Charlie and Simba
From Jamie of Northport, MI. Adopted from Vickys Pet Connection, Ada, MI.
Charlie’s mama was thrown over the fence of a shelter in Ohio two days before giving birth to eleven puppies. The shelter apparently had no room and through networking, they connected with Vickys Pet Connection in Grand Rapids, Michigan and mama, Charlie, and his 10 litter mates were lovingly fostered by a volunteer.
I had lost my best canine friend of 17 years, Katie (a lab mix) almost a year prior to looking on Petfinder for a new friend. I was finally ready to start a new journey with a new furry friend.
On my first visit to see the puppies, I simply sat down on the ground among them and decided to let one choose me. I picked up and tried to cuddle with 3 or 4 different puppies and each would wiggle away and want to go play with their litter mates. However, Charlie kept coming back. If he wasn’t in front of me trying to climb in my lap, he was behind me trying to climb up my back. I’d pick him up and put him down and he would just keep coming back, ignoring his litter mates. I knew he was the one and that he had chosen me.
At the time, I had 3 cats. When I brought Charlie home, 2 went scurrying away in disgust as if to say “oh great, another annoying dog”! But one, Simba, ran right up to him and started playing with him. The other cats eventually warmed up to him, but to this day, he and Simba are best friends and they wrestle, chase each other and sleep together. Charlie has been nothing but love and fun since I brought him home. He’s so smart and well behaved, and makes me smile every day. I feel so lucky to have him and my only regret is that I didn’t adopt two puppies that day–but…lately I’ve been back on Petfinder looking for a possible little sister for Charlie. We’ll see!