When a brass horn blower rescues a homeless hound, a new kind of harmony happens and hearts beat to the same rhythm. But that was not always the case. Before Tristan, Chandler’s life was out of tune. Abandoned and alone on the streets during Hurricane Matthew, the dangerously thin pup found comfort in an appliance on Perry Street. Now, his head sinks into cozy pillows on his humans’ bed while he eagerly waits to cuddle. I chatted with Chandler about living the life of a muse for Jacksonville Symphony’s principal trumpeter. Come to find out, he’s quite a performer himself.
In His Words:
Davi: What is your most bizarre talent?
Chandler: I excel at having zero traction on hardwood, and I’m equally skilled at making sure my hair is evenly distributed under my human’s bed.
Would you rather listen to Bach or rock?
My human plays Bach on his trumpet so much it makes my ears hurt, so if rock is softer than a trumpet, then I’d definitely prefer that.
What is something you’ve always wanted to try but have been too scared?
Jump the stream at Boone Park. I always chicken out at the last minute and never make the jump. Gets me every time.
Where is your favorite place to go on an afternoon when you have no plans?
Into the backyard, and put whatever I find on the ground into my mouth.
What does your human do that you like the most?
It’s when he comes home and snuggles–and calls me a good boy. I can’t even!
How would you describe your perfect day?
My perfect day is putting everything I find into my mouth, especially rocks, lounging around and receiving treats from my humans. I lead a profoundly simple, but spoiled life.
What was life like before you found your new home?
Life was ruff. I was a pup, so I don’t remember much, but I am skittish around males and other dogs; I’m getting better, and only raise my back hairs in dire situations.
Do you have a favorite toy?
Oh boy! That would definitely be my big tire!
If you could wake up tomorrow, able to perform any trick, what would it be?
I’ve been desperately trying to roll over, but I get scared and my legs flail around. So that.
If you could meet any famous dog, which one would it be?
But I am the most famous dog! At least my parents claim that there is no greater dog than me, even though I’m bad sometimes.
Do you think you’d be friends with your human, if he was a dog?
Pawsitively! Although I might be scared because he’s male, and I’m usually scared of males.
Do you know how loved you are?
My humans show me nothing but love. They’ve changed my life and they tell me every day that I’ve changed theirs.
When not tooting his horn for the Jacksonville Symphony, Tristan Clarke can be found taking selfies with Chandler and encouraging him to jump over that stream in Boone Park.
For millions of dogs, October brings promise of a better life. Adopt-a-Dog Month is the perfect opportunity to help homeless dogs, like Chandler, find happy homes.
Davi the dachshund is always happy to lend a helping paw to a creature in need.