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She lived happily with her original owners for 13 years. But they are a military family, and received orders to move overseas to a location where Sunny could not accompany them. They were heartbroken and frightened when thinking about what to do. Through AHCA Rescue (a national breed rescue group), her first owners were able to find Robert. Robert is a disabled veteran, who already had three Afghan hounds (both rescues and breeder re-homes). Here’s his story of Sunny and her life now:
When Rescue first e-mailed me about Sunny, I was a bit hesitant because of the short time she may have left and about medical expenses that can occur at that age. It takes a piece of my heart every time I lose one.
As I thought about it more, I decided to think of her and the people that had her for over 13 years and how they must be feeling having to let her go or put her to sleep. I am sooo glad that I did. She is just a sweetheart and gives me kisses all the time. When they brought her up to me from Wash. DC there were many tears but they left happy after meeting me and seeing the huge fenced in yard I had with the doggy door so they could go in & out as they please. We have kept in touch & I update them & send them pics.
Her name was Sunny but one of my old Afghans was Honey and sometimes I get mixed up & say SaHoney so that's her new name. She seems to like it too.
I am so proud of my other Afghans; Tesla, Ashley & Alexis, not having raised them & only having them a few months, they accepted her into the family immediately. It didn't take her too many days to become accustomed to us and she is now a wonderful part of the family. She just loves the big yard & the freedom to come in & out, use the couch, chair or bed whenever she wants. She always had a big carrier she always slept in I guess, but it didn't take her long to adapt. She & Alexis always sleep on the bed with me. Luckily, I have a King sized bed. Ashley, only once in a awhile and Tesla only for a few minutes usually, unless a nap in the daytime. I think Tesla & Ashley like the couches or carpet because they can spread out. And they do, upside down, legs in the air etc.
I have 30 acres out in the country & about 4 acres are fenced in with 6' fence. Sunny could not belive how big it was and explored it lot the first day or two. Now she is running around and playing-chasing with the others sometimes like a little puppy. I'm hoping that with all the exercise, lots of love and good food, she will make it for a couple of more years, at least.
2,4 6, 8 With Afghans, it really doesn't matter. I had my first 5 for over 14 years and nary a problem. They are always so good & never do anything wrong and are such a joy to behold. I was without an Afghan for a short time in 2007-2008. Just horrible and no other breed would do. There is just something about me & Afghans. Maybe just my personality & Afghans mix, but whatever it is, it works.
On August 5, 2009 my husband and I were asked to water a neighbor’s horses as she was going into the hospital to get some “rest”. What we found there that evening were starving horses, dead horses, and Allie (then Morgan), in a tiny crate, folded up so she could fit. She was lying in her own waste, she had sores on her skin, and her coat was one huge mat, in fact so bad she could not walk very well. She was in a mud room with no air conditioning, no water, or food. She was frightened and very sad. We called authorities and animal control seized the horses and Allie.
My husband and I could not get her out of our mind. After the court hearing where the Judge awarded Allie to the county, we went to the shelter and asked to foster her. That was the beginning of her new life. She had to be shaved down to the skin in some places and she had to heal physically and emotionally for her life of five years had been horrific.
In the past ten months she has survived many illnesses and just recently had to have a total ear canal ablation. We adopted Allie in November of last year. She is sweet and loving, and beautiful, inside and out. She has learned to be a dog again and loves chasing with our golden retriever. We feel so privileged to have this magnificent girl in our life.