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Chance has a big story. Where to begin? A friend shared this video of Cadence on Facebook

Our hearts broke for this girl and even though she’s in California we inquired about adopting her. Then, after talking to me, her foster thought we’d be the perfect family for Chance and sent me his video.

Of course our hearts broke again. After seeing a couple more videos of this guy after he was rescued we knew he was made for us (and Kona)

Chance was rescued by Eldad Hagar from Hope for Paws. After we talked with Eldad and picked a date (as soon as possible) for Chance to come home we learned that he’d be traveling in style! Pilot Yehuda from Wings of Rescue FLEW Chance and Eldad to Phoenix. Yes, Chance came home on a private plane. He’s not going to be pleased when we drive to California on our next visit 😉 Oh, and we have video of that too!

When he got here we met him outside and didn’t take long for us to fall in love. Here’s our first family photo

He took a long nap, probably not sure what the heck was going on. We took a walk together and then they played for a bit and at the end of the night while I was sitting on the patio he came over, jumped up and made himself at home right next to me on the seat. Of course Kona couldn’t miss out on the attention so there were 3 of us stuffed on.

Then when I went to bed last night the dogs followed me. Chance decided he wanted to sleep on the bed too so he hopped up and scooted over until his entire back was against my leg and started snoring. He ended up on the dog bed for the rest of the night and didn’t make a peep.

The next morning they climbed up for some morning cuddles

They played for a bit and we’re working on a video to share but for now here is some photos of this super handsome guy.

Here’s how he’s doing now, 1 week home.

Be sure to “like” and follow Hope for Paws and Wings of Rescue on Facebook along with Eldad on Flickr and Youtube to see all the amazing things they are doing every day.

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Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.

168 Comments

  1. Ahhhh this made me cry. Reminds me of how my pit girl was when I found her. I’m so happy he found a home with you guys! Oh and FYI my girl has been a snoring bed hog cuddle bug since the day I found her 3 years ago and shows no signs of stopping! Can’t wait to see more updates on Chance!

    • pandcsmom@gmail.com Reply

      Aww I love that! He’s showing no signs of stopping 😉

  2. God bless you for this. I watch Eldad’s videos all the time and I wish I lived in America

  3. TEARS ON MY EYES, YOU ARE ANGELS AND I KNOW THAT THE ALMIGHTY GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF HIS CREATURES. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING SUCH A LOVING HEART. I LOVE YOU!

  4. poohpup@gmail.com Reply

    Such awesome news! As mom to a rescue dog who suffered horrific abuse and neglect, I can promise your life will be sweetened and enriched in ways you can’t imagine. So happy that Chance has found an awesome forever home and so happy for your family that you’ll be the recipient of his boundless love. Congratulations!

  5. coachksk@yahoo.com Reply

    Chance just adds even more to your already "beautiful" family. Love that your passing this kind of care onto your boys. All dogs should be so lucky:). Aloha!

  6. Ahhhh this made me cry. Reminds me of how my pit girl was when I found her. I’m so happy he found a home with you guys! Oh and FYI my girl has been a snoring bed hog cuddle bug since the day I found her 3 years ago and shows no signs of stopping! Can’t wait to see more updates on Chance!

    • Allison Waken Reply

      Aww I love that! He’s showing no signs of stopping 😉

  7. God bless you for this. I watch Eldad’s videos all the time and I wish I lived in America

  8. TEARS ON MY EYES, YOU ARE ANGELS AND I KNOW THAT THE ALMIGHTY GOD WILL BLESS YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF HIS CREATURES. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING SUCH A LOVING HEART. I LOVE YOU!

  9. Such awesome news! As mom to a rescue dog who suffered horrific abuse and neglect, I can promise your life will be sweetened and enriched in ways you can’t imagine. So happy that Chance has found an awesome forever home and so happy for your family that you’ll be the recipient of his boundless love. Congratulations!

  10. Chance just adds even more to your already "beautiful" family. Love that your passing this kind of care onto your boys. All dogs should be so lucky:). Aloha!

  11. Caz Hancock Reply

    Beautiful, i love that you gave him a home. One of the things i hate on this earth is animal cruelty, what kind of people do that.Those videos just broke my heart, they are beautiful dogs and deserve better, Do you know if Cadence got a home? I have never heard of bating, what is that?

