LebTown features a different Lebanon County pet each Friday to help us enter the weekend with the best vibes possible.

This week, meet Charley!


Charley is 11 years old, the longtime companion of LebTown writer Tom Knapp and his family.

Tom got him when he was 8 months old, when his original owner needed to find him a new home and wanted to avoid the risk of a shelter. He read a column Tom had written about the death of his previous dog, Casey, and thought they’d be a good match.

They were.

Charley in the snow.

This boundless ball of black energy was born after the original owner’s golden retriever, Lucy, ran away and came home after a dalliance with a neighbor’s border collie. While the rest of Lucy’s pups found new homes, Charley (nee George) stayed with Lucy’s owner … but as he got older, his mom didn’t want him around (as is common, I’m told, among female dogs and their male offspring). So a new bond was formed!!

Charley has thrived, both as Tom’s sole companion and, since 2019, as a family dog. A playful spirit, he has a blend of the border collie’s intelligence and the golden retriever’s affable goofiness.

He has also learned to live with other dogs in the house; he currently tolerates his much younger and livelier brother, a pit mix named Finnegan who was rescued through Pitties.Love.Peace.

Charley and Finnegan share a snooze.

Congratulations to Charley for being this week’s LebTown Pet of the Week!


Looking for a pet? Check out available adoptions at the Humane Society of Lebanon County.

To nominate your pet, email pets@lebtown.com and include:

  • Your name and your pet’s name
  • Pet’s breed if applicable
  • A little about your pet and why they should be “Pet of the Week”
  • And of course—pictures! Feel free to send high-quality attachments or a link to an online storage service.


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Tom has been a professional journalist for nearly four decades. In his spare time, he plays fiddle with the Irish band Fire in the Glen, and he reviews music, books and movies for Rambles.NET. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and has four children: Vinnie, Molly, Annabelle and Wolf.


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