a promise to senior dogs
This is a story of the dog that started this amazing journey
A discarded and beat up boy who was found as a stray walking around downtown Compton, CA and brought into the East Valley Shelter.
Charlie was a staff favorite; he was quick to wiggle and come to you with a smile and a slurp. He was at the shelter for a while, and it was clear no one was coming for him. He was starting to lose that spark as he too knew he had been there too long in that cold kennel laying on the cement floor no bed just cement and bars to look through as people passed by him day after day.
It was on his last week at the shelter that I saw just how badly shelter life had taken its toll on Charlie and how his once quick to wiggle and his eyes once full of hope had become like a wick and had burnt out. I made it my mission to save this precious boy and bring him to Washington State to stay with our pack.
It was a difficult transport, he arrived filthy, and without much strength. The days and weeks that followed for Charlie were magical, he was the sweetest dog I had ever had the pleasure of meeting. My pack took him in, and he even befriended the resident cats especially grumpy Gadget (they became fast friends).
As the external scars started to go away Charlie emerged as a beautiful and regal butterfly. He loved long walks, laying in the grass, at my feet or with the girls, or on his favorite teak lounger in the courtyard. A simple boy who was not given enough time to enjoy everything I had wanted him to so badly experience for years to come.