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07-05-2012 6:54 PM -- By: Pat, Tip, Fayedy, Amsu, TeddyJack and Cagney, From: Oklahoma (hot and dry)
Dear Charles and Family! I hope you are well and escaping the heat as best you and the babies can. The wildfires are just horrible! All the people in Colorado, displaced. We've had no rain here in weeks and the creeks are dry and there is very little in the smaller rivers. The vegetable garden is down to okra, tomatoes, indian corn and peppers. Everything else either burned up or I pulled it up due to the heat.
I got a message from Tip who says that Sammy was the leader in the parade for the 4th of July. Tip said Sammy had a red, white and blue bandana on and marched all the way through "town". Henrietta, Saada and Fayeroe were behind him, twirling batons. Gabby was right there, cheering them on and Bob had his own float.. "Gato's Best". They had veggie hotdogs and black bean burgers. Also had fries and baked beans that all came from their gardens. Patti LaBelle made her special chocolate/apricot cake and Tip did the ice cream. Luke was the master of ceremonies at the big dinner. As usual Rowdy played his ukelele and sang "Over The Rainbow". Too many to name and everyone had a great time. Since lots of pets are afraid of fireworks, they had a fashion show by all the greyhounds at The Bridge. Norman narrated and Smutty played guitar.
I've been watching baby bluebirds take baths in my old cement birdbath. They are going nuts! Six were in there a few minutes ago. I'm going to have to refill it in a little while because they are splashing it out! I'm trying to keep lots of water out for all the wild animals. The ponds are drying up.
Let us know what is going on in SF. I'd like to have some cheese enchiladas like Josie made and a piece of fresh apricot pie. She was a jewel.
xoxoxo Pat and the entire crew!
07-04-2012 8:25 AM -- By: Lauvern, From:
Dear Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M.
Stopping by to wish you a Happy and safe 4TH. of July. Thank you so much for visiting Luke and all my angels.Thank you for the treats as well as I am sure they enjoyed them."smile".
We are in Edmonton Alberta now . Our trip and vacation has been all good. It is cooler out here than back at home and I am surely enjoying the cooler days. We are staying here tonight and leaving for Calgary tomorrow morning. I will certainly look for the Black Smith Competition and look for and talk to Chris.
By the looks of the many ,many vehicles on the road to Calgary from here,it looks like they will have a great turnout as always.We should have a fun time as always.
I have been calling home daily and all is well back there at Luke's shelter. All the students that have offered to volunteeer for the summer are showing up daily which is a good thing.
Well it looks like we are going out for breakfast so I must go before I get left behind. HaHa. Have a grand July 4Th. and enjoy your day.
Sending hugs as always.
Lauvern and the crew.
P/S. Kim says Hello and wishes you a Grand 4Th. of July.
06-30-2012 9:14 AM -- By: Laura & Dale, From:
hello hello hello - that's for Sammy, Gabby and Bob M!
And hello to you, good friend, Charles - just dropping by to leave some leave for you and the angels -
06-30-2012 8:17 AM -- By: Lauvern, From:
Dear Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M. Thank you for coffee and lemon squares yesterday and Thank you for the well wishes. We are all packed up and ready to leave real early tomorrow morning as it is Canada Day tomorrow "July1st." and it is a long weekend so we expect alot of traffic on the highways. I truely am looking forward to my vacation but yes you are right I will be calling home daily"smile". I know all will be well but that's just me.HaHa.
I certainly was happy to hear from Jules as you were. I guess she knew that I was about to send the search and rescue team looking for her. HaHa.
Take care and I will keep sending positive thoughts for the badly needed rains to come your way. It is still very hot and humid here but according to the weather channel it is cooler out west. I certainly hope so as I may just have to change plans and go north as far as possible and spend my vacation with the polar bears HaHa.
Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.
06-28-2012 10:37 PM -- By: jules, From:
mr charles, sammy and kids coming say am up for a bit and came to say we love you. cold is improving but still seem blah. we love and miss you all. cupcake sending a huge hug to you too.
all love and hugs
jules and butler
06-28-2012 3:25 PM -- By: Luna, From:
Dearest Charles and family. Luna holds her paws together, bows her head and says a little prayer, "Please watch over our friends, family, and loved ones, may they all get the much needed rain" ... She then lifts her head and with a smile she blows a may it find you and keep you safe. Thinking of you all, ((hugs)) Luna and her mom Nadine
06-28-2012 12:16 PM -- By: Angie, From: Toronto
Hi Charles, Thank you so....much for stopping by to honor my precious baby angelversary. It has been four years and it still hurt but with your support it makes the day a little better to get thru. Thank you again. ((hugs))
06-28-2012 7:38 AM -- By: Lauvern , From:
Dear Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M. Stopping by with fresh hot coffee and Granny's homemade cinnamon rolls. Thank you for your visits and kind posts in the past few days.
