Saturday, April 6, 2013

Saturday Snapshot: Charlie Water Carter



No bookish movie news in this post - this is Charlie, our beagle. Russell just took these shots and I couldn't resist posting them for the Saturday Snapshot meme.
We got Charlie from a beagle shelter when Russell was 8 and Charlie was just seven months old. He came with the name Charlie so Russell gave him his middle name, Water. Russell's a young man of twenty now and can't for the life of him remember what he was thinking, and Charlie, well he's mellowed into a lovely old man. Mostly.
Charlie came from a broken home; his owners had divorced and neither party took custody of Charlie, instead they gave the puppy up for adoption.
We think that's why he's had separation anxiety his whole life; before we learned to calm him with a citronella collar he would totally freak out when we left him alone.
Once I came home to find he'd dug his way into the drywall by the front door, trying to escape or trying to find us. It was a fair amount of damage but the worst part was the gash he'd given his leg. To keep him safe and contained, we tried a large dog crate which we put on the living room floor. We returned to find he hadn't escaped, and he hadn't hurt himself. BUT he had managed to slide the plastic liner out the bottom of the cage revealing the carpet. He dug through the carpet (wall to wall) and the padding beneath it until he hit the foundation. If it had been a bit more porous he might have made it to China!
We tried all the tricks including doggy downers but neither MLH or me wanted to leave him sluggish every time we left the house. Finally, one of the dog trainers we'd talked with suggested the citronella collar and that does the trick. He doesn't bark, and on the surface at least he stays calm, calm enough anyway not to hurt himself or the house.
That's our Charlie and frankly he's a major pain but we love him. Look at that face - wouldn't you?

16 comments:

  1. What an adorable dog. I am glad you have found a way to keep him calmer. Your photos make him look the epitome of a relaxed doggie.

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  2. Oh he's got such an adorable face. He sure has done some doggy naughtiness, he's lucky to have found your family.

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  3. Charlie is adorable! I know what you mean about those abandonment issues in animals, as I adopted a cat like that a few years ago. The joy of the companionship was worth the hassle, though. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

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  4. Ahhh that's a face you can't help but love :-)

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  5. No one could resist him!

    Love your closeup. That's a great shot.

    Here's my Saturday Snapshot.

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  6. Great pictures -- my favorite is the one of him sleeping in the wicker chair, lol :-D

    Here is my SATURDAY SNAPSHOT post!

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  7. Charlie is adorable. Makes me think of Charlie Brown and Snoopy. My snapshot isn't about birds this time, but a huge life.

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  8. What a sweet face. I'd never heard of citronella collars before. I have a friend with a new puppy who's suffering from separation anxiety; I'm off to Facebook to recommend looking into the collar--it's definitely worth a try!

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  9. What a face! I especially love the squashy one ;) Good thing you've found a way to calm him when you're not there, considering what you had to go through to get there!!

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  10. Ahhh. I do love him from afar. Dog's are so good to have around. They'll always love you. Good thing you figured out the collar thing. We had a beagle for a little while, just a few weeks, and he bit the little girl from across the street tearing off part of her lip. Very sad. We had another dog after that though. Rosie was a mutt and well loved in our family. She'd even put herself in the corner when she was naughty! Here's Mine

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  11. Citronella collars, huh? I find that so interesting! Good thing too, as it's never fun to think of how stressed your animal friends get when they are alone and scared or missing you. Good old boys!

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  12. Aw, that's sad that he freaked out like that, but so nice you found an easier solution for everyone. I've never heard of those collars before. He is a very cute dog!

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  13. Good blog...Lovin your dog and all that you went through to make him part of your family...had not heard of citronella collars, good to know. My SS: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/03/moonball-caught-in-tree.html

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    1. Aw thanks, that's awful nice of you.

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  14. The citronella collar is a great humane alternative to a bark collar that shocks the dogs. If you're interested in how it works here's a link to a youtube video created by an Australian couple frustrated with their barking dog. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_7_CEnYSDI
    We got ours at PetSmart; they're not cheap but so worth it. Charlie even wags his tail and bends his head so we can put his collar on; he's like a little kid who just needs rules and boundaries ... and a whole buncha love. We got ours at PetSmart http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2751019 but you can find them everywhere.

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