Chance gets a second chance

ChanceToday I got a dose of extreme cuteness while helping with the transport of Chance, a handsome 12-week tricolor male collie puppy who came to MWCR all the way from Colorado. Sweet Chance has a heart condition caused by a birth defect known as PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus) which is ultimately fatal without surgical intervention. The good news is that with surgical intervention, Chance should recover quickly and have a normal life span.

We want to extend a special ‘thank you’ to Bob and Tamy Galanter who brought Chance to us from Colorado, as well as Chance’s breeder, Sharon Wobick, who surrendered him to MWCR so that he could get the care he needs. Bob and Tamy also made a very generous donation towards the cost of his surgery and other donations would be greatly appreciated. Preliminary estimates indicate the surgery will cost $3,000 – $3,500. If you would like to donate toward Chance’s care, you can do so through the ‘Donate’ button on the website –
Today Chance went to his foster home near the University of Minnesota Veterinary Hospital in St. Paul. Tuesday his foster mom will bring him to the clinic for evaluation, then he will likely have the surgery performed on Wednesday and stay overnight.  Assuming no complications, he will be discharged on Thursday and hopefully have a speedy and uneventful recovery. It should come as no surprise that this beautiful little fellow already has a forever home waiting in the wings. I know you all join me in wishing this little guy a long and happy life!
Here is a link that describes more about PDA:
                                – Sarah Rebernick, MWCR Vice President
Update: ChanceChance had his appointment for surgical assessment Tuesday, May 24, and they felt that his heart defect was very repairable and so he had his surgery on Wednesday. Chance’s cardiologist called earlier to let us know that his procedure went well, he was in recovery, and they didn’t expect any problems. He should be home on Thursday and will need about 2 weeks with no rough-housing. Such wonderful news and we all hope that Chance continues to do well and lives a long, healthy, and happy life. The accompanying photo is of Chance after playing in the sprinkler this weekend – he is such a cutie!

One thought on “Chance gets a second chance

  1. Dear Sarah,
    It sure was nice meeting you in person today, even though saying good by to Chance was bitter sweet for me. During the years when Tamy and I were active members, and I served on the BOD and as president, we transported, fostered and found new homes for more Collies than I care to count. During all that time we never had the privilege of saving a puppy. During the 3 days of our odyssey to Grand Junction Colorado and back, Chance’s, sweet personality charmed his way into our hearts, and this was the very first time I cried when having to say farewell to a dog we were helping.

    Chance’s new forever home is about to have the experience of a lifetime when Chance comes to live with them. Chance’s breeder, Sharon Wobick has been breeding wonderful, loving Collies most of her life. Atlas of Rimrock, who was rescued during my tenure as MWCR president, and who was adopted by Tamy and I, was the most amazing Collie that I have known. Chance (and his brother Thunder who Tamy and I have now) follow as a distant relative in Atlas’ blood line. Tamy and I have already seen some Atlas’ qualities in these two puppies.

    Tamy and I send our hearty congratulations to the family that will be giving Chance his forever home. And we want to send our undying gratitude to MWCR and it’s members, for giving Rimrock’s Love Chance a “chance” at having a normal healthy forever life, that will be filled with LOVE!

    Collie Hugs to all of MWCR,
    Bob and Tamy Galanter

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