"Our beloved Shar Pei, Pasha, passed away after 10 wonderful years together, and we knew our hearts were open to adopt a new family member. While we were eager, we really wanted to make the right choice both for our laid-back, nature-loving lifestyle and because we were used to challenging dogs with independent personalities and knew we’d be willing to put in the time and effort to help rehabilitate an animal in need of a loving forever home. Being new to the area, we were unsure where to adopt. One night, a coworker shared her adoption story with Love and Second Chances over dinner and brought up the Facebook page, and there was a photo of Chow Chow Mufasa. We felt a strong connection that this was our dog – a cousin breed, also fiercely loyal, stubborn, quirky, loving. We contacted Melody immediately! She let us visit Mufasa at his foster home, and was open with communication as to what he needed, which included time to adjust. It was a short time later, after our application, that we welcomed Mavi to our home, which thankfully answered our silent prayers.
We knew he wasn’t just another pretty face, and he wasn’t a lap dog, and we’d have to earn his trust. Mavi was skittish and didn’t want to be touched; he faced the wall when he laid down; he jumped at all the new sounds. It seems he’d never felt grass or rocks or sand or water, and everything was a new experience for him. His fur was growing back after being shaved since it was matted from his previous life, and we washed him and brushed him, which he seemed to like. He was sweet – he had no aggression at all – and smart, because he began learning commands right away. If he listened, that was up to him, of course, but we were patient.
And he was easy in the respects that our previous pets were hard – he didn’t pull on the leash, he liked the water whether rain or sea, he did his business outside instantly, he wasn’t picky about kibble. He was goofy too – he stuck his tongue out during naps, whined and “talked” to us, and was equally overjoyed to go outside and to come inside, and he was ecstatic for meals … simple pleasures sent him running in circles! So quickly he let go of his stress and tension and just threw himself belly down, feet out on our rug. He started checking on us when we left the room, barked when anyone walked by the front door, and leaned in to us for affection like an overgrown cat. He grew back a coat of fur, and began gaining weight.
Today, he’s so clearly at home and has found his place where he can sit in the sun and watch the neighborhood, walk in the woods, venture to the park, take road trips together, and even experience a little bit of luxury … he stayed in a hotel for the first time, listened to bag pipes on the golf course, and even walked along the beach! We are so grateful to Love and Second Chances for the work they do and would highly recommend anyone looking for a rescue pet to invest your time, energy and resources in this organization.
-Nicole & Onur, pet parents to Chow Chow, Mavi"