Justin Knutson holds Charlie after being reunited last Thursday at the Colville Animal Shelter.
The black little dog, of Scottish Terrier descent, stood up on his back legs with his front two paws pressed against the bars of his kennel. His shaggy hair fell over his eyes and his pink tongue stuck out in a cheerful grin. If he was a person, you would think he was smiling. Perhaps, he was grinning because he was finally being reunited with his owners after three months of separation.
â€śHello, Charlie,â€ť said the Animal Control officer. She opened the door and pushed him off her green uniform, as he jumped up on her legs in greeting. This was Charlie's day.
Charlie's owners were driving from a farm in Elk, WAâ€”a town about 74 miles from Colvilleâ€”where they had originally lost him.
But Charlie didn't seem any worse for his three months roving. He greeted everyone who bent to pet him with a wag, but never a bark. This happy disposition of Charlie's had made him a suitable companion for his owner, an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran dealing with PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder).
â€śWe thought we would never see him again,â€ť explained Justin Knutson.
*Read the full story in the 2-27-2013 issue of the S-E!