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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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07-18-2014 8:55 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Friday Morning Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little BobM....... Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Stopping by with some fresh hot coffee and Granny's fresh cinnamon rolls to get our weekend off to a good start. I know you will have a fun day tomorrow with your cousin and friend.

I hope all is well out your way and that they have them fires under control. Things are back to normal here and thankfully we did not get any damage to our properties as many did. We are going to the lake this weekend to get some boating in as they are now allowing boating and sking on the lake. Tyson and Dozer love going there as they have alot more freedom and they both love to swim and go for a boat ride. It's suppose to be a hot weekend so I am sure we will all enjoy the water.

Have a grand ,funfilled weekend as you celebrate your special day.

Sending hugs through the breeze .

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


07-16-2014 8:25 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Thank you for all your recent visits and kind posts as always. They are much appreciated by myself and all here at Luke's shelter.

We are starting to get back to normal around here now but it has been hectic to say the least. We have had a few days with no rain which allowed the water levels to go down to almost normal. I can now get back to doing what I love to do and follow my "dream come true".I had some great news yesterday as I learnt of two new shelters going up around here which makes me so happy.There are never too many of them as there are so many furbabies needing shelter. I hope these buildings are ready for the winter as that is the time they are needed the most.

I hope things are well  out your way and the fur kids are all doing great..

Enjoy your outing with your friend and cousin this Saturday as you celebrate your Birthday as I am sure you will.

Sending hugs through the miles.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.



07-09-2014 10:22 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Thank you for your recent visits and kind post as always.I am sorry it took me awhile to reply as I had been on vacation as you know but was forced to come back sooner than expected due to flooding around our summer cabin and the area around the shelter. The last few days have been hectic as we had to move the furbabies from Luke's shelter as well as help other shelters and people in the area of the emergency evacuation. Although our home was safe as we live within the city limits with a floodway all around that they do open up the gates if the water gets too high which it did. By doing so though, it causes small towns and surrounding areas to flood which included Luke's shelter as well as our summer cottage. Anyway things are slowly getting back to normal but many lost their homes which is so sad.....Lawrence and many others had taken in many pets of people that were evacuated and couldn't take them along due to being moved into motels,hotels,wherever......These people are slowly being allowed to go back home and are picking up their furbabies as they do so. Luke's shelter is also full of furbabies as is Trina's home that will be going back home as soon as their owners are allowed to go back home.

I hope your summer is going well and that your vacation was all that you had hoped for.How are the fires in NM? I have been so busy helping out  where ever I could with the flooded areas, I haven't even had time to watch the news.......Have to get back to work but will write in a bit.

Sending hugs through the breeze.

07-02-2014 7:11 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

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

I really enjoyed the photos and dialog you posted of your trip. Someday my husband and I want to get down that way. Looks wonderful, peaceful and relaxing. I know the kids are delighted to have you home. It has been heating up our way which is early in the summer for that to happen so it could be a very warm one. I hope you are all safe and happy and that you have a wonderful summer.

07-01-2014 6:57 PM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: fargo ND  

 hi Charles,Sammy and All thanks for the visit and hope you are doing .Sorry to hear about the fire so you lost your home.Its been really wet in fargo north dakota again this summer and the red river has flooded couple times now.Kinda wierd i guess.Been busy helping my brother again this summer and i told them i would take care of there garden again this year cause i miss not having one anymore.still going to the YMCA and playing golf so im getting plenty of excise so i can keep the fat belly from coming back well take care Charles my friend talk again soon

With Love Rowdy and Me

06-28-2014 4:19 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & Ridley Park, PA  

Sammy, Gabby & Bob M, and Daddy Charles,

Hey guys, Cinnamon and I are just stopping in to say hello and wish you well. 

I know just as your angels are wth you wherever you go, Charles, your beloved Cupcake, Xander and Bentley travel along in your heart. 

Please know that you and your angles, Charlesy, and your family and your kids Cupcake, Xander and Bentley, are in my thoughts and prayers each week. 

May you enjoy a tremendous vacation, and about 4 hours of uninteruppted tail wagging, woofing and kissing from your kids, upon your return.

Peace & Love,

Cinnamon & Bruce


06-19-2014 1:25 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles. Yes I did get your post into Luke's guestbook for which I thank you. I hope that you are enjoying your vacation as I am sure you are. I can imagine you missing your kids but I am sure they are ok..


Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


06-19-2014 9:09 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: fargo ND  

 Hi Charles,Sammy and All.Hope you are doing Well my Friend.Just came by to say Hi and hope your summer is going Great so far.Been busy here with a few things and that keeps me going i guess.Well take care bud talk again soon

With Love Rowdy and Me

06-18-2014 8:14 PM -- By: Dad,  From: InBelize  

 My beautiful fur I miss you...keep watch over your sister Cupcake and brothers Xander and Bentley.

