RoofTop Chalie and the Paparrazzi

I stepped out of my front door, bright red leash in hand, anticipating a nice leisurely walk with RoofTop Chalie…….just Chalie and me.

Chalie’s usual walker is dear old Dad, but he was working late.  But Chalie looks forward to his evening stroll…..so he had accepted me as a tolerable second.  So it was bonding time for an almost-Alpha mom and her best dog.

But it turned out that Chalie and I did not have walk-time to ourselves.

“Charlieeeeeee!,” a little girl called out from a screen porch across the street as we passed.  She clearly didn’t have the proper parental authorization to venture off that porch, but excitement was surging through her little body. So from behind the mesh walls, she was working hard to interact with Chalie.  She waved and jumped and hollered…..and waved some more, greeting Chalie with the biggest five year old smile I’ve ever seen.

About a block later, a woman call out to her son, who was playing in the yard…..”Look honey, here comes Charlie!”   And her young son ran to us, arms outstretched and eager.  I stood on the sidewalk for fifteen minutes, chatting with this young mother while the boy showered Chalie with attention.  Chalie was happy.  The kid was happy.  And I met someone new.

Along the way, adults abandoned their yard work for a minute or two to chat and to pet Chalie.  Kids on skateboards pulled up alongside us to say hello.  And every time we met someone, and it was often, Chalie was an eager and happy greeter.  Chalie didn’t pull on his leash or strain.  He didn’t jump or lick.  He just stood there, Chalie style.  But whenever Chalie is spoken to, or petted….his happiness is always apparent.

And today, I saw him bring happiness to others too.

So it turns out that RoofTop Chalie has celebrity status in the neighborhood.  And I was meeting the paparrazzi.

From a distance, Chalie is a big, black, 95 pound dog, and he might look a bit intimidating.  But up close and personal, Chalie is a calm and predictable dog who earns the trust of even the most timid or dog-phobic child. And he is the ultimate success story for animal rescue…..the dog who was once a commodity and who is now a cherished family pet.

So lots of people can relate to Chalie.  Chalie the dog…..Chalie the neighborhood ambassador.

Neighborhoods and communities are important. It is just plain nice to know your neighbors and to feel that people have your back.

I am lucky to live in a neighborhood where people take care of each other.  In my neighborhood, people actually knock on my door with an empty cup or glass, asking to “borrow a cup or sugar” or to “borrow a cup of milk.” For reals!

And being a good neighbor, I am always happy to oblige.

I always thought that the strongest communities are held together by people….that the people were the glue.

But after my walk with RoofTop Chalie…..I saw another type of neighborhood glue…….. a very sweet dog bringing people together.

"HELLO NEIGHBOR!" This pic is from a walk last year with Dad…..but Chalie was already saying “HELLO NEIGHBOR!”

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My name is Lisa and I have a craft business/hobby called RoofTop Creations where I use repurposed materials to make useful housewares. This blog is about my crafting process and what inspires me. It is also about my shop's mascot, RoofTop Chalie, my repurposed racing greyhound.
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6 Responses to RoofTop Chalie and the Paparrazzi

  1. greyzoned/angelsbark says:

    I love Chalie! I would totally be one to stop and greet him if he were in my neighborhood. I love your comment: “And he is the ultimate success story for animal rescue…..the dog who was once a commodity and who is now a cherished family pet.” AMEN to that!!! What a great story.

  2. Chris says:

    Love this story! Dogs are definitely ambassadors in their neighborhoods. I read the story to Gary and he just laughed and laughed. Gary loves Chalie and told me once again about Chalie’s interest in the treats on “Blessing of the Animals” day.

    • When Joe read the post, he brought up the same story about Chalie sticking his face in the milkbone box at the Blessing of the Animals! Chalie does love treats!! Maybe that’s what he and Gary have in common!!!

  3. nlm264 says:

    Chalie is a wonderful dog. It’s true dogs bring much happiness to a neighborhood and definitely bring people together. i especially love halloween when i stand at my front door for 20 minutes while 30 kids ask to pet salsa. they’re very inquisitive, “how old is she?”, “why is she so small?” “oh, i want one”. simon has a different story…”he’s so big”, “is he nice?”, “does he bite?”.

  4. Love and wet smooches to Chalie from all the Boho Bow Wow dogs!

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