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Charlie Sheen pays $10,000 for Florida girl's therapy dog

Next week, Chuck trashes another hotel room.

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Next week, Chuck trashes another hotel room.

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February

That Charlie Sheen continues to surprise us with his manic behavior, this time by paying for a therapy dog to help a Florida teen who fell off an amusement park ride. The term bipolar is an understatement, because this is almost the exact opposite of getting fired from your job by calling the boss an idiot or threatening to cut your wife’s face on Christmas Day.

Sheen sent $10,000 to Teagan Marti, a 15-year-old Parkland girl to pay for the dog, which will help her mother pay for an English Golden Retriever puppy being taught to turn on lights, pick things up and just be a friend, according to the New York Daily News. Marti fell 100 feet from Terminal Velocity, an amusement park ride at Extreme World in Wisconsin Dells near Milwaukee in 2010 and suffered brain, spine, pelvis and internal injuries, the paper says. At first she had no use of her arms and legs, but has since learned to walk again.

“I’m in disbelief," Julie Marti, Teagan’s mother, told the Daily News. “I was crying. ... What a guy. What a guy.” Julie originally thought she would not be able to pay for the dog, because she is recently divorced, their house is in foreclosure and insurance isn’t paying further for physical therapy.

Sheen heard about Teagan’s plight through his godfather in Wisconsin, who heard the story through a family friend in Eau Claire named Lucia Wilgus, who knew Teagan. Wilgus said the dog would cost about $6,000 to train, but Sheen wanted to give more, just to be sure, noting, “if there’s a need for more I told them to call me,” he told the tabloid. The dog should be ready by Teagan’s birthday in September.

“I like to pay it forward,” Sheen said. “People come into your orbit for a reason. You don’t always know what that is ahead of time, but if I ignore these requests then I don’t have any opportunity to see where these things lead us, or lead me.”

His only request, which was really just a joke, was that they name the dog Charlie.



[Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:29pm]

    

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