Erica Korff - News Director for 91.3FM WUNH Durham! Blogging about music, news, and anything that interests me!
She is my best friend. Beautiful, smart and genuine; Charlotte knows how to warm a heart. Anyone who meets her knows she is special and they instantly fall in love with her. Charlotte will welcome you at the door like you’ve been gone for ten years, when in reality it was only two hours. She teaches me what love is. She shows me companionship. Charlotte is no ordinary dog.
We got Charlotte when I was in the ninth grade. Wanting another dog after my Golden Retriever passed away, my mom found four month old Charlotte from her ex-boyfriend’s daughter, who was too young to look after her new puppy. She was scared, shy, and cute as ever. I always liked dogs, but my brother was more of the “dog person”. Brandon would always train our dogs and spend the most time with them. I always liked our Golden Retrievers, but was never too close with them like Brandon was. The same went for when we first got Charlotte. I enjoyed the pup, but Brandon was the one who spent the most time with her and trained her.
One week during my sophomore year of high school, I was left home alone for about a week with Charlotte. It was my job to take care of her and remember to let her out when she needed to and feed her. During this week, something changed for me. Charlotte transformed into the dog that I had, to the dog that I fell in love with. The time that I had alone with Charlotte made me realize how great of a dog she was. I always knew she was cute and fun, but I never took the time to sit down and discover that for myself. We played together and having her as my week responsibility made me get closer with her, physically and emotionally, and I am now so grateful for that. Ever since that week, we were best buds.
Charlotte is a Pit Bull Boxer mix. One may think that because she’s part Pit Bull that she must be tough. To start, Pit Bulls are the kindest and warmest dogs, and that’s a fact. Due to their strong jaw and bone structure, owners with cruel intentions train Pit Bulls to fight other dogs because they have the strength. This therefore sets up a horrible reputation for these beautiful dogs. Charlotte is the perfect example of a harmless and lovable Pit. She is caramel brown with some white on her face and some pink near her nose. She has beautiful eyes that are full of admiration and understanding. When Charlotte greets us at the door, she wags her tail ferociously (probably the most “dangerous” thing she does), and moves her body all around like she’s dancing. It’s as if her body turned into a snake; she wiggles all around due to happy she is. It’s the cutest, greatest thing to come home to and it never stops. Charlotte can literally give hugs. She will just come up and lean right into your body. If you don’t like dog kisses then don’t get too close to her face because that’s all she will do until you physically remove yourself form her.
When we found a tumor near Charlotte’s ribs over the summer, it was a really difficult thing to grasp. My mom found the big lump and was shocked we didn’t find it sooner due to its size; we assumed it must’ve grown for a while. After the vet told us he was concerned, we were not okay. Charlotte was a huge part of our lives; if she were gone, a major light in my life would be out. After the tumor was removed, we found out Charlotte was in stage two of the cancer and it was time to begin the treatment. Charlotte went through many rounds of radiation and our plan was to then go on to chemo. When the vets told us that she could live for possibly two more years with the chemo treatment, we knew that wasn’t good enough. Charlotte is only six; she’s just a baby. Two more years was not going to cut it when it really should be six or seven. That’s when we found an alternative treatment – the holistic approach.
Finding a holistic vet and treatment was the greatest thing to happen to Charlotte and us. Now on a raw food diet and on different treatments that do not involve chemo, Charlotte has been better than ever. The holistic approach to health has been known to be more successful than chemo, and that’s what we’ve been seeing. Charlotte is no longer in pain and has been doing fantastic. It has been known that the holistic treatments cure these animals and it really shows. We are so grateful we didn’t stick with chemo and give up hope for a long life that Charlotte deserves.
As I’m writing this now, she is staring at me with her big eyes with a ball in her mouth. If only she knew that I can’t play with her because I’m too busy writing about how wonderful she is. Charlotte isn’t just a pet or any ordinary dog. She is so special and gentle; two characteristics that anyone would want in a companion, human or animal. Charlotte has truly changed my life and perspective. She shows me what unconditional love is and I know she can tell how much love we have for her too.
I got this list off of an article and I think it’s the greatest list ever created.
Lizzi Marriott, a UNH student, tragically died in October 2012. As the case continues, letters and lies have been exposed. Seth Mazzaglia, the man charged with Lizzi’s murder, was planning on framing others for her death, according to letters he had written to his girlfriend. Along with these letters were lies written down for his girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, to memorize for authorities. Over the summer, Kathryn pleaded guilty to conspiracy and witness tampering. Following this confession, she will receive one and a half to three years in prison. To read the whole story, visit “The New Hampshire” online, UNH’s newspaper. Our thoughts are still with Lizzi today.