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“These Paws Were Rescued” – Chance & Shy

Published: May 3rd, 2014 by Darko

“These Paws Were Rescued” – May 2014

Chance and Shy

I met these “brothers” on Facebook last summer (2013) when I first started my page. They are both pawsome dudes always up for some fun and eager to help out a friend in need. Both being rescue pups, they know what it is like for other shelter animals out there and share photos on Facebook of furry friends looking for a forever home to call their own.

These two handsome pups may have had a bit of a “ruff” start but they now live in a pawsome home and have fun every single day which we will get to later. First, let me introduce you to two of my Facebook friends Chance and Shy.

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Darko: Thank you so much for doing this, guys, it is pawsome to have you here! You are my first fellow canine interview! ***excited barks***

Chance: Thank you for having us here, Darko! We feel very honored that you chose to interview us! ***Chance play bows while Shy wiggles***

Darko: ***nubby wags*** I have a lot to ask you both so let the questions begin!

 

What is your favourite… Toy?

Chance: I LOVE my yellow rubber squeaky toy! I carry it everywhere and I sleep with it beside me, too! When I want someone to throw it for me, I make sure to bump it into their legs until they do! BOL!

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Shy: I love all of my toys equally, however, my favorite toys are any kind of stuffy that I can destroy the same day I get it! BOL!

 

… Food/Treat?

Chance: My favorite treat is liver training treats! I love them so much even though my human “mom” says they are stinky! Maybe that’s why I love them, BOL!

Shy: I am very big on food! If it is edible, I will try to eat it, BOL! My favorite food is cheese, though!

 

… Nap Spot?

Chance: OMD, my favorite place to nap is in a BIG pile of stuffies or pillows! I lay on top of them with my rubber squeaky beside of me!

Shy: To me, there is nothing better than napping on the porch on a sunny day!

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… Activity?

Chance: I LOVE training, playing, doing my jumps, and WALKS!

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Shy: Hmm.. I think my favorite activity is going for walks! I wasn’t quite sure about them when I was first adopted, but now I absolutely LOVE them!

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… Walk Spot?

Chance: My favorite walk spot is on a dirt road in our woods. I love all the different smells and sounds!

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Shy: What he said!

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Do you prefer… Squeakers or Stuffies?

Chance: I love almost any toy! My favorite toy is my yellow rubber squeaky toy, but I love stuffies, too! I have a strange habit where I will lay down with my stuffy and hold it in my mouth until I fall asleep. Sometimes we have strange occurrences where the stuffies EXPLODE for no reason! (It’s not my fault, honest! ;) )

Shy: I like stuffies the best! I love to catch them in my mouth and then shake them around!

 

… Blanket or Bed?

Chance: I like beds the best! Nothing better than curling up in a nice warm bed!

Shy: Oh, blankets, for sure! I burrow in my blanket like I’m making a nest with it, BOL!

 

… Walk, Run or Swim?

Chance: I am a very high energy dog, so I loooooove to run! I like to swim, too, but not half as much!

Shy: Sometimes I like to run and sometimes I like to walk. I definitely like to take time to sniff the flowers and check my Pee-Mail, BOL!

… Wrestling or Racing?

Both: WRESTLING!!

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… Tug or Ball?

Chance: I love to play ball! I could play ball for hours!

Shy: I am a Tug-Dog, for sure!

 

What are your thoughts on B-A-T-H’s? Are they really necessary?

Chance: I think B-A-T-H’s are the worst thing ever! Usually when I start to smell REALLY good, my human “mom” will put me in the bath tub and wash all my stank back off! It’s totally unnecessary!

Shy: I hate B-A-T-H’s, BOL! I always wait until the shampoo is lathered up in my fur really good before I jump out! ;)

 

What is your favourite thing to roll in/on? What is the nastiest thing you’ve ever had the luxury of beautifying yourself with?

