Special Needs/Senior Dog

  • Charlie
  • Dog ID: 17-019
  • Surrender Date:  6/17/2017
  • Gender: Male/Neutered
  • Adoption Fee: $400
  • Age: 4 years
  • Energy Level: Medium-High
  • Interactions with dogs: Good
  • Interactions with kids: Good
  • Interactions with cats: Good
  • Medical or Behavior Challenge Notes:  Allergies and epilepsy


December 3, 2017:

Charlemagne has been in foster care for 6 months now, due to ongoing medical care for a seizure disorder. During that time, he has been evaluated by UW-Madison Veterinarian Hospital, and was neutered at the local vet clinic. A MRI revealed that Charlie, as he is called, has a very small defect in his brain that is causing him to have seizures. These seizures are controlled by medications and the vets have been tweeting his medications to allow Charlie to live a relatively seizure free life. Unfortunately, he has been having more breakthrough seizures lately. The goal is one seizure every 6-8 weeks.

Charlie is a delightful dog. He loves to go on walks and to be outside "helping" with whatever job needs to be done. He has been well trained and is responsive to voice commands. He ignores the resident cat and enjoys playing with the resident dog. Charlie loves to snuggle and sometimes thinks he is a lap dog. Car rides are the highlight of his day. Even though his medications make him very mellow, he is always ready for an adventure. His disposition is gentle and loving.

Charlie will make a wonderful pet. He is charming and companionable. The only down side is the occasional seizure and more frequent vet visits than the usual dog. He takes medications 3 times a day with a monthly cost around $250. Fortunately, he takes pills easily. We have enjoyed fostering Charlie and whoever adopts him will enjoy him, too. He truly is the nicest of dogs.

September 10, 2017:

Charlie has been seizure free for almost three months. He has been catching up on vaccinations and will be ready for adoption at the end of September. He continues to charm everyone with his calm but playful disposition and is a snuggler, too. We are working on getting his medication costs down to a number as low as possible so he does not break the monthly budget. We have found prescriptions can be filled through a Canadian pharmacy for a third of the cost. But, he is definitely worth the cost of the medications!

August 9, 2017:

Medically, Charlie has been doing well. He has been seizure-free for several weeks and sailed through the neutering surgery. His hips were deemed normal, and the medications for hip arthritis were stopped. He only takes medications to remain seizure-free.

Charlie is a sweetheart of a dog. He is so mellow, not letting anything ruffle his fur. He allows the resident dog to be the top dog and peers at the resident cat with a bored eye. When he needs something, he quietly walks over to you and looks with big limped eyes until his needs are met. He is truly a gentleman and very well trained. He will make a family a wonderful dog!

August 2, 2017:

Charlie is a four year old white golden retriever with a mellow, happy disposition. He has idiopathic epilepsy and a wobbly gait due to the anti-seizure medications. But, when he puts his mind to it, he can run like the wind. He has been trained very well and obeys commands like a champ. His manners are awesome.

Charlie was in his foster home only 2 days when he started having cluster seizures. He was rushed off to the the emergency vet clinic and the next day, he was transferred to UW Veterinary Hospital. He had an MRI and lumbar puncture to rule out tumors or infections. The veterinarians stated there is no reason for the seizures, it is just the cross he has to bear. His medications were increased. Fortunately, he takes pills well, once they are hidden in his wet dog food. He is a grazer with his food, liking to enjoy every bite, and does not notice the pills as they are covered in tasty dog food.

Charlie is a lover, wanting to sit his entire 90 pounds on your lap. Despite the wobbly gait, he can jump up on the furniture when invited. He is bored by the resident cat and gets along well with the resident dog, who is a bit crabby that he came to live here. But, he takes everything in his stride and does well with everyone, human and pet. He truly is a wonderful dog and we feel lucky to have the opportunity to care for him.

June 22, 2017:

Charlie is new in foster care. More information will follow.