Charlot has been adopted!
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Are you looking for a quirky little dog who is bursting with personality? If so, Charlot may be exactly what you have in mind.
They say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video must be worth a million. So, why not click here and watch a video of Charlot, then come back and read more about him: https://youtu.be/Yth3c8hTUGw.
Welcome back. Aren’t you glad you watched? What a happy little boy, with his own unique personality.
Charlot is an extremely affectionate dog. He loves to be close (privacy in the bathroom is not high on Charlot’s list of priorities in life). One of his favourite spots is on a lap. If you sit down – Charlot will expect to join you and curl up for a nap or a chew on a bone. If the idea of a dog stretched across your lap for the evening doesn’t appeal to you, Charlot isn’t the dog for you.
His short legs mean he cannot jump onto furniture. He needs stairs to get up and down. Without stairs, he will insist you help him up so he can enjoy some cuddling time. One look from those big beautiful brown eyes is all it takes to make you want to help him onto your lap.
He is playful and has the perfect energy level. He is always up for a gentle game of fetch or tug. He loves chewing bones and can amuse himself for a long time gently chewing.
Be sure to set aside space for Charlot in the family bed. He is the first dog to climb into bed each night to ensure he gets his prized spot.
Being a terrier, Charlot has a trait common with many terriers – at times he wants to be the boss, and he will be vocal to let you know. He needs to be reminded he does not make the decisions.
He likes to head outside fairly often to do his business (a quick out and in). Because of this, he is best in a house or townhome. If there are children in the home, they should be 12 or above.
He is fully house-trained, neutered and up to date on his shots. He is very good on the leash. He has perfect teeth. The vet estimates Charlot to be about 5 to 6 years old. He weighs about 9 kilos (he is a tad overweight and is currently on a slimming plan).
Charlot gets along very well with his canine housemates and dogs and people he meets on walks.
He is fine being left alone when his humans have to go out.
Charlot has mild/moderate degenerative changes, and associated arthritis, in his front right elbow and a cruciate ligament injury in his back right knee. Both can cause Charlot to limp.
An orthopedic specialist was consulted and his opinion was that the elbow is not at a level where he would recommend surgery but rather conservative management. From the X-rays, it appears that he had a prior cruciate ligament injury that showed evidence of healing. This injury appeared to have been re-aggravated and once again conservative management was recommended. Charlot has made great progress with the management routine that has been implemented in his foster home.
His adopter would have to follow four simple steps.
First, doing flights of stairs or jumping from furniture is hard on dogs with leg problems, so unless you are prepared to carry him, he is best in a home that is on one level. He is happy to be picked up, so if you need to carry him, he is ok with the ride. Stairs to allow easy access up and down from furniture are essential.
Second, short walks only. Luckily, Charlot is very content with that or to just poke around the yard at his own pace. While letting Charlot play with other dogs is okay, playmates should not be overly boisterous.
Third, he needs a daily dose of medication to help with any pain and to be given an omega and glucosamine supplement. It is possible that Charlot will eventually just need the pain medication on an “as needed basis”. The daily supplements will be for life. As Charlot is little, he does not need much so the cost is low.
Finally, and much to Charlot’s chagrin, he needs to slim down a bit. The orthopaedic specialist felt that getting some weight off of Charlot would be very beneficial.