Meet My Wingman, Chance!

Have you ever come across anyone who can watch the ASPCA commercials on television without tearing up or asking themselves why such things exist?

I wondered myself, how I could help and found that the best answer for me was to save a rescue dog.

All my life my family had dogs, either purchased from a pet store or given to us by a neighbor whose dog just had a litter.

When you rescue a dog you save it’s life and find your best friend fur ever.  I rescued Wingman Chance and it changed my life and his.

A Heartbreaking Event Lead Me to “A Chance”

Two years ago; after my beautiful twelve-year-old Cocker Spaniel Gidget, succumbed to heart disease, I felt lost, alone and the house felt very empty and quiet.

I knew I could never replace her, but I wanted to fill the empty void that her passing left in my life.

My nieces; who both have rescue dogs, encouraged me to find a rescue shelter and save a dog that someone had abandoned, mistreated or neglected.

Would You Pass Up “A Chance”?

I went to the local shelter and decided to give myself and a special dog another chance at unconditional love and happiness. 

I chose a pup that had been abandoned by the side of the road along with his brother, somewhere in Tennessee.

His name was originally Hayes, but can you guess what I renamed him? Yes, you guess it…his name is Chance-as-a-pupChance. He is a Chihuahua/Whippet mix.

This I thought was odd, but he is the cutest and sweetest little thing I could ever ask for.

Anyway, I rescued Chance, saved him from a shelter life and found my best friend fur ever.

He will turn four in September 2020, and is the most lovable and affectionate dog I have ever owned.

Sometimes, I call him Chanceyspants or Chancetheman, but one thing is for certain, I made the right decision to rescue this dog.

Wingman-ChanceWe changed each other’s lives in the best way possible. He’s become my best wingman…always by my side giving unconditional love.

Chance has even become my Blog Assistant.

Always by my side when I am working, doing what he does best–inspiring me in all aspects of my journey.

Rescue Dog Awareness

Did you know that there is a National Rescue Dog Day? Yes, it’s true. National Rescue Dog Day is May 20th and founded by a corporation (Tails That Teach, Inc.).

It’s focus is to bring awareness to the numbers of dogs who sit in shelters each year waiting for a chance to be adopted and find their fur ever home.

National Rescue Dog Day was founded to recognize all the amazing aspects of letting a furry four-legged dog into your life.

Ways You Can Observe National Rescue Dog Day

Adopt, be a foster dog parent, donate items or money to a shelter or the SPCA, volunteer your time at a shelter and spay or neuter your dog to keep the population of unwanted dogs under control.

Be responsible and do the right thing!👍

Why Choose a Rescue Dog?

Would you turn down giving this poor dog a loving home? The sad fact is, many people would! There are endless reasons to choose a Rescue Dog.

Rescue dogs are unique in that they have had many challenges to overcome, yet they still provide comfort, love, friendship and security as a family pet.

Saving this rescue dog could mean you find your best friend fur-ever.


Additionally, they allow people with disabilities to gain independence and are amazing at giving comfort to sick children and the elderly.

They are emotional support companions for people who suffer from depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Autism, to name a few.

Rescue dogs are trained to be bomb and drug dogs for police and the military as well as for search and rescue missions.

A rescue dog makes  a wonderful teacher, as they show children about caring and being kind. Rescue dogs certainly improve and enrich human lives.

I believe in the fact that Rescue Dogs rescue you.

All dogs enrich your life with their love and affection but when you take a Rescue Dog into your life you get much more…an unbreakable bond such as the one I feel with my Chance.

Homelessness Facts

Homeless-DogsOne of every ten dogs born in the United States will find a permanent home.

Nearly four million dogs are taken in by shelters every year across the nation and the main reason is that their owners give them up or they are found by animal control on the streets of the United States.

Many of these dogs are strays who have been lost and do not have any identification.

The fact that nearly three million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full to accommodate them, is just too astounding to think about.

It is quite necessary to spay or neuter all your animals to help keep the population of unwanted pets to a minimum and keep the shelters from being overcrowded.

