Chance: for joy.

Meet Chance! He came home yesterday evening. He’s 13 weeks old, an Australian Shepherd / Retriever mix, adopted from a great local shelter that rescues animals, including litters of pups, from downstate kill facilities.

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When I began to seriously look at what I wanted, irrespective of ‘career,’ at the very top of the list was to raise a wee pup one more time. That is a 12 -15 year commitment, so now’s the time. (If I’m around and still fit later, I’ll foster or adopt much older beasties who have a harder time finding homes.) I knew I’d need to stay put as much as possible for awhile, to establish the bond, to do the important early training, and that has a lot to do with why I’ve scaled the travel-related activities back.

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Back in late 2007, I voluntarily did some extensive aptitude testing. Art, writing, music (ironically), and teaching were among the highest on my tally of natural abilities, but my very top recommendation was: animal trainer. Lupe will be a superb part of the teaching team.  She’s beautifully behaved, gentle, and just the right age to be a calm, confident influence; she’s already doing a good job.

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This is the photo that sold me, taken when he was 8 weeks old, in late December. I immediately applied for him. He was first supposed to arrive three weeks ago, but was quarantined after a pup in the same building got sick.

To some folks, pets are just pets, negligible.  Me, I’m a life-long lover of animals, ever fascinated by inter-species bonding, the intense communication by eye contact, body language, touch. It is pure, compelling, and brings joy. It’s so grand to have another Chance to experience that fully.

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(Even the part where we discover that the little sweetie can howl just like a full grown coyote at night, easily waking even a nearly-deaf person. That will stop when he truly knows he’s home, and he is).

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6 thoughts on “Chance: for joy.

  1. oh oh oh ! ! ! i love that you did that assessment of what you really want to do with your life and followed through. this is exactly it! he is precious; i already showed off pictures to the first friend i saw last night.

  2. chance has landed in a terrific place and all of you will be the richer for it. i love that his voice waked you, he knows what to say and how to let you know. and i love his beautiful face. i am so glad for you!

  3. You’re right about the inter-species communication . . . it’s amazingly complex. I think Mandy is training me, that I’ve no chance whatsoever of evcer training her.

    • I believe it: Mandy is hugely communicative. I will never forget the late-night “No, I want the door OPEN” session with her at your house – it was hilarious.

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