What an incredible dog. Charlie Bear is about as sweet and loving as they come, and he smiles! He is a gorgeous 11-year-old, neutered boy that loves his tennis balls and daily walks. He also likes having our resident Chocolate Lab to curl up next to.
Charle Bear was surrendered from a loving and happy home from an owner who could not provide for him any longer. Charlie Bear spent a lot of his years as a trained bird hunter and "ultimate leaper" off any dock into a summer lake. He loves to lay at your feet when you are cooking and in front of the fireplace. He would never not want to be petted.
Charlie Bear saw a neurologist at the University of Minnesota who diagnosed him with a neurological disorder of the lower spine. Surgery is not an option as it would have a very low success rate. As a result of his condition, he is incontinent. His belly band is changed multiple times daily, and his bladder is expressed to avoid a bladder infection. He has also lost control of his bowels, so he poops most often when he is snoozing, but on occasion in the back yard. We just keep things very clean for him, wash him daily, and don't let the pads in his bellyband get too saturated. He stands there so patiently waiting to be cleaned up. It's really something.
Because of Charlie Bear's condition, his is considered to be in hospice care with his foster mom and dad and unavailable. It's a shame as this is a very healthy, mobile, and spry dog for age 11.
Charlie Bear is, however, going to check out acupuncture to see if that might help him in some way. Fingers crossed.
Did I say he smiles, all the time? What a love.