Hi (Hello to UK readers)!
My name is Colin Chappell and while originally from Peterborough (UK), I moved to Canada in 1975 and in neither country did I consider a dog for a pet. Dogs were in fact annoying, soiled areas that I traveled on, chased almost anything that moved, smelled a little when dry, and smelled a lot when wet. I was bitten by Sabre (German Shepherd/Alsatian) who was probably protecting its owner from me. I was about 14 yrs old at that time and was only interested in trains so attacking big people was not a factor (but try explaining that to Sabre).
In a moment of weakness in November 2012, I started talking to our local Humane Society about dog ownership with the view to maybe, just maybe, I might like to adopt one. I was starting to believe that it could be possible to have a really rewarding relationship with a canine.
Eventually I decided yes, and so started looking for a good size, sociable, even temperament, huggy kind of dog. The plan totally misfired because while I was planning on possibly adopting a dog, Ray was planning on adopting me. His strategy was clearly better than mine because he moved in with us in March 2013. I would describe him as 75lbs of attitude in a fur coat!
He was neither sociable, nor of even temperament and did not like to be touched. In fact the only area where he met my criteria was in his size. He was certainly a good size dog! With me and “a good size dog” starting a new life together, there has to be many stories and this blog will be updated regularly in an attempt to tell some of those stories!
The emotional roller-coaster ride of the first 18 months of living with Ray, is covered in the book “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” (link below) which is available in Hard Cover, Paperback and eBook formats. All net profits from book sales will be directed to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society, who initially rescued Ray and spent four months working with him in order to make him an adoption possibility!
I later decided to expand the Blog to include a variety of writings. These are now under various Categories, but stories of Ray remained under “Dog Stories”. Each Category can, of course, be selected separately if so desired.