If you find it in your heart to rescue versus buy, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. You will save a dog’s life and find your best friend fur ever.

Reasons to Rescue Your Next Dog From A Shelter

You save a life. You help break the cycle of pet overpopulation. There’s a wide selection of dogs to choose from. Adoption fees are less.

Your new pet has received excellent care. You encourage others to adopt from a shelter. Now aren’t those some wonderful reasons?

Bringing Home Your New Fur Friend

1) Things to Do Before Bringing Your Dog Home From the Shelter

  •  Gather everything there are going to need in the way of supplies – Food, treats, bowls, crate or gates, toys, leash, collar and I.D. tag.
  • Don’t forget to dog-proof your home. Remove anything that could be hazardous or of value that could be accidentally broken or chewed.
  • Setup for the dog’s arrival and decide what room the dogs’ bed, crate, and bowls will be in.
  • Decide where to store food and treats and set up doggies rules for family members to follow.
  • Decide when your dog will eat, go for walks, play and potty time.

2) Caring for and Training Him/Her

If you’ve ever moved into a new house or apartment you understand how making everything just the wayComing-Home-With-New Dog you like it is important to enjoying your new place.

The same is true for when you bring your shelter dog home to his or her new place to live. 

You want to make their surroundings safe, comfortable and enjoyable.

3) Keep the Day Low-Keyed

  • Bringing the dog straight home is very important.  Do not have visitors for the first few days. Your dog won’t become overwhelmed.
  • Let the dog get acclimated to his new surroundings, inside and out. Let them sniff around so they become familiar with their new environment.
  • Do not take any trips initially. Become familiar with your dog’s behavior before introducing him/her to a new place.
  • Establish walk routines in places where you are familiar with. This is very helpful.
  • Play time in the yard is good for exercise as well as bonding and training. Establish your dog’s daily routine – Sleeping, Eating and Walks should be at the same time each day.

4) When Caring for Your New Dog, These Steps are Very Useful

  • Feed the dog twice a day at the same time each day so your dog knows when it’s mealtime. Good good potty-training habits are important.
  • You should take your dog out first thing in the morning, after meals and just before bedtime. Praise your dog for good potty behavior and be more consistent with their potty training as accidents do occur.
  • Make sure you take your new rescue dog to the veterinarian to make sure he/she is healthy.

Rescue Dogs May Have Anxiety Issues

Many rescue dogs experience separation anxiety. Know the signs and how to deal with it.  Always be patient.

The dog’s behavior won’t change overnight. Be kind, gentle and remember to always be persistent.

Remember to be proactive and not reactive. Manage the dog’s environment in order to prevent inappropriate behavior.

Rescued Dogs – The Love They Give

G'-&-Sophie-snugglingThe relationship between rescue dogs and their people can be life-changing, even lifesaving, for both. Rescued dogs change lives.

Think of it this way. You’ll never be alone again. Life will never be boring. Walks are better with someone by your side to share them with.

Licks equal love. But my true favorite saying is Who rescued Who.  


I would love to hear what you think about Meet My Wingman, Chance, so please share your thoughts, questions and comments in the section below and I will be happy to respond.


All the Best!


Founder/Creator: Love A Rescue Dog🐶

“Saving one animal won’t change the world, but for that one animal, the world changes forever”


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10 thoughts on “Meet My Wingman, Chance!”

  1. The ASPCA ads make me get teary eyed when they come on, it’s so hard to see the dogs looking the way they do. Thank you for bringing attention to rescuing animals. Our next dog we will get from a shelter. Hope you have a Wonderful New Year!!

    Blessings to you,

    1. Renea,

      Thank you for the wonderful comments you made to my post.
      To tell you the truth, when that advertisement comes on the TV, I either walk away until it is over or turn the TV off for a few moments.
      I cannot watch it.
      Thank you for thinking about adopting and not shopping!

      All the best to you in 2020.

