Jaz Joins Our Family

Jaz Joins Our Family

“What if we swing by Baypath and see what they have for puppies?”

Laura asking me this while out running errands is how the story of Jaz began.

Jaz Chapman

I grew up with a black lab named Popeye. You know the story of Roxie.

Dogs will always be a part of my life and Labrador Retrievers will always be my favorite breed of dogs.

Nadia is a lab mix, but looks nothing like a lab. Her size has always thrown me and while I love her, she isn’t a lab.

Part of the fun of rescuing dogs is that you never quite know what you are going to get.

I fired up our trusty Petfinder.com and began looking for labs. While I was leaning towards a young dog, Laura insisted on a puppy so that we could insure it was trained properly and to minimize compatibility problems with Nadia.

A trio of labs caught out attention right away and I submitted the lengthy application. Days went by and we didn’t hear anything back.

Then, I saw her. This is the adoption photo that made the special connection with me. Her name was Pia.

Pia

Look at that nose and those eyes! Laura loved her too and we filled out an application immediately.

The next day I was on the phone with the shelter. A few days later they had called our references. Then the call came that we were waiting for. She was ours if we wanted her.

This is where the adventure portion of Jaz’ story begins because she was at the Second Chance Animal Rescue of Martha’s Vineyard.

We hadn’t told the kids about looking for a new dog because we thought it would be a great surprise. Life being as it is, this wasn’t going to be an easy surprise to pull off.

Logistics made it so that we had to wait a week until we could pick her up. All week I was like a kid on Christmas Eve, but I couldn’t show it. Laura got a good laugh at me letting her know how many days were left until we had a puppy.

Rescue weekend was a bit crazy. Dylan had a cross country meet that he was leaving for at seven, so we made up a tale of Laura finding a new geocache hotel that she wanted to check out. This allowed us to leave at 6:30 without raising any suspicions.

Emily was on a girl scout camping trip, so we hit the road to catch the 9:30 ferry to the island.

We made great time and arrived just as the 8:30 ferry was boarding so we jumped on board and headed on over.

Never in a million years did I think the first time we’d visit Martha’s Vineyard would be to adopt a puppy, but we certainly will never forget it.

Kym from the shelter would pick us up, so with our free time we grabbed coffee and breakfast from the Black Dog Tavern and found a quiet bench to enjoy them on.

Soon we were on our way to the shelter.

We arrived and she went inside to get the two pups. She had a sister named Honeybun who had her potential mom coming to visit that day as well.

Meeting Jaz

Meeting Jaz

Meeting Jaz

The minute I saw her, I bent down and she jumped up and gave me a big kiss. I was hooked.

We were told that her name was an acronym for “Pain In the Ass” since she was so social and when they first got the pups, she immediately escaped from the pen. Plus, she loved to jump in her water bowl and make a mess.

Turns out that she was found in Arkansas living under a trailer. The family didn’t want any of the puppies and planned on leaving them outdoors to survive on their own.

A good hearted soul from the rescue proposed that she take the pups and that she’d paid to have their dog spayed. They agreed.

Laura and I played with the pups and ended up catching the noon ferry back. Crazy how fast the morning went and we now had a new family member.

Ferry Ride Off Of Martha's Vineyard

Ferry Ride Off Of Martha's Vineyard

Ferry Ride Off Of Martha's Vineyard

Passed on the ride home

She slept the whole ride home in Laura’s lap. I couldn’t help but smile as this was the third pup we’ve adopted who enjoyed this cuddly ride home.

Dylan was shocked when he met her.

The next day when Emily got home she cried with joy asking, “is she ours to keep?”

Emily Meets Jaz

All the turmoil of making it a surprise was worth it to see their faces.

It is now a week later and she is doing great.

One of the names I had thrown out was Jaz and Laura liked it. Laura decided she wanted to name her Jasmine, but we are calling her Jaz.

Passed Out Jaz

Flopping Out

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Backyard Siblings

Nadia & Jazz Cuddle

Besides some tensions during feeding time, Jaz and Nadia get along fine. They play every day after breakfast and I hope that she’ll continue learning from her older sister.

It is obvious that she is mixed with a hound of some sort, but she has yet to howl or bark except when we put her in the crate.

She has slept through the night with only minor whining the first two nights upon turning out the lights.

Jaz loves to cuddle and give kisses. She has already established several favorite sleeping spots in the house.

First Day in the Office With Jaz

Flopping Out

Jaz

Jaz on Her Food Mat

Thankfully after only doing it a few times, she has stop sleeping on her food mat. 🙂

I’ve never owned two dogs and the only problem so far has been figuring out how to walk them at the same time.

My new favorite view. First walk around the neighborhood a success.

I’m eager for her legs to grow bigger and stronger so that we can go on rucks together. Perhaps by this winter?

I can’t help wondering how big she is going to grow and if her spots will get any darker like her sister’s.

No matter, she is already a part of the Chapman family and we love having her here.

I hope she is ready for a lifetime of adventures, cuddles and love.

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C.C. Chapman

Bio

Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and headshots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…

Writer

I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.

Photographer

If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Canon 80D, an iPhone 7+ and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on Instagram and Flickr.

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.

Teacher

I’ve developed and taught courses for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and Treehouse. I’m also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and hoping to do more teaching in the future.

 

On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well-done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.


Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at CC-Chapman.com

 

Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s, even more, to know about C.C. Chapman if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.

 

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DISCLOSURES

I’m involved with a lot of organizations and clients. I believe in being completely transparent and open about everything I’m working on. I’ll do my best to keep this updated and of course, will clearly disclose relationships in any post that require them.

I am open to being pitched and invited on press trips.

Companies do send me items in the hopes that I will review it or share with my community. If you send me something it does not guarantee a review.

With that in mind, my mailing address is:

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Milford, MA
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Current relationships include:

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