Meet Charlie

Charlie is a dog!

Charlie is a six-month old Shar Pei mix who was surrendered by her previous owners because she got too large for their apartment. The good news is: We have lots of room! And we like large dogs, although Charlie is currently medium-sized at best. She is very well behaved with other dogs (from what we have seen of her interactions with other dogs at the shelter we got her from), and so far her relations with the Scalzi Cats has been politeness in the face of their unabashed loathing. We assume that will change in time. She’s a sweet dog. Krissy has been wanting to get a new dog for a while, and well, now we have one. Expect more Charliness in your online life from now on.

43 Comments on “Meet Charlie”

  1. M.A. Kropp – NH, USA – I am a writer who is also a wife, mommy, and grandmother. I live in MA in the USA. I write mostly fantasy and science fiction. I speak sarcasm fluently. I am Irish and a ginger- that is fair warning. Puppies and kittens are my friends. I like good food, good drink, good friends, and good books.
    M. A. Kropp

    Aww. Welcome, Charlie. You look like a good dog!

  2. Congratulations on the new family, Charlie.
    Take care of them & thank you for rescuing the ‘hoomans’.

    PS Cats aren’t that bad…

  3. She’s a cutie! If only we’d been bright enough to adopt a little older when we got Zevon at 8 weeks (he’s on the cusp of 16 weeks). Turns out even when (or especially because) you’re empty nesters a young pup still learning boundaries can be exhausting AF.

  4. I can see the SharPeiness in the tail and the rucked-up skin on her shoulders; I’m wondering if she will develop the face like an unmade bed as well (disclosure: I knew a full Shar Pei named Edgar. He had all of the qualities.) She is charming; rumply dog is rumply!

  5. She’s gorgeous!! Congratulations on your new addition. Cats will get over it. Medium sized dogs are good because you can pick them up if necessary. Enjoy!

  6. Congrats on the new family member!

    Hi, Charlie! Oh, you’re gonna love the 5 acres to run around on.

    Not sure what to tell you about the cats, other than “let them come to you.” One other tip: Try not to stick your nose up their rear. Or at least not too often.

  7. The animals will adjust to each other. We have always had a zoo and the only issue we have ever had was decades ago when the miniature Dachshund was determined to show the Doberman who was the Alpha Male in the household.

    The Doberman’s attitude was to treat the Dachshund exactly like the female dogs and the six cats – completely laid-back and friendly.

    Tom

  8. Oh, who’s a good dog?! Charlie is a good dog!!

    And Charlie is a lucky dog, too, who has just gotten herself a cushy home with a family who’ll love her, and a whole bunch of strangers on the internet cooing over her as an added perq.

    Congratulations on your newest family member, Clan Scalzi, and may she chew your shoes for many years to come!

  9. Gah! Charlie is thoroughly adorable and gorgeous. I’m just a smidge jealous. At least the cats have each other to commiserate with as they endure the indignity of New Dog, heh.

    Mazel Tov! Best wishes to you all. Charlie’s a lucky pup.

  10. Sharpeis are great. But keep them away from Sharpies or they might, I don’t know, start signing autographs.

    (My family had a sharpei. Sad now. Miss them.)

  11. Congratulations to Charlie for finding a forever home with a great family.

    Thank you to the Humans for adopting rather than shopping.

    Condolences to the Scamperbeasts for the disruption to your catriarchy. I’m sure you’ll clue him in on the proper order of things soon.

  12. Time those cats learn dogs rule. (Send all contrary complaints to you’rewrong@dogsarethebest.com :-) )

  13. Hi Charlie!! What an adorable face. Congrats on the new family addition!

  14. timeliebe – Central NY – Dreaded Spouse-Creature to bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (SONG OF THE LIONESS, THE CIRCLE OPENS, BEKA COOPER: A TORTALL LEGEND series), a co-author of TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE, Co-author with Tamora Pierce of Marvel's WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S OBSESSION for Marvel Comics. Contributing Editor for VIDEO Magazine during the 1990s, Columnist for C/Net 1999 - 2002.
    Tim E. Liebe

    A large dog…in a house full of Cats With Attitude (especially Smudge).

    This can only go well….

  15. What a cute dog. Hope she doesn’t eat any furniture, or expensive boots, or an irreplaceable stereo remote, or a tablet. Yes, our new puppers ate all those things.

    Stereo still played a CD, but no control from in bed was terrible. Many functions not available w/o that remote, ordered one replacement [The only one available on eBay or Amazon] dog ate the second one also too.

    Tablet had shattered glass, then dog quit due to the terrible mouth feel. Dead.

    Still love the dogs, young, energetic, big black dogs, they sneak into bed late at night to snuggle with us, which is usually OK if it isn’t raining hard outside.

    Congratulations on the new puppy !!! Beautiful dog, will appreciate your household to no end! And thanks for the rescue!

  16. I agree with whoever said it looks like there’s some Rottie in there. That’s okay. My current dog is half German Shepard, quarter pit bull, eighth Rottie, and eighth other. A lot of people are scared when they hear his pedigree but he is absolutely the sweetest dog I’ve ever met. As someone at my vet said for him the world consists of his friends and friends he hasn’t met yet. Wishing you many years of doggie goodness.

  17. I adopted a 3 year-old female from my local humane society in December. They identified her as a cattle dog mix, but I didn’t see any cattle dog in her. My vet did DNA testing: golden retriever, chihuahua, and miniature short-haired dachsund on one side, and pomeranian and rottweiler on the other. She is a true mixed breed! The test includes a health part where you learn if they have any potential for breed-specific health issues.

  18. Rottie coloring with a Shar-Pei tail. Beautiful!

    Was the timing coincidence or did you hold off on bringing her home until after you finished your book knowing that a new dog would take up oodles of your time?

  19. Dogs, cats. It’s getting almost a bit ho hummy.

    How about a pet pig or two in the Scalzi household? As a bonus, if they ever misbehave too much, you know better than anyone what to do with them.

  20. Crossed with….Bernese Mountain Dog or one of the other Swiss dogs with that coloring?

    She is lovely, in any event! I hope you all greatly enjoy each other’s company.

  21. Once upon a time, there were three grown-ass cats who lived at the Scalzi compound. And they each had very hazardous duties — napping, lounging, sharpening claws — but I took them all away from all that and now they work for me. My name is Charlie.

  22. I too got a mixed breed and a DNA test to discover what. I just call her a shepherd mix, but her phenotype is that of a Dutch Shepherd, as is her hair-trigger alert status. Getting old now, but I’ve had fun over the years telling her what kind of a dog she is.
    Charlie is a good name, I had a couple of cats and a great-grandfather with that one. Did Charlie come with the name?

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