Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Another Look: Real Rescue Dogs Are Talking

This is my third re-post in a series of four. The first was published December 17, 2014 the second was published December 24, 2014.

This was my very first woofie interview. He has a remarkable rescue story. You will learn what it means for humans to never turn away when they see a companion animal being mistreated and abused. The humans who rescued my woofie furriend Chancy are truly amazing humans. Everyone of the their companion animals is rescued; I hope you will join me in revisiting Chancy’s story and share my joy at his Happy Tails ending. First published August 21, 2012…click HERE


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As I said in the first post…I want to share other rescue cats’ and dogs’ recovery stories to spread our learning about the challenges we face and the joy our Guardians get to experience as they help us into, and through, recovery…(recovery meaning we show as much as we can of our REAL SELF).

So, here we go!  My FIRST WOOFIE…

 Please welcome CHANCY  !!!

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Savannah:  Hiya Chancy.  I can’t believe that you would honor me by being my first ever doggie interview!!!  You are so kind to do this!

 Chancy: Hi, Savannah, Thank you for invitin’ me to be interviewed. We was happy to hear that you interview dogs too. I am excited about answerin’ your questions.

 Savannah: Chancy, would you mind sharing with us how you arrived at your furrever home???

 Chancy: A teenage boy across the road from Mumsy and Popsy adopted me from the local Humane Society.  He got in trouble and was put in the jail.  His mama did not want me and gave me to Mumsy.

I was 4 months old when I got my furrever home.  I now am 4 ½ years old and I loves my furrever home and specially my Mumsy.

I was very bad off and near death when I came to my furrever home.  I had two kinds of mange, lots of worms, staph infection and was covered from nose to paws with ticks and fleas.

There was a collar embedded deep into my neck.  Mumsy cut the collar and carefully removed it.  She says she will never forget the love in my eyes as I stared straight into her eyes as she was cutting off the collar.  My neck had a very deep gash that went almost from one ear to the other.  Mumsy called the vet right away and they scheduled me for surgery the next morning.

Dr. Scotty called in a special surgeon to fix my neck. The collar had grown so far into my neck the surgeon had to cut away a lot of tissue and neck skin that was dead.  He stretched my skin tightly in order to stitch my neck back together.

You can see I had to wear my collar very low so I would not be afraid it would choke me.  Mumsy tightened it ever so slightly ever couple of months until I got to where I was not afraid  to have it on.  This picture was taken after I came out of the 2 months in isolation.

Mumsy did not want pictures of me when I first came.  She said the memories were sad enough without picture reminders.  She still cries when she thinks back.

Savannah:  Chancy, I know you have been in your furrever home now for what…about 4 years??…Do you remember what some of your most scary challenges were as you tried to trust and depend on your Mumsy and Popsy???

Chancy: I was ‘fraid of everybody when I first came to Mumsy and Popsy’s.

I didn’t stay afraid of Mumsy though.  I fell in love with her the second she cut the embedded collar from my neck.  I still don’t like to be held but I will let Mumsy and Popsy pick me up and take me to my kennel when I don’t want to go. And I let Mumsy holds me close when we go to the Vet ‘cause I get real scared.

Dr. Scotty says I am a “clinger” ‘cause I hold on to my Mumsy tight as I can.

I am afraid of a brush and won’t let anybody near me with one. I will let Mumsy brush me with her fingers though.

I am still afraid of a leash and go ballistic if Mumsy tries to attach one to my collar.  She is happy we have a very large yard for me to run in.  Mumsy is proud of me for wearin’ a collar too, ‘specially after what happened to my neck she didn’t think I ever would.

We are still workin’ on separation anxiety issues and Mumsy says I am a tad better but I still get very afraid when Mumsy leaves me.


We also are still workin’ on me learnin’ that when people come to visit they are not goin’ to hurt Mumsy.  Mumsy makes sure our guests are sitting down before she brings me in the room with them.  I am okay after they sit down.  I won’t let them sit close to Mumsy though and we are very slowly workin’ through that issue.

When Mumsy can reassure me the peoples are okay then I settle down.  I have to go behind the gate when little peoples are here ‘cause I don’t like them.  We have worked up to me lettin’ 2 people besides Mumsy and Popsy pet me, my oldest human brother and Mumsy’s best friend.  They still have to be sittin’ down though to pet me.

Savannah:  Ummm…ahhh…Chancy, would you mind telling us about some of the ways you and your Mumsy and Popsy worked together to help get you moving forward…ya know…like the peeps call it, “recovery”…where you try to overcome your issues or challenges?.

Chancy: Mumsy talks to me softly when she is reassuring me.  This is the way she helped me be okay with my human brother and Mumsy’s friend …she would sit by them, put me on the other side of her, hold me by my collar then she would touch them on the arm or leg while telling me it was okay, they are good people.  After a year or more I started goin’ up to them to be petted.

When Mumsy has to leave for a while she puts a special toy, a dog cookie and a chew bone in my kennel with me.  Before she leaves she pets me lots and tells me she promises she will be back soon.  She also leaves the door to the room open so the cats can visit with me and I won’t get lonely.  And she always brings me somethin’.  I never eat my cookie until Mumsy gets back home and opens my kennel door.

Savannah:  Ok Chancy…now let’s be real; be honest.  How successful have you been in working with Mumsy and Popsy so you can show your REAL SELF ??

Chancy:  It has been slow, but we have made progress.

The cats have helped me a lot to adjust.  They were not afraid of me at all when I finally got out of isolation.  I wasn’t afraid of them either.  We have always played together.  They are my furriends!