06-12-2014 9:10 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & Ridley Park, PA  

Charles and Sammy, Gabby & Bob M,

I just wanted to stop by, Charles, and thank you so much for remember and visiting with Cinnamon on her 2 year angel day. 

Between the emotions of her angel day, and we mark June 7th when we held a beautiful memorial ceremony for her in 2012, and held, touched and kissed her for the last time, as well. 

I will stop by to visit with you and your beloved angels at length, my friend, but as I've told you before your generosity and compassion, to say nothing of your passion for the rights and treatment of these precious souls we love so very much, are things I appreciate and am thankful for every day.

And I know Cinnamon feels blessed to share the Bridge with your beloved Sammy, Gabby and Bob M, and all of the incredible angel friends we have in common here at Critters.

Bless you amazing angels Sammy, Gabby & Bob M; and you and your family, Charles, including (of course!) beloved Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Cinnamon & Bruce

06-11-2014 10:08 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Thank you for your recent kind posts as always. As I have mentioned , I have not had the time to come here due to Doris and Kim being away on vacation.

I want to wish you a wonderful vacation as I know you leave tomorrow. I am sure the kids will be just fine and ever so happy to see you back home again.You will have your own welcoming crew. HaHa.

I see I missed sweet Little Bob m 's Angel Day.I am sure there was a big celebration at Rainbow Bridge in honor of little Bob M..

Have a safe and fun vacation. Hugs.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


06-09-2014 2:01 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

Dear Charles,

I know today is Bob M's angel day and I wanted to wish you very happy memories of your time together. No matter where we are or they are, we will always keep our fur children in our hearts and minds. Hugs to day and always.

06-09-2014 9:56 AM -- By: Laura & Dale,  From:  

Remembering Bob M on his 5-Year Angel Day -

Charles, you have so many precious furbabies watching over you and the kids - we know that to be a fact!  Thinking of you as you remember little Bob M today -

06-05-2014 7:40 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: Fargo ND  

 Hi Charles,Sammy and All hope you are doing well.Thanks for recent visit and love hearing from you as always.been couple weeks since i've been able to get on critters for some reason and that kind of worried me cause didnt know what was going on.Its summer time here now too been in the 90's couple times already here.Well take care bud talk again real soon 

With Love Rowdy and Me

06-04-2014 10:27 AM -- By: Lauvern and Luke,  From:  

Dear Charles,  Thank you so much for remembering Luke on his 7th. Angel Day. Although it has been seven years since he had to leave, I still miss him and wish he was still here with me but I know that can't be but he does hold a very special place in my heart and always will. I know you understand as I know Sammy holds that place in your heart as well.

Thank you for your recent kind posts and thank you for being with us in spirit during the walkathon which as you know was for a very worthy cause. The two days were days of many mixed emotions as the route we took was to all the parks that Luke and I had always gone to. I know he loved going to them all as he had met many doggie friends at each one of them. As Trina mentioned the round was 56 miles and I did walk them all along with Tyson and Samantha and a few others.Dozer gave up about half way and road in the motorhome with Byron following us along the walk. I guess he thought,he was still participating but for him it was a "ride-a-thon".HaHa. Anyway everything went well as we honored Luke on his Day.

Thank you again for your continued support and friendship through the years.

Sending Hugs through the warm breeze from here to there.


06-03-2014 4:23 PM -- By: Trina,  From: Lukes Shelter  

Hello Charles, Although I have visited Sammy's memorial a number of times,I have not posted but felt I wanted to post today . I hope that is okay with you.

First of all let me say, I am sorry for your loss of Sammy,Gabby and Bob. After reading your weekly tributes to them,it is very clear how much you love your fur children. Your love for them all, including the ones that are with you now shines right thru the pages.

Thank you much for the kind post to us in Luke's  guestbook . It is a pleasure for Bud and myself to be able to help our friend, Lauvern in any way we can.I know first hand that your recognition of the volunteers that help her ,many of them on a daily basis appreciate your kind posts directed to them.They all look at Luke's memorial page, including myself and see all the posts. I will speak for them all and sayThank you so much!

I don't know if you have heard all about the past two days here at the shelter as of yet but it was just wonderful!!! The turnout was so much more then we anticipated and everything went so well.As you mught have guessed,our friend, Lauvern walked the whole 56 miles in two days along with a few others .I don't know how they did it, but they did. I will let her tell you all about it as I know she will after getting rested up.I know her Rock, Luke was with her all the way.

Take care and Thanks again for your very kind you and the kids!

