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Charles - loving dad of Sammy

Memorial created 05-13-2008 by
Charles Padilla
February 14 1993 - April 7 2008

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09-22-2014 3:24 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & Ridley Park, PA  

Sammy, Gabby, Bob M & Charles,

On this last day of summer 2014, Cinnamon and I are just stopping by to say hello, and wish you and your family well, Charles.  There's really a chill in the air here now on east coast, and this summer was absent any long periods of very hot weather.  

Of course, the way we here at Critters tend to measure our seasons and years is by the absence of our precious kids, as you know, Charles, and this third summer for my family with no Cinnamon by our side here on earth only reinforces how incredibly special, and beloved, she is and will always be.

I hope the fire danger for you has subsided with the approach of fall, Charles, and that everyone, including of course your beloved Cupcake, Xander and Bentley are doing well.  As you have heard me say before, my friend, but the truth never gets tiresome, you are a good, generous and kind man, Charles, and I hope that you enjoy a reawarding and safe fall, one and all.  I am certain that your precious angels do all that they can to protect and comfort you and your family every day.

Bless you and yours, Charles, your sweet angels Sammy, Gabby and Bob M, and your beloved Cupcake, Xander and Bentley, today and always.

Peace & Love,

Cinnamon & Bruce

09-19-2014 11:12 PM -- By: Carole and angel Tina Jane,  From: my heart  

Dear Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little BobM...... Cupcake, Xander and Bentley, we all hope that you are doing well. It's been so long since I stopped by. My little 19 year old girl Princess dies six months before Tina Jane and I haven't even created her memorial yet. My heart is so fragile any more. I am sure my kids at Rainbow Bridge are having a grand time with your kids.

Toward the end of Tina Jane’s and my journey, what I was left with was doubt, unending tears and a pain that went and still goes far beyond what can be described in words alone. I had so much doubt of whether or not I was doing the right thing. It took every grain of strength in my soul to maintain sanity. I really lost it. My pending decision to let Tina Jane go on without me was overwhelming.

So many questions; was the discomfort of her deteriorating health really great enough to justify my decision? Could I have done more? Should I have tried something else? Dr. Guajardo told me I was doing the right thing...that it was Tina Jane's time. Was he right? Self-doubt and the fear of saying goodbye consumed me, to the core of my soul. And pain - excruciating, gut-wrenching pain. How would I handle this..."again?" If life is a system of balances, of birth and death, light and dark, then the proof of the great pleasures Tina Jane gave me during our life together lies in the "quantity of my grief and pain" that I've felt, to date, since Tina Jane left us.

I knew it was time to let her go the morning she woke me up whining and literally pawing at my chest. She had a special way of communicating to me, and I could read her sign language. Gosh Charles, I have no idea how we find the strength to survive so many losses. I have to say that even with all the grief, I wouldn’t change a thing. I was blessed to have so many precious kids in my life, and I still have my dear 15 year old lady Dezzy Dee and my new son Nova (black and white Boxer, 1 ½ now and 70 pounds already). J

To all of you beautiful children in animal heaven, I hope you're dancing in the sky, and I bet you're singing, in the Angels choir. I bet it's so nice, up in Heaven since you arrived. Perfect pets like you blessed our lives with love and kindness. You cheered our lives up. I hope you are now able to feel and see the volume of warmth and sunshine that you brought into our lives. The "one and only" absolutely unselfish and most loyal friends that we are blessed with in this selfish world---the ones that never desert us, the ones that never prove ungrateful or treacherous---are our pets.

Well, I guess I really “let it flow” this time. Sometimes we just have to let go. Blessings and hugs forever to you and all your kids…gotta’ luv ‘em more than all the starzzzzzzz in the sky.

09-19-2014 9:44 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Dear Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M.......Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Stopping by with fresh hot coffee and Granny's Friday speciality,freshly baked cinnamon rolls to get our weekend off to a great start.