I see by the news the fires are still burning out your way. When will they ever be stopped? I saw a few clips on Tv of the fires.It is so sad to see all of them beautiful trees just burn down. It has been extremely hot and humid here after all the rain. "Not at all my kind of weather". I would much rather be shoveling snow.
I am happy to hear that Cupcake enjoyed her swim and is doing real well and that Xander is doing well.
We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers in hopes that you soon get lots of much needed rain out your way so that you can enjoy your summer.
Sending hugs and special thoughts.
Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.
06-27-2012 1:06 PM -- By: pat, From: oklahoma
Oh, Charles, I remember the first fire at Los Alamos! The trees were just like black matchsticks. It made me sick to see them. I am just sick that it has burned again.
It was 113 on Sunday. Thelma is sick and I kept a fan on her all day. I keep it on her at night in her coop. I just don't know if she'll make it this time. She did eat about 25 grains of rice, soaked in honey, this morning. That is the first she's eaten in two days. I keep meds in her water and she really hates it. She prefers me to fill up her "mud hole" and she drinks the cool fresh water there. Today I'm going to put some Red Cell in a jug and pour that in. Incidentally, I highly recommend Red Cell for an older or ailing dog. It is given to field and hunting dogs. My neighbor gives it to his horses before a performance. I've found that it really does help the hens and my dogs. I put it in their drinking water. Information can be found by googling "Red Cell for dogs".
The heat is unbelievable. No grass in the pastures and ponds are drying up. The only plus to it is the poisonous snakes go "underground". I haven't seen a copperhead since Clem was bitten. There are still some Eastern Yellow-bellied Racers around but they aren't poisonous so I don't kill them.
Really glad you wrote. I'm trying to build my Etsy store and it is eating my lunch in effort and time. I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed on this.
xoxox Pat and beasties
06-26-2012 4:57 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess, From:
Hello Charles, Sammy, Gabby, Bob M, Cupcake and Xander,
I am sorry to hear that the weather and conditions in NM are not improving. We keep you in our thoughts and wish you all the best. I was happy to hear thay Cupcake had a fun trip and swim. Sorry to know Xander injured his toe. Always something. Currently Bailey is experiencing a spate of medical issues (nothing too serious) here.
I am doing volunteer work at a benefit sale on another island. Scott and I were both there over the weekend, I was there yesterday, taking today off and back again the next two days. It is hard work but rewarding.
Thanks so much for stopping by we love to hear from you.
06-22-2012 7:10 AM -- By: Lauvern , From:
Dear Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M. Thank you for stopping by for a visit with kind words and coffee. Much appreciated! I see by the news the fires are still burning full force out your way. When will they ever end?? We are finally seeing some sun today after many dull,dreary rainy days.
As we were all sitting on the patio at the shelter last night, we watched the clouds move out to the south west of us. We all hoped that they were on their way to you all in NM as we know you certainly need the rain out there.
We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers and hope that the clouds that moved out of here have made it to you.
I hope Cupcake and Xander are able to enjoy at least some fun times outdoors without all that smoke.I know my kids and the shelter kids will be happy to spend the day outside without getting soaked by all the rain.There will no doubt be alot of muddy paws to clean but thats ok , at least the furbabies will be happy."smile".
Wishing you a smoke and fire free "RAINY" weekend.
Sending hugs and positive thoughts for lots of rain out your way.
Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.
06-21-2012 10:33 AM -- By: Michelle & Princess, From:
Dear Charles, Sammy and all of our friends in NM,
Looks like summer may have finally reached us. TWO days with sun and no rain to speak of. Maybe the rain has come your way to help with the fires. You are all often in my thoughts. Take care and I hope CUpcake is feeling much, much better by now.
06-19-2012 12:54 PM -- By: Lauvern , From:
Hi Charles, handsome Sammy,Gabby and little Bob M. Thank you for your visit, coffee and Burritos this morning "much appreciated". When will them fires ever stop out your way? So sad!!. We are still getting rained "poured" on every day. i sure wish them clouds would move on your way and give you the much needed rain out there. The weather is so mixed up!The fur kids are getting bored as there is only so much fun things to do indoors. I have to get creative and think of more fun things to do indoors for eight shelter dogs ,besides Toby, Tyson and Samantha..I hope Cupcake is getting along real well and enjoying not having to be crated and Xander is doing well also.
