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Sunny & Friends

Sunny has over 25 years’ experience in pet rescue, humane education, shelter & sanctuary work, service and therapy dog training, temperament testing, behavior evaluation, obedience competition, fostering, pet medical care, horse ground training and has authored articles and books in several fields.

For over 20 years, Sunny has offered in-home consultations for problematic pet behavior diagnosis and management. She diplomatically addresses pet/owner conflicts with practical, realistic evaluation and compassionate counseling through her Manners for Mutts and Kits behavior business.

Sunny has owned other businesses as well, and has backgrounds in speaking, marketing, sales, teaching, management and public relations.

Dovetailing her expertise and passion, Sunny specializes in fearful animals. Sunny has personally rehabilitated and re-homed dogs, cats and horses. She has mentored other people who have saved more pet lives.

Sunny is a professional humane educator and consults with rescues, shelters and sanctuaries. Sunny has also developed educational programs regarding urban wildlife cohabitation especially focused on coyotes. Information provided includes: history of wildlife in urban areas, lifestyles and lifespans, diet, management, and safety for adults, children and domestic pets. She has addressed all ages regarding awareness of, and need for compassion, respect, responsibility, tolerance, and peaceful co-habitation regarding domestic and wild animals.

Sunny lives with rescued dogs, cats and parakeets. Their yard is a Certified Backyard Habitat for birds, squirrels, rabbits, pollinators, and anyone else with fur or feathers who wanders in.

Why I Understand Fear in Dogs

One in three young women will become victims of physical/emotional/sexual abuse. I was no exception. I entered my formative years on the cusp of the Women’s Movement. Before there were laws forbidding stalking, sexual discrimination on the job, and equitable representation in courts regarding incest, rape, and physical abuses brought about by the powerful over the weak, I grew up in the shadow of abuses from many fronts.

To battle the society that I felt imprisoned by, I sought education, worked for myself, advanced women employees, and most importantly, built an environment that was my metaphoric castle on an impenetrable hill, complete with moat and drawbridge. My sweet, accepting companions and most intimate comforts were my pets.

With age I became emboldened.  I followed my innate passion and began a late career with animals. All too often, I saw the same fear in their eyes that I felt in my heart so many years ago. I automatically understood their confusion, timidity, withdrawal, and pain. Every one instinctively knew, as I had learned, who had power over them, and how that power could be used against them.

I knew what they knew. I understood. I got it. I was infuriated.

My passion ignited. My mission became the salvation of these frightened, victimized creatures through the education of their people; of a human society that placed so little value on non-human lives. I became an advocate.

Fortunately, awakening to my life’s true purpose coincided with the backlash of the Women’s Movement. Women were no longer compliant victims, no longer sat quietly, no longer tolerated a society that took all they could give and handed them crumbs. As women of my generation raised daughters and sons, granddaughters and grandsons, things changed. The Humane Movement of the early 1900’s, spearheaded by women, people of color, and the poor, was reborn.

The Humane Movement of the 1990’s, and now has grabbed hold and there are thousands of individuals, organizations, governments, and races speaking out against abusive power used against fellow people and animals.

The Animal Rights Movement is now a powerful lobby whose goal is to insist upon the respect, compassion, and kind treatment of all who are fellow planet-dwellers. Dogs, cats, horses, women, children, the elderly, the poor, minority races and others who have suffered under the domination of those who would harm them, have benefited by the New Humane Movement.

I am no longer afraid. The neediness of the animals empowers me. I seek to instill my confidence in the pets I work with, creatures who continue to be victimized by the insecure human bullies of this world. I have joined the growing animal welfare movement in my own niche of impact—speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves—through the human and humane written word.

Join me in this imperative work to free our most loyal friends, fearful dogs. Help me save them and provide them with lives full of peace, quality, confidence, and love.