Charlie Brown is an 8 year old who came to Pugalug as an owner surrender. We describe him as a "young 8". He is very handsome and is quickly discovering how fun other dogs can be. Charlie Brown is a big boy, weighing in at 27lbs, and could certainly afford to lose a couple pounds although he is quite fit, overall.
Charlie Brown has been suffering from severe skin allergies. However, a change in diet and careful management has improved the situation drastically. Some of the hair on his chest and neck has even started to fill in. He rarely scratches now and the shirts he was wearing during his first week and a half have come off. Hopefully, he'll keep making strides in this direction.
It took CB about five nights to let his foster Mom sleep through the night, but now he's a total champ and sleeps through the whole night with zero problems. He did some marking at first, but it seems to have stopped. A belly band also completely solved the problem when it was happening. Such a good boy! There has also been some improvement in his over-arousal/excitement barking when he sees us after some absence or when his dinner is ready. I think with time and some work on impulse control behaviours, this issue will continue to improve. However, he is a vocal little man who barks at new sights and sounds.
CB had his vet visit on July 6th. The vet thinks he suffers from environmental allergies (in addition to the food allergy), but we're waiting to see how he progresses with the new diet. We are also continuing to give him the Prednisone, which he was already taking, and bathe him twice a week with medicinal shampoo. He's really good about getting his baths and is quite entertaining during the drying off process - he rolls and flops and spins and slides. It is adorable! CB also was diagnosed with a mild (grade 1) systolic heart murmur. His teeth are in rough shape and he'll be going in for a dental cleaning and extractions in August, which should improve his quality of life quite a bit.
CB could be described as a professional humper. Yep, it's true. This behaviour seems to be his main form of play and interaction with his pug brothers (and ONLY his pug brothers - he definitely has a type). However, there has been a bit more wrestling and tag type games going on in the last few days. Hopefully, his foster brothers will continue to expand his horizons in play options and styles.
Overall, CB is a lovely boy with tons of charm and amazing qualities. He loves giving kisses and is really as sweet as can be. I cannot wait to see how he does after his dental work and skin irritations have improved. In the meantime, we will enjoy every minute of his company!