Murphy (formerly known as Pee Wee) has fully transitioned into our home and is such a joy. He is a handsome boy — and so affectionate, alert and playful. He would make a great therapy dog if we had the time to train him in this way since he is highly intelligent and intuitive. While we’re naturally biased, Murphy has developed a large fan base in our neighborhood in Portland and also at the beach, so we’re not the only ones singing his praises. 🙂

I had never adopted a dog from overseas before and was expecting to have to deal with a myriad of issues stemming from his time spent on the streets and shelter but apart from initial separation anxiety, the transition has been relatively easy. We read online about how adaptable Taiwanese dogs are and would agree 100 percent. In fact, the golden retriever puppy we adopted six weeks ago as a companion has been far more rambunctious.PeeWee2

Aside from Murphy’s golden ears, we often wonder how much retriever there is in his ancestry. We read somewhere that Taiwanese street dogs might have a little shepherd, terrier or Saluki in their DNA, which could explain Murphy’s almond eyes, thick coat, disinterest in tennis balls, graceful leaps over the cat, and his fondness for acrobatics, i.e., turning our living room into a racing track/obstacle course. Who knows? What we do know is that we have fallen head-over-heels for one of the world’s sweetest dogs and are so very happy to have been chosen by GBR as his foster-to-adopt family. The adoption process was a breeze and the support provided by our GBR team has been incredible. We would highly recommend this program to others.