Chauncey was surrendered to the BC SPCA Cowichan & District Branch when he became too much responsibility for his owner. Upon surrendering Cowichan staff found out that Chauncey had been kept as an outdoor dog and was lacking some essential manners.
Shortly after coming in Chauncey took a quick trip to a local veterinarian to be neutered, this helped to calm down some of his excitability. Afterwards, staff and volunteers began working on his leash manners and sociability with other dogs. You could tell right away that Chauncey was going to develop into an amazing dog; he was always eager to learn and really enjoyed his one-on-one time.
Although initially shy at times when meeting new people, Chauncey was able to win over the hearts of a couple who came by to find an addition to their family. His new family has taken some time to give us an update on how well he’s now doing in their care.
Thought you'd appreciate an update on Chauncey. As you can see from the photos his fur is very shiny and soft - he's healthy, happy and more confident - he's become affectionate and even funny - he smiles more often these days.
He eats well - but not too much - and his health is good. Out and about - in town - he's very good with people - gentle with children - and cautious but friendly with other dogs. Everyone who sees him remarks on how beautiful his eyes are - so ironic that no one wanted to adopt him for the same reason - now people gravitate to him - everyone admires him and wants to pet him. He has a very sweet soul.
You all trained Chauncey so well. He sits immediately to take his leash and is very responsive and well-behaved. There are no behaviour issues for us to deal with. We have a big property and lots of forest inside the fenced area; we allow him to explore but worry when he disappears behind foliate - but he always comes when called.
He eats well - but not too much. Stephen sometimes boils up a big beef heart or liver, cuts it into slices and makes a gravy just for Chauncey - we add this to his morning meal; he also gets marrow bones and cookies. He loves licking ice cubes.
He gets lots of exercise running & playing around the property every day and we take him for walks locally and on trails where he meets other dogs & people - he's always polite. He rarely barks or vocalizes - but we encourage him to use his voice when he plays.
The vet (Dr. Jenn - Lighthouse Veterinary) thinks he's a good dog and she's given him all the shots you recommended, etc. He had an ear infection - but that cleared up after a few weeks of treatment - so he's very healthy now.
Chauncey is also very smart and observant so he knows our ways. He loves his daily routines - and has dog beds all over the house, but sometimes likes to have quiet time in another room - he mostly prefers to keep us in sight.
We really love our Chauncey and can see by his behaviour how you worked to give him good habits and a nice personality. In this way - you've all made us very happy.
Many thanks - Valerie & Stephen & Chauncey
What a difference Valerie and Stephen have already made in Chauncey’s life; he went from being a shy and timid young dog to one who is more confident and playful. We couldn’t be happier knowing he has a family that will look after him for the rest of his life. Thank you to Valerie and Stephen for making adoption your first option.
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