Every Friday we highlight one of our Second Chance Center for Animals Alumni who is out living their #ForeverFriday. This week we give a HUGE shout out to Tucker, formerly known as Johnny, who was adopted by Max many years ago.
This story is about Tucker’s adventures with Max, spanning thousands of miles, over a period of 8 years. We couldn’t be happier seeing you two living the good life! Thank you for sharing Max, and thank you for being such wonderful shelter and rescue pet ambassadors!
Having always been a big dog lover, Max Pomeroy vistited Second Chance in March of 2009, while attending college at NAU, but had no intention of adopting a dog that day. Walking through the kennels, Max recalls all the dogs barking and making a general ruckas, while Tucker was laying down calmly in his personal suite, with his paws stuck out as far as they would go, just waiting for someone to pet him. He was the sweetest dog Max had ever met! Upon taking Tucker into a “Meet and Greet Room”, all he wanted to do was jump into Max’s lap and be loved. It was clear to Max that the sweet pup had been through a lot, as he was completely silent the entire time, not making so much as a peep.
Although all the humans at Second Chance has since moved on, Max remembers an employee sharing the story of how Tucker came from the Navajo Reservation, as so many of our furry friends do. Having driven through the Reservation many times, Max was aware that it is not the friendliest of places for a dog, with the elements making life hard for any living creature. With Tucker being three months old in March, it meant he was born in December, on the Reservation. He was certainly a survivor since just making it to three months, is no easy task out there.
Max left that day, without his new best friend, but could not stop thinking about Tucker. He finally caved in and called the shelter to ask if Tucker was still available. The response he received was devastating, as another family had already gone out and snatched him up, just a couple of hours after his visit with Tucker. Max says, “My stomach literally hurt! I didnt want him to go to another family, but it was to late”. Thankfully not all was lost, since the very next day Max received a call informing him that the other family had backed out and that Tucker was still available!
Naturally Max drove straight out to the shelter and picked him up! It was Max’s girlfriend at the time that came up with “Johnny’s” new name, and Tucker completely approved of the choice. We know this, since he has successfully responded to this new name for the past eight years! Back in 2009, Max was lucky enough to be living with five friends at time he adopted Tucker, and he put everyone on notice that they needed to help train him! He is such a smart boy that he learned everything really quickly! He was potty trained on the first day. He knows how to sit, speak, shake, roll over, heel, open doors, and he can walk completely off leash (although this is not recommended in Flagstaff since there is a leash law). He also learned how to play dead, and he can even get a beer out of the fridge, for his humans! It’s not clear exactly what breed he is all mixed with, but his main characteristics are Shepherd/Chow Mix. He weighs about 75 pounds.
Tucker is the most loving and well trained dog Max knows, and everyone he has met just loves him. He also loves other dogs and is great with kids, although he can be very protective of the household. Since leaving Flagstaff Tucker and Max have lived in Colorado, Texas and they are now together in San Francisco, living the Californian dream. The two of them have been inseperable and are true best friends for life! They go backpacking, swimming, fishing, camping and river rafting, and have even made it up to play in the snow in Tahoe to.
Tucker sure has come a very long way since his days on the Reservation. He goes to work at Google, where Max works, and even has a Google badge! Sometimes he wears a tie to work, so Googelers are less affraid of him. Sometimes for adventure, he accompanies another roomate to work as well, and also goes golfing twice a month with said great roomie. He is never alone.
Max can’t thank Second Chance and you, ALL OF OUR SUPPORTERS enough for building the environment that brought him and Tucker together. He is a huge advocate of adopting animals, and people never believe that Tucker is just a mutt from the “pound”. Tucker has without a doubt been a walking advertisement for animal shelters, and Max know’s for a fact this has encouraged many people to adopt and not shop! Definitely the best $120 Max ever spent!
Tuckers success story is just one of the many happy stories we have to share, thanks to the caring, compassion and hope at Second Chance Center for Animals and thanks to your ongoing support. From the bottom of our hearts, and from Tucker and Max, many, many thanks!
We are always looking for stories and great photo’s from our adopters, sharing their lives with their new family members. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with your #ForeverFriday update!