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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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04-16-2014 2:39 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Thank you for your recent posts and kindness as always and especially for coffee and cheese danish this morning. I certainly needed that to get my day going as I had a long , busy day yesterday but very much worth it. "smile".All is going great with the furbaby"students".What a sweet bunch they all are!Tyson and Dozer are doing real good and what was my "little Dozer" is not so little anymore. He is growing like a weed to be sure. HaHa. Samantha and Taz are doing great and as you might have guessed, Samantha does keep things under control. "all in fun of course" but does her job when strangers come to the gate of the shelter and informs us that someone is there.The gates are always security locked so we have to unlock them from the building.

Doris and Kim are both here having lunch with me and say Hello and Thank you for the kind post. Much appreciated!!It is a nice sunny day out today, so I guess we will spend the rest of the day outdoors with our kids and the shelter kids of course. They all love to be outdoors and chase each other around and get muddy feet of course but that's ok ,they don't mind getting them washed up before they come in. HaHa.

Sending hugs through the miles.

Lauvern, Doris, Kim and all at the shelter.


04-14-2014 5:13 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Hello Sammy. Gabby, Bob M and Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

It's special people like you  through their words of kindness and love of their fur-ever children that get you noticed ... from small heart felt notes to sharing your kindness with others, we appreciate your friendship and for always letting us know you are near. Through the miles and back, sending our love always, Luna & her mom Nadine, Lily and Opal too 

04-11-2014 5:13 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Thank you for your recent kind posts as always.Thank you for always ackknowledging Granny, Kim, Lawrence and all the volunteers at Luke's shelter .As you know, if it wasn't for them all giving of their time so generously, I would not be able to continue following "My Dream come True" and do what I love to do. I know they all visit this site and see  and appreciate your posts in my kids guestbook, so I thank you again.

Know that all of us at Luke's shelter will be thinking of you tomorrow. "Stay Strong".

Sending hugs across the miles.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.

04-09-2014 2:47 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

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

Thank you for taking another  moment to stop by for Princess's 21st birthday. Having her angel day and birthday so close together is difficult so friends like you who truly understand and are there to lend a shoulder make all of the difference.

Today I will spend extra time, smiling and laughing, reflecting and s l o w i n g down. Life is so busy and complicated that without Princess to remind about these important aspects of life I often forget.

Thank you Charles. Hugs to you and all you love. 

04-09-2014 4:00 AM -- By: Skye,  From:  

 Hi Charles: 

Stopping by with a slightly belated message (sorry) to acknowledge your precious Sammy's 6th Angel Day.  Now he has a new angel with him who can hug & kiss him for you, and I am sure they are both watching over you.  I hope you are doing better.  Just know that I am thinking of you and wishing you well.  Hugs. 

04-08-2014 3:04 AM -- By: Linda,  From: NJ  

Happy Angel Day Sammy! Sorry I am late I had to work late and havent been on here alot lately. But I know you had a fantastic day at the bridge with all your wonderful friends celebrating such a fine angel as yourself. Bless you always handsome Sammy! Happy Angel day

04-07-2014 9:48 PM -- By: Doris and Samantha,  From:  

Dearest Charles .now that everyone is fed and the rest are gone home and  i have the computer to myself i wanted to stop by and let you know you and your angel, Sammy have been on my mind especially today. i know today has brought back many memories but i am sure that they were mostly all  the happy ones that you shared with your son.   Sammy ,you are one lucky boy to have found the best  loving dad  you could ever ask for.  I am sure it was you who showed him what a loving breed of dog you are and now he continues to be a voice for your breed and be the loving dad that he is to your sister and brothers. happy angel day Sammy.  know that you are loved and missed ,especially by your dad. Your legend lives on in our girl Samantha who as you know was named after you.   Charles ,my condolences on the loss of your aunt. know that she is at peace and  with no doubt in my mind giving Sammy many hugs as they both watch over you and the kids.

Blessings to you and the kids and to Sammy and your aunt.

04-07-2014 9:04 PM -- By: jules,  From:  

dearest sammy coming to remember you and your loving ways. to let you know you, your brothers, sister and daddy light up our lives in so many ways. we love you all.

hugs and love

jules and butler

04-07-2014 7:53 PM -- By: Laura & Dale,  From:  

Sammy, you light up the Rainbow Bridge and I wanted to stop by and leave love for you on your Angel Day! 

Charles, how can I ever thank Sammy enough for giving me his dad's friendship?  I can't do it!  Thinking of you as you continue to carry your special angel in your heart! 

