When Maaria’s neighbor cautioned against leaving her dog, Charlie, alone with her cat, little did she know that her warning would be proven wrong. Charlie, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Rottweiler mix, not only proved to be safe around Maaria’s cat but became a loving and nurturing figure to numerous foster kittens. Charlie’s journey began under the mistreatment of a 16-year-old owner seeking a ‘status’ dog. Subjected to abuse in an attempt to toughen him up, Charlie still lacked aggression. Surrendered to a shelter, Maaria stepped in, aware of the potential risks due to breed-specific legislation. Driving 200 miles to bring him home, Charlie found a permanent place in Maaria’s heart.
Despite his rough past, Charlie showcased a gentle and loving nature. DNA testing revealed he’s a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Rottweiler mix, two breeds often unfairly labeled as dangerous. Charlie’s affection extended to Maaria’s cat, Darwin. The duo formed a strong bond that included sleeping, playing, and grooming each other. When the cat suddenly passed away, Charlie mourned Darwin’s passing, displaying an emotional depth that broke Maaria’s heart.
That was the turning point for the dog-mom. She decided to foster kittens to help her dog get through the grieving process. Not only did Charlie heal, he took on a vital role as the kittens’ surrogate dad. Charlie eagerly waited as Maaria would hand him a kitten to tend to. He’d lie perfectly still, trembling with excitement. He enjoyed grooming and comforting the kittens as they adjusted to their new surroundings.
The kittens, in turn, fell in love with the pup, sensing he’s a wonderful caretaker and friend. Despite breed-based judgments, Charlie is the gentlest, sweetest dog, helping animals in need, one kitten at a time. Play the video below to meet Charlie and see him interact with his foster kittens.