    • pandcsmom@gmail.com Reply

      Cadence is still looking for the perfect home. I’m hoping with everyone sharing more she’ll find it soon. Here’s info on what a bait dog is from Wikipedia – "Bait" animals are animals used to test a dog’s fighting instinct; they are often mauled or killed in the process. Trainers obtain bait animals from several sources: wild or feral animals, animals obtained from a shelter, or in some cases, stolen pets.[3] Sometimes the animals are also obtained through "free to a good home" ads.

  12. Chance is such a sweetie, Allison! Congrats on finding him and giving him a loving home! I am sure the rest of your boys are loving on him fiercely, as he deserves! 🙂
    Pits get such a bad rap. I love seeing rescue stories like this that show how loving and gentle they really are!

    • pandcsmom@gmail.com Reply

      The boys are definitely giving them lots of attention! You’re right they get an extra bad rap and are such amazing little creatures.

  13. Chance is such a sweetie, Allison! Congrats on finding him and giving him a loving home! I am sure the rest of your boys are loving on him fiercely, as he deserves! 🙂
    Pits get such a bad rap. I love seeing rescue stories like this that show how loving and gentle they really are!

    • Allison Waken Reply

      The boys are definitely giving them lots of attention! You’re right they get an extra bad rap and are such amazing little creatures.

  14. Kathleen Forbes Reply

    He is so so so adorable. I love the family photo, it’s amazing how even the dogs are looking at the camera!

    • pandcsmom@gmail.com Reply

      We may have to use this one for the Christmas card this year – who knows if that will ever happen again lol!

  15. That picture of them in bed is perfection! Congrats on getting such a great dog!

  16. Melody Moon Reply

    Those beautiful eyes are going to be looking into your eyes for a very long and happy time. Gongrats on your new family member and for giving a down and out creature of God a second chance at happiness.

  17. edydi@netscape.net Reply

    I love you and all the kindness and selflessness that you show to each and every helpless furry friend… <3

  18. Edith Vicente Reply

    I love you and all the kindness and selflessness that you show to each and every helpless furry friend… <3

  19. Elaine Rowley Reply

    I came here from Eldad’s page. He is an absolute angel on earth for animals. And thanks to people like you who give these beautiful dogs a happy ever after home he can keep on rescuing! I have a rescue dog too. One of the best things I have ever done!! So happy to see Chance living the life he deserves with you. Bless you xxx

  20. He is so beautiful it just brings tears to my eyes. I am so happy for all of you.

  21. I’ve got tears in my eyes as I’m reading this. I’m so happy that Chance has found such a wonderful home with you. When you watch his rescue video and see him now, in the pictures you took… There are just no words.

  22. Aww that is so great! I love following Eldad’s exploits, that’s what led me to your blog, and so happy to see what a great fit Chnce is with your beautiful family! And your photography is LOVELY! Congratulations.

  23. Donna Otwell White Reply

    Congratulations on expanding your family! Chance is a beautiful boy, and I’m sure you will all have many happy times together! <3

  24. meowlai@verizon.net Reply

    Bless you, bless you, bless you, for sharing Chance’s story and opening your home and heart to him! xoxoxo

  25. Bless you, bless you, bless you, for sharing Chance’s story and opening your home and heart to him! xoxoxo

  26. LOVE!! I’m so glad Chance wound up in your home. Please tell me you are printing and framing the one of Chance and Kona on the bed together 🙂

  27. What a beautiful family you are! I love the lessons you are teaching your boys about kindness!

  28. jnnbullock@aol.com Reply

    This is so lovely, Chance looks like he has fitted in perfectly with your family. I wish you all many, many joyous years together.

  29. jnnbullock Reply

    This is so lovely, Chance looks like he has fitted in perfectly with your family. I wish you all many, many joyous years together.

  30. autumnbreeze26@gmail.com Reply

    Came here via Eldad’s post. I watch all of Eldad’s videos and even though they’re heartbreaking, it’s wonderful to see their lives changed for the better. Thank you SO much for proving a loving forever home for this sweet boy. You have a beautiful family and a huge heart! You can see how happy each of you are in the family picture. I especially love the one of both dogs on the bed. You rock!

  31. Came here via Eldad’s post. I watch all of Eldad’s videos and even though they’re heartbreaking, it’s wonderful to see their lives changed for the better. Thank you SO much for proving a loving forever home for this sweet boy. You have a beautiful family and a huge heart! You can see how happy each of you are in the family picture. I especially love the one of both dogs on the bed. You rock!

  32. brentwoodave@yahoo.com Reply

    I live in Casa Grande and have followed the story of this Guuy and Hope For Paws. Im happy for Chance and you folks. we need more people like you.

