............I'm not saying I have favourites BUT Sonja ended up staying 4 nights and I would have back anytime. Apart from being a bit strong willed around other dogs (and swans) I cannot fault this beautiful lady.
Only “big dogs” left to walk by the time I got down to CDH today - so I got to walk Sonja! After some tips from staff and fellow dog walkers, about staying away from other dogs and trucks, I think it was fair to say I was slightly apprehensive, but I neededn’t have been.
Sonja is a strong girl and she does pull on the lead, especially as she leaves CDH. There were quite a few dogs around as we were walking out towards the main road so keeping her away was challenging, but we managed it and with a bit of encouragement she stayed next to me, until they all passed.
I tried to limit her pulling by stopping and waiting for her to come back to my side and starting walking on again. By the time we were walking back to the home she was walking by my side, no pulling. With a bit of work, I think this lovely girl will be very gentle on the lead. She’s a big softie in every other way! 💜
Sonja is such a big sweetheart! She's a strong girl, especially when she sees something she's interested in, mainly other dogs and cars/lorries, but as long as you're on your toes and aware of your surroundings then she's no problem at all. She is a little reactive and sometimes vocal towards other dogs, mostly if they react to her first, but with encouragement she can be moved along. Cars interested her a lot, especially when she heard car doors closing - it's possible she's looking for someone She was very keen to go after a lorry which passed us at the start of our walk, but was easy enough to move along once we realised what she'd been after. Just be aware if you're walking close to the road, and try to give yourself some space. Otherwise Sonja was no issue whatsoever! She does pull a little when first out of the kennels but that's completely understandable when she's been cooped up all night! After 20 minutes or so, Sonja was very happy to walk at heel for the rest of our walk. She took her (low-fat, though the pounds are just melting off of her) treats incredibly gently, tilting her head to one side just to make extra sure her teeth didn't touch skin. Sonja was also happy to show off her sit and paw skills, even if there weren't any treats on offer.
Sonja is a big cuddle-bug who needs a loving forever home to make her own!
Post by jamielharding on May 11, 2018 16:11:55 GMT
Ah, Sonja - such a sweet girl.I had the pleasure of walking her last week and she was a joy. She walked beside me on the lead and listened well to commands, waiting patiently at the traffic lights and not reacting to others passing by. When we got down to the river she was more than happy to roll over onto her side for some fuss and belly rubs - I think she'll make a great pet to someone who loves to spoil their fur friends
Just look at that face!
Sonja really is a lovely dog with a lot of love to give. Hopefully she'll find her furever family soon!
The most gentle, soft, cuddlesome dog ever. Sonja takes so little effort to look after and gives so much love in return, she has had several sleepovers and has behaved beautifully at all times. Whilst she enjoys these breaks from the kennels, it is not the same as having a family of her own. I hope some lucky family discover that they need a Sonja in their lives very soon.