By Colette Hayes
Nearly a year ago, this sweet dog Charlotte, was homeless. Charlotte, a Cockapoo lived on the streets, helping a homeless man with his daily can collecting. Having nowhere else to go, Charlotte stuck by this man on his daily routine.
With her coat overgrown into long dreadlocks, the little dog proudly carried an old chicken bone in her mouth as a self-styled security blanket and makeshift toy.
One day as the duo passed by a veterinary office, one of the Heaven Can Wait dog coordinators called out to the man that he should get Charlotte groomed. He told the coordinator that Charlotte was not his dog and she only joined him during the day to collect cans. The coordinator coaxed the little dog inside the vet’s office to see if her owner could be identified through a micro-chip.
It was there that Charlotte began her journey to her forever home. She was given medical attention and a bath that lasted two full days to shave off all of her knotted fur. Then she entered the Pups on Parole program. During her time in the program, this darling Cockapoo impressed those she met with her independence, energy and beautiful personality.
The Berenzweig family was looking for a new dog to add to their family. Bruce Berenzweig, says they knew they wanted a new dog, but did not relish the idea of heading to an animal shelter and viewing dozens of animals in cages. They contacted Heaven Can Wait and spoke to the Dog Coordinator about adopting a dog.
Several days later a call came that the perfect dog was available for adoption. Lucky Charlotte became that wonderful new companion to the family. Charlotte, who the family thinks is about two-years-old, is a well behaved, loveable, energetic girl.
Bruce says that Charlotte “fits into our life seamlessly.” When the family comes home, Charlotte is so excited to see them that she will jump in the air and roll on her back. Charlotte loves sitting on laps in her new home and soaking up attention. Blanche Berenzweig, Charlotte’s new mom says that she is “sweet as sugar” and has become almost inseparable with their older dog, Gordie. Blanche says that Charlotte enjoys her daily walks and is very well trained, “She is a wonderful addition to our family. Heaven Can Wait did such a good job with her.”
Heaven Can Wait has lots of cats and dogs ready for adoption each weekend. You can see them on our website at: www.hcws.org and arrange then arrange to meet them in person. Cats are adopted at Petsmart in the Arroyo Crossing Center (off I-215 and S. Rainbow) Thursday afternoon – Sunday and dogs are adopted Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. at Bone Appetit on W. Tropicana and Ft. Apache.