Chuck Dog Fluffy Pants

Seven years ago we adopted Chuck, my fluffy muffin. Since we don’t know when he was born, we celebrate his birthday on the anniversary of the day we brought him home.

I have always wanted a dog. But my Mom can’t stand to be around animals, which meant no dog for me. When Dave and I bought a townhouse after we got married, I thought I could finally get a dog. Wrong. Dave was against getting a dog. He worried our new house was too small and yard-less. Also there was that being responsible for another living creature thing.

My longing for a dog got so bad that I would sometimes cry if I saw a cute dog when we went out. I held firm. Dave simply needed to be convinced.

I had been looking at Petfinder for a couple of months already before Dave finally agreed to meet some dogs (“How convenient! I happen to already have a list of possible dogs!”) in 2004. All spring and summer, I searched, filled out applications, got friends to serve as references, and promised a kidney to various rescue groups and shelters. The requirements to adopt a dog here were unbelievably stringent. There were home visits.

I wanted cute and fluffy and for some reason cute and fluffy seemed to correlate with separation anxiety issues. We both work full-time. After months of rescue groups and shelters saying no way to our adopting the cute, the fluffy, the separation anxiety-ridden, and several meetings with dogs who could take or leave us, I finally found Chuck.

The pictures were poor quality, but in them the sun lit him from behind and he looked like a fluffy angel. Key phrases popped out from the description: “…barely tops 30 lbs (including the fluff)…beautiful brindle coat and thick mane…uniquely gorgeous….infectious smile…barely a year old…good humor…foster says “to know him is to love him”…excellent for a first-time dog owner…moderate energy…non-destructive…housebroken…no signs of any separation anxiety.”

I stayed up until 1AM filling out the application. When the woman who had rescued Chuck came over for the home visit, Chuck’s Foster Dad brought Chuck along too.

Chuck was charming. He seemed happy to meet us. He had clearly been learning to give paw, because he continually pawed at us while we pet him. It was super cute. He soaked in our attention like it was his job.

Dave is not a very demonstrative person. He was petting Chuck, but I couldn’t tell what he was thinking. I was relieved when the rescuer suggested we take Chuck on a quick walk to discuss things in private.

When Dave didn’t say anything, I asked, “What do you think?”

Quintessential Dave, he replied, “About what?”

“About Chuck,” I said with exasperation.

“Oh, I love Chuck!”

So it was settled. We were adopting Chuck.

When we first got him, we spent a lot of time staring at him, doting on him, and being blown away by how cute he was. I thought it was the newness of it, that we’d get over it. But we’re both still overwhelmed by how adorable he is at least once a day. When we’re out walking him, people often stop to comment. In fact, Chuck seems surprised when people pass him by without doting on him.

Even my Mom is a closeted Chuck fan. When we visited her last Christmas, I know she thought I couldn’t hear her, but I totally overheard her tell a friend on the phone that Chuck “is a beautiful dog.”

Over the years I have taken a boatload of Chuck pictures. Here are some of the best photos of our first seven years with Chuck. Happy birthday, Chuckle Puppy! We love you!

Chuck Dog Fluffy Pants-The First 7 Years

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18 Responses to “Chuck Dog Fluffy Pants”

  1. Abby
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Awww. I love Chuck now, too!
    Happy Birthday Chuck!

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks! To know him is to love him…

  2. Kristen Tarajos
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the story of Chuck! He’s really cute obviously the perfect dog for your family! I loved the pictures! How can he be 7 already? Give that big ball of fluff a happy birthday hug for me!

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

      I gave Chuck a hug and a belly rub for you.

      Dave thought I should’ve mentioned the part of the story about how I submitted the application for Chuck without even discussing it with him. But I thought that was implicit in the line about me staying up until 1am to fill out the application. Dave was asleep. It needed to be done!

  3. Sophie
    Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Um, Chuck may be the cutest dog I’ve ever seen. Do you know what breed(s) he is?

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

      Hi Sophie! Thanks, we think he’s the cutest dog ever. The rescuer listed him as a keeshond mix, but she didn’t really know. We think he’s part chow b/c he has purple/black spots on his tongue.

  4. nikkianne
    Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Your Chuckie Puppy is so cute! No wonder you love him so much :)

    • logyexpress
      Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

      Thanks! We can’t get over his cuteness!

  5. Rainyday
    Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Oh what a wonderful post and a fabulous celebration. Happy birthday, Chuck, you fantastic creature. Of course Dave loved him, who couldn’t when faced with that level of cute???

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

      Thanks, sometimes we just look at him and laugh because we can’t believe how cute he is!

  6. Patty
    Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Good for you in giving Chuck a Forever Home!

    My middle daughter is a rescuer and works with two shelters in placing dogs into permanent homes with all of the screening, home visits, organ donations, etc., that you experienced. The most important thing any adoptive family can do for a shelter/rescue pet is to make very sure that they’re given as much information about the pet they want as possible. All reputable shelters are happy to share whatever history they have and people like you end up with a loving and contented furry member of the family.

    This is definitely one lucky Chuckie!

    • logyexpress
      Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks, Patty! I’m actually grateful (for both the dogs and the people) that most rescue groups are so thorough when placing animals, but at the time I just wanted a dog and was worried no group would ever let us have one!

  7. kimberly
    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    Ahhhhike he is so cute! I’m so glad you finally got your dog. He looks he. was worth the wait.
    stopping by from mama kat’s

    • logyexpress
      Friday, December 2, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      Thanks. He is our fluffy muffin. It’s crazy how much we love him.

  8. pegbur7
    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    He IS adorable. No wonder you fell for him so hard.

    Stopping by from Mama Kat’s. I chose the same prompt.

    • logyexpress
      Friday, December 2, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      Thanks, pets rock, eh? Looking forward to reading your take on the prompt.


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