Chance: The best thing to roll in is fresh dirt! I like to dig holes and then give myself a dirt bath! ;) The nastiest thing I ever beautified myself with was a dead mole I found, BOL! You should have seen the look on my human’s face! That stunt definitely got me a B.A.T.H.!

Shy: I also enjoy the art of dirt-bathing! I like dusty dirt, though! You always know I’m rolling in dirt because there is a huge dust cloud around me, BOL! My favorite time to roll in dirt is after I’ve been bathed, BOL! I haven’t really rolled in anything especially nasty that I can remember…

 

Do you have any fears?

Chance: Unfortunately, I do. I am afraid of strange people and barking dogs; especially our neighbor’s rambunctious Chihuahua!

Shy: I’m a lot less fearful now than I was when I first came home, but I am afraid of loud noises (gun shots, fireworks, bangs, etc.) and I am afraid of things like brooms, rakes, and other handled tools.

 

What do you think of squirrels? Can they be trusted or are they trouble?

Chance: Squirrels are definitely trouble! I can’t stand the way they mock me from way up high in the trees where I can’t reach them! I’m sure you understand..

Shy: I agree. There is definitely something shady about those squirrels! If only we could figure out what they were up to…

 

From one dog to another, what is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?

Chance: Oh, I could go on and on, BOL! My nickname around here is “Black Dynamite” because of my antics! I think the naughtiest thing I’ve done was tear up a bag of sugar. I didn’t eat any of it (I’m not prone to sweets), but I tore up the bag all over the kitchen floor, BOL!!

Shy: Hmm… I think the naughtiest thing I’ve ever done happened on my second day at home. My person left me alone in her room for just a few minutes and I chewed up the door frame and paint (the room had been painted about 4 months before.) I completely tore the trim off of it and to this day, the paint still has my claw marks in it, BOL!

 

When is your Barkday?

Chance: I don’t know the EXACT date of my birthday, but I was born in 2012. It was sometime in early June. I was adopted July 30, 2012.

Shy: I don’t remember when my birthday is, but I was adopted February 18, 2013.

 

What is your breed? (Or what do you think your breed is?)

Chance: I’m a “variety breed,” Darko! BOL! I’m not 100% sure, but I think I am some sort of terrier mix. I was labeled a Dachshund/Min Pin/Boston Terrier, but I don’t see the resemblance, BOL!

Shy: I’m not really sure what breed I am, either, but a lot of people say they see a little bit of Shepherd or Labrador. I was labeled a “Friendly, Young Male Dog” at the pound.

 

You two are quite the energetic pair. What consists of the “average daily events” at your house?

Chance: Well, to start off, we will usually destroy a toy or two (or maybe even 3! BOL) After we eat, we go for a walk, and then we come back and train for a little while. Sometimes, we will go hiking. We take periodic naps throughout the day; gotta stay energized, you know! We always make sure to fit a good wrestling match into our day somewhere, too!

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Are there any fun stories you would like to share?

Chance: Usually, when our human “mom” tries to take our pictures for Facebook, we will either get into a wrestling match or pull our favorite trick! When one of us is looking at the camera, the other will be distracted and vice versa! Don’t tell our human, but we do this on purpose, BOL!

 

Chance, you were adopted from a high-kill shelter. Why were you there?

I was an owner surrender. I was taken there with my 3 brothers and sister. The best I can figure is that we were an accidental litter and the owner didn’t want us or even try to find homes for us.

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What was it like at the shelter?

It was very scary. It was cold and it smelled bad. The other dogs barked all the time; they were all scared too. None of us understood what we were doing there. I was kept in a cage with my siblings until they were all adopted and then I was alone.

 

How old were you?

I was 5 weeks old when I entered the pound.

 

How long were you there?

I was there for 2 long weeks. I was adopted the day before I was scheduled to be euthanized.

 

How did you find your forever home?

