Charlie was first noticed by rescuer Tanya Bomberger on February 1st, 2010. Tanya was driving her regular school bus route and saw a Golden Retriever in the yard of one of her young, student passengers. The child told her it was not his dog and Tanya recognized that he was not a dog from the area.
Intrigued, she finished her bus route and returned to where she first saw the dog. Charlie had not left and after an quick assessment of the dog, Tanya realized he was wounded. She put Charlie on the school bus and took him to her vet and was given antibiotics for what was initially determined to be a dog fight wound.
Tanya then called Kami Brandt of K&K Pet Rescue in Nebraska and told her about the beautiful, purebred, Golden Retriever that she had found on the side of the road. Kami proceeded to call CAWL for assistance with the dog. Charlie was transferred to CAWL in Colorado on February 4th, 2010.
CAWL volunteers were fully expecting a wounded dog, per previous discussions, but it turned out to be much worse than they had initally thought.
Charlie was immediately taken to Franktown Animal Clinic where Dr. Dave Swieckowski took an x-ray to find over 20 pieces of buckshot in Charlie’s head and ear. It was clear at that point that someone had obviously tried to kill Charlie at close range. He immediately went to surgery to close the wound and remove what pieces of buckshot could be safely removed. We are incredibly grateful to Dr. Swieckowski for being instrumental in saving the life of another CAWL dog.
Charlie is now recovering in the home of a CAWL volunteer and is being monitored by Dr. Swieckowski regularly. Charlie is expected to make a full recovery. He has no major hearing loss and, even through his ordeal, is still very friendly and loving.
CAWL is currently taking applications for Charlie’s adoption as he will be available for adoption after his stitches are removed.
We are also asking for people to consider making a donation to assist with Charlie’s veterinary care while he is recovering from his wounds. He is a very special and very lucky dog and deserves only the best.
THANK YOU to all who donated to assist CAWL with Charlie’s veterinary care!
Charlie’s Happy Ending
He is now a happy healthy boy with a family to love him – most likely, for the first time in his life.
CAWL would like to thank everyonewho assisted in his recovery, showed concern about his well being, donated to his veterinary bills, and submitted applications for his adoption.
Charlie is one lucky Golden Retriever, and to all of his angels – Charlie made some snow angels to show his appreciation.
Good luck Charlie – and a lot of love to you!