04-07-2014 4:15 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  


Sammy, on your Angel Day, we’re thinking of you and your dad.
There are no words to tell your heart when it misses your someone so deeply. As the tears fill in your eyes the longing to hold them fills your heart  …. But take a deep breath, close your eyes and breathe, they are near!
Luna holds up a huge flashlight and point it at the sky, looks over at Sammy and says, “Do you think this is bright enough?” He mutters, shakes his head and smiles … “Oh Luna, you know WE’RE bright enough!” …  with that all the bridge kids  hold hands and MAKE A CIRCLE, they each take a deep breath, gather their thoughts and  blow their everlasting loves to the wind toward Sammy dad who longs to hold him … then Sammy peeks open with one eye open then nudges Luke, “Do you think he felt us?” Luke smiles and politely nods. Then he looks at Dale, who is ever so busy shaking his head and barking and wagging his tail, seems he has lots to tell you. Then Butler turns her head left and opens one eye which is not covered by an her pirates eye patch and snickers, then closes both tightly and sends her wishes through the air like a BLAST! “KaBOOOMMMMM!” like a canon was fired! She snickers … “where there is love there is fire!”  Sammy jumps up, gets so excited and leans over toward Gabby and Bob M and they embrace … when love touches the heart the only place for it to go is GROW!
Look inside, close your eyes and feel them within your heart … then tonight look at the stars and watch them dance … know they are happy, they have you and your love and they  watch over you still. In your times of sorrow know it is then that they sit beside you.
Sending sweet thoughts, fond memories and never ending dreams, Luna & her mom Nadine

04-07-2014 4:05 PM -- By: Gina & Saada,  From:  

Thinking of sweet, handsome Sammy on his 6th Year Angel Day.

Dear Charles, I know your precious boy is never far from your thoughts and that he is always in your heart. That bond and love you share will be with you always. Even though these days are difficult, I hope your wonderful and happy memories bring you comfort.  I know Sammy is surrounded by many friends at the Bridge celebrating his special day. Thinking of you today, Charles, and sending BIG hugs to you and all the fur kids.

04-07-2014 2:00 PM -- By: Kim and Taz,  From: Bird's Hill  

Hello Charles & Sammy.

I know it has been a very long time since i last stopped by, but could not let today go by without honoring Sammy on his sixth angel day.I want to wish the both of you a beautiful sunny day with lots of wonderous memories that you both have of each other.Always know that Sammy is forever with you Charles. If you listen with your heart ,you will hear him. A bond like yours can never be broken.

Let me add,if I may, that I am very sorry for the loss of your beloved Aunt. May she Rest In Peace!

Happy sixth year Angelversary Sammy.Let your wonderful Dad know that you are near him always and especially today.Maybe you can visit him in his dreams tonight.

Sending my love & butterfly hugs to the both of you.



04-07-2014 9:17 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Dear Handsome boy Sammy......I stop by today to remember and honor you on your 6th. year Angelversary. Six years ago today, you had to leave your Dad's side to go to Rainbow Bridge. Although it shattered your Dad's heart,he knows you will always live on in his heart. You are so loved and missed handsome boy. Stay close to your Dad today and always let him know you are near.You have the Best Dad ever but I know you already know that..

Dear Charles.... I know today will be a day of mixed emotions but I wish you a day filled with only the happy memories that I know you have of your Sammy. "Fifteen years of happy memories"... Sammy lives on in your heart... just like the paw prints he has left there. I know Luke and all my fur kids at the Bridge will be with him along with all his many other friends to celebrate his day with him as he continues to watch over you, Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Sammy, we honor and celebrate your life here on earth today.



04-07-2014 7:31 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: fargo ND  

 Hi Charles hope you are doing well.Came by on this sad day in April to pay tribute to your sweet and precious Sammy on his Angelversary.HAPPY ANGELDAY SAMMY God Bless YOU Both today and everyday Take care Charles talk again soon 

With Love Rowdy and Me

04-07-2014 7:29 AM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & Ridley Park, PA  

Sammy & Charles,

Well, guys, I have to apologize once again.  My angle day tributes to you continue to go to the horrible Critters reivew. 

Sammy, you know, because your Dad Charles carries you with him at all times, always that you are loved and honored, in ways large and small, every day.  I also know that like your Dad, you have made countless friends up at Rainbow Bridge, and that you continue to comfort and protect Gabby and Bob M, as all three of you watch over Charles and family.

On this, your solemn 6 year angel day, know, Sammy, that the life and love you and your Dad, and family, share, is and will always be an important part of the fabric that holds the Critter's family together.

Bless guardian anglels Sammy, Gabby and Bob M; Dad Charles and family, beloved Cupcake, Xander and Bentley, and your family of souls and angels, today and always.

