By: Pets in Need Southern Maryland

Back in August, the Humane Society of Charles County staff was greeted by Ghost with his smiling face in the play yard outside of the shelter. It had appeared he was abandoned with nothing but a bag of food. Many attempts to contact the owner failed and he very quickly became a staff favorite. We shortly discovered he had some allergies and we searched high and low for solutions and finally came across a diet that worked perfectly. He is currently on a strict diet and is eating Hill’s z/d hypoallergenic diet and is taking apoquel. Unfortunately, that means no table scraps for Ghost unless your meal consists of unseasoned venison, duck, bananas, and apples.

Sadly shelter life quickly took a toll on Ghost’s behavior. He has his highs and low but overall we quickly realized that  Ghost was becoming depressed. He’d refuse to get out of bed and showed no interest in visitors. On his high days, we noticed he would become very pushy and it has become an issue when meeting people and other dogs. Other dogs tend to get annoyed and are a bit snippy with Ghost and he cannot figure out how to interact with them correctly,  He is also not very good with cats so it would be best if he went home with someone who did not have them. The best thing that resulted from this pandemic is that Ghost has been able to live comfortably in a foster home!  While in his foster home he transforms into a different dog: walks great on the leash and doesn’t bark at anything. 

However, every time he returns to the shelter his demeanor reverts back to the previous version of Ghost because of the excitement. He’s much calmer in a home. He loves water and sleeps a lot! Ghost seems to favor tennis balls and likes to rebury bones. Ghost is completely housebroken and has had no accidents in the house. Ghost knows commands like sit. He tends to also favor soft blankets and he does not like the cold. If you love to curl up in big soft blankets and nap but still go out and adventure near water, Ghost is the perfect dog for you! The Staff have really become attached to Ghost and finding him home will be very bittersweet but we’re so excited to find and meet his forever home! We all love Ghost and we know someone out there will love him just as much.

If you’re that person, you can apply for Ghost on our website at and a staff member will be in touch to discuss further steps.

David M. Higgins II is an award-winning journalist passionate about uncovering the truth and telling compelling stories. Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern Maryland, he has lived in several East...