  33. Dennis Mercier Reply

    I live in Casa Grande and have followed the story of this Guuy and Hope For Paws. Im happy for Chance and you folks. we need more people like you.

  34. This story (and the photographs) are simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to hearing about Chance’s life with his forever family.

    • P.S. I’m hoping to talk to someone at Hope for Paws about Cadence. Would love to be considered for her happily ever after family 🙂

  35. lesliemrb@aol.com Reply

    I’m so happy for Chance and want to thank you for taking this beautiful soul into your loving home. God Bless your wonderful family! 🙂

  36. I’m so happy for Chance and want to thank you for taking this beautiful soul into your loving home. God Bless your wonderful family! 🙂

  37. Frulein Rosarot Reply

    Thank you for giving Chance a home and a good life! God bless you!
    Greetings from Germany! <3

  38. decker.lindsey@gmail.com Reply

    I too followed Chance’s story on Hope for Paws. It makes my heart so full to see he’s ended up with such a loving and happy family. You all look great together! Give him some belly rubs from me in Madison, WI. ~ Lindsey

  39. I too followed Chance’s story on Hope for Paws. It makes my heart so full to see he’s ended up with such a loving and happy family. You all look great together! Give him some belly rubs from me in Madison, WI. ~ Lindsey

  40. This dog is so amazing and brave ! I live in Ottawa, Canada, otherwise I would have adopted him long time ago !! You guys rock ! Thank you for taking him in and loving him !

  41. 59margaret@gmail.com Reply

    I do declare – tears of happiness arrived in my eyes – beautiful, beautiful, beautiful – may you have many happy, healthy and fun years ahead

  42. I do declare – tears of happiness arrived in my eyes – beautiful, beautiful, beautiful – may you have many happy, healthy and fun years ahead

  43. im from England and have followed this story from day one. you are all an amazing family for giving him his forever home !

  44. tessa.dwight@yahoo.com Reply

    This is fantastic welcome home Chance love to Kona and your new loving Family
    We followed you from overseas (Netherlands) Big kindhearted man..
    Have a wonderful life <3

    Tess

  45. This is fantastic welcome home Chance love to Kona and your new loving Family
    We followed you from overseas (Netherlands) Big kindhearted man..
    Have a wonderful life <3

    Tess

  46. I am so happy for all of you! I follow Eldad (THE AMAZING ELDAD) and Chance is so lucky to have found your family!!

  47. This is wonderful to see Chance joining your beautiful family! I wish the best to all of you.

  48. Elizabeth Church Reply

    I echo everything everyone else has already said!!! I saw Chance’s video – and Cadence’s too and am just thrilled with this happy ending. We have 2 rescue dogs too and they couldn’t be sweeter. Thank you! Elizabeth – from Rochester, NY

  49. I am a 36 yr old bloke, tough exterior and all. But reading about Chance and Cadence and seeing the videos just broke me. I am so glad they are happy and looked after.

  50. This just goes to show that angels do indeed walk the earth. Thank you for finding room in your home and heart for Chance!

    Deborah from Alaska

  51. Joannecboland@aol.com Reply

    Oh Alison, that video brought tears to my eyes. What a fantastic job they did to give Chance the opportunity to enjoy a good life. I’m amazed at how soft and friendly he is after his life on the streets. Bless him. He’s going to have a wonderful life with you guys xxx

  52. Oh Alison, that video brought tears to my eyes. What a fantastic job they did to give Chance the opportunity to enjoy a good life. I’m amazed at how soft and friendly he is after his life on the streets. Bless him. He’s going to have a wonderful life with you guys xxx

  53. This makes me so Happy for Chance my eyes are tearing up-Happy Life <3 <3

  54. ceeceeb@gmail.com Reply

    I am so happy you have finally found your family, Chance ! Hugs to all from France ! ^^

  55. I am so happy you have finally found your family, Chance ! Hugs to all from France ! ^^

  56. Beautiful, made me tear. God bless you for adopting Chance. Kisses to Chance and his new life. xx

  57. gallicoexell@hotmail.com Reply

    LOVE IT THANK YOU FOR LOVING THESE PRECIOUS ANGELS <3 <3

  58. Rebecca Cavanaugh Reply

    What a delight. I am crying right now. This time it is tears of joy! I am so happy Chance found a wonderful home where he will loved until the end of his time! Good luck and hugs to you all!

  59. So happy for Chance and his new family! Eldad you’re the best!

  60. Looks like Chance got the amazing forever home he deserves. So happy for him and your family!

  61. Cynthia DiMauro Reply

    So Happy for Chance and for you and your family, many years of love!!!!

