Writing in the “My Story” section of The New York Times, author Rachel Maizes describes her 14-year relationship with Chance, a dog she adopted at four months old. Maizes makes it clear that this was never an easy relationship—something for which she holds herself partially responsible—and that there were many trials along the way. But as Chance is coming to the end of his life, Maizes realizes how important he has been to her, especially in the difficult periods of her life.
In the end, Chance serves as an important lesson that every owner of a less-than-perfect dog can relate to:
It’s easy to love a well-behaved dog. It’s harder to love Chance, with his bristly personality and tendency toward violence. Yet in the end, I measure the success of my relationship with Chance by its challenges, because if I can’t love him at his most imperfect what use is love?