Gunnar is finally adopted

A dog that was reported to be recovering a week after being tied to a rock to drown has been adopted.

The 5-month-old dog, named Gunnar, was adopted last Sunday by Phyllis Ain, a literacy coach for William S. Reyes Elementary School.

“[Gunnar] has toys, five other dogs to play with, and a few cats to teach him how to behave,” said Ain, chuckling.

“Gunnar has been doing fine. His back legs are still really rubbery; they don’t stand up straight, but he is getting better,” she added.

The dog was named after Capt. Gunnar Coffman who reported the dog’s condition to Saipan Cares for Animals.

Gunnar exhibits weak hind legs, indicating a sign of malnutrition, which SCA believes is due to the negligence of his previous owner.

The 5-month-old puppy is now recovering happily with a new pack that has happily accepted him, said Ain.

“He is taking [medications] to help take care of the mange. You wouldn’t know [Gunnar] was a dog that went through a lot. Most of the time, dogs like that are really hard to bond with,” said Ain.

“Gunnar is a really social dog. He follows us everywhere and I take him everywhere I can. He is just doing really great,” she added.

“We really love him and we are very lucky to have him. He needs a place where he is safe and where he could be watched very carefully.”

Ain owes it all to SCA for taking care of Gunnar before she decided to adopt him.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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