Charlie - 5/3/13 - in Guard Dog Mode!
Good morning dear Reader.....Let me tell you about Charlie......He is a Moodle and he came to us two days after Harry....He was 2 years old.
We had heard through the RSPCA that another dog was in need of a good home. The owner was elderly and had to surrender her dog because she was going into a nursing home.....We agreed that this was very sad and we would go and have a look at the dog before we committed ourselves, after all, two dogs is a huge responsibility. We had to go the "Poodle and Small Dog Rescue" co-ordinator's home where she had 10 dogs of all breeds running around.....She pointed out the dog that had been surrendered that day and my husband and I both took one look and thought, "Oh dear, what a horrible dog!" There is no rhyme or reason we thought that....it was a beautiful looking pure breed poodle, but there was something about the dog! It was almost has if the dog had no personality or emotions...Does that sound weird? Anyway, neither of us could take to him......
While we were talking to the lady this little fluffy white dog keep jumping up on my knee and smiling at me and keep taking my hand and passing it over his head wanting me to pat him....He was adorable and I fell in love with him and so did my husband....We told the lady that we didn't like the Poodle but asked if were we able to buy this little ball of fluff......She told us that we could and the deal was done......We had taken Harry with us so he could approve of any dog that we liked, after all, he would have to live with him too. Harry got on very well with him.....
So, the dog, formerly known as Prince, became Charlie and during our trip home in the car, Harry and Charlie got on famously....Harry had someone to boss around!.....Poor Charlie is subservient.....If there were 100 dogs in a room, Charlie would be the lowest of the low.....All the other dogs would walk all over him.....I have tried to encourage him to be more mandog, but he just can't....If Harry tells him, again with the telepathy, to get off my knee...He does! If Harry told him to jump off the balcony, I'm pretty sure he would.....
We found out that his previous owner had surrendered him because he had "issues." Yes, I know who had "issues" and it obviously wasn't the dog....I would say that Charlie had been hit many, many times and he is a little nuts.....I have so wanted to write to this guy, we have all his details from Charlie's papers, and abuse the hell out of him, but naturally, I am unable to.....Charlie has this thing with men and my husband wasn't able to get close to him for about two years.....He goes mental when someone, especially a man, comes to the door and he nips at them on the calf as they enter.....We have to cuddle him for about five minutes when someone comes and when he sees that they mean no harm he is fine and we can put him on the floor........
Charlie has put himself in charge of home security. He just sits and watches the window at the front of the house most of the day.....Any movement, he's on to it! He runs around like a mad dog when a car parks in front of the house and god forbid anyone comes down the driveway......He barks and barks and barks.....We have tried to get him out of it, even taking him to obedience school but apparently he is a hopeless case......At 6 years old now, I don't think we are ever going to change him.
On the other hand, Charlie is the most gentlest, affectionate puppy and I love him to death.....He loves toys and has a couple of favourites that he has actually had from the beginning. He gives very gentle kisses with just the tip of his tongue and loves to be cuddled by me and my husband and loves it when I put music on and dance around the house, which I do when I am extremely happy...Most of the time!.....Charlie and Harry line up and wait for me to pick them up. They actually turn around so that there backs are to me and I am able to pick them and I hold out their little paw and dance with them....They love it! Yes, I know, I am quite mad but, you should have already gauged that by now!
We were so lucky to have been chosen by Charlie to be his parents and even though he does have many problems, he is also a funny, loving little personality. I'm glad that his former owner had the good sense to surrender him....I cringe to imagine what his life would have been like if the moron had kept him...He may not be alive now.....Perish the thought!
Hi, At 59 I am just finding my feet in the world...So exciting! I have learnt a lot over the years.....gone from being extremely hard up to living a very comfortable life and loving every single minute of it.......My boys are grown up and living good lives themselves and I am so proud of them.......I have the best husband in the world (most of the time anyway....hahaha) and I have 3 dogs who I just adore and they adore me...... I try to live by my motto ......"Be like the sun....let your warmth shine through always"