Update on 8/29/2017:
I think we just passed the 3 month mark with Chance and he’s become such an integral part of our lives, we can’t remember what things were like
Chance with his beloved jolly ball
without him. He has gotten better being around men and boys and he is devoted to our boys, who cherish him. Our younger son, Sam, has even taught him new trick –
High 5. We have settled into a routine with a couple daily walks, play time outside with his beloved Jolly Ball, and hang out time with us. We’ve gone to the local dog park a couple of times and, while he is curious
about the other dogs and gets along with them, he eventually comes back to stand by us and observes the other dogs playing. We’ve had many friends and family over and Chance has learned to welcome them
after his initial typical GS barkfest. They are all amazed at what an incredibly great dog he is, so smart, devoted, and playful. He’s had a couple vet visits at home. He’s definitely not a fan of the vet but we’ve gotten through them. Based on her advice, he has put on a few pounds and he seems to be at a good weight, which he maintains with his walks and Jolly Ball play.
I’ve attached a couple of photos – he just would NOT look at the camera for our selfie so I’ve included the best one we had. And one that shows his devotion to his Jolly Ball.
We feel really lucky to have Chance as part of our family now. We love this guy!
Adopted on 06/11/2017
When we asked his foster Mom what makes Chance delightful, she wrote,”He is very loving and loves to cuddle. He talks to me in this very deep baritone voice, so funny. He loves to play in the y
ard, and he is an absolute joy to walk…no pulling or tugging. He listens well to commands and respects my home.”
Chance warmed up to his foster Mom right away, but it took him a few days longer to trust his foster Dad. When meeting new people, especially men, Chance is unsure and wary. He is very aware of people and sounds when out for a walk and is more comfortable walking where there’s not a lot of noisy traffic.
In his foster home, Chance is living with a female German Shepherd named Molly. He gets along well with her, and we were told that he lived with other dogs in a previous home. He’s actually had two previous homes before foster care; his first owner gave Chance to a relative, and she didn’t have permission from her landlord to have a GSD. As a result, she took Chance to a humane society. Because he was so nervous and uncomfortable there, GSRNE was called and asked to move him out of that environment before he hurt himself trying to get out of his pen.
Chance has learned to stay in a crate while his foster parents are at work, but he has chewed up a crate pad, a blanket and managed to get his collar off and chew that up. He now has his collar removed before he stays in his crate. When his people come home from work, Chance is overjoyed to see them and ready to play. He especially loves his jumbo Jolly Ball, in the backyard, and his stuffed beaver toy, in the house. He also enjoys riding in the car and stays in the back part of the family’s SUV.
When he first came to GSRNE, Chance was underweight and had itchy skin; with a change to a good quality food and the addition of a medication (Apoquel), Chance has put on weight, is less itchy and is ready to meet his forever family.