  2. All my pets are rescued, my first one stayed with me for 7 years and my second one, more than 10. Now I have a cat, for a change, who just walked into my house one fine December morning in 2018 and never wanted to leave. She’s sweet, cuddly and adorable. I certainly see myself having furry companions until my golden years. They are great for the soul and make such positive differences in your life. 

    1. Hello Cathy!

      Hope you are having a great evening and that this note finds you well.

      Thank you for your input regarding rescuing animals. I appreciate your support in understand my cause.

      All the best to you!


  3. Hey Barbara,  Firstly I commend you on your mission to “Home” Rescued Dogs.  Wow, I feel how passionate you are and your tips, routines etc. are priceless.  Thank you.

    I rescued a dog from a shelter years back.  Jess has passed now.  I went to the shelter with a fixed idea of coming home with a blue heeler. I came home with Jess, a ridgeback/cattle dog cross.  The connection between us was instant – I couldn’t believe it.

    Dogs, cats, even birds bring joy into ordinary people’s lives as well as those with disabilities and haunting PTSD etc.  They have an inane sense that is far superior to our human senses.  

    I appreciate the work you are doing to bring people’s awareness to the huge number of dogs, and other animals, that are sitting in caring shelters patiently waiting for that special master/mistress to discover them.  Powerful stuff.

    I’m curious, how did your mission start?

    Informative and helpful article.  Again, thank you, Cheers Jill  

    1. Jill,

      Thank you for the great comments. I really appreciate your feedback.

      Were you only able to read that one post or was my entire website available to you to view? I’m curious as to how this works. 

      Anway, to answer your question about how my mission began, it took the tragic loss of my beautiful cocker spaniel Gidget to open my eyes to not wanting to be all alone in my house without a loving fur companion to come home to. When I tell you my heart was truly broken, I’m not exaggerating. 💔

      You can more about this on my website. 

      and also on https://www.myeverythingforyou…   All the best to you! Barbara

  4. I am very much for adopting dogs from shelters and I’m very against getting a dog from a pet store. However, I am one of those people who believes in studying breeds. Which one is the best for my family? Living in Ohio, I won’t get a Husky. Labs are too feisty. Saint Bernards are too big. 

    I’ve had the experience of adopting several animals from shelters. I hate to say it, but it has never worked out. It kills me because the animals were so loveable. I can’t get into details, but please don’t think all people who prefer purebreds are selfish. I only adopt animals through respectable breeders in situations where I see the home and meet the parents. Again, my support and congratulations to everyone who can accept a rescue dog or cat and it works out.

    1. Neko, 

      Thank you for commenting on my post! I am sorry that you have had bad experiences with adopting from a shelter. Believe me when I say that I don’t believe you are selfish when going through a breeder to get your animals. You are still giving a dog/cat, whatever a stable home. However, you must understand that that constitute rescuing a dog. My site is to bring awareness to the millions of dogs that are left to fend for themselves because their owners didn’t want them any longer, or the ones who are in shelters and are placed on the Euthanasia list because the shelters are too over crowded. I’m campaigning for those dogs and the dogs who have been, neglected, mistreated, abused and left for dead, tied to a tree in the hot sun with no food or water. 

      It is down right horrific to see or know this is happening on a daily basis all over the world.

      All the best to you!

  5. Your article encouraging the rescue of dogs was great.  Your are so right.  I can’t watch the ASPCA adds without tearing up.  I had a very difficult time when I last went to our local animal shelter seeing all the dogs that I could not rescue.  We got a jack russell beagle mix…. a jack reagle.  Rescuing is a very satisfying experience.  Even though we got our dog when she was about 12 weeks old, the impact that negative experiences in her early life can still be seen.  If I could I would rescue all the dogs I have met.  Thanks for you article.  I hope is inspires many rescues.

    1. Anastazja!

      Hello and thank you for your comments..

      The more that you gain the confidence of your pup, provide him/her with a happy and loving environment, the greater chances are of the wounds to heal.

      All the best to you!


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