What was suppose to be a rainy weekend here has now been updated to a beautiful warm sunny one so I have decided it would be a great weekend to hold a fare for all the school kids who volunteered their services through the summer.Although I normally have it in October, this year has been so unpredictable with the weather,I thought this would be a good weekend to hold it. The kids always look forward to this time. I know all the dogs here at the shelter as well as Tyson, Dozer, Samantha and Taz will have a great time as they run around the yard with lots of attention from the kids. The cats here get to have the run of the cat section of the shelter with much attention from the kids as well. All should have a fun time, I am sure.

Doris, Kim, Trina and myself have been doing much baking and getting things ready for the big event for the kids while Byron, Bud and Lawrence will be the bbq chefs and whatever else I can find them to do which will be lots"HaHa".

I have to get busy and get things setup and ready as these last minute decisions are sometimes hard but I will get them done.

Have a grand weekend and I hope you  and the kids can enjoy the outdoors before the cold weather sets in. 

Sending Hugs through the warm breeze from here to there.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


09-19-2014 9:22 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: fargo ND  

 Hi Charles,Sammy and All hope you are doing well,Thanks for visiting Rowdys memorial love hearing from you.Not much going on here now nice weather still take care bud talk again soon

With Love Rowdy and Me

09-17-2014 10:59 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Dear Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little BobM.......Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Thank you for your visit and kind words to myself and all at Luke's shelter. Yes you are right as you said without all the wonderful volunteers ,I could not do what I love to do and follow my "Dream come true". I know they will all appreciate your post when they see it.

We had our first dusting od snow last night which is very early but I guess winter is on its way. Although i don't mind it too much but I know it won't be long before there are many unwanted furbabies needing shelter which is sad BUT thats the way it is.That is the part of winter that I dread the most. I know I can't possibly take them all in BUT I will take as many and more as I can. There will never be a empty kennel at Luke's shelter as long as there are furbabies out there needing help."smile".

Doris and Kim say "Hello and thank you for the post directed to them"much appreciated. Samantha and Taz send puppy dog kisses in the cool northren breeze.

We are off to do daily chores as well as I have a puppy class this morning. There will be eight puppies under a year old in for puppy obedience training which is always fun.

Have a good day and Thanks again for your always kind posts.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


09-16-2014 8:23 PM -- By: E.C.A. II,  From:  

Thank you for always visiting, and leaving kind words on the angelversary of Teddie's passing. God Bless.

09-12-2014 9:02 PM -- By: Lauvern and JoJo,  From:  

Dear Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little BobM...... Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Thank you so much for remembering  JoJo on his Angel Day and your kind post as always. It is friends such as yourself who help make these marker days some easier.

Your continued visits and kind posts  mean alot to me. I want to also say,all here at the shelter see them and I know they appreciate them as well.

Have a grand weekend and I am sure your Aunt's house is looking pretty nice with all the work you have been doing there. I know she must be smiling down on you.

Thanks again for your continued friendship.


Lauvern and JoJo.


09-09-2014 11:33 PM -- By: Scott and Shannon,  From: Harrisburg, PA  

Stopping by Charles to say hello and to remember your beloved Sammy...  Sammy is always with you!  Take Care-

09-04-2014 12:25 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  


Dear Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little BobM.......Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Thank you for your recent posts. I have not been able to get on Critters for a couple of days now but finally got on today so thought I would stop by and say "Hi". I bet your Aunt's house is looking very nice now with all the work you have been doing there.

We have the shelter all painted up and the extended cat shelter all finished now.Everything is looking good and I am happy we are finished.

We have been having cooler days and lots of rain which is a good thing after all the hot and dry days.

Tyson, Dozer and myself had a wonderful time at the lake this past weekend and I now have the cottage closed up for the winter. I am now ready for the busy days which I am sure will be here as the weather gets colder.It happens every year. "The colder the weather, the more furbabies need help".

I hope the fur kids are all doing well as I am sure they are.

Sending Hugs through the miles.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.

08-29-2014 2:32 PM -- By: Lauvern and Toby,  From:  

Dear Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little BobM.......Cupcake,Xander and Bentley.

