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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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02-28-2014 10:28 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Stopping by on this last day of Feb. with fresh hot coffee and Doris's Friday special, "hot cinnamon rolls" to get your day and weekend off to a good start. I hope all is going well out your way and that spring is in the air. I certainly am looking forward to spring as it has been the coldest winter on record as well as more snow than I have ever seen.

Tyson and Dozer as well as Samantha, Taz and all the shelter furkids are looking forward to spring as well as they are getting bored with being indoors. It's hard to keep them entertained indoors but we try . Dozer is doing real well. He turned a year old on Feb26. My how time flies!  He gets along with Tyson and Samantha,Taz and all the shelter kids. He has a very easy going personality. He is so much like my Toby but he does have his own personality also. I am taking Tyson, Dozer, and Samantha for their yearly checkups at the vets today.I have never taken all three together but don't think ,I will have any problem as they all listen real well. I will promise them a Dairy Queen treat after their appointments. I am sure that will work. HaHa.

Thank you for your recent and kind posts as always.

Have a grand day and weekend.

Sending hugs across the miles .

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


02-21-2014 10:02 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Friday morning Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M....... Cupcake, Xander and Bentley. Stopping by with fresh hot coffee and Doris's freshly baked Cinnamon rolls to get your weekend off to a good start.

I hope all is well out your way and that your Aunt is doing as good as can be expected. Now with your work load getting somewhat easier, I hope you can take some time for yourself. We all need to do that occasionally.

We are getting more snow today and the winds are cold. We are all certainly looking forward to spring around here.

Thank you so much for your recent visits and kind posts as always. Have a grand weekend and don't forget to take some time for yourself.

Sending hugs across the miles from here to there.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter. {That includes Samantha and Taz} "smile."


02-21-2014 2:32 AM -- By: Skye,  From:  

So sorry I missed Sammy's birthday.  My health sort of felt apart after Christmas & I have been going through some stuff, so I have not been online or on Critters -- so sorry.  I have been a bit worried about you and I hope that you are okay, as I did not hear from you at the holidays which made me concerned.  Just know that I have been thinking of you and "the kids" and I am wishing you well.... always.  Hugs to you.


02-18-2014 8:17 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

 Hello Charles,

I have been trying since the 14th to get a message posted.

Sorry it is so late.


02-18-2014 8:15 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  





You are loved from afar by your dad and many others.  I hope you have a terrific celebration.

02-18-2014 5:21 PM -- By: Laura & Dale,  From:  

Oh, good grief, we MISSED Sammy's birthday -

I have had some issues getting on to Critters and then I get frustrated,walk away, and poof - FORGOT!  I'm so sorry, Charles - you know Dale and Sammy are such good friends and I know Sammy was not alone with so many Bridge kids to help him spend the day!  Sending you love and hugs!!! 

02-16-2014 3:02 PM -- By: ♥Maddie/Lizzie/Sherri,  From:  


A bit late--but wishing Sammy a very HAPPY belated Valentine B-day.

It has been one snow storm w/ice after another here and the digging out process/checking pipes/checking for ice dams leaves little time to be online. I am going to name my house Dr. Z. Ice Castle #2! :-O

Hope all is well,

♥Maddie & Lizzies mom, Sherri

02-14-2014 8:50 PM -- By: jules,  From:  

happy birthday handsome sammy. thank you for being in our lives. you bring joy everytime we see your loving face.


jules and butler

02-14-2014 2:34 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  


The skies are filled with our love and thoughts of you ... from all the sunny days, to the warm enchanting evenings ... our angels are near and watching over each one of us, as the stars twinkle in the sky their LOVE will grow in our heart  ... Forever and always, Luna & her mom Nadine

Luna looks up and hands Sammy a tiny red heart, his eyes all a glow and a huge smile appears ... Our love will always follow you! Many hugs and tiny kisses! 

