At only 5 months old, Charlie had already had a rather rough start to life. The young Black Labrador Retriever mix was dropped off at the home of his owner’s friend. His family was scheduled to pick him up after one week and never came for him. Charlie lived for several weeks on a porch waiting for his family to return. After a month, the friend of the owner called the Sheriff’s office inquiring as to what they should do with Charlie. Because he was labeled an abandoned dog, they were told to go ahead and rehome him.
Thankfully, the kind people at 4 Luv of Dog Rescue accepted Charlie into rescue on September 23, 2012. Little did Charlie know, his life was about to change forever.
4 Luv of Dog Rescue, located in Fargo, ND, is a non-profit organization devoted to rehoming dogs. They receive no government funding and rely entirely on grants, fundraising and generous donations from the public to provide care for all of their dogs within foster homes and at their new facility. 4 Luv of Dog Rescue is run 100% by volunteers and does not discriminate against breed, age or disability. Since their start up in 2005, they have proudly placed over 1,000 dogs into their forever homes.
Along with foster homes and available dogs being kept at the rescue’s facility in Moorhead, MN, 4 Luv of Dog Rescue partners with North Dakota State University’s veterinary program. During the academic year, several dogs are housed and cared for by NDSU veterinary students.
Upon acceptance into rescue, Charlie was scheduled to be transferred to NDSU after he had a short stay at the 4 Luv of Dog facility. The academic year had just begun and the rescue was looking to fill their spots at NDSU, but a volunteer named Susie had other plans for Charlie.
Susie is a fundraising chair for 4 Luv of Dog Rescue. She was at the facility preparing for the rescues upcoming 4th Annual Silent Auction & Gala. Upon entering the area where the dogs are kept, Susie saw Charlie for the first time. As she walked in the door, all the dogs were barking and there was much chaos. There sat Charlie, quiet and close to his gate with his head tilted patiently watching Susie. She approached his kennel and said, “Well, you’re just too special to be here.” Susie went home a few hours later and emailed the Owner Surrender Coordinator, Jaime saying, “Does Charlie HAVE to go to NDSU? He is just too special to be at the building.” Later that day, Charlie became Susie and Mike’s 14th foster.
Charlie spent close to two months living with Susie and Mike with little to no interest from potential adopters; however, he was very much enjoying his new foster home. He had a foster sister, Tinsel, a Black Labrador Retriever mix, who he loved to run and play with in the back yard. He also had the privilege of living with a Yellow Labrador Retriever, Daisy, and Apple, the cat.
And this is where the story gets good…
A regional recruiter for The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation contacted 4 Luv of Dog Rescue in search of dogs that might have the qualities needed to be a search and rescue dog. Tim traveled to Fargo, ND and screened 4 of 4 Luv of Dog Rescue’s dogs. Three of those dogs didn’t make it past the initial round of testing. One dog went through further testing the next day.
Charlie was adopted by the South Dakota Canine Center on October 26, 2012. 4 Luv of Dog graciously waived Charlie’s adoption fee and he headed that day to Sturgis, South Dakota for further training. If all goes well, Charlie will be trained to be a search and rescue canine and move to California to live and work. If Charlie does not make the final cut, he will likely become a seeing eye dog or therapy dog.
From the pup that no one seemed to want to a future search and rescue dog, Charlie has won the hearts of many, including the team at dogIDs. We fell in love with Charlie’s story and are reaching out to send Charlie a care package in honor of his great accomplishments thus far. Please help us in thanking and supporting 4 Luv of Dog Rescue and other organizations like them.