Sunny was rescued from a hoarder/cruelty situation in Mahahual, Mexico, in 2021 when he was about a year old. At first, just someone sweeping the floor or picking up a rake would make him tremble with fear. Sunny would be startled easily and terrified of new places so walking on leash was a challenge for him when he first arrived. Sunny wasn’t the type of dog you would take everywhere you go. He needed someone who is patient, and would put some work into building his confidence and gaining his trust.

Sunny is now named Simon.

“When I adopted Simon (formerly Sunny) last July, he was very shy and fearful. He had been rescued from a hoarding situation, and having previously adopted a dog from a similar background, I knew how rewarding it could be to help a shy dog come out of his shell. Simon’s bio caught my eye and I knew he’d be a great fit in my family. Our bond developed over our first few months together, and he immediately loved walks, hikes and camping—all of my favorite activities. When he started to feel more comfortable, we began training classes and he absolutely loves them! He’s so smart and has a real passion for learning. We just completed his 4-part Levels training at Oregon Humane and he’s about to take his Canine Good Citizen Test. 

Simon is a sweet, sensitive, cuddly boy who gets along with every dog he meets. He’s still shy with new humans, but is a total social butterfly at the dog park. He’s extremely attentive to me, and his recall and leash walking skills are excellent. We just got back from a 3-week road trip to Southern California, where he got to try tons of new things and he was so brave and loved every minute of it. He’s a perfect travel companion, adores hiking and camping, and is an ideal patio dog. The beach is his #1 favorite place in the world. Simon has brought me so much joy in our time together, and has quickly become my BFF. I’m so excited to have a lifetime of adventures with him. Take a chance on a shy dog, the bond you form will transform you both!” – Simon’s mom

Simon was rescued by Costa Maya Beach Dog Rescue @beachdogrescue. You can follow him on social media @aubreedirects