Every once in a while you wake up in the morning, take stock of your life and think, it’s time to take a chance.
Not the kind of chance you take by buying a lottery ticket, or going all-in at the card table in hopes of drawing an inside straight. The time in life when you take a chance on something real. Something important. Something like Chance. The dog.
He came to Pound Buddies Rescue of Muskegon a few weeks ago when a landlord was checking on one of his properties and discovered that the tenants had moved out and left the house empty; empty except for the sound of a lonely, panicky dog barking somewhere inside. He called Animal Control and together with the officer entered the home where they found a gaunt and weakened adult Golden Retriever-mix who’d been left for three to four weeks with no food, no water, no fresh air and no hope, except the hope that someone would hear his desperate pleas. Thankfully, someone did.
It takes a cold, soulless person to lock the door and turn their back on a warm, loving member of a family. A friend left to sit, day after day, while his energy and hope slowly slips away, waiting for his family to return. But, they didn’t. As day turned to night and back to day again, over and over, day after day, week after week, with the familiar sounds of the street just outside the closed and locked door, he sat and waited, his body becoming weaker, more weary and more emaciated, until all he could do was bark and hope someone would know he was still there. Still alive. Waiting.
Named Chance, because he’s been given a new chance in life, he is now being treated with the kindness and compassion that he richly deserves. Chance is in the hands of the good people at Pound Buddies and now knows that he still matters. His life matters. He is starting to put his weight back on, his coat is returning to a glossy shine, his eyes reflect the health and vigor that is returning and his tail wags with the genuine pleasure of giving and receiving love.
While he now has a chance at a future, the story does not yet have the happy ending of a new forever home. Maybe you or someone you know is ready and willing to take that chance of a lifetime and give this handsome, endearing boy the home he deserves. It’s a Chance worth taking.
However, if you miss your chance to adopt Chance, don’t give up. Take a moment and visit Pound Buddies.org or any one of the miracle-working organizations in our area who are doing everything they can to make sure that every abandoned dog gets a second chance.