Meet Charlie. He’s a 12-year-old English Setter cross-breed who lives in London with his two owners. He shares his name with the ‘unluckiest dog name’ in Britain, as revealed by a pet insurer who has released their pet claims data.

According to the Co-op Insurance, dogs named Charlie top the list of most unlucky dogs shortly followed by dogs name Alfie, Bella and Max, with owners of cross-breed dogs more likely to claim on their pet insurance policy.

Here’s his story.

Charlie was born in Italy, lives with his owners Chiara Carella and Antony Adie in London.

Their English Setter cross has had its fair share of bad luck over the years, starting with health issues at the age of 7, when he was diagnosed with Leishmaniasis, a parasitic infection caused by sand flies of the Phlebotomus species. Since then Charlie has suffered from a sensitive tummy, urinary disorder, and very recently a heart condition. He was also bitten once.

Charlie is a regular at the vets for check-ups and is currently on medication for his conditions, always ready to take his tablets, sitting next to Chiara wagging his tail wagging.

His owner Chiara says: “He is a fussy eater. I make him very expensive organic chicken which costs £20 kg, and very often he stares at his food for hours without eating it, driving me crazy. Then we go to the park and he eats all kind of rubbish. I need to be very careful, as he loves rotten meat and bones which can be very dangerous.”

She continued, “It took me some time to convince my husband to bring Charlie over from Italy, however our lives have completely changed having him with us. Despite all his health problems I wouldn’t change him for the world, he makes our days lighter and funnier, and the expressions he makes fills our days with joy.”

Unlucky in health but lucky in love, that’s our verdict. What’s yours?

Data provided by Co-op Insurance

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