Chance was originally named Bentley, and he arrived at the King's County SPCA after being seized during an investigation. He was only about 6 months old, very thin, and covered in demodex mange. The lovely people at the SPCA fell in love with him right away and soon realized that he was deaf. He was a very nervous pup and growled quite a bit in the beginning. With some patience and gentle love he gained confidence and then his playful, goofy side shone through.
Once his investigation was over and he became property of the SPCA, they contacted Camellia Saunderson who was running Buddy's Bully Rescue. They knew he would do best in a foster home who had experience with insecure and deaf pups so he could get the care he needed.
In March of this year, Camellia asked me to photograph Chance for his adoption profile, so I met with his foster and photographed that silly boy out in the snow. I quickly learned that photographing a deaf pup is quite the challenge! They had a big yard but he needed to stay on a long leash because if he ran off, we wouldn't be able to call him back. And if he got distracted or looked away, I couldn't just say his name to get his attention. We had to get creative and come up with new ways to keep him looking my way and showing off his gorgeous eyes. We tossed snowballs in the air, danced around, and waved colourful toys to keep him entertained.
Colleen, who had 4 dogs at the time (one being a recent rescue) and had also lost her deaf border collie in January, saw Chance's adoption photos on Facebook and fell in love. She wasn't sure if she should take on another rescue at this point but she found herself going back to look at his photo over and over. She knew she had to meet him. So she reached out to Camellia and told her about her previous experience with a deaf dog and that she would be interested in taking him once she got settled in at her new place, if he was still available.
Two weeks after moving into her new home (a bigger house in the country with a spacious yard), Colleen got a call from Camellia, asking if she was still interested in Chance. They hadn't found a suitable home for him yet. Colleen went to the home where he was being fostered and Chance came right up and sat on her lap. She knew before she even left the house that he was going to be joining her pack. She called Camellia right away to ask what she needed to do next.
Chance has fit into his new family perfectly. He has a playmate close to his age, so now they can tire each other out instead of bothering the older dogs. He eats a raw diet, he's learning sign language, and he now has 6 siblings at home! He has always been friendly, but at first he was quite shy, so Colleen helped him gain confidence by going to dog-friendly stores and meeting lots of new friends.
Colleen says she decided to name him Chance for a few reasons:
1) He reminded her of the dog, Chance, from Homeward Bound, and
2) He was getting another chance at life, because he'd had a very rough start.
I think it suits this boy perfectly! I photographed him and Colleen again last month and look how much he's grown! He's still a big puppy, but so handsome. I'm thrilled that I could be a small part of his story and get to meet such wonderful people and pups because of it. You're going to have an awesome life, buddy.
See you in the spring for your BIG family photo session!
Wet Nose Images LOVES to volunteer and give back to the pups of our community. I volunteer my time to photograph rescue pups and I also donate sessions to auctions that benefit rescue organizations. If you run a dog-related charity and would like to talk about how my work can help you out, please reach to me.