Charlie’s happy ending

Well, most of you have probably heard the story of how a beautiful, scared and skinny German Shepherd was found living under the deck of the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club for over a month. No one was missing him.

Two kind gentlemen took it upon themselves to bring him food and water and tried for weeks without much success to approach him. Patience and persistence paid off, and he was eventually caught and brought to the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

After weeks of being in the loving, caring hands of Betsy, Sharon, Crystal and Dez, this young pup was slowly starting to trust again. The beginning of his journey that was shared on Facebook was followed by thousands of animal lovers. Hundreds of families reached out and wanted to adopt this dog — but first he needed his own identity.

A Facebook campaign started to find just the right name. There were literally over 700 suggestions, but ultimately “Charlie” was named after the kind gentleman who gained his trust and saved him. The search for a new home and family for Charlie was decided after careful consideration. After a trip to the vet to be neutered, Charlie finally was adopted into a beautiful new family on Feb. 4.

Keith and Maria from Madawaska were the truly lucky ones to be selected to adopt Charlie. Maria, a physical therapist assistant with Valley Home Health Care, is highly involved with dog rescue and her husband was a K9 handler for the US Border Patrol. With their two teenage children, Ian and Raleigh, there is plenty of love and attention to go around.

Charlie also has two canine siblings to romp and play with. CJ is a 12-year-old Golden Retriever and Sophie is a 7-year old rescue from Afghanistan who was adopted through the Puppy Rescue Mission. He also gets along quite wonderfully with a recently adopted kitten and a 13-year-old cat that rounds out his new family.

Maria says, “Charlie is adapting well and actually spent his first night home sleeping in between my husband and I on our queen-sized bed. We are so very happy to welcome Charlie into our home … he will be loved beyond measure.”

There truly are no words to express the gratitude we feel to everyone who had a part in giving this story such a beautiful and happy ending. We are thankful to the men who found Charlie, the shelter employees who went above and beyond to love and care for him, and especially the hundreds of concerned and caring people who wanted to open their hearts and homes to him. This is without a doubt one of the happiest and most rewarding “happy ending” stories that we have ever had. Welcome home, Charlie.

We have had people asking us what they can donate to the shelter. Aroostook Milling on Parsons Road in Presque Isle has Crabbe pellets, which are soy, wheat and glue-free pellets. They can be mixed with the regular non-scoopable litter and eliminate much of the dust and mess with just plain litter. Being nontoxic and so much lighter in weight, our expense for waste removal is considerably less. Just mention the shelter and they will gladly show you which product to purchase.

If you are looking for a special four-legged family member, please stop by the Central Aroostook Humane Society at 26 Cross Street in Presque Isle. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closing for lunch 12-12:30. You can also check us out on Facebook. Please be responsible: spay or neuter your pets.

Gloria J. Towle is the secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

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