Carlie’s story begins, for us, with our first Chessie, Kori. Kori was a wonderful Chesapeake who lived with us for 12-1/2 years and left us in November 1998. It was a huge loss for my husband, George, and me as she wasn’t only our friend and companion, but also our dog-ter.
After Kori died, I found our house to be way too quiet and lonely. I would look at the CBR Rescue site just about every day and long for another beautiful brown dog. And although I saw many dogs for adoption and would hold out hope that one of them would be ours, I never felt compelled to call or fill out an adoption application.
Until I saw Carlie’s picture! As soon as I saw that face, I knew she would be living in our house. Something about her just reached right through the picture and grabbed my heart. So, after a lengthy conversation with Carlie’s foster parents, we set a date for us to meet. Sue and Merl brought Carlie to meet us on August 5, 1999.
It was with much anticipation that we awaited her arrival. When the doorbell rang, George rushed to the front door. There was Carlie, sitting so pretty and looking up at him when he opened the door. She brought tears to his eyes, because he knew, too, after one look that we would be hers. When Carlie entered our house I think she knew instantly that it would be hers forever! While I spent time talking to Sue and Merl, Carlie spent her time getting George to take her outside to get to know the grounds. There was just an immediate bond between Carlie and us.
We’re her third home and her last home. We are so fortunate that we adopted Carlie. I often wonder why anybody would have given up this beautiful girl, but then if they hadn’t, she wouldn’t be part of our lives. And for that, I’m grateful.
She’s about 7 or 8 years old now and although she is getting gray in the face, Carlie is still a puppy when it comes to the water. She cant live without it! She is an absolute sweetheart and loves everybody, but is most content when she’s lying between George and me. Were absolutely crazy, head over heels in love with her! The day she walked into our lives is one of the best days of our lives. Every day starts with a snuggle session and the love never stops.
Submitted by George & Kathy
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