Chuck was just a young guy when he came into the BC SPCA Williams Lake & District Branch in November 2009. He had been admitted as a stray with no identification, this made it impossible to track down his family unless they came looking for him.
When no one came the decision was made to have Chuck neutered before bringing him down to BC SPCA Abbotsford Branch via the Drive for Lives program. It didn’t take long before he was adopted, a family found him just nine days later. Sadly, Chuck’s cumbersome size and lack of obedience ended up being too much for this family to handle so they brought him back.
This time it only took four days for Chuck to be adopted and all the warnings were given that he was a big dog with an even bigger personality. This family had obedience trained before and were looking for a larger breed dog, so off Chuck went to spend his time with them. Luck just didn’t seem to be on Chuck’s side though as this family too found him to be much harder than they thought he would be to train. Chuck came back only four days after adoption.
The third time was the charm for this handsome man though, a lovely couple had come by looking to possibly adopt another dog, but fell for Chuck instead. With a clean bill of health, a bouncing puppy personality, and much work to be done on obedience this couple were fully enlightened on Chuck’s previous return issues, but they were ready and willing to give this guy the chance he needed to excel. They wrote us to share Chuck's transition into his forever home.
We adopted Jake (formerly known as Chuck) Jan 15, 2010 from the Abbotsford SPCA. My husband and I were going out for a walk one beautiful winter day when he asked me if I wanted to make a detour to the local SPCA. He had been there a little earlier that day and had his eye on a cute little Rotti named Roxy. Jake was kept in the first kennel and I didn’t make it past him before I fell in love. I just knew he was meant to be part of our family.
We had a look at the other dogs and while Roxy was a very cute little girl, I just knew Jake was the dog for us. We had to wait till the next day for another family who had an interest in Jake to make up their minds but thankfully, they never called back and he was ours.
Jake came from Williams Lake as a stray and had been adopted & returned twice to the SPCA because he was “aggressive” and “dominate”; in the time we have had him we have worked hard to help him become a friendly, calm dog. He has even become a St. Johns Ambulance Pet Therapy Dog and will soon begin visiting hospitals and care homes. While he can still get a little crazy, through patience and determination, he is a completely different dog than the one we got almost 2 yrs ago.
I have had some health issues and having Jake around has helped me focus on other things besides being sick. He is the reason to get out of the house everyday and to walk. He also helps keep me company when my husband is out on the road. We were not thinking of getting a pet due to our lifestyle of riding motorcycles, but now that we have Jake in our lives, I don’t know what we would do without him and the joy he brings to our lives.
Shane & Steve
What an amazing end to Jake’s chapter with us and a beautiful new beginning for him and his new adoptive family. We couldn’t be happier knowing how far Jake has come and we have no one more to thank than his wonderful family who has really helped him become the dog we all always knew he could given the proper chance.
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