02-14-2014 1:46 PM -- By: Kim,  From: Bird's Hill  

Hi Charles~ wanted to stop by with special Birthday wishes for your handsome Sammy today.I know that precious angel is always in your heart and knows how very loved he is.Hoping your happy and wonderful memories of Sammy bring you much comfort today as you remember this special day.Thinking of you and Sammy today and sending warm thoughts your way.{{{hugs}}}.

Doris says Hello and sends best wishes to Sammy and wishes him a Very Happy Heavenly Birthday.

Happy Birthday Sammy.

02-14-2014 9:45 AM -- By: Dad,  From: Santa Fe, New Mexico  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY my son .. Oh, Sammy, today is a great day for you to celebrate your 21st birthday. Sammy, you already know this .. but .. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH my beautiful son. You gave me 15 fantastic years .. and I truly owe my life to you .. you saved me from many sad days/nights .. you are always there to comfort me .. to love me .. to lick the tears off my face.

Sammy, you will forever hold a special place in my heart.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY son ... celebrate like you've never celebrated before. Know I send lots of love and hugs to you.

02-14-2014 8:49 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: fargo ND  

 Hi Charles hope you are doing well.Just came by to honor your sweet and precious Sammy on his birthday.HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUD and  God bless you both today and everyday take care Charles talk again soon

With Love Rowdy and Me

02-14-2014 12:27 AM -- By: Gina & Saada,  From:  

A very Happy Birthday to you, handsome Sammy!! I know there will be such a wonderful celebration in your honor sweet boy. Thinking of you today Charles as you remember Sammy on his birthday. I hope you and all the fur kids are doing well. Sending hugs and love your way. P.S. Wishing you and the fur kids a  Happy Valentine's Day as well.

02-13-2014 11:11 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Dear Charles , stopping by early to wish handsome Sammy a very Happy Birthday tomorrow. I know there will be alot of celebrations at Rainbow Bridge and I know Luke and all my fur kids will be helping make his day very special. As you look up to the sky tomorrow, and see all the beautiful stars, the brightest one will be precious Sammy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRECIOUS SAMMY. Have lots of fun with all your friends and all the treats you want. It's your special day so celebrate. You are loved.

02-13-2014 7:03 AM -- By: Brenda,  From: Miami, FL  

Charles: Just stopping by a day early to wish Sammy happy birthday 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.

02-12-2014 4:40 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & PA  

Sammy & Charles,

Your pal's Cinnamon and Bruce just stopping by a few days early to pay our respects to our loving, thoughtful, generous, devoted, smart, determined, brave and gentle man Sammy, and Dad Charles and family, on beloved Sammy's 21st birthday.  

Spoken from the heart, Charles, but as I've told you before, I am in awe of the support and caring you've shared with so many others here at Critters over the years.  And of course, setting an example for all with the ongoing love and devotion you share with you beloved son Sammy, and Gabby and Bob M, each and every day.

I know, Sammy, that my amazing little Dachshund angel Cinnamon couldn't think of anything she'd rather do than spend your birhtday with you, and your sister & brother Gabby and Bob M. at the bridge.  WHAT A GRAND TIME Sammy will have, with so many special angel friends.     


I hope you're feeling better, Charles, and know that you and your Sammy, Gabby and Bob M (& JJ & JR, too), and your beloved Cupcake, Xander and Bentley, are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Peace & Love, and a happy birthday! 

Cinnamon & Bruce

02-10-2014 7:37 PM -- By: Luna,  From: as Sammy's Birthday approaches  

Their LOVE surrounds us always ... Luna smiles as she begins to whisper, seems a special little boy is having a party this Valentines Day, painting the town Red with their  love ... "Happy Birthday Sammy!"
All across the bridge things are happening, from the love letters sent on the flake of newly fallen snow, as if each flake was a letter, and the snow fall tell us their story; or the star twinkle and shine as they glide through the atmosphere, letting us know they are happy;  or the sounds of music can be heard on the quiet nights, as their sweet melody plays on in our mind ... their LOVE will always surrond us!
May you know our angels will always fill our heart, till the day they agagin fill our arms. Sending hugs and al ur love, today and always, Luna & her mom Nadine 

02-07-2014 9:35 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: Fargo,ND  

 Hi Charles,Sammy and All Glad to finally hear from YOU didnt know what had happened so welcome back guys.Really been a bugger of a winter here this year.10 below day time highs most of the winter and cant ever remember that lasting as long as that in my 58 years so take care guys thanks again for the visit 

With Love Rowdy and Me

02-05-2014 12:51 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Brucer,  From: Rainbow Bridge & PA  

Sammy, Gabby & Bob M, and Charles,

I sound like a broken record, Charles, but it truly is always great to hear from you, your kids, and your angels. 

