I am Colin Chappell and was bitten by a German Shepherd at 14, which established a strong dislike of dogs for the next 40 years or so. Then I met a dog lover and we eventually became a couple, but without dogs!
In late 2012, I decided that perhaps I could find a place in my life for a dog and so started talking to our local Humane Society. I decided that yes, I would adopt a dog, and I wanted a large, very self assured, cuddly, openly affectionate and domesticated dog!
However, while I was planning on adopting a dog, there was a dog (Ray) planning on adopting me… and his plans were clearly better than mine as he moved in with us in March 2013!
Ray is a German Shepherd / Rottweiler. He was very insecure; was afraid of anything that moved and would lung and bark to resolve the situation. He did not like to be touched; was very distant, and had no concept of living in a home. He was however quite large at 75lbs!
The following 18 months were a roller coaster of emotions and a huge learning curve for me. Living with Ray has been a joy, and a worry. He has been the cause of laughter, and tears. Most importantly, he has carved for himself a niche in my heart, and I now have one very precious canine as a dear friend.
Those first 18 months are covered in a book Who Said I was up for Adoption?”, and in October 2014, I started a Blog which is heavily focused towards stories about Ray.