Update: Jan 22/11: Charlie was adopted.
Charlie was rescued from a hoarding situation but despite his past he is an amazingly happy and well adjusted dog. His foster guardians report that he is a lovely dog who has transitioned to indoor life very well and is a pleasure to have in the house.
His new family will have to be committed to taking him out and about, exposing him to the world because he did not have a chance to do this in his former life. He also needs to work on his manners greeting male dogs respectfully. His foster family is working on this and in the short time he's been with them he has shown great improvement so we don't anticipate this being a problem for his future family.
Because Charlie grew up in an environment with lots of other animals around, he takes comfort in the company of other dogs and should go to a family that has at least one other dog to keep him company.
Not only does Charlie like to lie around with other dogs, he LOVES to play with other dogs! You should see his moves! Leaping, spinning, bowing, wiggling, high-stepping, prancing, rolling on his back... he has a large arsenal of moves to ensure he’s the life of the party at the dog park. He is so animated and fun to watch that you can’t help but smile as he cavorts around.
Once he’s had his walk and play session, he is content to lie on his dog bed and laze around. He is a perfect gentlemen in the house; quite calm and neither destructive or pushy. He knows that playtime is outside and inside is for napping and getting cuddles. And boy does he like cuddles!! This guy is more than happy to sit at your side (or crawl on your lap!) for hours while you gently stroke his soft fur and show him love. He is well behaved and friendly with all people he’s met in foster care, including children.
He knows sit, shake a paw and comes when he’s called. He would benefit from an obedience class to bond with his new family and improve his leash manners and recall (he gets distracted by other dogs!). He is well behaved in the car and likes going for rides. He has no problem with adults, children or dogs being around his food, toys or treats.
At 81 lbs Charlie is on the smaller side for a Newf, our best guess is that he’s crossed with a Golden Retriever or Lab. He is crate and house trained, healthy, neutered and up to date with vaccines.
All in all, Charlie is a delightful and extremely friendly dog. He loves people, pets and playing and will make a loving addition to a very lucky family.
He will be ready to join a family in a few weeks time, around the first week of January, once he has completely healed from his neuter surgery.
An adoption donation of $500 applies. Charlie is in foster care in the Guelph, Ontario area. His approved adopters will be required to pick him up in person.