Facebook helped me find my home! A very kind volunteer group posted my picture on Facebook and that’s how my family saw me for the first time. It was almost a week after my human “mom’s” 18th birthday and she wanted to adopt a dog from the pound. I was her first pound rescue! An interesting story, actually. Originally, my human “mom” had picked out a different pup from the pictures on Facebook. However, that litter already had rescue and weren’t available for adoption. The volunteers told her about me and she saw my picture. Something about my picture told her to pick me and she said “I want him.” Two days later(the pound is closed on weekends), the two-leggeds were there before the pound even opened to adopt me!

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Did you have a different name at the shelter? If so, what was it and why was your name changed?

Yes, I did have a different name. My name there was Jack. Once I was in her arms and we were outside of the pound, my person said, “I think I’m going to name him Chance, for his second chance at life.” It was truly a new beginning for me, Darko.

 

What was it like meeting your forever family for the first time?

It was very strange and nerve-wracking. I was afraid they wouldn’t want me, since someone had already given up on me. As my human held me for the first time, I was shaking like a leaf, but I still managed to give her kisses and lick her fingers. I just wanted to be loved so badly.

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Did you settle in to your new home quickly, or did it take a while for you to adjust?

I settled in very quickly! Once I got home and had a nice bath, got some food in my belly, and was given new toys, I did zoomies back and forth through the house for two hours! I suddenly had all this energy. I knew I was finally safe!

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Are there any big differences in you from then to now?

The biggest difference I think is my energy. That first day, when I was so energetic, I’ve been energetic ever since! However, now I have a good bond with my human “mom,” too! And despite all of my energy, I do obey commands (most of the time, BOL!)

 

Shy, you were adopted from the same high-kill shelter, correct? Why were you there?

Yes, that is correct, Darko. I was picked up as a stray.

 

What was it like at the shelter?

It was closed in. I was used to seeing wide open skies and having my freedom. It was a big change for me to suddenly be put in a cage in a windowless building. We don’t see outside again at that place unless we get adopted, pulled into foster, or rescued. 

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How old were you?

I’m not sure. I was listed as a “Friendly, Young Male Dog.” We think I was around one and a half or two years old at the time.

 

How long were you there?

I was there for a week on Stray Hold. My adoption fee had been paid by a sponsor because there was no interest in me and they wanted to help my chances. When my stray hold was up, I was pulled into foster. I only stayed in foster for 2 days, though, before I was adopted. My human actually didn’t know I was in foster and went to the pound to get me on Sunday. The pound was closed, but the worker was there feeding the animals and cleaning the cages. He then told her that I had been pulled into foster, so she went home, messaged the volunteers, and got in contact with my foster. I was adopted the next day.

 

How did you find your forever home?

The two-leggeds actually weren’t looking for another pet when they stumbled across my picture. My human “mom” and her parents were looking on the volunteer Facebook page through the animals who had been rescued and saw that there was a “RED ALERT” for the pound as it was full. (Euth day is usually every other Tuesday.) Somehow, they were going through the available albums and stumbled upon my pictures. I had 2, maybe 3, shares and no rescue/adoption commitments. They weren’t sure about getting another dog and continued looking through the album. However, my human’s mind kept going back to me. She said there was something about me that she could feel even from looking at my picture. They met with my foster and adopted me a few days later.

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Did you have a different name at the shelter? If so, what was it and why was your name changed?

My human “mom” thinks the volunteers gave me a name, but she doesn’t know what it was. I was known as “#681.” From my picture, she was going to name me Riley or Cash. However, when she met me, she didn’t think either of those names suited me. Later that night, she decided on Shy for my timid, sweet behavior.

 

What was it like meeting Chance and your forever family for the first time?

It was very strange, Darko. I didn’t meet Chance until they got me home (due to Chance being afraid of new/strange people, he couldn’t come meet me when they met the foster.) However, meeting my family was so fun! On the ride home, I sat in the back seat with my human “mom” and cuddled the hall way! I LOVE hugs and she found that out very quickly, BOL! When I wasn’t trying to cuddle with her, I would put my chin on her shoulder and just look at her face. I couldn’t believe I finally had a family. I was afraid if I looked away, I’d be wake up back at the pound or on the streets again.

