Ronon in the foliage at the farm.

This is the story of a dog named Ronon.

Ronon had just turned two years old, when I brought him home to Center City, Philadelphia, in October 2021.. He’d never lived indoors, much less in an urban apartment. He was terrified of everything and out of control. We weren’t communicating. He had no reason to trust me. I couldn’t figure out how to help him or move forward. We were both miserable.

I almost gave up on him more than a few times.

The support of friends and family kept me going when I thought it was hopeless. Telephone, text, and facebook conversations kept me sane. Slowly at first, and then more quickly, Ronon and I built a relationship and learned to live together. To build trust and learn to communicate, we’ve attended a lot of training classes together. In less than two years, he’s become an AKC Community Canine (CGCA) and a certified therapy dog. He also has his Trick Dog Novice title and BCAT title. Even more exciting than all that, he’s learning to SNUGGLE WITH ME even now and then.

I’m incredibly glad that I didn’t give up on him and forever grateful to everyone who helped us along the way.

I created this website for Ronon because sharing his story (aka bragging about him) makes me happy. I also really hope that the stories and information shared here will help others in their adoption journey.

In addition to this website, you can also find us on instagram and facebook.

Featured Posts

Ronon’s Birthday & Gotcha Day!

Ronon's Birthday is October 25 and his Gotcha Day is October 29. I can't believe it's about to be TWO YEARS since he came home to Philly.

Ronon is a Therapy Dog Now

Ronon passed his certification exam to join Comfort Caring Canines last night. He's a therapy dog now and I couldn't be more proud.

Every Behavior Has a Cause

Ronon and I had very different perceptions of an interaction we had on a walk a few days ago.
Ronon's belly

Dog Training is Really Human Training

Training Ronon has been a challenging and different experience. I'm learning to be a better communicator and to pay better attention to what he is trying to tell me.

Our Second Move Together

Ronon and just I moved to a new apartment. His new self-confidence and resiliency show in how well he is handling our second move together.
Ronon in the new space

How to Get Started in Fast CAT

The only requirements for a dog to run Fast CAT are (1) be at least a year old, and (2) not be lame. It's fun, and it's easy to get started.

First Time Fast CAT!

Ronon tried Fast CAT for the first time this weekend. We'll definitely be doing this again.

Our First Fundraising Together

Ronon and I are walking to raise funds for the Support Center for Child Advocates and their work on behalf of young people who have experienced abuse and neglect in Philadelphia.
Ronon on Strawberry Mansion Bridge

What Have I Gotten Into?

When I got Ronon home to Philly, he was TERRIFIED, out of control, peeing on everything. and noisy. I was exhausted, dirty, broke, and having an emotional breakdown!
Ronon leashed to stairway railing