If Charlotte didn’t mean something special to Carrie Underwood before last month, it certainly does now. Or, more accurately, she certainly does now. Earlier this week — four days after an unplanned moment during her concert at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center in which she revealed she’d adopted a new puppy — the country-music star shared an Instagram post and a selection of photographs of her family’s newest member: a female rescue named Charlotte “Charlie” Nilla Fisher.
According to the post, Underwood adopted the pooch from Pawsitive Impact NC Dog Rescue, which is based in Monroe. The singer did not go out to Union County, though; folks from Pawsitive Impact brought multiple puppies to the arena on the day of the show. “We had been looking for the right pup for our family for a while and she seemed just too good to be true!” Underwood wrote Monday.
This echoed the off-the-cuff statement she made on Feb. 9, while on stage at the uptown arena during a show as part of her “Denim & Rhinestones Tour.” With dead air to fill as her crew worked to solve an issue with the sound reproduction, Underwood decided to tell the audience about her day. “I adopted a puppy,” she blurted. “Don’t tell my children. It’s a surprise.”
A fan asked what kind of dog she adopted, to which Underwood replied: “I don’t know. The best kind. The rescue kind. We are shelter dog people. That’s how we roll. They’ve been wanting one for a while, and we’ve been looking for one for a while, and I think we found — well, I know we found — our girl.”
The eight-time Grammy Award winner, who is married to Mike Fisher, has two sons with the retired professional hockey player: almost 8-year-old Isaiah, and Jacob, their newly minted 4-year-old.
“Charlie” — or Charlotte, as we prefer to call her — joins the family’s two other dogs, Penny (also a rescue) and Zero (a German Shepherd she bought in Tennessee). “She is happy at home playing with her boys…and Penny and Zero have responded well and are getting to know their new sister,” Underwood’s Instagram post went on to say, “Thank you, Pawsitive Impact NC Dog Rescue for all the incredible work you do and thanks for bringing this sweet girl into our lives!” Underwood’s team declined further comment. Representatives from Pawsitive Impact didn’t immediately respond to messages. But a quick look at their Instagram account suggests the organization has tried this tack before — here’s a post from October, when they apparently visited with members of pop star Lizzo’s tour backstage at Spectrum Center…