05-27-2014 9:33 AM -- 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.Thank you for acknowledging my special friends who help me follow "my dream come true". As I have previously said without them all, I could not do what I love to do. I know they look at Luke's guestbook and see your posts and I know they appreciate them all. Thank you again.

I hope you have had a wonderful long weekend and I am sure your Aunt's house is looking good. We have had beautiful sunny days where all the furbabies were avle to spend their days outside and enjoy their Dairy Queen treats . "smile". I have been busy doing obedience classes with the new comers and all is looking good so far. They all seem so eager to learn thngs which makes things so much easier for me. I have one seperated from the rest for now as he seems to be afraid of  everything and everyone. He just came in on Friday and Lawrence will start working with him today.I don't know the background of him at all but can guess what is wrong.Anyway I know Lawrence will do a fine job with him until he learns to trust all of us.

Have a grand day and know that even though I don't get a chance to come here often, my Critters friends are never far from my thoughts.

Sending Hugs through the warm northren breeze.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


05-26-2014 4:58 PM -- By: Kent "GInger's Dad",  From: Ft. Wayne, IN  

A big hello to my friend Charles and the fur friends Sammy, Gabby & Bob M. Always good to hear from you. I know your busy. Just though I'd stop by & say, hey on Ginger's 4th angelversary.

05-25-2014 10:21 AM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & Ridley Park, PA  

Charles and Sammy, Gabby & Bob M,

Stopping by on this Memorial Day weekend, Charles, say hello to your family, and your amazing angels Sammy, Gabby and Bob M., and to wish you all a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day.

Thank you again, Charles, for you continue support and friendship, and for continue to be such an important part of the Critters family for all of the angels and parents here.

Bless you and your family, Charles; beautiful angels Sammy, Gabby and Bob M; and beloved Cupcake, Xander and Bentley, today and always.

Cinnamon & Bruce

05-21-2014 12:44 PM -- By: Lisa,  From: Tucson, Arizona  

 Dear Charles, sweet Sammy and fur family...Thank you so much for visiting Nuri's memorial and the kind words.  I just finished reading your beautiful tribute to Sammy.  There truly is such a remarkable bong with our rescued angels.  Your touching story is testimony to fate and what is meant to be.  How blessed we are to have been graced  with the presence of these beautiful and perfect souls during there time here on earth.

god bless and hugs back from Tucson

05-19-2014 3:11 PM -- By: Lauvern and Luke,  From:  

Hi Charles, precious Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M....

Thank you for thinking of us and remembering Luke's Birthday.It is friends such as yourself who make these marker days some easier.Although I will always miss "my Rock" I know he is in good company... I hear there was a grand celebration at Rainbow Bridge in Luke's honor as told by precious little Luna....Thank you Sammy. Gabby and little Bob M for celebrating Luke's Birthday with him and making it a special day.

I hope that you are enjoying the long weekend.I have had three sixteen hour days at the shelter as we held a fun fare and pet adoption parades for the past three days as we celebrated Luke's Birthday.... Needless to say ,I am tired BUT it is all worth it. We have many pending adoptions because of all that came out. YAYYYYY!!!!

The three days have just been beautiful sunny days which helped bring people out. It is raining here today but thats a good thing as the shelter kids as well as Tyson, Dozer and Samantha need a rest.They did not take any naps as they were enjoying all the festivities.HaHa.


Lauvern and Luke


05-09-2014 9:00 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & Ridley Park, PA  

Sammy, Gabby, Bob M & Charles,

Hey, guys, just checking in on a few of our special friends, on earth and in heaven, Sammy, before we head home from work. 

Way behind with tons of work, and multiple family events surrounding first holy communions from the east (New Jersey) to west (Colorado Springs, CO) Charles.  You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with the recent passing of your beloved Aunt. 

My Brutus just had his 25th angel day (very hard to believe) on Saturday, May 3rd, so I've thought of your precious Sammy quite a bit recently.  I know Brutus and Sammy have been angel pals for a long time, but as you've heard me say before, Charles, Brutus, and all of the little sounds, habits, and looks he shared with me and my family, are and will remain with me forever.

Bless you, Charles, for continuing to share your kindness with folks here even during a difficult time.  Just one of the things that makes you a special person.

