Charlie’s Christmas wish for new home is granted

15 years ago
By Christine Cowett Robinson
Special to the Aroostook Republican

    Christmas is over and we are quickly heading to the New Year. I must say that we were beyond blessed this year. The donations rolled in and our fund-raisers were very successful. We are so grateful for all we have and for the support of the communities we serve. It is obvious to us that the animals hold a special place in the hearts of many. 

ImageStaff photo/Kathy McCarty
    Charlie, the St. Bernard, paused from playing in the exercise pen at the Central Aroostook Humane Society long enough to have his picture taken. The 200 lb. pooch has since found a home, joining a couple who already has a St. Bernard and a Newfoundland.

    The winners of the baskets were: Dog basket, Donita Campbell; Cat basket, Kathy McCarty.
    The winners of the Zhu Zhu Pets: Linda McLaughlin, Trudy Wood, Bonnie Beaulieu and Donna Lisnik.
    One story this Christmas that was a wonderful gift to us is the placement of our 200 lb. male St. Bernard, Charlie. Charlie has been at the shelter for quite some time and had become a bit of a handful in his cage. His “in cage” behavior was really interfering with anyone wanting to look at him or possibly adopt him.
    The employees at the shelter became quite concerned about our boy, so I started putting feelers out statewide with friends and other shelters. Within two hours of sending out an e-mail, I got a call from downstate. This woman currently had one Newfie and one St. Bernard and wanted another. She sent us all of the information we requested to “check her out” and she sounded awesome. So on Christmas Eve morning, our boy Charlie was loaded into a car and taken to his new forever home.
    Charlie’s new home has a large fenced-in yard and his owners have plenty of experience. What a wonderful happy ending.
    Last update is that Charlie is doing well and getting along nicely with the girls; he is enjoying the freedom of the back yard and also the comfort of his new home — so his story has a happy ending.
    As the New Year approaches, it is a great time to reflect on how far we have come. I hate to hear us called “the pound” because in my mind “the pound” means in the front door and out the back in a body bag. We are a humane society and have come leaps and bounds in our quest to save lives, and it is all because of your support.  
    Local media has been so helpful in getting the word out about our animals and events. It is amazing to feel your support and know that we are not alone in this fight. There are so many good people out there with big hearts that support us.  
    We have made many improvements in both our building and our mode of operation. We strive to keep our manager educated about current sheltering techniques and practices and we also work very hard to network with other shelters to help save lives.  
    My own dogs have shared their New Year’s resolutions with me:
    Pugsley: I resolve to not eat everything in sight, because what goes in must come out eventually;  
    Taz: I resolve not to bark at big dogs through the fence for someday we may find ourselves both on the same side;
    Tommy: I resolve to try not to pester Rusty so much (but it is so much fun);
    Rusty: I resolve to try to get more exercise and be more tolerant of Tommy;
    Tucker: I resolve to “come” when called and not just sit there smiling. I will also try very hard to wag my tail like a real dog and not a propeller; Mommy is afraid some day I might wag so hard I will lift off;
    Zoe: I resolve not to kick Tucker’s butt … no wait … I resolve to try not to eat every cat that comes near my bed —nope, can’t do that either. I resolve to show my teeth less and love more (except for the cats) … I guess I can try.
    Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
    If you are looking for a friend for life, please contact the Central Aroostook Humane Society at 764-3441. We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.  
    Please have your pets spayed or neutered!