CHANCE

CHANCE IN A NUTSHELL: Adult gentleman. Gets along with people and other (larger) dogs.
We received an email from our facebook angel, Kathy J. One of the California shelters had reached out to her on this boy to see if we could possibly find room for him in our rescue. According to the shelter, "Here's the boy we just got. Sad story; his owners sold their house and just left him there. The buyers were caring for him while they were going over and fixing thing up to move in. They said when they brought their dogs over, he didn't like them. We dog tested and he did fine. Probably didn't do proper introductions or give enough time. He's very friendly and Chelsea thinks around 7-8 years old based on teeth. He's neutered. His name is Chance. We're beyond full and have sooo many Shepherds right now."

We reached out to our Globe fosters to see if they would consider taking Chance on ... and they said yes!

UPDATE 6/19: Thanks to our friends at Husky Camp, Chance was pulled from the shelter this afternoon and has taken up temporary residence at Husky Camp until transport to Arizona can be arranged.

   

UPDATE 6/21: We have discovered that Chance is a water dog!!

UPDATE 7/8: Our thanks go out to Chuck and Jon from Husky Camp and our volunteer transporters Michael and Bob! Chance made his way from Husky Camp in California to his new foster home with Dave and Jackie in Globe this afternoon. According to Michael, "Chance is a very nice, quiet boy who rode beautifully in the car. He laid down with no pacing and was quiet the whole trip. He took treats very nicely. When we picked him up, the ground was too hot so we had to do a 'no paws on ground' transfer straight from Chuck and Jon's car to ours. When we arrived at his foster's house 4 hours later he really had to go!! Good boy held it all the way without complaint. He woofed down a cup of dry dog food and had two big drinks of water before he set out to explore his new digs. He was the perfect gentleman. After he was done exploring, he took a milk bone treat and laid down in the living room and devoured it! That's all the comments I can think of right now. More to come later, and I'm sure some from Dave & Jackie will too."

  
Loaded up with Chuck and Jon

Chance is happy to meet Bob

Enjoying the ride

Dave & Jackie welcome Chance

Chance enjoys a good dinner

Thanks for the wonderful pictures, Bob!!


Foster dad Dave says, "Another baseball fan!"

FOSTER UPDATE 7/11: Dave reports Chance likes to be brushed, but has his limit. He is looking so much better now that his shedding is brushed out. His coat was severely neglected and feels like straw. His ears are black at the tips. I don't know if that is fly strikes or sunburn. He is well mannered and easy to manage. He comes looking for affection several times a day. He is tall, and when he fills out he is going to be large.

Chance loves his morning trips to the park and usually burns off a lot of energy, so he is relaxed the rest of the day. Sunday when John and Beaux came to visit, Dave said Chance was so pooped out, he laid around the house all day.

We adjusted our morning park schedules a little bit so Dave can use the adjacent park when the sprinklers shut off at 6:00. Dave says he likes to plop his belly down in the puddles at the park in the morning (from the sprinklers). That gives Chance, Amy and Rusty the opportunity to see each other and chase around separated by the fence.

  
Chance came to the park with foster dad Dave this morning!

UPDATE 7/17: From Michael, "We introduced Chance to Beaux at the park this morning. We had success! After the initial scuffles the two males dogs had establishing boundaries, the did very well together. They enjoyed each other's company. I think Chance will do well with another female dog."

  

FOSTER UPDATE 7/19: "Chance does not know any of the usual commands, but that has not been a problem. He wants to please and is very intuitive. He doesn't sit to get his leash attached, but holds very still. He doesn't come because you call, but because you are looking at him. The one normal training he's had is to play fetch. He will drop his ball and follow it if you aren't throwing it for him, but he prefers to interact. He is a people lover. I have not heard Chance bark, but hear he has barked while playing with his friends at the park. After a hard workout he loves his wading pool. At home he is peaceful ... content to be near family."

FOSTER UPDATE 7/27:


Chance has never been fond of thunder, but since lightening struck across the street he really is cautious. The storm has passed, but Chance is still hiding under Dave's desk.

UPDATE 8/15: Chance had his first physical at the vet this afternoon after his foster dad reported that he had been limping. He weighed in at 86 pounds and the vet put his age at 5 years. He went home on medication and we'll wait to see how he does.

FOSTER UPDATE 8/26: "Look how clear Chance's eyes look. He is more alert and more engaged since he came to us and no limp."

UPDATE 9/9: It was a beautiful morning in Globe today, and Chance came out to enjoy himself.

 

FOSTER UPDATE 10/2:


Chance and his buddy, Beaux, have a good time at the park

FOSTER UPDATE 10/16: "From Jackie: Chance and I were just having a conversation. He is a very good listener, putting his paw on my knee if I stop too soon. When Chance came to us, he was never more than a few feet away, but I think he was trying to be invisible – very still and very careful not to look at us. Now he is a frisky 'puppy.' He loves mornings. After his trip to the park he is full of life. He loves to race around and 'visit' with other dogs (separate areas). But he is very good with other dogs now. He has four favorite toys, an orange and blue ball that he chases and plays with at the park, a short rope that is sold as a pet toy that he throws around and sometimes catches before it lands. The next is a large red ball (the one he came with) with a large hole in it. He treats it like a teddy bear. We never know where we will find it. The last is the lizards in our backyard. He has never caught one, and I don't think he really wants to, but they make for a good chase. Food is not a problem, as he eats whatever dry/wet food is put in front of him and hasn’t had any digestive issues. Chance is still concerned about storms, sheltering on the floor in the bathroom (no outside walls) or snuggling close to Dave.

From Dave: People say that Chance is much bigger now. He is not, he is about the same weight as he was, but his ribs are not obvious. The biggest difference is that he stands straight and proud. Head up, ears erect and no slouch. He loves to chase his small ball and race around the park and visit with other dogs in the other areas. He is very friendly with the park workers and people that walk by. Chance is definitely not only a morning dog, but a 'water' dog as well. He has a wading pool out back that he loves, and WILL find every puddle at the park after they have watered in the AM. Big thing this morning. There were still distant rumbles of thunder, but going to the park won out over them. He was disappointed that no other dogs were there, but quickly ignored the distant thunder to play. He switches foods easily, and I am introducing 'Healthy Weight' dry foods. It's all grain free foods, and does get about 1/2 can of GOOD wet food on occasion. I'm also giving him glucosamine pills on occasion and he takes them well with a pill pocket."

Adoption fee $275.00.

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