Charlie   4909   Dog
Available 12/09/2019     Location: Labrador Rescuers

Breeds: Chocolate Labrador Retriever (purebred)Altered: Yes
Color: Chocolate - Unknown N/AAge: 2 years
Coat: N/ATail: Otter Tail
Size: LargeWeight: 60.60 lbs.
Eyes: N/AEars: N/A
In addition to the adoption fee of $450, I will require a training deposit of $150 which is fully refundable upon completion of a training course.

**Special Needs**

Charlie’s former owner told us that she is great with kids, and dogs. She is crate trained, potty trained and knows her commands. DOB: 09/02/2018 She LOVES fetch and can run like the wind. She was clearly loved and well cared for and it shows.

What Charlize {as we call her} needs in her forever home is a family that understand what Megaesophagus (ME) is and is willing to accommodate her needs. A family that has a plan for an energetic dog. Because of her ME and her energy level a home with kids over 12 or no kids would be best for her. She is High High energy. She won't do well for 8 hours alone.

She is an AKC Purebred. Charlie is a Beautiful Special needs girls. She has Megaesophagus. She eats in a Bailey Chair. After eating she needs to rest for at least 30 minutes in her chair upright. After a heavy play session instead of drinking tons of water we give her dog jello cubes to eat or water with a meatball. After 10 minutes in her chair, she gets her neck hug pillow on and a 15 minute break in the crate to prevent regurgitation. When panting she will cough to clear her throat. She will need to sleep with her neck hug pillow on. Charlie has her own Bailey Chair, Neck hug pillow and crate that will go with her when she finds her forever home.

Foster Update Charlie is a very sweet playful girl. She loves fetch. She will bring the ball back every time and drop it in you lap. She shares toys and bones with her foster brothers and the dogs that come over for play dates. She will snuggle up with you in the evening on the couch. She is potty trained. She is free roaming with her two foster brothers when we leave them alone. She picks a spot on the couch and sleeps. Charlie is doing great with her off leash training. She will stay in the front yard and not jump down as people walk past her. If they have a dog she will still stay in the yard and not jump down with some coaching. She is a puller on the leash. We are still working on that. If alone for a long period of time I believe she will find something to play with and may not be what you want it to be. She has not destroyed anything in our home. The most she has been left alone is four hours with her Foster Brothers. She knows sit, crate, wait, down, shake, heel, drop it, cross, house, free and yard.

She loves her toys. She will play by herself with them.

Update 2021 - half of Charlize kibble is floated in water and she eats that first. We then give her 5 meatballs(see below) one at a time with a tablespoon of water. She remains upright in her Bailey chair for 30 minutes.

We received Charlie’s Bailey Chair (12/28/19) and she took to it immediately. She mastered her chair and will even close the door. When she is done eating, we switch out her food bowl tray for her pad so she can rest on it. Charlie eats Kibble with water blended. We then scoop with a melon baller her ground kibble and roll meatballs. We feed them to her one at time with a tablespoon of water. When she is done, she stay in her chair for a min of 30 minutes. We have tried many feeding methods as did her previous owners and it results in nighttime vomiting and daily regurgitation. Because of how we feed her, we have decreased this tremendously.

We are happy to report she has never had Aspiration Pneumonia. The way she eats and drinks is the key to her success. She is a special needs girl and does have a bright future ahead of her. She does have a prey drive. No cats for her. She will chase them.

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