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Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!

From Chase’s Final Refuge Mom

This is Chase. Chase was found as a stray, matted to the skin and filthy. He was shaved under anesthesia and has lots of loose hanging skin. He’s my saggy baggy elephant. He’s working on gaining weight quite enthusiastically. Chase has been home for several weeks now and is starting to truly relax – showing the different facets of his personality. And with each revelation he looks deep into your eyes asking if you’re going to accept him. “Will you still love me when I try and potty inside? When I snap if you touch my food bowel? If I shred the paper towel you attempt to wipe my face with nightly? If I snarl when you give me eye drops? Or growl when you move me off your lap momentarily?”

And with each yes, he relaxes just a bit more. It’s about building trust.  Tonight he got his 3rd medicated bath and first brushing. And he melted. You know the shuddering sighs babies make as they fall asleep after crying?  Or the deep sighs of a weary soul finally slipping into rest peacefully? Chase shuddered and sighed and melted, completely trusting for the first time.  And so I sat on my kitchen floor for an hour and brushed him softly. He let Pepper cat sit next to him, and Bella nuzzle close and I cleaned his ears and checked his teeth and my fingers escaped whole.

Chase is a young senior at 10 years old, but he has had a hard life. He’s still full of joy and can be quite playful and is definitely loving. He’s a velcro saggy baggy elephant and always on my lap or by my side. But now we have trust with that love. What a gift!

Thank you Old Dog Haven for this sweet, sweet boy!

Chase is sponsored by:

  • Cascade Kennels - Lifetime Sponsorship