  62. Mary Kay Gerrets Reply

    Welcome Home, Chance. You can tell by his face just how happy he is. May you have a long & happy life together.

  63. jennine.paul@gmail.com Reply

    Wahoo!! We’ve been watching and adoring Eldad for many years now but we’ve never seen very much into where these gorgeous, furry, forgiving friends go after they are rescued. It’s SO beautiful to see Chance with you all!!

  64. Wahoo!! We’ve been watching and adoring Eldad for many years now but we’ve never seen very much into where these gorgeous, furry, forgiving friends go after they are rescued. It’s SO beautiful to see Chance with you all!!

  65. vivienne.khoo@gmail.com Reply

    You take such beautiful pictures. Such lovely light and great angles. Chance is truly getting his chance at the best life possible and you have captured his joy with such sensitivity.

  66. Vivienne Khoo Reply

    You take such beautiful pictures. Such lovely light and great angles. Chance is truly getting his chance at the best life possible and you have captured his joy with such sensitivity.

  67. Rosemary Shield Reply

    Im so pleased for him, hope he is everything you want, And you are everything he need. bless yous

  68. BEAUTIFUL post and pics! How fortunate you all and Chance are, to find each other’s love! What happened to Cadence? Did she get a happy home too? I HATE that there is even a thing called "bait dog"!! I’m not even sure God could forgive such a heinous crime! It just makes me CRAZY when I think about it….

    • pandcsmom@gmail.com Reply

      Cadence is still looking for a home! She has a great foster but needs a forever home. We are still sharing her video in hopes that the perfect one will find her.

  69. Thanks for giving Chance a forever home.. Curious….what brand/model of camera do you use?

  70. Kathi Wilson Finley Reply

    Chance is SO Blessed that your beautiful family came into his life! He finally has the love and security he deserves! THANK you for making a difference and giving him the life he deserves!!!

  71. Love the blog! Thanks for the pics and the stories! Chance is a handsome fellow and you can see how happy he is. I am so glad that he found his forever home!

  72. So glad you got Chance and that he got you and your family!! When I saw him lick the wounds on Cadence’s face I knew he was a special guy!! God bless you and yours!!

  73. dunja.ferner@gmx.com Reply

    You will have a wonderful time with this lovely soul. Always stay aware of the treasure you are holding on to now.
    He seems to be such a wonderful dog and reminds me a lot of my dog you passed away only a few months ago.
    Enjoy every moment! Lots of love and good wishes from Germany! God bless you all.

    • pandcsmom@gmail.com Reply

      So sorry for your loss. I lost my 15 year old girl a few months back as well.

  74. You will have a wonderful time with this lovely soul. Always stay aware of the treasure you are holding on to now.
    He seems to be such a wonderful dog and reminds me a lot of my dog you passed away only a few months ago.
    Enjoy every moment! Lots of love and good wishes from Germany! God bless you all.

    • Allison Waken Reply

      So sorry for your loss. I lost my 15 year old girl a few months back as well.

  75. Wendie Goode Dox Reply

    i’m so happy for chance, for your lovely family, and so glad to see the support i give eldad every month goes to making sure these gorgeous dogs have a second chance at a happy life.

    your blog is beautiful. I am a designer in los angeles and plan to keep on eye on all your amazing posts! thank you !

  76. auna_d@yahoo.com Reply

    Love these photos. Beautiful family with beautiful dogs!

  77. Paola Saavedra Reply

    Just plain out love! congratulations to you guys for adopting this precious boy! sending hugs and kisses all the way from Ecuador, South America.

  78. adinaschilling@web.de Reply

    <3 It is so nice to see that he has arrived <3 I wish him a wonderful new life! dear greetings from Germany 🙂

  79. <3 It is so nice to see that he has arrived <3 I wish him a wonderful new life! dear greetings from Germany 🙂

  80. So happy to see that Chance actually got a chance at a forever home! When I first saw Eldad’s video of his rescue he looked like he was going to need a lot of work to get accustomed to people and dogs for that matter. But after I saw him comforting Cadence and trying to "heal" her wounds I had a different view. He seems like a big teddy bear. They (abandoned/rescued dogs) just need a chance. I love my two rescued fur babies and I hope you enjoy Chance just as much! Congrats! – Dog lover in S. Carolina

    • pandcsmom@gmail.com Reply

      A big teddy bear is exactly how I’d describe him!

