Charlie's Angel

Polly Peacock

Downingtown, United States

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While sitting in the dirt on the edge of a stream bank, digging and searching for Lenni Lenape arrowheads, spear tips, axes, and scrapers, I saw a woman walking her two dogs down the street. I always gravitate towards dogs, especially Labs and Retriever’s. I immediately got up and started talking with Charlie and Angel’s Mom, Amy. Charlie, four years old, is part Golden Retriever, plus who knows what else, as well as a dog rescued from certain death in a pound. Angel, his new Sister is eleven years old and a purebred Golden Retriever. Sadly Angel has a brain tumor.

I felt like crying, since I have had so many Retriever’s pass at ten and a half years and younger. Angel is a fitting name for this gorgeous Golden who instantly befriended me. Charlie was a little leery, as most rescue dogs can be. After all, he was mistreated and abandoned with 3 other siblings only to wind up in the pound.

Angel shows no sign of a brain tumor and was just a beautiful joy to behold, love and photograph. Charlie, a bit camera shy, was also a love, well…after I put the camera down, which scared him.

Amy told me that Charlie takes care of Angel and watches her every single move. This is not unusual at all for dogs who bond together. When my Yellow Lab, Graham, was on his last legs, Honey our other Lab, backed off from playing with him and stayed close and lovingly by his side. She was about 3 years old at the time.

Some people don’t realize how these awesome animals communicate silently together. They take care of one another and have intuitiveness when it comes to illnesses. I believe that those who are rescued are especially sensitive, due to their abusive backgrounds.

Here they are together, with Angel loving Charlie. Charlie takes in every bit of it too! Their Mom, Amy, works for a local rescue team in the Philadelphia area. Many dogs that she rescues have never set foot on the ground, due to puppy mills. This saddens me beyond no belief…

I pray that Angel will live comfortably, as she is now, for as long as possible. My heart goes out to her and I would have never known her condition if Amy hadn’t told me about it. Having had Retriever’s for most of my life, I held back tears as I held on to both Angel and Charlie, as it is so hard to have our babies leave us at such young ages…I felt very compelled to put this picture up, not only for Amy and Angel, but especially for Charlie who is doing quite a job taking care of his big sister, thanks to Amy for her awesome volunteer work as a rescuer!! Charlie has found great love and is now giving it back like there is no tomorrow! I hope to be able to help Bill Smith’s organization, (who started the rescue operation), given time.

It’s my hope that those of you who read this will not buy a dog without first looking at the SPCA and local pounds. Right now, they are suffering due to lack of state funds and more and more dogs are being left behind, due to the state of the economy. SPCA’s, Shelters and pounds are all getting more animals than ever and euthanasia is surely on the rise…In addtion, backyard breeders are popping up all over the place, since it is easy to make under the table money. This worsens the situation further.

If you do decide to adopt a dog, if you can’t find a dog at a SPCA, pound or shelter, which meets your needs, then a great site to check out is Petfinders.com Petfinders.com has thousands and thousand of beautiful dogs, available for adoption and who are only looking for the love that they truly deserve.

A video about Puppy Mills. Please note – this is very hard to watch and does contain graphic pictures, however, the truth needs to be shared…

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