Mike Mitchell was faced with a life-changing moment on his 60th birthday. That’s when he took a chance on a Craigslist ad and found Chance, an oh-so-lovable Shih Tzu pup with brown fur. Little did he know that this remarkable four-legged friend would be the spark that ignited an unbelievable bond and thousands of miles of adventure.
For eight years, the two have walked together and are still going strong! They’ve covered 24,901 miles – enough to circle the Earth. Mitchell keeps track of every step with his Apple Watch and averages 3,000 miles yearly.
The morning walks are something both Mitchell and Chance look forward to every day. People often stop to catch up with them during their journeys too! And following these morning strolls comes rest before they find yet another mountain peak to explore in the afternoon.
Though Chance has stolen Mitchell’s heart from day one, he has provided physical rewards too. Living with Hepatitis C, Mitchell wasn’t in the best shape when he adopted him, but as soon as their journey began, he started seeing improvements in his health and physical capabilities – all thanks to this miraculous connection between man and dog!
It’s easy to see why veterinarians and physicians have encouraged them to keep walking despite surpassing such a huge milestone. As for Mitchell: “When you get to the top of a mountain, you have two ways to go; either head for the valley or towards the next mountaintop.” And it sure looks like they’ll be scaling new heights on their next leg.
Get ready for an incredible story about friendship & perseverance, watch Mike Mitchell & Chance take off on yet another journey filled with hope & love!