Chico, the ruggedly handsome man that he is, was surrendered into the care of a humane officer and brought to the BC SPCA Burnaby Branch to be properly cared for. Poor Chico had spent most of his life on a chain, tied up with no one to interact it, it was a lonely life. Chico was fortunate enough to be rescued out of his isolated life and his great personality started to shine through quite quickly.
A real ham for attention, Chico was always ready for a nice long walk or a snuggle on the couch, either or he was good to go. He went into foster care for a short time to help work on his manners, his leash training required some work as he was always showing off just how strong and manly he was. Chico was neutered and tattooed while in Burnaby’s care before finding a great home with a wonderful new family where he has had the perfect second chance at life. Angie, his new mum, has written us about Chico and all the great activities they have since been up to.
I adopted my dog from the Burnaby SPCA last February, 2011. He was named Chico by his first owner but we had changed his name to Mercury. I don’t know if Kristina is still with you but she was the one who handled this adoption. I wanted to let you know that Mercury is doing extremely well. He had some bad habits which we knew was as a result of him being neglected by his original owner.
He has come a long way since we first got him and is a very lucky dog. He is in great health and I do watch what he eats as well as brush his teeth often!!! It’s funny to see him close his eyes and lay back when I do this...I think being neglected when he was young makes him appreciate any one touching him and he sure gets a lot of pats!!!
Last weekend we have a family reunion and Mercury was the life of the party. One of his favourite thing is going hiking across the street from our house where he runs around until he can barely walk. In the beginning he would wander off and it was constant yelling his name before he would return and usually in his own time....but now he responds immediately when Kirk calls him and he has bonded very well with all our kids – especially my stepson who, at 17, is the ideal age, to rough house with Mercury.
Mercury eyes light up when Dixon comes over. He has slowly given us his trust and we cannot wait until summer when we spend a lot of time outside and going for walks. I have been accused of spoiling him but I think that every dog should have a Canucks jacket as well as several warm blankets.
Mercury certainly knows that he a member of our family and has found his place in our hearts and home. I have attached a picture of him posing for my nephew’s fiancée – that’s his favourite blue blanket!!!.....Thank you for saving Mercury and bringing him into our lives, can’t remember what it was like before we got him.
What a difference a new home can make. We are all so happy to hear how well Mercury is doing with Angie and family; it touches our hearts to know this guy is now well looked after just like he deserves. Thank you for making adoption your first option.
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