I grew up in the forests of northern Thailand, just north of Chiang Mai. When I was just a puppy, my mom, siblings and I were taken in by loving volunteers at Elephant Nature Park’s dog sanctuary. The caring team at ENP saved my family from a life on the streets and gave me everything I needed, including lots of love and a bunch of great friends I could romp and play with all day. But even though I had a pretty wonderful life in Thailand, there was one thing I was missing. Secretly, I always dreamed of having a family of my very own.

When I was about two years old, I met my mom and dad for the first time. They came to ENP to volunteer with the elephants, but ended up spending all their free time helping us dogs. One morning they came into my run. As I ran up to mom and snuggled in her lap, I just knew they were meant to be my forever family. I didn’t know at the time, but after giving me one last hug goodbye at the end of the week, they submitted paperwork for my adoption.

Nine months later, after my parents finished their year-long journey, I made the long flight to the U.S. to live with them. It was a bit daunting at first, but like them, I have a quiet adventurousness hiding beneath my reserved exterior. Now, I love spending time exploring outdoors – hiking, running through the woods, swimming, and investigating the myriad of new smells. I never knew what a great big world there was beyond my humble, fenced-in run in Thailand, but I am so excited to be able to explore it all.

Sanchez' Journey