Charlie in Dallas, TX


Here is Charlie with his new family…

Charlie (affectionately known as “Big Boy” and “Tank” by his foster family) is a loving and loyal 10-year-old black and tan boy, born in October of 2013.  Charlie is always following his foster mom around, either physically or with his eyes. He is slightly shy when one first approaches him, especially with men, but he warms up quickly. Charlie came into rescue because his owner passed away, and the remaining family were not able to care for him the way he deserved.

Charlie walks very well on a leash with no pulling at all, and is satisfied with a short walk. He is a low energy guy and is happy to lay next to his people all day long. Charlie is happy to lay next to you, instead of on you, perhaps due to his size. If you pet him under his chin for a while and then stop, he will give you a gentle reminder by him putting his paw on your arm to tell you he would like you to continue. You will not find a more loyal and lovable dog.

Charlie is well above his ideal weight at 47 pounds (his ideal weight is probably less than 30 pounds), so he has been on a diet, and needs a home that is committed to continuing his weight loss efforts. Apparently, he was fed a lot of people food in his previous home. During his stay with his foster family, Charlie has adjusted well to eating a high-quality kibble and while he is on high alert when people are in the kitchen, he doesn’t beg for food.

Charlie is current on all vaccinations, is on heartworm prevention, and is microchipped. The veterinarian stated his heart was heathy and has no heart murmur (which is very excellent for a Cavalier of his age!) His bloodwork was also very good. Charlie had his first dental procedure since his he came into rescue and had many teeth removed, but he is doing very well eating water-softened kibble. Other than being overweight, Charlie is a perfectly healthy dog!

Charlie is fully potty-trained and used a doggy door at his previous home. He has learned to go to the door when he has to go outside at his foster home. Charlie doesn’t bark much when he is inside, but barks protectively at people who pass by the yard when he is outside. Charlie sleeps on his foster family’s couch, as he is afraid to use the stairs. He waits patiently for his people to return back downstairs in the morning. Charlie did not like the crate when he was introduced to it. He does well in the car.

His foster family has fallen in love with this big sweet boy and knows he will make a great companion dog. Charlie has gotten along very well with his foster brothers. Although we haven’t seen him around cats, we were told that a cat was his best friend in his previous home. He would enjoy other pets in his life, but doesn’t necessarily need them if his people are home a lot. Charlie will need a securely-fenced yard, someone who is at home a lot, and is committed to getting him to a healthy weight. If you think you can love Charlie and provide all the things he needs, please complete our application if you have not yet done so.  Then email Shelby Fields at to express your interest in Charlie.

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  • Color: Black & Tan
  • Age: 10 Years
  • Weight: 47 lbs
  • Sex: Male
  • House Training: Fully housebroken.
  • Health: Obese, but otherwise healthy.
  • Temperament: Loyal and loveable.
  • Recommendations: Fenced yard. Someone home frequently who can commit to Charlie's weight loss.
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Region: Southern
  • Special Needs: No
  • Status: JUST ADOPTED