Take care in them wild fires and smoke and know that although I don't come here as much as I once did, "my true friends" "Critters family" are never far from my thoughts.
Lauvern and all at Luke's Shelter.
06-17-2012 11:07 PM -- By: jules, From:
mr charles wanted to come and say happy fathers day to you. you are so loved. a wonderful, loving father. we miss you
jules and butler
06-13-2012 11:48 PM -- By: Lauvern, From:
Hi Charles, Handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M. Thank you for the lemonade and ginger cookies this morning. Much appreciated! It is stll raining here and as I see by the news the fires and smoke out your way are still going strong.When will this mixed up weather ever end?
Although I don't always get the time to visit Sammy's memorial and post, know that you and your angels and Cupcake and Xander are never far from my thoughts.
Keeping you all out in NM in our thoughts and prayers in hopes that them fires are soon put out. I can only imagine all the smoke. All here at Luke's shelter send their regards and continue to keep you all in their prayers. Let me know how Cupcake does at the vet's tomorrow. I hope she doesn't have to be crated anymore but if she does,it won't be for much longer, I am sure.
Take care and stay safe.
Sending hugs as always.
Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.
06-13-2012 3:20 PM -- By: Luna, From:
Hi Charles and precious Sammy, Gabby and Bob M.
Luna looks on and bows her head, along with all her friends, knowyou are always in our thoughts, she smiles upon cupcake and xander as she flaps her wings ever so gently and smiles, know we keep you all in our care and we watch over you daily ... may the love in your heart burns bright, and may our gentle hugs put out the flames that rage ... keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers! Luna & her mom Nadine
06-13-2012 12:34 AM -- By: Troy, From:
Sammy sounds Amazing! My pup was Scooby - He died unexpectedly on Friday and is severely missed (heartache). Keep remembering Sammy - She is alive and well all around us
06-13-2012 12:06 AM -- By: Megan, From: Florida
Sammy seems as if she was a wonderful dog! May she rest in piece.
06-12-2012 12:14 PM -- By: Bonnie, From: White Hall, MD
I forgot my name and wanted to say your Sammy is sure going to love my Harley.
06-12-2012 12:12 PM -- By: , From:
Thank you for the kind words about my dog Harley. I miss her very much and my heart feels empty as a piece of me is missing. But, thank you for the words of comfort.
06-12-2012 10:53 AM -- By: Nicole Taksar, From: Fairfax Virgina
Thank you for the post I am doing ok but I still think about her once in a while and its hurts but I know she is up there with sammy playing in heaven. every thing will take time.
06-10-2012 11:28 AM -- By: Carol Palmer, From: Socorro, New Mexico
Dear Charles and all your Sweet Angels up North, I am so glad to see that they posted my original post below. I am concerned for you up there with the fire going near Santa Fe. That Silver City fire is nowhere near contained and I think they have just decided to let it burn and not try anymore, so that is so sad that so many trees and wildlife will be ravaged. The smoke hasn't been very bad here for a couple of days, but was horrible coming back from Bloomfield on Friday. Out of Los Lunas, I hit a bank of it, and could barely see the mountains on the way home after that.
I pray that Cupcake is doing better and better each day, and that Xander is fine and happy. You are in our thoughts and prayers always. Love and hugs, Carol
06-08-2012 9:23 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess, From:
I wanted to stop by (a day early) to wish you all the best tomorrow as you remember your dear Bob M on his angel day. Our son is graduating from the Masters program at the UW tomorrow so we will be gone all day but I could not forget to honor your Bob M. Thinking of you. (((())))
06-08-2012 7:03 AM -- By: Lauvern, From:
Good Friday Morning Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M. Stopping by with fresh hot coffee and Granny's homemade cinnamon rolls and just to let you know we are thinking of you in them wild fires and smoke. We have been getting rain for the past three days. I think we have had enough to do us for awhile. I wish I could send you some of it to help put them fires out.
The weekend was great as we had a great turnout and a few adoptions pending."smile". All looks good so far so will see what happens. I certainly enjoyed seeing many of the furbabies that had been adopted from Luke's shelter again after months or years. I love to see them again just to see how they are doing and fitting in with their new families.When I see how happy they are,I know I have made the right choice for them. "smile".
Take care in that smoke and I know Cupcake and Xander are safe with a Dad such as they have. I hope you can enjoy your weekend. Sending positive thoughts and prayers for much needed rain your way.
Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.
