly adjusted to her foster home and made friends (canine and human) in the neighborhood. She barks when she sees another dog when she’s out for a walk but can usually be distracted when her name is called and she’s given a treat. She also barks when greeted by men, but appears to calm down once she gets to know them. She goes for at least three walks per day and enjoys discovering new places and smells. She responds to “Sunny – come!” relatively quickly when she’s allowed to roam off-leash in an open space area when there aren’t other people or dogs in sight. We are trying to work on her “demand barking” by distracting or ignoring her.

What Sunny's Rescue Rep Says: Sunny is a sweet, energetic dog that loves attention and is great with people. She enjoys car rides, prefers the front passenger seat, and likes to sit and look out the window. Her former owner described her as loving but anxious. What I've observed with Sunny and how some of her anxiety plays out is she will start barking for attention. I asked the family how they typically handled it, and they said if she started doing it in the house, they would put her outside and she would stop. While outside with her, they would either engage her in play or try to ignore her. I think with consistent training, ignoring the behavior, and rewarding her only when she's quiet, she will learn that she doesn't have to bark for attention. Sunny likes to be included in almost everything her family does. The daughter and her boyfriend demonstrated that when they hug, Sunny wants the attention and starts barking until they stop and pay attention to her. Sunny is crate trained and sleeps in her crate at night.

Lab Rescue would like Sunny to be in a home where she won't be left alone for long stretches of the day and with a patient, attentive family who can put the time into training and exercise. She is not socialized with other dogs and can be leash reactive on walks. However, with proper training, slow introductions, and socialization, Sunny does have the potential to be around other dogs as she lived with one several years ago. She has been around children over 5, will jump on them, and wants to play; the owner recommends a home with older children (probably 12 and up) as Sunny is energetic. Sunny lived with a cat for a short period of time, but the cat didn't seem to like Sunny so they were kept separate from each other in the home.

Medical: Sunny is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm tested, and microchipped.

Located in: Mill Valley

If you are interested in Sunny, please contact Rescue Rep Kris at

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