Birth order: #4
Weight: 74 lbs
Color: Slightly off white, tan tipped ears and on center back
Height and Length: 26 ½” H, 30” L
HOW CHANCE GOT HIS NAME
When Chance was born, we put a blue ribbon on him to tell him apart from his other white brothers and so we called him Blue. We never came up with another name. His new owners gave him the name Chance, which we thought was perfect for him. It fit him. When Chance came back to us, the name had even more meaning. Chance was getting a second Chance at life and so were we.
When Chance was born he was the biggest of the 4 white pups. Chance and Zappa competed for the top weight and position in the litter What I remember most about Chance was him trying to rule the roost.
Chance left with his new family at just over 9 weeks old. We visited him every couple of months or so, taking pictures of him as he grew. At 9 months old we saw him again and everything was good. In Dec. 2008, just before turning a year old, we got the call that the owners didn’t want him anymore. We welcomed him back, though our living arrangement was in quite a predicament at the time.
When we got him home we noticed his ribs were showing, he was full of anxiety, and though he knew who we were he was scared to death.
His anxiety we are still working on. The majority of it has left slowly over time. Having a consistency of steady love and care, that gives way to a show of appreciation and gratitude. We had to take everything in baby steps, like leaving him home alone with Blaze. The fear that we wouldn’t return, even for short periods was especially torturous for them. Gradually we gained their trust that we would always return and the anxiety began to decrease. Though it can still return with a new experience.
CHANCE’S FAVORITE THINGS
Any kind of food. He loves the water hose. He pulls it all over the yard, digging puddles with the water, drinking the water and having his own tug of war. He loves jumping and leaping after toys on a swinging rope. He enjoys to dominate and antagonize Blaze. He also loves charging the door that separates front and back dogs.