Hero Dog Awards - Charlie


Walnut Creek, California

I was born profoundly deaf and I wear an implant. I never realized how much I was missing out until I got Charlie when he was 3 weeks old. He was found and brought to me. As soon as he was 8 weeks, I decided to train him as my service dog. I picked up every book I could find, watched YouTube videos. Learned as much as I could. I spent the first year of his life training him. Today, at 6 years old, Charlie has gone above and beyond my expectations. The most noted achievement was 2 years ago when he saved my life from a 3 alarm house fire.
I trained Charlie for competition in Rally obedience and FASTcat.
Charlie knows 40 verbal commands. Some in American Sign Language, and some in German. He has also learned to read some words.
I also trained him to track and locate feral kittens that were in distress/trapped behind walls. He has helped me rescue and rehabilitate over 40 kittens.
He is so easy going, very playful and gets along with everyone. He is my constant companion and my best friend.