Please help Charlie

Our dear Charlie. He wears the weight of the broken world on his mangled frame, and still he rises.

His foster mom’s eyes brighten and slightly glisten when she starts to tell his story. Even amongst the beloved Cavaliers, Charlie is special. He is an exceptionally sweet and affectionate  9 year old Blenheim boy who sadly found his way to rescue after several years of neglect due to health issues in his family. His intake medical evaluation revealed that his treatment plan will require extensive surgical interventions and a long road to recovery to give him a pain-free life. But today despite his pain, he somehow manages to roll onto his back and wiggle with youthful joy, just to please a stranger and invite them for a happy belly rub. Charlie definitely prefers to be the apple of your eye but does get along with other friendly dogs. He will also happily interact with respectful children. 

While in rescue, his foster family and support team have all recognized the same thing: Charlie has an incredibly deep desire to love others and an inexplicably strong will to experience a new life as a happy dog. When he has any improvement in condition, no matter how minor or incremental, cheerful Charlie seizes the opportunity to walk a little faster, wiggle a little more, and reach a little higher. His resilience and grace has been deeply moving to all involved, and after much consideration, the rescue strongly believes that Charlie and the life he could lead are worthy of the substantial investments required to provide him with a healthy future. 

Charlie was diagnosed with Spondylosis, Osteoarthritis, severe Hip Dysplasia, Luxating Patella’s and a torn Cruciate Ligament. For Charlie to experience life without significant pain, his treatment plan will require three separate orthopedic surgeries to be performed over the course of a year. While he awaits surgical intervention, Charlie takes daily pain medication and a joint supplement to help manage the severe discomfort he currently experiences. After each surgery, he will need some rehab and mobility assistance as he recovers, so it will be important that his primary caregiver is at home most of the day and physically able to lift him in and out of a car. The three surgeries and recovery times are as follows:

  • Surgery 1 – Right knee – TPLO – (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) & MPL (Medial Patella Luxation) – 2 surgeries done at same time with a 3-month recovery.
  • Surgery 2 – Left hip – FHO (Femoral Head Osteotomy) – 5-month recovery
  • Surgery 3 – Right hip – FHO (Femoral Head Osteotomy) – 5-month recovery

One other issue we are dealing with is his weight. Unfortunately Charlie was severely overfed, gaining almost 13 pounds in a 7-month period topping the scale at 43 pounds. This too has caused him additional pain. True to form though, Charlie has already made a handsome amount of progress while on a weight-loss diet under veterinary supervision and is now down to 38 pounds. This loss, and by controlling his pain with medication, has made Charlie a much happier boy and he is now enjoying 3 short walks a day! He will need to continue this protocol for the foreseeable future until he reaches a healthy weight. 

While cognizant of the resource implications, Cavalier Rescue USA is passionate about pursuing the necessary medical care and surgeries for Charlie due to the incredible promise that he’s shown combined with his otherwise good health. Therefore, any donation amount would be welcomed and appreciated. Rest assured that Charlie is a very special Cavalier and wholly deserving of this opportunity. 

We thank you on Charlie’s behalf for your consideration and look forward to updating you with encouraging information about his future in the coming months. 

The veterinary costs associated with the surgeries, follow up visits, and rehab will be about $9,000. Please donate to help this loving Cavalier get the help he needs.


  • Color: Blenheim
  • Weight: 38 lbs
  • Sex: Male
  • House Training: Perfect
  • Health: Orthopedic
  • Recommendations: Someone home most of the time and physically able, a securely fenced and mostly flat yard.
  • Location: Flower Mound, TX
  • Region: Southern
  • Special Needs: Yes
  • Status: SPOTLIGHT