Dog Returned for Being Unable to Use Stairs

April Livingston | October 17th, 2018

Charlie was a sad dog when Mackenize Purdy saw him at the Associated Humane Tinton Falls shelter in New Jersey. Charlie, a seven-year-old Shih Tzu mix wouldn’t make eye contact with anyone who walked by. In fact, he would only face the concrete wall in the back of his kennel because he was so scared. Charlie had originally arrived at the shelter and was quickly adopted but then returned because he couldn’t walk up and down stairs and his owner was unable to carry him. So, he was back in his kennel at the shelter.

Mackenzie Purdy//Facebook
Mackenzie Purdy//Facebook
Mackenzie Purdy//Facebook

Mackenzie saw something in Charlie, even though he was sad an unengaged. She was at the shelter to adopt a dog, and knew Charlie was being overlooked because he was older and had a funny way of walking. She wasn’t intimidated by that though, and knew Charlie deserved a chance at a good life. While he wasn’t overly friendly, his tail did wag when she approached his kennel and she knew there was promise there. She decided to take things a step further and brought her little dog Baxter to meet Charlie and the two immediately hit it off. Charlie came out of his shell when he met Baxter and was so excited.

Mackenzie Purdy//Facebook
Mackenzie Purdy//Facebook
Mackenzie Purdy//Facebook

Mackenzie adopted him on the spot and took him to the vet to see what the issue was with his walking and inability to climb stairs. It turned out he probably had an injury to a disc in his back, which means he has mobility issues in his hind legs. While this means he cannot go up stairs, it doesn’t stop Charlie from playing or running with his brother Baxter. Baxter has some limitations, but he has plenty of love to give to both his human parents and his dog brother, who he is so close with now and snuggles with every chance he gets.

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