Peace & Love,

Bruce & Cinnamon

04-07-2014 12:35 AM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  


Dear Charles and handsome Sammy,

With all that has happened over the past few weeks I know that this day will bring many emotions both good and bittersweet.  I know Sammy will be doing his best to send some of his love to you so listen, feel and look for signs.  I still marvel at how our furry kids worked their magic and brought so many of us together after they crossed the Rainbow Bridge. What a loving and lasting gift.

I hope that today you have a chance to spend some extra time with Cupcake, Xander and Bentley and that you relate to them what a special and loving boy came before them and looks after all of you from afar. I send BIG HUGS today of all days and wish you a day of reflective peace and good memories.

04-06-2014 12:29 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & Ridley Park, PA  

Sammy & Charles,

I wrote a long angel day message to you this morning, my wonderful friends, but it went to the Critters reivew! 

I will check in a couple of times, and try again if it doesn't show up by Monday monring. 

As you know, neither Cinnamon or I could ever foret the angel day of one of her forever angel friends like you, dear Sammy.

Cinnamon & Bruce

04-06-2014 12:21 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & Ridley Park, PA  

Sammy & Family,

Oh, Sammy, sometimes I think you angels control the universe, but then I know that if that were the case, as devoted as you and your angel pals are, you would find a way to stay here with us forever.

Amazing the connection we have, forever, with our beloved angels, Charles, and as a result of that common bond, I have been privileged to meet and get to know generous and kind people like you.  And I am better for it.  

I continue to be overwhelmed at times, Sammy, by the ongoing love, tenderness and caring your Dad Charles shares with you, but then my little one, Cinnamon, reminds me that the power of the love, devotion and memories you all leave behind for your family, stays with us, and in fact, continues to grow, forever.

Sammy, on the eve of your 6 year angel day, I am stopping by to pay my respects, and to honor your kindly, brave and loving heart, and your oh so beautiful and generous soul, and to celebrate, again, your amazing spirit and life, and the connection and profound love you share, every day, with your Dad Charles and family.

I know, Charles, that your beautiful angels live with and share their love with you every day. And that's exactly the best place for them, always.  I'm sure your precious Sammy, Gabby and Bob M let your aunt Edna know that everything would be ok, and that they would continue to wait by the Rainbow Bridge until you can all be together.

Bless amazing angels Sammy, Gabby & Bob M; Charles and family, and beloved Xander, Cupcake and Bentley. and your shared family of angels and souls, today and always.

Cinnamon & Bruce

04-06-2014 9:04 AM -- By: Brenda,  From: Miami, FL  

Charles: Just stopping by a day early to wish your son, handsome Sammy a wonderful angelversary at the bridge. Please take tomorrow to reflect on all of the wonderful memories you two shared. I am sure he is doing the same. Hugs to you on this special day. <3

04-05-2014 10:23 AM -- By: Dad,  From: Santa Fe, New Mexico  

Well son .. another year has almost passed that you headed to Rainbow Bridge.  Sammy my beautiful boy .. always know your daddy loves and misses you so very much .. but you already know that.

I think of you every single day of my life .. and I am so thankful for that one Valentine's Day back in 1993 .. where YOU FOUND ME wondering the backroads here in Santa Fe ... THANK YOU my son for rescuing ME.

Always know  that you are very loved and very missed.  Your sister Cupcake and brothers Xander and Bentley fill my lonliness .. and I am thankful for that.  Keep watching over us my son.

04-05-2014 8:08 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: fargo ND  

 Hi Charles,Sammy and All hope you are doing well my friend.Thanks for your recent visit to Rowdy Memorial pages.The weather is finally getting better here slowly but surely i guess.The last time i talked to pat she was having some computer problems and i hope thats she hasnt been in contact with you well take care now Charles hope things are better now it takes time and i know what your going through 

With Love Rowdy and Me

04-04-2014 4:19 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

Dear Charles and clan!

Thank you for your personal notes and guestbook posts for Princess's 7th angel day. WIth all that has been happening in my life it is makes for an emotional roller coaster, which I am sure you understand all too well.  

I am doing my best to keep moving forward and to get back on track. Kit and Bailey are none too subtle in their requests for walk, treats and attention so I cannot stay in bed with my head under the covers for long.  On the sunny but cool days it is easier to get up and get going than on the gray and rainy ones that is for sure.

I hope your own heart is beginning to heal from your great loss. I grieve with you. Take care and thank you so much for being here for us. ((()))


04-03-2014 7:46 PM -- By: Nancy,  From: Yelm Wa  

Honoring Sammy on his 6th year Angelversary. I know how much you love and miss Sammys presence.

Bless you

Nancy, Picky and Snowys "Momma" :0(

04-02-2014 4:44 PM -- By: ♥Maddie & Lizzies mom,  From:  


Have not been @ Critters too much. The sadness of the loss of my mother and Lizzie @ the same time was terrible but we all do survive and we learn how to move on. Also, the care and training of a new puppy on top of a new baby grandaughter.......

