Ruff Life: Charlie Finds His Golden Ticket & a New Name

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DALLAS -- It’s the story of a boy named Charlie who was dealt a really ‘ruff’ hand in life. If it sounds familiar, it should. That tale was told once before, in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

This sad-then-sweet tale played out again for a local dog.

Injuries, issues or imperfections? It was none, none and none for Charlie, the two-year-old cattle dog mix.

So what was the problem with this seemingly perfect pooch?

"His need for activity and for running and jumping and playing may have been too much for someone,” said Dallas Pets Alive! Marketing Director Holly Morgan.

Just like the movie’s chocolate loving Charlie, this Charlie also found his golden ticket.

Charlie is now a member of the Parks family -- and his orphan status isn’t the only big change.

With a voice like a thunderclap, this powerful pooch now goes by Titan.

"Charles, we thought, 'That's a great name, but it's after King Charles, and he's not the king,'” said new owner Eric Parks. "I'm the king of the house.”

Being the only two males in the house, it was the king of the Parks family who quickly bonded with Titan, but it was the queen who offered this now posh pup a new leash on life.

“I gotta thank my wife for that,” Parks said. "She did it. My wife is strong, and he's strong, and I couldn't ask for a better dog.”

Now, we’ve yet another Charlie going from the street life to the sweet life.

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