Thank you so much for remembering and honoring Toby on his Angelversary yesterday. Your thoughtfulness and kindness means alot to me.Although the day was filled with many mixed emotions,it turned out to be a great and productive day as we celebrated Toby's life.It has been two years since he had to go to Rainbow Bridge and one would think it would get easier to accept but to me it seems the longer it is the more I miss him.Sometimes I wish that I didn't love my furkids as I do which would make it much easier to accept when they leave BUT that will NEVER happen. Anyway Thanks again for your ongoing support and friendship.Have a grand weekend!!I am taking Tyson and Dozer to the lake for the weekend to spend some quality time with just the two of them.

Sammy, Gabby and little BobM.. Thank you for helping Toby celebrate his Angelversary at the Bridge. I am sure you all had alot of fun and treats.

Sending Hugs through the miles.

Lauvern and Toby.

08-28-2014 6:03 PM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: fargo ND  

 Hi Charles,Sammy and All hope you are doing well.Thanks for the visit bud havent been on much lately but need to get back to my critters friends more often.Hope the fires have been put out down your way now well thanks again Charles see ya soon 

08-28-2014 4:08 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

 Dear Charles, Sammy, Gabby, Bob M, Cupcake, Xander and Bentley,

You certainly have had a busy summer. Are you fixing the townhouse to sell? Quite a job I know having dealt with my dad's place. 

A visit to the doctor showed my bone is healing but that the splint I had caused some nerve compression/damage. If it is not better in a week or two I will have to go for PT or OT. Typing is hard so I apologize for this brief note.

The kids are well and we have enjoyed a good but somewhat too warm summer. A cool fall will be welcomed.

We are off for a short trip to Canada. Someday I hope we can meet Lauvern there. How wonderful would that be!

Thank you for thinking of us. Do not work too hard and give the kids all a treat from us.

08-26-2014 11:51 PM -- By: Linda,  From: NJ  

 HI Charles, Handsome Sammy, Gabby & Bob M-

Charles, Thanks so much for remembering Milo on his Angel Day. It meant alot to me. its hard to believe it has been five years since he has passed. This time goes by so fast, but as you know, their Angel Days still bring back so many bittersweet memories, all good, but it is still hard. Hope all is well your way and you had a great summer. Sending hugs your way to you, that handsome Bentley, Cupcake and Xander! Thanks again Charles!


Linda, Milo & Toni


somany memories 

08-26-2014 8:26 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Dear Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M.......Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Thank you for all your visits and kind posts as always. As you know ,I have been quite busy and have not been here but my Critters friends are always in my thoughts.

Things here are going well as we prepare for more needy furbabies needing shelter with winter not too far away. I hope things are moving along at your Aunt's home and that you will soon be able to take time for yourself.

The nights here are getting cooler but the days are still hot and humid with a cool day at times which is very welcome by all. The fur babies appreciate the cooler days so that they can get out and run and play without getting too hot.

I will be taking Tyson and Dozer to the lake this weekend where we will spend quality time together. Although they come to the shelter with me daily,I don't get much alone time with just the two of them as all the shelter kids want my attention as well.

I hope all is well out your way and the fur kids are doing well as I am sure they are.

Sending hugs through the miles from all of us here at Luke's shelter.


08-25-2014 9:41 PM -- By: jules,  From:  

sending hugs always jules and butler

08-25-2014 4:02 PM -- By: Carol Palmer,  From: Socorro, New Mexico  

 Dearest Charles and your Precious Family, Time for me to check in and say hello. We are all hot down here in Socorro, but the dogs are doing well, as long as we keep medicating them. A couple have several new issues that keep us trotting to our blessed vets. They are so wonderful to them. I hope all is well in your life and that you are loving every minute with Xander, Cupcake, and Bentley. I had three eye surgeries in the space of a couple of months, so have been kind of out of commission, but Praise the Lord, with two cataract surgeries, I can see the world like the Lord intended me too, without glasses or contacts!!! Bless you for all the love and care that you continue to share with everyone here on Critters, and we're sending along a sausage and beef green chile pizza for lunch!!! Please pass on my regards to Lauvern and all her kids at Luke's Shelter. Hugs, Carol You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

08-25-2014 11:16 AM -- By: Laura & Dale,  From:  

Sammy, Gabby, Bob M - you know you are in my heart and I'm sorry I don't get to Critters much but I also know you guys know we never ever forget you - EVER! 

