“Who needs humans to take dogs for walks anyway?” ~ Chance
“Dogs do, Chance!!! Dogs cannot walk themselves around the neighborhood, it’s not safe.” ~ All Responsible Humans
“Mind your business, lady. I don’t tell you how to live your life.” ~ Chance
Chance is officially seeking his furever family that will make sure he doesn’t take himself for walks. Chance disagrees with this requirement. He thinks he’s perfectly capable of walking himself. We’ve agreed to disagree here. We’re settling on finding a family that will actually go on a walk WITH him. Leash included.
Breed: Pit/Cattle dog mix? Take a guess.
Potty Trained: Yes
Crate Trained: No (more on this below).
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cat Friendly: Unknown
Dog Friendly: Hmmm…bigs…not littles (more details below).
Location: Chance is being fostered in Carol Stream, IL. No out of state applicants, please.
Chance is an independent man, he’s got places to be, and people to meet. So independent, he didn’t even need help from his original family, when he wanted to
go for a walk. He was known in his area for running loose. He was like the Walmart greeter, but extra hairy, and he could dart in front of moving vehicles. He was the non-Walmart greeter, kind of greeter. One day, a Good Samaritan/friend of his made him give his non-Walmart greeter, kind of greeter, resignation. He was taken to animal control. This was obviously a complete and utter betrayal by his friend. While Chance was in the clink, he sent a letter to his “friend”. “Snitches get stitches.” is all it read.
Animal control is nothing like Walmart! And they refused to give him a job as a greeter.
During his stay at animal control, Chance struggled. He does not enjoy confinement. This is a well known complication caused by resigning from greeter duties. Confinement can be confusing and frustrating. This resulted in over-arousal when he left the kennel.
Getting him back in the kennel was struggle that increased by the day, and his reactions were amped up when seeing other dogs. Frankly, he was a hot mess and you just hopped on board the hot mess express. Choo, choo! You’d want to yell out to passerby’s “This isn’t my dog! I don’t need to be embarrassed because he’s not my dog!”
All the while, you now look crazier for yelling that this crazy dog, isn’t your crazy dog. Crazy attracts crazy. He’s clearly your dog.
The confinement, stress, and the reactivity that was witnessed at animal control, makes it difficult to find foster homes. People don’t usually say “I’ll take the hottest mess you’ve got, bag ‘em up! I’ll pull around with the car.”
People just didn’t know that Chance is the official non-Walmart greeter, kind of greeter. If they did, it really would have cleared this whole dilemma up.
Luckily, one of the friends that Chance made while he was the non-Walmart greeter, kind of greeter, decided to give him a shot.
But with so many unknowns, and the possibility of Chance being a longer foster, there are concerns. Training, behavior modification, veterinary behaviorists… aren’t cheap. Not remotely. Could Chance go into a home and not need anything extensive? Sure! Could he need a lot of things? Sure! We just don’t know, and rescue funds must be considered. 1 rescue may not have everything Chance would need, but 2 might! So, we teamed up!
In a very unheard of move, Chance got not 1, but 2 rescues to pull him. Chance is the only dog that we know of, that has ever been “owned” by 2 rescues. Chance would have double the people helping him, and expenses would be shared. We’re like rescue twinkies.
Now that he’s in a foster home, we’ve found Chance isn’t in need of extensive training. He needs normal things, he should have been taught earlier. He’s been working on crate training, but it’s just not his jam. We’ve been exploring with leaving him out of the crate, and he’s been doing fabulous! Hasn’t been destructive and is genuinely happier that he and his foster mom aren’t struggling to get him in the crate before work.
While he can be “reactive” when trying to be introduced to other dogs, it really appears he has zero social skills. It’s less of an actual reactivity, and more of an “over threshold” situation. He wants to immediately bum rush the dog. He’s rude. You’d think this social butterfly would be great at meeting other dogs. You’d be wrong. He comes in hot and loud. It’s off putting. You give him an inch to sniff a butt, he’s going for a mile. Head so far up another dog’s undercarriage, the awkwardness is palpable and the other dog feels violated. He needs slow intros. Mostly, for the other dog to not hate him. He could be very “hate-able” if given the opportunity. We do believe he can live with, and would enjoy a playmate of his same size and energy. But it has to be slow. No littles.
Overall, Chance is a super sweet and happy boy, that has the potential to be an amazing dog. Crating is a challenge, dog intros will need work, and he’s still learning to work on mouthing. He’s not a huge “mouther” but he will mouth when he gets overexcited. He’s very easily redirected to something else, and his mouthing is actually gentle. Gentle. But annoying.
Annoyances can be improved! If you’re interested in making this non-Walmart greeter, kind of greeter, a non-Walmart greeter, kind of greeter, of your home greeter, please fill out an application at animalheartline.org OR wishuponarescue.org You get all that? Probably not.
*Chance has a lot of friends and supporters. Including trainers. Chance’s family will have support and some training available to them.
The adoption donation for Chance is $300.
Wish Upon a Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit, foster based animal rescue. If you would like to meet Chance, please complete our adoption questionnaire. We will review your responses and be in contact to schedule a meet and greet at a time and place convenient for your family and our team members.