A cuddly male pit bull – who knew? But that’s how “Charger” won his reluctant “mother’s” heart. Charger shares a home with Marlene Cordes, Digital Photographer, Imaging Department, at Replacements, Ltd., and Kevin Boyd, Computer Operator, IS Operations.
“Kevin and I found Charger just off the highway, across the street from where we were living,” Marlene said. “He looked to be about nine weeks old, and he was in very poor condition.” Charger had open wounds on his paws and was suffering from malnutrition. “When I gave him a bath,” Marlene said, “he was so thin I thought if I scrubbed too hard I might break his bones.”
When the couple took Charger to see a veterinarian, the vet told them not to let the puppy walk on concrete until the wounds on his paws had time to heal. Closer examination of his nails also revealed an infection. “The vet told me Charger must have been penned someplace that was always damp or flooded,” Marlene said.
At first Marlene wanted to give the puppy to the local SPCA. She was concerned about her ability to give him a good home, and nervous about the medical treatments he would require. “And honestly,” Marlene said, “I was scared because he’s a pit bull. The breed has such a bad reputation.”
But after keeping the puppy in her house, Marlene found that she had become very attached. “He wasn’t interested in playing,” Marlene said. “All he wanted to do was cuddle, which was a big plus! And Kevin was asking me about every five minutes for three days if we would keep him.”
Marlene felt by the fourth day that she had to make a decision. “Charger and Kevin both looked at me with the most pitiful two sets of blue eyes I had ever seen. Finally, I looked at Charger and said, ‘I’m your new Mommy.’” All the fears that Marlene had about Charger’s breed were gone. “Charger is the best dog,” Marlene said. “Now I know why people say dogs are man’s best friend. Kevin and I are so glad we kept him!”
Charger has a playful personality, and plays hide-and-seek with Marlene. And since he’s been living with the couple, Charger has become a father. “Charger loves to run around the yard, playing with his new daughter, ‘Maybelline,’” Marlene said. “Most of all, Charger loves people. When we’re at work and someone comes up to speak with Kevin or me, Charger always thinks they’re there just to see him!”
“Replacements, Ltd., is a great place to work,” Marlene said. “I’ve been here since I graduated from high school. I love the people I interact with in my job and the excitement customers feel when we have the pieces they want. When you’re holding a piece in your hands, you think of the many places and dinners, the laughter and tears it’s been around. It is truly amazing. And I’m grateful for the Replacements Ltd., pet policy. It’s given me the opportunity to socialize Charger. And an extra benefit is that just when I’m feeling overwhelmed with all the tasks I need to complete, Charger gives me a big kiss, and my day is back to being perfect!”