Charlie is a black and white Springer, who came to CAESSR in August 2016. He was about 12 years old.
Well, its been a bit up and down recently. I got really sad earlier this year when my ‘sister’ Nell became really ill very quickly. She had to be walked in a dog pram but I was really good with her and walked at the side very well.
Unfortunately when she died I took a little bit of time to understand, but i’ve bounced back now.
I’ve suffered some bad health; not surprising for a boy who is 14! I had to go for an operation on my bottom to have a lump removed. The vet told my family then that I was losing all feeling towards my back end. Mum said she had noticed that I occasionally lost my footing and sometimes I have no idea I need to go for a “number 2” until the last minute! Sally, Charlie’s mum points out that “This can cause a quick flurry of activity, let me tell you!”
On a brighter note, I’ve been to the beach and had a lovely time. I went to Formby and managed quite a long walk. Although I wasn’t very impressed by the sea, but loved the fact that a school trip was on and all the children had left their bags on the beach unattended but open.... with their packed lunches in them! I particularly liked the ham sandwiches, but cheese sandwiches and crackers are very welcome too. I think I embarrassed my family but fortunately the children found it very funny!
I have developed a cough, which the Vet says is caused by his throat collapsing, its quite noisy and sounds horrendous. So, I am now on steroids for life, which relaxes my throat. They make me very hungry all the time. Recently I decided that a kitchen roll would be a good snack which meant another trip back to the vets as I was being sick. A day or two later I started pooing all the kitchen roll ....all beautifully intact and well folded..... and two days later I had passed it all, which saved me having another operation!
All spare kitchen rolls are now kept on the top shelf out of the way!
My Mum has been away for a week or so looking after her Mother - I was so pleased when she came home.
Sally says “He is a very loving dog, and most certainly part of the family. He has decided that the best place to lie is in the lounge doorway as he can keep an eye on everybody from there.... not easy for us to get in and out past him, but so be it!
Sorry for so many pooing stories, but it is a big part of our lives at the moment.”
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas
Christmas seems a long time ago, but it was only three months. Charlie had a lovely time, and managed to let us know exactly which presents under the tree had food in them...and especially the ones that contained chocolate! We had to make sure they were quickly put somewhere out of the way before he opened them for us. This was quite a shock as our other Springer, Nell, has always ignored food presents. She did make sure she got between him and the presents, however, when he wanted to open them!
Since Christmas Charlie has not been too well. When we first got him he was in a very sorry state, and although he has put his weight back on (now a very healthy 24 kilos) the starvation he went through has really upset his stomach. He has had constant bouts of diarrhoea and sickness, and even on good days he had horrible mucus around his poo. This was an indication of possible wheat intolerance, and our vet said this is not uncommon with a dog who has been starved, so we changed his diet to a wheat free mix, and also sardines in oil which helps his glossy coat.
All has been well for awhile, but in recent weeks he has been withdrawing from us and putting himself in the spare guest room out of the way, so we knew he wasn't happy. It was back to the vets again, and although I felt a bit daft saying " He is eating well and loves his walks but there is something wrong as he is sleeping in the spare room" the vet understood, and after looking at him said that his stomach was very tender and swollen again, so his gastroenteritis was back. Poor Charlie! It is 3 mls of medicine an hour before food again. One look at the syringe and he is off...anywhere he can, as he knows I am going to squirt it down his throat and the really doesn't like it. It seems to have done the trick, however, and he is a lot better again. I think this is something we are always going to have to cope with.
Sally, Ian and Anna.
Charlie definitely has his feet under the table. When we have people round he can normally be found under the table waiting for anything that might fall off the table. We have discovered that he has a love of humous and Chinese take aways, amongst many other things!
He used to sleep all day when we got him, but now has more energy and is awake more during the day. Evening sees Charlie and Nell asleep together, usually bum to bum on the sofa.
Ian and I recently had a week away, and the dogs stayed at home with Anna. She enjoyed their company, and now Charlie is much happier with her, instead of ignoring her all the time. When we returned, however, he went absolutely crazy, danced around me in circles, giving tiny nips of pleasure.
He has decided he now owns us, and when we go out on walks we can let him off the lead. He leads the way, but turns round to keep an eye on us, and make sure we don't get lost. He has learnt that if he turns, and we are standing still making circles with our fingers, it means it is time to turn round and go home. He then runs back quickly and leads the way back.
His hair has grown back after his shave for X-rays, and is lovely and wavy. He loves getting wet in the rain, and then adores being towelled down. He loves having his ears played with, but becomes anxious if you touch his back, so cuddles involve a lot of eye contact. We have realised that as well as being deaf, Charlie also finds it hard to see very well. At the moment we are not too sure if this will get worse. However, he doesn't let it get in the way of life.
Charlie's favourite hobby is helping clean out the bins in the different rooms, especially if there is an ice cream or chocolate wrapper in them. He also loves to help with yoghurt pots, and will clean them out in next to no time.
The biggest problem we have is Charlie's continuous eating of grass. We are not to sure how to discourage this, and think this is the reason he gets so much mucous in his throat, and why he coughs so much. Any ideas gratefully received!
Sally, Ian and Anna.
Hi everyone, my name is Charlie & i’ve recently been homed in a foster family (& I love it). This is what my new family have said about me so far........
It’s been almost a week since we took Charlie in as a short term foster, & as you know he is already one of the family, & will be with us forever now. This was the picture that stole our hearts when we got him home…
He has trained us well so far, we are aware that he needs his breakfast as soon as he wakes up, after he has dashed out for a quick wee in the garden! He loves a walk on the sea-shore & also on our local linear park, he totally ignores other dogs. He is profoundly deaf & cannot hear anything we say, so we are trying sign language with him. When he first arrived he wouldn’t play but now he is really enjoying tug games. He gets on really well with our other dog, Nell & they have become firm friends......as long as Charlie doesn’t try to take her yogurt pot from her when he has finished his.
He loves sardines in his kibble & his coat is now really glossy! He seems to be a bit of a sprollie, he loves to be out & about. In the evening he falls in to a deep sleep in his favourite new bed, here he is next to his new sister.
Best wishes & thank you - Sally, Ian & Anna.
I’m very much at home now.....infact I think i’m top dog, when Nell my new sister tried to be top dog I just nipped her on the bum! I love long walks & exploring new places. People keep asking my Mum how old the puppy is - & she has to tell them i’m 12 & a half years old! Mum says i’m a very good actor though, as soon as I go in to the vets I act like a real old man & get lots of sympathy!
I was quite skinny when I first arrived at my new home but i’m putting weight on nicely now. I still have a cough but the vet says I will probably always have this!
When we are getting ready to go out, I can’t wait - sometimes I think my family are being a bit slow so i’ll just give them a gentle nip to get them to hurry up - Mum says this is very cheeky!
I’ve recently had an X-ray to check my chest & heart were all fine, they had to shave me a little bit.