06-07-2012 1:22 AM -- By: Carol Palmer, From: Socorro, New Mexico
Charles and precious Angels, I posted a note on Sammy's guestbook here earlier today, but don't see it yet. We are fine, but hurting from the loss of Peggy Sue. I'll check tomorrow to see if the message posted. Love and hugs to our wonderful friends to the north. I hope sweet Cupcake is mending nicely. Love and hugs, Carol
06-06-2012 10:09 AM -- By: Carol Palmer, From: Socorro, New Mexico
Dearest Charles and all your precious Angels, Thanks so much for worrying about us down south in Socorro. The smoke is just terrible at times. I haven't been on Critters in a couple of weeks, as we were with Peggy Sue when our dear vet friend put her down on two weeks ago yesterday. In nine months, we had become so attached to that little special-needs dog, who was so blind and neurologically impaired. She had gotten so weak, and was having quite a bit of lung congestion. She could barely walk without falling, and many times, she couldn't get up without our help. We were always there for her, one of us was always at the house in case she needed help. Poor little thing. We both just sobbed and sobbed after she was put down, and it's taken a while to get back on our feet. We are having her cremated, and we'll spread her ashes over the graves of our two dogs. She was so special to us. We just miss her so much. I think I am ready now to get back on Critters and start leaving condolences to others again. I wasn't even able to face checking Missy's guestbook, so I'm sorry that it's taken me so long to respond to your concern.
I am up in Bloomfield this week, staying with our grandson while his parents work. My husband was up here last week, and we'll be up here some weeks the rest of the summer. The smoke from the fire even reaches up here and affects the health of these people, too. In Socorro last week, there was so much smoke that I literally couldn't see all the way down the frontage road in front of me. We have refrigerated air in our trailer and I'm so glad you have it where Cupcake is, as that is the only way that the smoke won't get pulled into your house. Like you, we are keeping all dogs in unless they have to do their business outside. I don't think this fire is very well-contained, either, so who knows how long this will last.
Thanks so much for all the goodies. I am so concerned for everyone who has to breathe this summer!!! Love and hugs, Carol and Missy Angel.
06-05-2012 8:18 AM -- By: Lauvern , From:
Dear Charles,Sammy ,Gabby and little Bob M. Thank you for stopping by and remembering Luke on his 5Th. Angelversary as we celebrated his life here on Earth with us.Although it was a very emotional weekend in more ways then one, I did manage to laugh as we talked about all the fun times we had while Luke was with me. Although it has been 5 years since "My Rock" left my side to go to Rainbow Bridge , I still miss him and always will . I have finally come to realize that there was just nothing I could do to make him well again and be able to stay with me or it would have been done. We fought a hard battle but cancer won out. I know he is healthy again and I will see him again one day. I have to believe that.
Thank you for your continued friendship ,support and kindness throughout the past years. I have to also Thank you so much for your acknowledgement of family, friends and all the volunteers at Luke's shelter. As you know without their help, I could not go on doing what I do and help the furbabies in need. Your acknowledgement does not go unnoticed by me or any of them as I know they always visit Luke's memorial site. For that I Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Hugs. Lauvern and Luke
P/S...Thank you Sammy ,Gabby and little Bob M for helping Luke celebrate his special day at Rainbow Bridge.
06-04-2012 11:31 AM -- By: Michelle & Princess, From:
Dear Charles, Smamy, Gabby, Bob M, Cupcake and Xander,
Thinking of you all today and wishing we could blow some of our cool misty weather down to your way to help dowse the heat, smoke and fires. Hoping you are all safe and Cupcake is healing well (did she and Xander enjoy their treats?)
Always in our hearts and cose in our thoughts.
06-02-2012 8:46 AM -- By: Laura & Dale, From:
Stopping by to peek in on handsome Sammy - and Gabby and Bob M, of course -
Hi, Charles, days are busy! Between working on the house and picking up strays, seems we don't stop! Wanted to stop by and say hello, though, and leave big hugs for you and the Padilla kids!!!
06-01-2012 6:47 AM -- By: Lauvern, From:
Dear Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M. Stopping by this very early morning with fresh hot coffee and a huge variety of home made cookies,cakes, etc. as Granny and Trina have been baking up a storm for the celebration this weekend. Granny's house looks and smells like a bake shop. HaHa.What would I ever do without them two? I have an early start this morning for a long and busy weekend BUT will enjoy every minute of it.
Have they gotten any of the fires under control yet? I saw a clip of the fires and smoke on TV last night. WOW! All them beautiful trees just burning down to the ground. So sad!
Take care and and please stay safe. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and hope them fires are soon confined if not totally stopped.
I hope Cupcake is well on her way to a full recovery. What is it now,two more weeks to be crated. I can only imagine the happiness Xander will feel when Cupcake can run and play again as she will be happy to get back to normal as well.
Sending hugs and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.
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