Hi, Charles, just dropping in, thinking of you and touching base.  All is well here, finally got that travel van I've been wanting.  In fact, Steve is driving it home from L.A. but think he's going the I-10 route.  If he's doing the 20, will stop and see you!  Hope all is well with you and the kids - sending love, as always!  xoxo

08-22-2014 2:22 AM -- By: Kassandra,  From: Tarzana, California  

Thank you so much for the kind words to my Lucky he lived a very long life. It really helped me in this sad time. I know he is not suffering anymore and is very happy at the Rainbow Bridge. I have to say losing a pet is the hardest and biggest emotional loss for a person to experience but I have so many memories of my boy that he will never be forgotten.

08-20-2014 1:05 AM -- By: Cindy Andrews,  From: Windsor, ON  

Thank you so much for visiting Rusty's page and your kind words. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since I gave him my last kiss goodbye, and I am still devastated. It is nice to know I am not alone in my grief. You have truly honoured Sammy, Gabby and Bob M with your beautiful memorials to them, and I take comfort knowing that Rusty has new friends as he begins his new journey

08-19-2014 6:47 PM -- By: leeanne,  From: jackson, nj  

Hi Charles,

thanks so much for your kind words posted on my Nicky's guestbook. it is so nice to know there are such wonderful people out there such as yourself who love these furry angels as much as i do. Your Sammy is an absolutely beautiful boy who i am sure watches over you every day!

08-18-2014 8:31 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & Ridley Park, PA  

Sammy, Gabby, Bob M & Charles,

As always, Charles, you continue to be a rock here at Critters even in spite of everything going on in your life. 

Just wanted to say thanks to you, Sammy, Gabby and Bob M for stopping by several times to vist with my precious little Cinnamon, and for continuing to share so much compassion and caring with so many of us here within the Critters community. 

It is always wonderful to get a visit from you and your angels, no matter what the occasion, perhaps even more so when there is no reason at all, just that you are such a good and kind man.

Hope you are continuing ot make progress on your Aunt's place, and that your property is now out of harm's way. 

Bless you, Charles, and your amazing angels, your family and your beloved Cupcake, Xander and Bentley, today and every day.

Peace and Love,

Cinnamon & Bruce

08-16-2014 8:07 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Hi Charles, Sammy, Gaby and Bob M, and your kids at home Cupcake, Xander and Bentley, ... Luna wags her tail, then sits next to Sammy who is watching the stars, and as each one sparkles and shines they sit back & relax, and mention all the things they are thankful for ... Luna turns her head to look at Sammy and as she does he smiles, then when he smiles his eyes start "Gleaming". We are thankful for all the times you gave us such great hugs and kisses, how you Always showed your affection and appreciation, your food, your bed and YOUR LOVE ... how when we looked at your face we could hear see and feel the pride knowing us has given you ... and the countless times we could feel the warmth of the smiles that appeared on your faces ... knowing YOU STILL smile with pride and knowing that our love still grows ... that this path we walk one day we will see each other again ... and gain all the love of a lifetime. Luna places her paw on top of Sammy's and gives him a little squeeze ... FOREVER AND ALWAYS. (Our Hugs) Luna & her mom Nadine, Lily and Opal too.

08-10-2014 3:07 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  


Dear Charles, Sammy, Gaby, Bob M, Cupcake, Zander and Bentley,


It has been tough since I broke my arm a couple of weeks ago. Everything takes twice as long to do and I have a deadline for getting work accomplished.  Since I am in a soft cast I have probably used my arm more than I should so now I have tendonitis too. Getting old is definitely not for sissies! I know you have been working hard too. The time I have to walk and play with my two kids is the best time of the day. I know you feel the same about yours. Take care and know I think of you often.

