Chance is an approximately 1 ½ year old male charcoal black/gray greyhound mix with gorgeous golden eyes. He was rescued by a good Samaritan after seven months of encouragement and efforts in the Amarillo area. Chance is very shy and hesitant about most things around him. All his medical testing is normal and he has no intestinal parasites, which is very unusual for a stray-especially one that was out this long. Chance has passed an initial cat test but has not yet lived with cats in a foster home.
This is his story, written by Lynne, his rescuer:
About CHANCE ......
Chance first appeared in our neighborhood during late fall 2015 although it was reported that he was running through a neighborhood near us as early as March 2015. It was reported by someone who lives in our neighborhood that Chance spent the Christmas blizzard huddled under a mesquite tree in an open field. The first time I saw him was during a winter storm last November when he was eating some food we had placed outside for other wildlife. He was sort of like a shadow ghost because of his many fears. He would run away if he even saw you looking at him from inside the house.
As we began to leave food out for him, he progressed from eating a bite then running into the brush, to eating with many glances up to see if there was anything or anyone coming towards him. He was thin, so fearful, so wild ............it broke your heart. We named him Chance because he had survived so much and certainly deserved any and every chance possible.
Over the first part of 2016 Chance began to appear and actually seem to seek out some human contact. Never letting you touch him but with gradual, consistent hanging out with him, Chance began to make eye contact. Over months and many, many hours of me just sitting with him, he began to follow me around in the yard and even sniffed me as I sat quietly on the ground. Still never allowing me to touch him. He began to let me feed him by hand (hotdogs) and ever so gently would take it from my hands. As he would eat his regular dog food, I would sit with him constantly reassuring him that all would be ok. Before long, he was hanging out in our yard under shade trees and especially loved to have you outside with him in the early evening and early mornings. Direct eye contact was something he now sought out and his eyes got soft looking when he looked at me. You could definitely feel he was trusting and allowing you to enter his world. This process took 7 months.
When we finally were able to get a leash on him, he seemed both terrified and relieved at the same time. He was not relaxed in the outside kennel we had just completed for him. (We knew if we ever got our hands on him we had to have a secure holding spot.) As anxious as he was for the one night he was in the kennel, he relaxed when I shared the night in his kennel with him.
Fears are numerous. The main one is of trucks (diesel, especially ones that bang, rattle). He is more at ease with women who speak in soft, low voices. Cell phones send him running. Wind, storms, sounds of plastic flapping all make his uneasy. Hand movements scare him.
Chance is food motivated. Likes a routine and even the smallest changes are noticed. Chance would prefer to sit where he had a clear view of everything around him, no boxing this fellow into a corner.
Personality traits that were fun to watch emerge were his playful, curious side. Chance would poke his head around the house to see what you were doing if you disappeared from his sight. He had a playmate of sorts....a young skunk. He and Chance seemed to have some sort of relationship that he enjoyed. They would just hang out in the yard together!
From the very beginning I felt there was a good dog inside him. Looking into his eyes I saw a survivor of many hardships and most certainly he deserves a loving home where he can trust, love and enjoy life.
Do we wish we could keep Chance in our family? Absolutely, but we can't. Somewhere out there is his forever home where he will both delight and return the love tenfold. Chance just needs a chance!
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