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King George Spaniel is a medical rescue hero

Some may believe that Spaniels are too small to be rescue dogs, but that is exactly how Bob Raleigh sees Charlie, his Cavalier King George Spaniel - as a rescue hero, according to St. Louis

Raleigh entered his dog into the Humane Society of Missouri's Bark in the Park official mascot contest and Charlie won.

Raleigh credits Charlie for saving his life, as the Cavalier King George Spaniel patiently helped his owner overcome an 11-month-long battle with chemotherapy and leukemia at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

"I'm a big believer in the Humane Society and adopting dogs. It does some tremendous work. I knew they had a mascot contest. I thought of all the dogs that could be a mascot, Charlie deserved to be chosen," Raleigh, who is now in remission, told the news source.

"Charlie is wonderfully tempered," adds his owner. "The King Charles was bred for that reason. They sat next to the kings and queens."

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels love to be around people and are sociable with other pets as well, according to
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