To always act with RIGHTEOUSNESS to rescue the mistreated, COMPASSION to care for the abandoned, WISDOM and PATIENCE to wait for what they deserve, and the STRENGTH to let go.
Charlie was a happy, young dog who had his own 7-year-old boy, who was his best friend and his whole world. Life was one grand adventure for Charlie and he and his boy greeted each day with a smile, until the boy’s parents decided to divorce and the world turned upside-down. Charlie, his boy and the boy’s mother moved in with her father, until they could get back on their feet. The grandfather did not like dogs and Charlie was not welcome in his house. One day after the little boy left for school and the mom left for work, the grandfather loaded Charlie into the back of his pick-up truck and surrendered him to the rural, Ripley shelter in October 2013. He told the shelter employees that he planned to tell his grandson that Charlie had been hit and killed by a car while he was at school that day. Charlie was terrified and confused and gut-wrenching pictures of this heartbroken dog circulated on Facebook.
Bailey’s Arms came to Charlie’s rescue and placed him with a loving foster mom, who planned to do everything possible to reunite Charlie with his little boy down the road. But, the time that Charlie had spent in this outdated, unsanitary, rural shelter without the protection of vaccines had already exposed sweet Charlie to a multitude of contagions.
Charlie soon became ill with weakness, loss of appetite and a high fever. He was diagnosed with distemper and spent a week in the hospital, fighting for his life. Incredibly, this amazing dog survived this deadly disease and was released back into the care of his relieved foster mom. But Charlie’s struggles weren’t over yet, as he developed tremors or “chewing gum syndrome” which can be a side-effect of distemper. His head would twitch and some days he could not even get up. We tried anti-seizure medication, but nothing helped. Our hearts broke to watch this beautiful creature struggle on a daily basis and the veterinarian told us there was nothing else we could do to help him.
So one weekend, Charlie’s foster mommy took him for a ride to the country. They stopped in a beautiful pasture with a pond where Charlie could splash in the water and then sunbathe to his heart’s content. They spent hours there together, just enjoying the beautiful world and the beautiful day. Charlie had his very own grilled steak that night, and went to bed with a smile on his face.
Two days later Charlie had a very bad day and he couldn’t walk or even stand up as he was wracked by tremors. We knew it was time to let Charlie go and end his suffering. We held him as the vet helped him pass and whispered in his ear that he was loved and that he mattered.
Charlie is running free at the Rainbow Bridge now, and the skies are bright with a new, shining star as the heavens welcomed him home. We believe he is looking down on us and his little boy and we dedicate our rescue efforts in his name. With your help, we will honor his name by doing everything we can to give other needy dogs the happy ever after that Charlie didn’t get.
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