08-09-2014 12:58 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Dear charles, Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M....... Cupcake,Xander and Bentley.

Thank you for your recent  visits and kind posts as always. I hope that you are enjoying your weekend and not working to hard. We have been busy painting the interior of the shelter as it needed to be brightened up a bit as well as Byron, Bud and Lawrence are adding a addition to the cat area which will not only allow room for more needy kitties but also many more windows and ledges for the shelter kitties to be able to look outside and watch birds,squirrels,rabbits ,etc. as well as watch the dogs running around the yard.

It has been very hot  and humid here which I personally don't enjoy but can't change it so decided to do something inside and paint. The dogs are all enjoying swimming in the pond which helps them stay cool as well.

Sending hugs in the hot and humid breeze.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.



08-06-2014 8:03 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: fargo ND  

 Hi Charles,Sammy and All hope you are doing well.Thanks so much for your kind words and your always welcome visit to Rowdys Memorial pages.Ya the summer is winding down already.Seems like the summer always flies by and the winter drags out.Dont have any projects going on right now so been just hanging out here and there.I got email from pat last week well take care and be safe bud and thanks again 

With Love Rowdy and Me

08-01-2014 10:13 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Dear Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little BobM....... Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Stopping by to Thank you for remembering Kc and JoJo  on their Birthday. It means alot to me to have my furkids remembered.

Also sending fresh hot coffee and Doris's Friday special of Homemade cinnamon rolls and fresh hot coffee.I certainly missed the cinnamon rolls while she was away.HaHa.

Kim and Doris are back now and had a great time at the lake as did Samantha and Taz. I am happy they enjoyed their holiday as they certainly deserve it. I hope your workload has eased some and that you are able to enjoy some rest and quality time with the furkids. Have a grand weekend.

Sending hugs through the miles.

Lauvern, KC and JOJO.

07-28-2014 1:54 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

Dear Charles, Sammy, Gabby, Bob M and all,

Seems like ages since I have been on critters. Last weekend I broke my arm (first broken bone I have ever had) so I am been keeping away from the computer as much as I can.  I hope you are well and enjoying the summer. So sorry to hear about the damage to your property. It has been very dry here too and there are fires everywhere. Very scary.

Take care and know I think you you often.

07-27-2014 7:52 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  


Dear Charles,Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M.......Cupcake,Xander and Bentley.

I have not been able to get on critters for the past few days and when I did ,it just wouldn't get to where I wanted to go. Anyway.Thank you for all your kind.,recent posts as always.All is well here and the weather is just perfect.Doris and Kim as well as Samantha and Taz are having fun at the lake and Samantha and Taz are enjoying the boat rides as I knew they would.I am happy that the weather is good for them as well as they are getting a well deserved holiday..... I hope all is well out you way and the fur kids are all well..... Sending hugs through the miles....... Lauvern and all here at the shelter....... Two and four legged.......

07-26-2014 2:07 AM -- By: Luna and mom Nadine,  From:  

Luna looks upon Dad Charles and kids with her eyes shining so bright, then she looks at Sammy and they star to shine, as they each lift up their paws and wrap their loving arms around you ... (hugs). No Charles, I did not hear, I am so very sorry for your loss. Is this the house you live in or your vacation home, either way I am thinking of you all. Know thoughts of my little one is never alone, her friends are always with her, just as thoughts of you are with me. All our love, Luna and her mom Nadine

07-22-2014 8:56 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: fargo ND  

Hi Charles,Sammy and all thanks for your recent visit and sorry to hear of the lost of your property from fire.Sound like the whole western part of usa is on fire.Been pretty dry in fargo now the last couple weeks but got a good rain last night .Been staying busy here with a few things yet and where has the summer gone already well thanks again bud 


With Love Rowdy and Me


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