How TODAY Show's puppy Charlie spends his mornings — starting at 4 a.m.!

by Brooke Sassman / / Source: TODAY

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Just like your favorite TODAY anchors, Charlie, too, has an early morning wake-up call!

If you've noticed, he's always nestled in his Orange Room pen at the start of the show — a destination that takes more than an hour for him to get to from his home in Smithtown, New York.

And let's be honest, we'd also react with that serious side eye if the lights turned on at 4 a.m.!

Charlie, TODAY's puppy with a purpose wakes up extra early to make it on time for the show
Charlie wakes up bright and early to travel to Studio 1A.Olivia Poff/America's VetDogs

Every day starts the same: Charlie is woken up by his puppy raiser, Olivia Poff, and eats breakfast with brother Cowboy before getting ready to hit the road.

Charlie, TODAY's puppy with a purpose eats breakfast before leaving the house in the morning
Charlie eats with Cowboy, Olivia's other dog (who isn't a service dog).Olivia Poff/America's VetDogs

While Cowboy isn't training to be a service dog, he's always happy to share a meal with Charlie before he leaves the house. And deadlines are everything in TV, so you’ll never see this pup show up after 6:30 a.m.

RELATED: TODAY show partners with America's Vetdogs to raise our next puppy with a purpose

But in the rare case that it's a rough morning, there's always time for naps behind the scenes!

Day One: Introducing TODAY's second puppy with a purpose
Charlie naps with Matt and Savannah behind the scenes at TODAY. Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Don't think for a minute there's no time for play! Charlie's best pal, Matt, and many other TODAY staffers frequently stop by to say hello.

So it's easy to feel like the top dog when everyone's always visiting!

One of his favorite mornings at the show, Charlie met service dog pal Wrangler, TODAY's first puppy with a purpose. We're pawsitive they became instant best friends.

RELATED: He's here! Meet TODAY's new puppy with a purpose

TODAY's puppy with a purpose, Charlie
Charlie shows Wrangler his new digs.Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

But then again, we can't stop him from becoming furever friends with every celebrity he meets!

TODAY's puppy with a purpose, Charlie
Charlie meets Miley Cyrus!Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Once the day is done, it's time for a well-earned nap before it's back to Long Island.

It's rough to be a pup! Follow the rest of Charlie's journey at TODAY on Instagram and Twitter.

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