Charlie has become a "snuggle partner" for small, fearful dogs that come to the Dumb Friends League of Denver, Colorado

By Amy Jamieson
Updated March 30, 2016 03:55 PM
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When Charlie’s in charge, everybody is happy.

The 100-pound Catahoula-American bulldog mix has been fostering small dogs from the Dumb Friends League of Denver, Colorado, for three years, showing his diminutive charges how to trust humans, helping to prepare them ready for adoption.

Charlie, who volunteer Alaina Bupp adopted from the League as a puppy, specializes in fostering small, fearful dogs, and Bupp says that the canine fosterer is accepting of each and every one, no matter their idiosyncrasies.

“He makes no demands of these dogs and accepts their fears and reservations,” Bupp says in a post on the League’s website. “He gives them the opportunity to make progress on their own terms, and he remains calm no matter what they do. He provides them with a sense of security that means more coming from him. He’s really the best foster parent some of these dogs could ever have.”

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Through cuddles and attention, the scared pups become attached to this gentle giant, learning from his every move.

“Nearly all of our tiny fosters have discovered that the best seat in the house is wherever Charlie’s big belly happens to be,” Bupp says. “These fearful pups share the couch with him, cuddle and snuggle him, follow him around from room to room, and give him kisses. The dogs that have trouble opening up to humans have an easier time trusting Charlie. And he accepts them all, submitting to being their snuggle partner, their pillow and their sense of safety.”

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The best part of it all, says Bupp, is seeing firsthand how canines can help one another.

“Fostering brought us Charlie and he (and our other dog) have in turn not only allowed us to continue to foster, but to see the ways in which dogs can teach and help each other,” she says.