  81. Beautiful. Thank you for giving your love to Chance. He so deserves a good life with good people

  82. Allison Waken Reply

    Cadence is still looking for a home! She has a great foster but needs a forever home. We are still sharing her video in hopes that the perfect one will find her.

  83. Karen Wade Reply

    Thanks for taking a CHANCE on CHANCE! He is a beautiful boy!!! Looks like he is right at home. I am sure his heart is bursting with happiness to have a home of his own!!!!! Give hims big cuddle and a kiss on his head from me!!!!!!

  84. ras1959@hotmail.com Reply

    Does Chance and Cadence get to see each other? He was so concerned for her wounds.

  85. Does Chance and Cadence get to see each other? He was so concerned for her wounds.

  86. Marcie Macari Reply

    It’s so beautiful to see that Chance is home now and in a loving and safe environment. He is a beautiful dog!

  87. Anthea Rotter Reply

    You did a wonderful thing in taking in that sweet boy and I hope Cadence finds her forever home very soon – I will be advocating for Hope for Paws!

  88. This is so beautiful. My son has a Pit [that looks exactly like Chance] and everyone is always asking us why he isn’t "violent" or "aggressive" … people are so ignorant of the nature of these dogs. What you and Hope for Paws have done for Chance is so wonderful.

  89. From France: You did exactly what I wished I could have done! Thank you! The videos again brought tears to my eyes, although I have seen them more than 3 times..

  90. Deekaye0816@gmail.com Reply

    God bless your family. Thank you for giving chance his forever home!

  91. God bless your family. Thank you for giving chance his forever home!

  92. Cheryl Phair Reply

    How wonderful. I love your new family photo…. looking forward to following you on FaceBook. Thanks for taking this beautiful boy into your family!

  93. Bless you all. Happy for ever after. Well deserved. Thank you for opening up your heart, family and home.

  94. So happy this amazing dog found a home!!;) God bless your family!!

  95. Such an amazing outcome! He looks so happy. 🙂 Thanks for giving him this opportunity and loads of love!

  96. Bernybertram@hotmail.com Reply

    I am so happy he has a lovely home, the poor little soldier. He deserves to be happy. Thank you for adopting him

  97. Berny bertram Reply

    I am so happy he has a lovely home, the poor little soldier. He deserves to be happy. Thank you for adopting him

  98. amy goodine Reply

    Beautiful Pictures! Thank you for giving him a loving home 🙂

  99. fabienneperou@yahoo.fr Reply

    Dear beautiful family, I followed Chance’s rescue thanks to amazing Eldad and was very moved. But I am even more now to see his eyes smiling. His sister is beautiful too. Thanks for all love you will give him. I am living in Paris and in French Chance means luck: so true:) Big hugs to both of them .Cleste

  100. Dear beautiful family, I followed Chance’s rescue thanks to amazing Eldad and was very moved. But I am even more now to see his eyes smiling. His sister is beautiful too. Thanks for all love you will give him. I am living in Paris and in French Chance means luck: so true:) Big hugs to both of them .Cleste

  101. elizabethlucywilkinson@gmail.com Reply

    Wishing the 6 of you all the best 🙂 so lovely that you helped a dog in need too! Best wishes. Loved the videos.

  102. libbywilko Reply

    Wishing the 6 of you all the best 🙂 so lovely that you helped a dog in need too! Best wishes. Loved the videos.

  103. johnleslierobinson@hotmail.co.uk Reply

    whoever your god may be, may he bless you always. stunning story about a stunningly beautiful dog.
    this animal has found his home for life. well done guys, your all angels

  104. john robinson Reply

    whoever your god may be, may he bless you always. stunning story about a stunningly beautiful dog.
    this animal has found his home for life. well done guys, your all angels

  105. c_valkema@hotmail.com Reply

    Have been following his story and the one of Cadence. I am just so happy he found a home. He is such a gentle soul.
    Very nice pictures of him (nr 2 is amazing with his eyes).

  106. Claudia van Eck Reply

    Have been following his story and the one of Cadence. I am just so happy he found a home. He is such a gentle soul.
    Very nice pictures of him (nr 2 is amazing with his eyes).

  107. Hope all goes well, he looks happy and so does Kona with him, and he looks so comfortable with you all!!! So glad to see it, what a story!

  108. tjagger@hotmail.com Reply

    Wonderful – it’s so lovely when there is such a happy outcome – Chance finally has the love he deserves!

  109. Wonderful – it’s so lovely when there is such a happy outcome – Chance finally has the love he deserves!

  110. MaCherie Castillo Reply

    Chance is so beautiful! Thank you for taking him home! You have a wonderful family.

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