End of the Rainbow

November 3, 2009 at 4:11 am 11 comments

If you’re a dog whose had a bit of a rough start in life – what do you search for at the end of the rainbow?


(real rainbow in our real backyard yesterday)


Lots of good, healthy exercise


A best buddy to hang out with


A dog-friendly human (or two) to pester


And a warm place to nap


This looks smells pretty darn good to me!

Charlie’s come a long way from the dog whose most remarkable skills consisted of an unrestrained enthusiasm for creative elimination and the willingness to throw monumental temper tantrums.  He’s not ready to find his forever home yet, but every day he demonstrates more of the fine potential he’ll be happy to share with some lucky family.

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  • 1. Rob McMillin  |  November 3, 2009 at 6:24 am

    WOW. How old is Charlie? He could be a close relative of our Maddy. Very similar markings, and the dwarfism certainly is familiar.

  • 2. SmartDogs  |  November 3, 2009 at 6:30 am

    They tell me that Charlie was about 4 weeks old at the seizure, so that would make him ten or eleven months old now.

    He is a tiny thing (at least in size). Audie, who you see with him in one photo, is an average to smallish male ES. Audie weighs in at 52 pounds. At 26 pounds Charlie is exactly half his size. And he’s definately got short legs. But a very big attitude!

  • 3. Rob McMillin  |  November 3, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Maddy is 32 lbs., so your Charlie has a ways to go before he’s even as big as she is now. But she’s about 5-6 years old now.

    Start giving him glucosamine now. If you haven’t, get his hips checked out for dysplasia. The dog we think is Maddy’s sire has it (Freddy?), and she definitely has it (godawful x-rays).

  • 4. SmartDogs  |  November 3, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Thanks. Charlie’s already on a hip supplement but based on his conformation and movement I’m not worried about his hips, I’m worried about his knees.

    Since he runs around chasing frisbees and dogs like a happy fool I’m waiting to get him checked out. I want him to be more comfortable with strangers before he goes to the vet. If we have to muzzle and sedate him for an exam it will be A Very Big Deal – and I’d like to avoid that if I can.

  • 5. Mara  |  November 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I see careful placement of Mark’s left hand. No doubt a leftover habit from living with Leos who have a tendency to step where ever….

  • 6. SmartDogs  |  November 3, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Actually it was the well-aimed punch from the paw of a certain sable English Shepherd boy that taught Mark to take these kinds of precautions.

    Mark thinks Audie did it on purpose. He’s convinced the Odd Man wants to be the only real man in my life.

  • 7. Rob McMillin  |  November 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Maddy got me in the thighs once when she was in beat cop mode, though not very hard. I can scarcely blame Mark for that …

  • 8. Rob McMillin  |  November 3, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Ah, for punching I have Miss Libby, who still has a ton of capital-P Puppy in her, and can’t keep her four on the floor a good bit of the time. The trick is to keep an eye on her and spin away before she gets the chance to launch an attack.

  • 9. H. Houlahan  |  November 4, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Charlie looks more short-legged than he really is on account of Audie walks around on stilts.

  • 10. SmartDogs  |  November 4, 2009 at 2:16 am

    I suppose I should have known better than to buy a non-AKC registered dog from some hick farmer in Pennsylvania – the puppy mill state…

  • 11. Smaki  |  November 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Charlie is so wee! I love the frisbee pic, he looks thrilled.

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