Anyway, while @ Critters and trying to "catch up" I noticed that your lovely Aunt had passed away. I am so sorry to hear that Charles as I know you loved her very much.

Also here a bit early to honor Sammy on Angelversary # 6. I know he will always be with you in his memory and spirit.

Take care, Charles,

♥Maddie&Lizzies mom, Sherri

04-02-2014 7:47 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

I wanted to Thank you for your visits and kind posts as I am able to get onto the site today....... I had a laugh at Bentley and the "peeps" as Luke had done the same thing when he was with me... I had just bought a couple of packages and  placed them on the counter as I was putting away the other groceries,although I did see him looking in the grocery bags to see if I might have bought him something ,as he always did, I did not notice him grab a package of peeps off of the counter.I did notice that he left the kitchen but didn't think anything of it. He took the peeps and went into the living room ,opened the package and was eating  the last one before I caught him. HaHa.When I walked into the living room to see where he was ,he had pink sugar all over his mouth as well as the carpet and there was the package opened very carefully. HaHa. Although he didn't get sick, he didn't want to eat for the rest of the day.I was worried about him all night as I know thats alot of sugar but in the morning he seemed fine and when he had his breakfast, I knew he was ok. Needless to say, there were no more "peeps" left where he could reach them. HaHa.

We have to watch both Samantha and Tyson over at Granny's as they both keep a eye on the cookies that she bakes and has on the counter until they cool off at least. The two of them can smell them and keep a very watchful eye to see if they can sneak one or more. HaHa.

What these furkids wouldn't do! HaHa.

Have  a good day.

Sending Hugs through the miles.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


03-31-2014 7:33 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & Ridley Park, PA  

Charles, Sammy, Gabby & Bob M,

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, Charles.  I am sorry to say that I was not aware of the passing of your Aunt Edna.  I know you've spoken about her health issues before, but Critters has been so difficult to get into, and around, for so many weeks, I find most of my time spent trying to honor these amazing angel residents on the birthdays and angel days.

As I mentioned in a similar sense to Michelle regarding her father, Charles, your Aunt must has been a lovely and caring woman to have raised someone as generous and compassionate as you.

Let's hope whatever is causing Critters to be so unresponsive gets taken care of soon.  Keeping in touch with amazing people like you, Charles, and tending to the beautiful flock of angels that resides here at Critters, is part of my day every day.

Bless amazing angels Sammy, Gabby & Bob M; Charles and family, and your beloved Xander, Cupcake and Bentley.  Here's to a beautul spring 2014.

Peace & Love,

Cinnamon & Bruce

03-27-2014 11:02 AM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

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

I hope you received my card and that you know I am keeping you close to my heart and in my thoughts. Sunday we hold a Celebration of my dad's life at the senior center where he made many friends and had good times. I will be remembering you and your Aunt while we are there.  It is amazing that I feel closer to people I have never met in person than to those I have and even family. Please take care Charles and know that I know and understand your loss. ((()))

03-24-2014 12:58 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Hi Charles, Sammy, Gabby, Bob M and Dear Aunt Edna,

I know the loss you feel, but when the hurt becomes a common place, again you will feel the warmth of her love in your memories, KNOW she will always be with you. As for Sammy, Gabby, Bob M and the countelss others at the bridge, you KNOW Aunt Edna is well cared for and LOVED . Lily just celebrated her 6th Birthday, and she knew. But the weather, from a nice 60 degrees 2 days ago to 29 today ... must be our angels BLOWING so many kisses. Sending our love always, Luna & her mom Nadine, Lily and Opal too

03-21-2014 7:18 PM -- By: Tina and Beanie Girl,  From: Illinois  

 Thank you for your kind words.....

03-21-2014 11:06 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Thank you for coffee and your kind posts as always. Granny's cinnamon rolls are just out of the oven so am sending a few to you to enjoy."smile."

I hope you are doing some better and are taking care of yourself after the  ordeal you have been through lately. Know that we all continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers for strenght to get you through this very sad time. I am sure your kids are keeping you occupied as well as busy when you get home from work.Coming home to three  loving fur kids certainly must brighten your days...I can just see the three wagging tails and all of them happy to see you.. They say a house is not a home without furkids and I certainly agree.

Yes we have been busy rounding up furbabies needing help finding furever homes as the last pet fare we held turned out real well . Most of the ones that have been here for a few months are pending adoption. We have had two classes with the pending owners and so far all is going well... Although it always saddens me to see them leave to their furever home " as i get attached to all that come here"  I know they will have a family to call their own and that will free up kennels  for more of them needing help.

Have a grand weekend and I hope that you can get rested up.

Sending Hugs across the miles.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.




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