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SWEET Charlie GIRL: 2-year-old Black Female Spayed Lab 90 pounds

Foster home needed to help Charlie to get her through her leg surgery! Surgery scheduled for November 11th.

Background: GGLRR got a call from the SFSPCA as they knew of a beautiful Lab that was surrendered to Animal Care and Control in San Francisco. She was a family pet but they did not have time for her any longer. She had been around other dogs, cats and toddlers with no issues.

What Charlie’s Foster says:

From the current foster mom: Very sweet and great disposition. As a young two year old, she likes to chew her toys and anything else you leave out. It appears that she didn’t get any attention or exercise in her previous home but she is very trainable and loves to go out walking or to play with my male lab. Cg appears to be hand-shy with new people and more so with men. She plays a bit rambunctiously with other dogs which is not always welcomed by a new dog. Cg is crate trained for when I leave the house and sleeps in the dog bed next to my bed at night. During the day she hangs out with me while I work from my laptop. She is learning the meaning of personal space as she wants to be close to me all of the time, rubbing a toy against me. It can test your patience but she is making progress. Cg is working towards losing the weight she needs to. She is such a happy girl and needs a person or family who is committed to giving her the leadership, exercise and trying she deserves.

From the first foster mom:

Charlie girl is a social gem!

Charlie girl came to us after a brief stay in a shelter - but clearly grew up in a home - and is where she thrives. She is very social & loves to be around people, good around kids and other pets (we have a cat and a dog and 4 kids living at home with us). While on walks, she is somewhat interested in other dogs, but does not bark or get aggressive. She enjoys going on walks, however could use some training reinforcement to improve her manners (she pulls on the leash a little at the start of the walk - and at 90 pounds currently, this will likely need to be done by an adult or older child)She seems happiest when with her people - often lays by my feet or on the nearby patio while I work from home. She is overweight - and would likely be more agile if she lost some weight (she now struggles to jump up to get into our SUV and at night struggles with our many stairs). Thus, would be best suited for a family who could put her on a diet and ease her into a fitness routine! She has young dog energy, however is quick to calm. She knows basic commands like sit, and responds to her name. She warmed up to our family incredibly quickly, and is a positive happy dog who will bring endless joy to her forever home.

What Charlie’s Rescue Rep says: Charlie is a wonderful dog and just seems to love everyone. She is a bit cautious with some people at first and mostly men; GGLRR feels she may have been treated a bit rough at times. Charlie needs to be on a strict diet and should lose at least 15 pounds. With less food and more walks she will be there in no time! She can be in a home with kids, with cats and with other dogs. She truly wants to play with other dogs so a home would be great with another dog she can play with. She is a dog that loves water, loves to go for car rides and really loves her people. She will destroy her toys and seems to love carrying things around in her mouth. She will listen when the older foster dog tells her no with a little growl. She knows basic commands and can use a refresher on all commands and on leash walking. She will listen to you and she of course is very treat motivated! A home that does not have a lot of stairs would be great for Charlie!

Ideal Home for her:

Limited stairs

If another dog not a too active dog as it would be hard to keep her low key with another active dog through her surgery!

Home that will be around during the day to help her through her leg surgery.

Home that will keep weight off of her by limiting her food and exercise.

Home that can follow the leg surgery protocol.

She is a great dog and will make a wonderful addition to your family.

Medical Information: Charlie is a great dog that has the basics – shots and spay. She needs to lose weight over the next 2 months and then she will need acl surgery and surgery to fix her luxating patella. (All on her left leg; you should be prepared that possibly her right leg may need surgery.)

Medical Plan for Charlie Girl: The vet would like her to lose 10 pounds before she would have surgery. I will get her surgery booked at Bishop Ranch and we need an adopted that can get her through her leg surgery. I have been through this with several of our dogs and it is a 3 month strict commitment. She will need to go back to Bishop Ranch for follow up visits – in San Ramon. GGLRR will be paying for her leg surgery and the follow up care. Ideal for this type of surgery would be water therapy when she would be ready; GGLRR would not pay for this. Everything will go through GGLRR, booking appts etc.

Charlie Girl is located in: Mountain View

If you are interested in Charlie Girl, email Rescue Rep Liz,

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