Bless you, Charles, your amazing angels Sammy, Gabby and Bob M, and your beloved Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Cinnamon & Bruce

05-09-2014 2:12 PM -- By: luna,  From:  

 Charles, I'm sure you noticed the stars burning BRIGHT ... as the love we share with continue to fill our hearts. The kids each received a goodie bag filled with yummies treats, a blinking light for their collar, an I love by t-shirt ... and our love which they keep with them always. Sending many tiny hugs, Luna and mom Nadine

05-09-2014 1:41 PM -- By: luna,  From:  

 hi charles, sammy, gabby and bob m. im glad your friend is ok and that you are doibg ok ... missing them, will always be ... but after the sorrow and tears a smile appears, thats when we realize they are still with us. sending big hugs your way, luna and her mom nadine

05-09-2014 10:06 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Friday Morning Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little BobM....... Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Stopping by with some fresh hot coffee on this beautiful sunny day here today. Doris sends a few of her freshly baked cinnamon rolls which just came out of the oven and a package of Granny's specialty homemade,chicken flavoured dog cookies for the  furkids. She tried a new recipe today and it seems like they must be good as Samantha, Tyson and Dozer are busy chewing away on them  as they are out on the deck and I think they forgot that I am even here ,HaHa.

It is a beautiful day here today and suppose to stay that way all weekend. All the furkids will have a all day playtime outdoors which will make them happy, I am sure.

Have a grand weekend . Sending hugs through the warm northren breeze.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.

05-07-2014 3:10 AM -- By: Carol Palmer,  From: Socorro, New Mexico  

 Dearest Charles and Precious Furbabies, Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your wonderful Aunt, who was such an integral part of your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you cope with this newest grief. Sammy, Gabby, and Bob M. were surely there to welcome her to Heaven, and they are all waiting for your time to join them someday. So sorry that your spring has brought such sadness.

We are all well down here, and taking life daily as it comes. I had my right eye operated on for cataracts on April 2, and it has been a Hallelujah moment from that time one. I have such poor vision, and I can't wait for May 20, to get the left eye operated on. Then, I may be able to have 20/20 vision in both eyes. It is so remarkable to see leaves on trees and the distant towers on tops of the mountains here and in Albuquerque. It has been a miracle for me, one that I praise the Lord for allowing me to live long enough to experience. I have worn glasses since 4th grade and contacts since my sophomore year in high school. My vision is so bad that I cannot make out the big E on the charts. I feel truly blessed to have had this procedure.

The dogs are doing well, although Sabrina has been diagnosed with advanced congestive heart failure. She is on three medications now, and is doing well, although some days are better than others. How are all your Sweethearts doing at home?

Sending delicious breakfast burritos your way, with some Starbucks coffee for the morning. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily, even though I am slow in correspondence. Bless you for being such an inspiration to all those on Critters who are grieving. You are a treasure. Love and hugs from Socorro, Carol and MissyAngel, plus Smokey, Jasmine, Bitsy, Sabrina, Maggie, and Tinkerbell.

05-06-2014 9:31 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: fargo ND  

 Hi Charles,Sammy and All.Hope you are doing well.Just came by to say Hi and i think spring is finally here at least the grass is getting green.Well take care bud talk again soon

With Love Rowdy and Me

05-05-2014 6:46 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

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

I hope youa re well and that life is getting a bit easier after you loss. I take each day as it comes, some are easier than others. I am sure it is the same for you. Through thick and thin though our furry children are there for us. What would we ever do without them?!

Summer tried to muscle in on Spring last week with temperatures slightly over 80. That is hot for us especially this time of year. It has cooled down and the spring showeres have returned. Our forest and plants are happy with that and truthfully, I am too. 

I was missing Pricess more than usual last week with tears and restless nights. No idea what may have caused it. She is nevr far from my thoughts but this was different. I hope all is well with my critters family and that she wasn't trying to tell me something.

Take care Charles. Hugs from WA to NM!

05-05-2014 6:42 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Thank you for your recent kind posts as always and most of all THANK YOU for your acknowledgement of the ones that help me be able to follow my "Dream come true".Without Doris, Kim, Lawrence and all the volunteers at Luke's shelter who give of their time so generously,I would not be able to continue to do what I love best..Without them all, I am nothing.. I know that they all look at Luke's pages and see your posts and appreciate them as I do, so Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

We have been busy remodeling as i have written to you and all is going well. The weather is in our favor which helps alot. I know you have been busy as well with your Aunt's house and no doubt working around the clock as we are. I hope the furkids are doing well. Tyson and Dozer as well as all the shelter kids are enjoying the beautiful days outside. A few of them including my Dozer have to come and check out our work on the building and make sure things are done right while Tyson and Samantha supervise the outdoor play. haha.

Thank you again for all your kindness.I will write and post as time allows. Sending hugs through the miles.

Lauvern and all here at Luke's shelter .

05-01-2014 5:14 PM -- By: Laura & Dale,  From:  

Dropping off some love for three special angels at the Bridge - Sammy, Gabby and Bob M! 

Charles, just been thinking of you and hoping things are getting a little better!  xoxo 


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