October 14, 2008

About That Sister For Charlie


When Charlie said he needed a sister, I wasn't real jazzed on the idea. But then I remembered that I've been called a soft touch and knew that I needed to uphold my reputation.

For sometime, we've been helping with the Golden Retriever Rescue in the Southern California area. For the perfect dog, this is the place to go.

We adopted wonderful Kayla from them ...

And, of course, .... Charlie.

If you happen to be in the Southern California area, please check them out. They are wonderful people. At the moment, there are 49 adorable Goldens looking for a forever home.

Here is a photo of one recently adopted.

Some dogs are found running along the streets, some in dog pounds, some turned in by their owners for various reasons. This is a sad time, now, as people are losing their homes ... so are their pets.

The dogs are picked up by volunteers and are placed in a hospital clinic where all their needs are taken care of before being available for adoption. It is truly remarkable.

If dogs need surgery or medical procedures ... it is done. I remember one dog that had been hit by a car. He was literally put back together. What a wonderful dog he was and eventually he found a wonderful home.

We have been volunteering at the rescue center and have the official title of ... Dog Walkers. Since the dogs are kept temporarily in kennels, they need to get out several times a day for a healthy walk. I thought it was a win-win situation. The dogs got exercise and so did we.

A few came home with us for a "play date" where they ran around the yard and had a jolly good time.

It was always difficult to take them back to the clinic, but I knew that somewhere there was a perfect family searching for that very dog. It was a wonderful feeling to see them jump into the back of a car and head home with their new family.

Some dogs are sent to foster homes where they get to sleep on the couch, play with the kids and chase balls while their photo is on the website. Before long, they are found by their new family and finally move to a home of their own.

Now, with Charlie's request for a playmate of his own, I contacted my friend at the rescue center and suggested that we might foster a girlfriend for Charlie, while I decide if two dogs are too many.

Well ... you know where this story is going.


  1. Again Charlie is too cute. It makes me miss my big dog. Right now my husband wants a bulldog, but I would love a golden. Your's are so beautiful. It's so great taht you guys help out like that! I wouldn't be able to take them back, lol!

  2. You are such a good person!

    We have been fostering a 4 year old greyhound for six weeks. His name is "Quasar" (silly race names). Our girl grey died 19 months ago, and we thought fostering might be a way to see if we're ready for a dog again. Well, Quasar and "Dad" are best buds now, and every day it's looking like we're going to become a foster failure -- but with a happy ending.

    Fostering a dog is always a "win-win" for everyone. Lucky Charlie!

  3. That sounds like a wonderful rescue operation. You and your husband are a couple of really nice people. I would find it hard to take them back to the shelter after walking them, I would become too attached. I do hope Charlie finds a sister, but I have a hunch she may be waiting around the corner. It's probably a good idea to foster her first to see if it's right for your home. Great work!

  4. You know, that's a great solution to foster and see if you can handle two dogs! Ingenious!!!! I'm also inspired by your role as Dog Walkers. That's really wonderful. I'm tempted to look into that for No. Calif. organizations.


  5. What a big heart! You make the world a better place.

    I love the photo of Charlie listening to the bed time story. Such a sweet expressive face.

    Golden retrievers are such nice dogs. We had one who was almost psychic -- he knew what we wanted before we even knew to ask.

    As for Charlie's sister, we DO know where this story is going....

    Bless you.

  6. Oh you save The horse!! I am so happy to hear it! Bless you! What a great feeling that must be to give him another Chance at how his life should be lived! Please post pictures as he progresses! He is beautiful, I sure he will be quite a sight when he is filled up!! And dogs too! You are a special animal Angel! God Bless you!

  7. I have enjoyed catching up on all of your adventures over the past weeks that I have missed. Shadow's story is especially close to my heart as this is an predicament that I have been almost obsessed with over the past year or so. What a great gesture from you and how lucky for both of you that you have each other.

    I recently took on a mare that looks almost as bad as he did and she had just weaned a foal and is supposedly in foal again!!!!! I am hoping that she absorbed the pregnancy because when I first found her she was colicing and I brought her straight home, there was no way I was going to leave her there (this is a friend's horse, she has about 13 horses ... long story)

    There is just no accounting for how people think, "the young girl" needs counselling or something but sadly there are many like her around. I look forward to hearing what you will name him and watching his progress. His story had me crying over the situation that so many horses find themselves in and I just wish I could do more to help them, but we can each only do so much.

    Good to see you again.

  8. I have been keeping up with the story of your saving the black horse-he is absolutely gorgeous and I just can't believe what people are capable of. Her for being so selfish and you for being so selfless!!

    Charlie has really bloomed and looks like he has always been a member of the family. People like you guys are what keeps rescues going-thank you for all you do!!!

    We might have to see if we can figure out what is going on with your rescue horse. If you want to you can PM me-me email is on my profile. I would certainly help if I can.;)

  9. Good for you! I am so glad it's been a good experience for you and I hope that Charlie gets his sister soon!

    PS. You have been tagged at my blog!

  10. LOL, Can't wait to see who you end up with!

  11. I'm sure it won't be long until Charlie gets his own way, and you must miss having a lovely girl of your own, to balance things out a bit too. It's hard, I'm sure, Kayla was soooo special (hope I haven't upset you) but the right one will come along. Take care good luck :)

    Kim x


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