 

Did you settle in to your new home quickly, or did it take a while for you to adjust?

It actually took a while for me to adjust. I didn’t bark at all for the first 3 months. I didn’t know how to play, either. I was shy and timid (and yet very sweet) for such a long time at first.

 

Did you and Chance get along at first? Or did you need some time to get to know each other?

Well, I’ll be honest with you, Darko. For the first few months, Chance and I had to be separated from each other. When I first met him, we got into a fight. However, our human worked with both of us on that (using positive reinforcement methods!) She took us out for walks together, using the help of her brother. Finally, neither of us would “posture” at the other one any more and we started to play and be true “brothers!”

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Are there any big differences in you from then to now?

Oh yeah, definitely. I used to be so afraid of everything. If someone moved too quickly, I would crouch down to the ground with my tail between my legs. I bark now. A lot. BOL! Oh, and now I know how to play! I play and zoom around. I don’t react to dogs any more. Before, I would react so quickly, there were almost no body languages/signs. Now, I ignore them until I’m allowed to greet them and I greet them the right way. I’ve made a lot of doggy friends!

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You have been trying to help fellow furry friends since you first started your Facebook page. What is it you do?

We try to do a little bit of everything on our Facebook page, Darko! We crosspost and share animals in need. We post happy tails, freedom rides, and try and shed light on all the beautiful animals waiting for their homes in shelters. When we share our stories, we hope we inspire others to adopt a pet.

 

Do you have any tips or advice for others wanting to do the same?

Chance: Any help you can offer is so much more than doing nothing. Please remember that. Without those tirelessly sharing and networking, thousands of animals wouldn’t have been noticed by their forever homes.

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Shy: Never get discouraged and keep your head up. We understand the heartache and frustration when you feel like you can’t help them all. But like Chance already said, any help you can offer is so much more than sitting idly by. Share, network, crosspost, adopt, foster, volunteer, donate, educate, etc.!

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Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Chance: Despite some of the myths, shelter animals are not broken. We all need love and just because someone has given up on us before does not mean there is necessarily something “wrong” with us.

Shy: There are pets of all shapes, sizes, ages, and breed in the shelter! You never know when you’ll hit the jackpot!!

 

Do you use any other social media besides Facebook that we can share with our readers?

We have a Youtube Channel that we put most of our videos on. The URL is:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN9a2MzwfP5KWX12-x03ndQ

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Thank you for having us on your blog, Darko! We have had a pawsome time speaking with you and feel so honored that you wanted to interview us! Woof!

 

A few more photos…

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What a wooftastic story! Don’t you think? Thank you so much Chance and Shy for doing this interview with me. It was pawsome to have you here!

Sniff out their Facebook page and paw the Like button for the latest in the world of Chance and Shy at Chance’s Second Chance.

 

This has been our second edition of “These Paws Were Rescued.” Hope you enjoyed it and share it with your friends! Next month another special furry friend of mine will be joining us so stay tuned! 

Check out my previous interviews of These Paws Were Rescued on my home page by clicking on the link.

 

Do you have a rescue/adoption story that you would like to share? Email me at darko@darkothecanaanmutt.com! We’d love to hear it!

2 thoughts on ““These Paws Were Rescued” – Chance & Shy”

  1. Wow!!! What a wonderful interview <3 Loved it!!!Thoroughly enjoyed reading this interview :) So happy to read about how those PAWZ were rescued :) Pawsome job Darko, Chance and Shy <3 Lovely to meet you Chance and Shy :) Gorgeous pictures!! Hugz and kisses from me and Sydney oxoxo <3

    1. Hi Sydney and Auntie Ley! That is wooftastic! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Chance and Shy are pretty pawsome dudes! ***nubby wags*** Snuggles back at ‘ya and head-bonks from the kitties!

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