Charley was homeless when we took him in. Colin, my husband, is blind and in a wheelchair with Multiple Sclerosis. He needed a special friend. Someone heard I was looking for a companion for Colin and gave me a call. I was told Charley’s hip and leg were broken from a hit-and-run accident, but now he was fine.
I said no, for all the obvious reasons. Then I received a second call, saying they still could not find a place for him; would I please reconsider taking him in? They assured me he had this great personality and was a good listener. After much consideration, I decided to go meet him.
When I saw him I thought; is he ugly or what? The aroma of a fresh bath hovered around him, but somehow I knew cleanliness was not high on his agenda. They assured me again about his great personality, so I relented. I thought if I gave him a place to stay, provided food and made him stay clean that would take care of my obligation to him. I told Charley he was to be Colin’s friend, not mine. As long as he kept Colin contented, he could stay. He nodded, happily, he agreed to everything I said.
One day soon after he came, I was sitting on the couch watching television, when “You know who,” comes and sits right beside me as close as he could get. I moved away. So did Charley, yet his eyes never wavered from me. I gave him a stern look and he dropped his eyes and looked away. The next thing I know he is nuzzling my neck. Something broke inside of me. I allowed him to kiss me all over my face. Charley and I have been best buds for two years now.
So if you want some one that will love you unconditionally, is warm and fuzzy, and an excellent companion, do what I did. Go to your local humane society and select the ugliest dog there. It is true, lonely people and ugly dogs can have a meaningful relationship.