Who I Am

Back in December, I found Chase on a website that said he was 6 or 7 years old.  Here’s what he had to say:

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“My owners abandoned me into the shelter when they didn’t want me anymore.  I was very sad.  I didn’t weigh much either, so my new foster home rushed me to the vet.  I was so thin and very hungry.  I got to eat and eat and have gained weight now, but I still need to gain about 10 pounds.  I feel so much better now, and I prance like a show dog.  I am interested in things but I am still a little timid.  I am looking for someone to love me and to build my confidence again.  I am very loving and gentle.  Please come meet me and give me a chance to show you who I am!”

As best I can tell, Chase was “in the system” for a few months, and during that time he lived in a kennels, shelters, and foster homes.  A single woman even adopted him, but brought him back after 2 days because she “had to work and she couldn’t leave him out on her deck alone all day.”

Alas.  Chase has been a member of our family for 6 weeks.  If he could talk, maybe this would be his new bio:

IMG_0624“My new family found me when I’d been shuttled to 5 or 6 kennels/homes after my family abandoned me.  A woman adopted me, and she seemed very excited!!, until she realized I could not be left alone on a strange square of wood for 10 hours day while she went to work.  She returned me to the nice rescue people, but I wondered what I had done wrong.  Would I ever find a real home?  One day my new mom came to meet me, and the first thing she did was sit down on the floor, so I figured I should shake her hand.  With both paws.  The next thing I knew I was in her car, taking a very long car ride while I slept on her lap.  Meeting new people, and being on display, is so exhausting.  Now, after a month and a half in one place, let me tell you how great life is.  I’ve been to the vets’ office and, with their help, finally weigh exactly what I should.  I’ve learned I’m not 6 or 7, that I’m maybe more like 10, but I love to run and play and bark and nibble on my new sisters and nap quietly in my kennel, so I have no idea why anyone cares about how old I am.  Age is just a number!  I prance around my new neighborhood— which isn’t so new anymore — with my new lab sisters, and everyone stops to pet me and say hello and tell me what a good boy I am.  I am not the least bit shy. Why would they have said that??  I love all dogs!  I love all people!  I love to play and show everyone I meet that I want to be their friend.   Who doesn’t need a friend?   During my days, I lie under my new mom’s feet while she pounds her fingers on her keyboard, and when it gets to be nighttime, which is about 5 in the evening, I lie down on my bed or in my crate and take a nap that lasts until morning.  Though sometimes my lab sister pounces on my head and my new mama makes me go outside to pee, even when I don’t think I have to.”

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18 thoughts on “Who I Am

    1. Teri Post author

      It’s so hard to imagine how these older dogs end up at a shelter. How do you have a dog for 10 years — especially a calm, well-trained, easy-going dog — and then one day drop him at a shelter? I can’t imagine.

  1. Bruce Horton

    This just makes me cry…………wonderfully written Teri and so very heartfelt……..we cannot wait for him to come over! Love, Evy

    1. Teri Post author

      Bless the rescue people — and the person from the shelter who called Golden Rescue and said, We have a good boy here, do you want to take him before he gets put to sleep?

    1. Teri Post author

      He’s such a laid back cuddle bug, which is great because my other two are aloof (9 yr old Lea) or all wound-up and crazy (3 yr old JoJo).

  2. MSB

    I love that the first thing you did was to sit down on the floor with him. My husband does that when he meets a new small child. I really believe it makes all the difference in the world.

    1. Teri Post author

      I had the trainer come right away to teach me how to manage him with my other 2 dogs —- he was looking at me from the side, and she told me that means, “I’m wary, not quite sure about you just yet.” Now when he looks at me straight on, I’m so happy!!

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