Charlie (who we call Charles), who joined us in January. He’s blind and doesn’t hear very well, but he loves his walks, exploring the house (he’s pretty much got it committed to memory now), and settling in on the sofa next to a warm thigh. He maneuvers around most obstacles through some sort of radar, but that radar doesn’t seem to pick up sleeping dogs or dogs in motion, and he sometimes bumps into them. This annoys only one: Molly. When Charlie seems to be on a collision course with her, she lets out a single beagle bark/bay (sort of like a foghorn) and that’s his cue to alter his trajectory. He and Pinto (Bean) can often be found sharing a bed, the two teeny-tiny boys sticking together in sleep as well as during walk-abouts in the yard. Fearless and determined, Charles is a constant reminder of how adaptable dogs, including old dogs, really are.