The first six months of life were rough for Charlie. His original owners neglected him, ran over him with their truck and failed to seek medical help for his injuries. Eventually, they gave Charlie to his current family, the Griffins. At the time, Charlie was malnourished and limping severely. The Griffins promptly took Charlie to the vet to begin vaccinations and treat his injuries. With good food and lots of love, he improved considerably. However, X-rays showed that while his injured leg was healing, bits of bone were imbedded in the soft tissue of his leg. The growth plate of his right rear leg had been lost, the joint was severely damaged and blood supply to the area was restricted. Despite his internal problems, Charlie was getting around well and didn't seem to be in pain. The Griffins decided to treat him with rest, aspirin and TLC. They knew Charlie would most likely need surgery, but wanted to make sure surgical intervention was truly necessary before proceeding. One day while playing, Charlie suddenly hollered in pain and refused to put weight on his leg. The vet believed the injured bone had snapped and surgery would be necessary to remove part of the broken bone and create a false joint. Labrador Life Line was contacted and agreed to help fund Charlie's surgery. While he will always walk with a limp, Charlie is once again able to get around normally and play with his family.