Charlie was once a sickly, overweight, scared shelter dog. Then a foster family took him in and change his life forever. Now Charlie gives hugs and comforts the other shelter dogs the family fosters.
Charles previous family didn’t give him the love and care he needed, then they dumped him at a Denver shelter. This Catahoula mix was 35 pounds overweight and was out of shape that staffed believed he might have actually been suffering seizures because he was panting so hard after his first walk.
Volunteers Alaina Bupp and her husband through the Dumb Friends League took him in and fostered him, giving him the nurturing and love he so needed. After one month, with exercise he didn’t have any more seizures.
“There was something about Charlie,” Alaina told The Dodo. “We both wanted to keep him. We both decided he was a permanent member of our family.” Once he was healthy they wanted to help other dogs in need, but they didn’t realize it would be Charlie that would be helping other dogs in need!
Their first would be a tiny Chihuahua who was so malnourished that he was cold all the time. And Charlie was there to help the most. He’s like a cuddly space heater, and kept the new guy nice and toasty.
Though the Chihuahua was nervous, Charlie would put him at ease with his mellow spirit. Alaina realized that he was the foster brother that he needed.
When other dogs were brought to the house, they just needed to snuggle with Charlie. He calmed them during such a tumultuous time in their lives. “I think really the difference is confidence,” Alaina explained. “He makes them feel safe.”
In the past three years that Charlie has been with the Bupps. He has helped them foster 13 dogs. Charlies mellow spirit and his love for snuggling and hugging new incomers, he brings them out of their shells and shows potential adopters their ability to be a companion.
His newest sibling is another Chihuahua. “He’s still skittish around me, but he loves Charlie.”
The big guy sleeps on the bed with his humans, and when the little guy saw that, he realized it was safe for him to do the same.
“Once Charlie gets in bed, he comes and gets in bed with us too,” Alaina noted. “I know he wouldn’t do that if Charlie wasn’t doing that.”
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