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Calling all herding dog fans! “Charlie” is a young American Cattle Dog mix who came to us back in April. He was on the path to adoption when he became sick, very sick. He had contracted distemper, a virus that effects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems. Sadly, 90 percent of puppies and 50 percent of adult dogs that contract distemper die from it. Even sadder, there is a very effective vaccine available to protect dogs from this deadly disease.
There is no cure for distemper, only supportive care. Charlie received a lot of TLC, and over time, this young dog recovered.
Charlie has a high-energy level, which often causes him to be ignored by visitors.
But he has many other very good qualities. He has never met a stranger, and is friendly to everyone. He is always overjoyed to receive visitors, and loves to play ball. He would probably make the transition to an expert Frisbee dog easily. Charlie loves to go for walks, and takes every day as an adventure.
Charlie is very good with other dogs, and loves to play with them. He would be an ideal companion for another energetic dog-friendly dog.
Like so many herding dogs, Charlie would probably chase cats, and is reactive to moving things that have wheels, like bicycles and skateboards. A large fenced yard is definitely on his wish list to keep him safe.
Herding dog aficionados know them to be very loyal, intelligent, and attentive to their owners. They are very eager to please and learn.
Charlie is a work in progress. He needs a loving and dedicated owner to help him realize his great potential. So far, his heart has been broken time after time when people walk away from him. He hears “Sorry Charlie” way too often… Could you be his person to turn his young life around?
Adoptions require approval of an adoption application. Applications are available at beachpets.com. Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective adopters can also fill out an application at the shelter.
SPCHS Shelter is at 330 Second St. NE, Long Beach, WA 98631 (P.O. Box 101) 642-1180. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to follow us on Facebook too!