A few weeks ago I wrote about CATV8/10's celebration of the upcoming Year of the Dog and interviewed Donna Girot, the new Executive Director about Dog Talks. Donna is always looking for new ways to connect with the community. 2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog, and, as a dog lover herself, it seemed only fitting that CATV to invite community members to bring their dogs in and participate in a Dog Talk, or a short interview, with their dog about how wonderful/hilarious/weird/ridiculous/perfect they are.
After I spoke with Donna regarding the idea behind the Dog Talks, I thought it would be nice to do one with my two dogs, Callie and Charlie.
As you'll hear in the video, both Callie and Charlie are Amish puppy mill rescues. We got both of them through the same rescue, Champlain Valley Canine Rescue (CVCR), in Charlotte, VT. Callie came home with us October 20, 2016, and Charlie arrived six months later, on May 22, 2017. Both are also Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Callie is a retired breeding female, so she was kept in a cage for five/six years, pumping out puppies every heat for huge profits.
Charlie is a "puppy mill reject," as in he had too many detectable problems to be sold to a pet store or over the internet.
These two would have been among many dogs at auction for commercial breeding facilities if CVCR did not have the ability to contact these mills and stop dogs from going to auction in between their trips out to Ohio, where these particular puppy mills are. Click here if you want to read more about how CVCR works.
Make sure to continue reading after the Dog Talk video, as I have another special Callie moment to share.
Without any further ado - introducing Callie and Charlie, LIVE!
And, because the moment was unbelievably amazing - here is the video of Callie initiating play with another Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Gibby, owned by local friend Leah Schoenberg Mosenthal. There's also a cameo appearance by Charlie.
Given the number of Tri-colored dogs, I'll give you some identifiers. Callie has the light blue collar on, Gibby spends much of his time on his back, and Charlie is pretty small and disappears from the scene rather quickly.