I tattle on them a lot but they still loves me…(snicker, snork)…koff, koff…ahem…moving along…


The challenges we are still working on is me not being so overly protective of Mumsy and be more trustin’ of family members and friends.

I also try to jump up and bite people who walk up to the fence and Mumsy is teachin’ me that is not a good thing to do.  I get so upset when people come near the fence Mumsy has to pick me up, stroke me and whisper in my ear that it is okay until I calm down.

This is how I look now after Mumsy and me worked together to get me all well and happy. I am one happy boy now.

Savannah:..Oh Chancy, you are such a great dog!  Luvluvluv ya man!  High Paws!!!

Ok, I promise…the very last, last question…Do ya have any  advice or tips,  to our readers to help them support their adult rescue dog, or maybe a new rescue dog they may be thinkin’ about brining into their home…anything  you think is impawtant to help that dog be able to show its REAL SELF??

Chancy:  Just give ‘em lots of tender, lovin’ care, be patient and consistent.

Savannah:..Oh My Cat! Chancy, this has been so pawsome to get to know you better…to learn about your early days before your furrever home.

Any last thought or words of wisdom you want to share?

Chancy:  You all probably already knows this but…I wants to say that there is a whole lot of doggies and kitties that are neglected and has collars on that do not grow with ‘em and they needs help to get those collars off.

Sometimes the collars are very hard to see because their lovely furrs is covering them.

So when you sees a kitty or doggie anywhere; check their neck closely to be sure they don’t have a collar growin’ into their neck.  If they does not gets help they will eventually choke to death or starve.

And I wants to thank all of you who have taken in doggies and kitties and give them lots of TLC.  Hugs and nose kisses to everybody from me and my Mumsy.  We thank you, Savannah and your mom too. We were happy to do the interview and share my story.

WOW!! I hope all of you are holding up way better than me!!!…I am EXHAUSTED from talking with Chancy…what a SURVIVOR he is!  What FANTABULOUS peeps are Mumsy and Popsy!!!

…I have to go take a little rest in my closet after that one…

PURRLEASE, PURRLEASE…remember what Chancy and his Mumsy and Popsy said…never, ever, never let a cat or dog pass you by without just taking a quick look to make sure their collars are the correct fit…even if they are strays or belong to neighbors…just a suggestion…

Paw pats, until next time…Savannah

UPDATED CHANCY PHOTOS: you can visit Chancy and his brother Baby Boy and his cat sisfur Pooh HERE





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18 thoughts on “Another Look: Real Rescue Dogs Are Talking

  1. Mee-you Savannah sweet Chancy sure went thru allot to get to bee with Mumsy an mee iss so glad to call him me furend!!!
    Now mee knowss hiss whole storey 😉
    Hope yur Mum iss feelin gbettur an up an round…pleese give her sum **kissess** frum mee an LadyMum sendss gentull (((HUGSS)))…
    Luv Siddhartha an LadyMum x0x0x0

  2. meowmeowmans on said:

    Great interview, Savvy! We’re friends with Chancy, and it sure was nice to learn more about him. 🙂

    Hugs to you, Sage, Mom Linda and Dad Peter. And Happy New Year!

  3. Great interview Savvy,Hope your mum is on the mend and both you and Sage are feeling Better,Happy New Year,xx Speedy

  4. Mags Corner on said:

    We wish you all a Very Happy New Year and we hope that 2015 will be filled with love, happiness, good health, all you need to live comfortably and lots of hugs and nose kisses! Maggie, Gene, Chancy, Pooh and Baby Boy

  5. What a story! Very nice to meet a beautiful pup!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  6. catfromhell on said:

    What a great story about Chancy! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Beautiful, heart-breaking, and happy story. Our mom always checks collars and thinks this is some of the best advice ever. Thank you for sharing Chancy’s tale. We wish you a wonderful 2015! Happy New Year!

  8. Oh I love Chancy!!! But I didn’t know all his story until now!! How sad it was and how amazing he and Mumsy and Popsy are!! Thank for sharing this and for interviewing him, Savvy!! x0x

  9. Chancy is quite a guy. We love him and mumsy too 🙂
    Pawkisses for a Happy New Year 🙂 ❤

  10. Ha! Chancy! how great! I love Chancy and his furmily and as I read his blog I bowed my head to honor Chancy’s mom&dad. Have a good new year at Casa Savannah and all my best wishes to your mom L. and your dad P. and to THE KID of course… and to your cousin and his daddy!

  11. I remember Chancey. He is a kinda cute little guy.

  12. So pleased to see Chancy featured, love this little guy xx

  13. manxmnews2014 on said:

    Happy Mew Years Eve!!!

  14. Happy New Year!!!

  15. Mumsy's Little Chancy Man on said:

    Thank you sweet Savannah and Mom Linda for posting my story again. Mumsy and I hope it encourages others to adopt and rescue, there are lots of sweet doggies and kitties who need loving families and good homes. And us rescues give the best loves EVER! Hugs and nose kisses Chancy

  16. Chancy is adorable and we’re so glad he was rescued into such a good home with Mumsy. Thanks for sharing his story again. Happy New Year’s Eve!

  17. We love this series! It really means a lot to read the happiest tails of all like these.

    Happy new year from all of us to all of you!

  18. Oh I remember meeting Chancy when you first introduced him……so very sad about his collar horror and his long recovery when he got his forever home but what a DARLING boy he is and what a great life he has with his patient new Mom. We love thinking about all the animals who have found their “FOREVER” this past year and hope and pray many MANY more find that in the new year as well. Thanks for doing your part in that regard dearest Savvy and Dad Peter and Mom Linda…….”All we need is love”………..

    Sammy and Mom

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