Charlie and Lauren's Story
On April 21, 2016 I decided to go to the local shelter. I knew I wanted to adopt a dog, I just wasn’t sure when I would. I decided I’d just go look. After a quick lap around the shelter, I got two dogs out. But I didn’t feel that “you’re my dog” click. I took another lap around, and as I was walking down an aisle of barking dogs, a cute little beagle with cropped ears was sitting there just wagging his tail. I looked at him and immediately thought, “Him! That’s my dog!” I requested to get him out, and within 5 minutes I asked them to start the adoption paperwork. The volunteers looked at me like I was crazy and asked if I wanted to take him outside or anything. I replied, “Oh of course I’ll take him out! But please start the paperwork.” I fell head over heals in love the moment I saw Charlie!
All I knew about Charlie was that the shelter said he was picked up as a stray and he spent roughly two weeks there. The shelter and vet agreed he was around 2 years old, and the vet said the scarring on his ears makes her believe they were cropped when he was a puppy. Luckily they’ve healed nicely and don’t bother him at all.
I’ll never know the truth about his ears, but there’s been a lot of speculation. Neglect? Infection? Frost bite? Bait dog? They could’ve been cut off for any reason.
As his second Gotcha day approaches, I decided to message someone I know who volunteers at the shelter. I’m not sure why I didn’t think to message her sooner. I wanted any information I could get, even if it was just the area he was picked up in. Turns out, he wasn’t actually picked up. He was brought to the shelter by a man along with two other dogs. This man claimed he found all 3 as strays. But this friend told me she thinks he was lying, and that they were his but he didn’t want to get fined for surrendering them. He was dropped off with a beautiful, what looks to be pittie and another beagle. This other beagle is IDENTICAL to my Charlie! The coloring, the markings, even the cropped ears! I swore it was a picture of him, but it wasn’t. Knowing he was dropped off with another beagle who’s ears were also cropped tells me they weren’t cut for medical reasons, but that they were done intentionally.
I’ll never know what he endured before his life with me, and I’ll never know why his ears were actually cut off. But what I do know is, he’ll never go without love again!