The niece of Charlie's Arizona Foster Mom traveled to California on Thursday and brought Charlie.  I met Charlie in San Bernardino and brought him home.  That saved me a trip to Arizona to pick him up and I am very grateful.

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He's a very nice boy who has a problem with his left rear leg for which he has seen a vet in Arizona.  Sometimes he can put weight on it and sometimes he cannot. He is on medications right now which give him some relief from his pain. We have scheduled an appointment with Dr. Tony Chamberlain of Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Tustin, CA for Tuesday.  Dr Chamberlain is an excellent orthopedic surgeon who has saved the legs on many of our Maltese Rescue California dogs...

Even though Veterinary Surgical Specialists gives us a rescue price; major surgery is still very expensive.  We don't know the total cost or even IF Charlie's leg can be saved.  Any donations to Doodle Rescue Collective, Inc. to help Charlie walk pain free will be greatly appreciated, especially by Charlie who deserves all the help we can give him...

Judy and I figured that since Charlie might need surgery in the near future to repair his leg, we would get him groomed. He took a trip to Ye Olde Poodle Parlor in San Marcos, CA where Maureen is making him look spiffy.  He is at the parlor right now and I will shoot a few pictures of him when he returns home.  The folks in the Poodle Parlor have been wonderful to our rescue and foster dogs.  That Is where we get Holly groomed and I fully expect Mr. Charlie to look great when he returns.

Pictures and more news about Charlie will be forthcoming...

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Comment by Karen and Jackdoodle on July 3, 2015 at 4:00pm

Congratulations, Beth! We look forward to updates as your new boy settles in. Thank you for giving him a loving home! 

Comment by Beth on July 3, 2015 at 3:59pm

We are 2 hours into having this loving dog and could not be happier! He is getting along so well with our girl Cheia and we look forward to updating you on the adventures of  them both! A very happy 4th of July weekend indeed!

Comment by Karen and Jackdoodle on July 3, 2015 at 3:29pm

Happy tails to you, Charlie! Have a very happy forever! 

Comment by Richard Crowe on July 3, 2015 at 2:55pm

The end of a long and hard journey and the beginning of a happy life.  Arizona Charlie was adopted by Beth and Mike of Encinitas, CA.

Charlie wants to thank his new furever parents, Beth and Mike, as well as Dr. Tony Cambridge from Veterinary Surgical Specialists of Tustin, CA for saving his leg with the correct diagnosis of a fungal infection, and all the folks from Doodle Rescue Collective. Inc. who were involved in his rescue and his care.

Good luck with your new parents, Sweet Boy!

Comment by Karen and Jackdoodle on June 5, 2015 at 10:46pm

OMD, I would have had a heart attack, too! Good boy, Charlie!!!!

Comment by Richard Crowe on June 5, 2015 at 10:09pm

Charlie is doing quite well.  He is spending more and more time outdoors and is using all four legs quite well.  He is a bit stiff in the morning and still needs his Metacam for pain because if he doesn't get the pain med, he starts hurting in the afternoon and begins to limp again.

The little guy saved my life today (LOL)!  I heard him barking outside my kitchen door.  As I turned the corner of the patio I saw him barking at a pair of shoes that I had left there to clean after gardening.

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I told him, "What a silly boy, barking at my shoes!"  Then I saw the snake peak its head out from the shoe closest to the door.  I realized it was not a poisonous snake, but rather, a California King Snake.  I thought that it would be cool to get a shot of the snake popping out of the shoe so I threw my sandal at the shoe.  The snake stayed curled up in the toe of the shoe. I then threw the shoe out on the lawn, and look what slithered out...

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It would not have needed to be poisonous to kill me.  If I had tried to put the shoe on with that guy inside, I would have had a heart attack.

I was proud of Charlie that he alerted me but, kept his distance from he snake...

Comment by Richard Crowe on May 24, 2015 at 9:25pm

Charlie has been on the anti fungal medication for two weeks now and it seems like he can place more weight on his rear leg.  Here is Charlie on our patio where we are keeping three hens until they get bigger and until the weather gets a bit warmer at night.

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Here is the hen house we have for the birds.  The area in which we placed the house is fenced in separately from our yard which will protect the hens from the dogs.  We plan to have them as free range chickens, within the boundaries of the fenced in area (which is as large as many people's yards.  It is shaded and protected by large oak trees and has a carpet of oak leaves which we have been told is excellent for free range chickens.

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Comment by Karen and Jackdoodle on May 13, 2015 at 8:59am

Yippeee! Great news!

Comment by Richard Crowe on May 13, 2015 at 12:02am

HOORAY! NO AMPUTATION FOR CHARLIE!

Dr. Tony Cambridge, of Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Tustin, California, totally surprised us by diagnosing Charlie's problem as being a fungal infection.

Charlie will not need amputation or other surgery.  We will embark on a regimen of anti-fungal medication. As per Dr. Cambridge, this will involve a pill twice daily.  We do not know the length of time for the medication; which will be determined by future blood tests.

Comment by Colin Melville on May 3, 2015 at 4:47pm

Great job Richard & Judy! What a sweet little pup, so happy to have you on his side!

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