We've been blasted by a series of storms since November of last year, with today's storm heavy on the ice and freezing rain.  Nice.  We just got about 10 inches of snow on Monday, and now have a whopper coming along for this weekend, they say.

I'm glad your dear Cupcake, Xander and Bentley were there to help in your battle with the flu.  Take care of yourself, Charles, your three babies have had a busy winter so far.  Of course they know full well, that as you have in the past, you'd do anything for them.

I believe that the Bridge is an even better than we can imagine, Charles.  No matter how generous or kind we are as humans, the concept of all kinds of beautiful, innocent and loving souls and angels getting along, and comforting and loving each other regardless of how different they are, is not in sync with how most people live their lives. 

I think that's one of the reasons Critters is such a special place, Charles, we, literally, wear our hearts on our sleeve when it comes to our amazing angels like your Sammy. Gabby and Bob M, and my little Cinnamon & her half brother Brutus and my other kids.

I think our kids all love, protect and respect each other, and that they do watch over us in their own way.  I have had a thought in my head, about how Cinnie, and Brutus and his brothers/sisters, met, but it's literally too emotional for me to handle.   

They are all hanging out together, Charles, Princess and Sammy, Gabby & Bob M, Molly and Rowdy, BJ and Jake, my Cinnamon & Brutus, Luke and Luna, and they will all be here February 14th, to mark your beloved Sammy's 21st birthday.

Get well, Charles, and as always let your babies and angels know they are loved and respected every day.

Peace & Love,

Cinnamon & Bruce

02-03-2014 12:39 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Morning Charlesm Sammy, Gabby, Bob M and your fur-babies!

Sending sweet thoughts your way, knowing the love remains, nestled deep within your heart ... knowing one day we will see you again. Luna twists and shouts, as all our loved ones dance upon the stars, and in our s! (hugs) Luna & her mom Nadine

02-03-2014 8:11 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Monday Morning Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M.......Cupcake, Xander and Bentley.

Thank you for your recent posts. Your visits are always much appreciated. I have not had much computer time as of recent so could not visit my dear Critters friends but you are never far from my thoughts. With the warmer weather coming, I should have at least a little free time. As I had mentioned, it has been hectic at the shelter but things are starting to look up.

I am sorry to hear that the flu bug caught up with you and I do hope you rested all weekend and were able to get over it . There are so many sick around here with the flu bug as well.So far ,I have been able to avoid it but I did have a sinus infection which wasn't easy but I'm ok now.

I hope your Aunt is doing as well as can be expected and the fur kids are all well. I know they were busy looking after you and being your nurses for awhile."smile". These fur kids certainly know when we aren't feeling well and they try their best to make us feel better, even it is just by being near us. I remember while Luke was with me, he would rattle his water dish if he was thirsty and the bowl was empty BUT when I wasn't feeling well, he wouldn't even do that. I guess he didn't want to bother me.Of coarse when I got to know that, I would always make sure his water bowl was full for him even if I wasn't feeling well.... I think these fur kids make the BEST nurses ever. "smile". 

Have a good day and I will write when I get a few free minutes. Sending hugs across the miles.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


02-02-2014 9:08 PM -- By: Nancy,  From: Yelm Wa  

Here to honor gentle Sammy again as his birthday approaches. What a special day to e born on. I know how much you love and miss this special soul. you remain in my heart and prayers.

Bless you

Nancy, Picky and Snowys "Momma" :0(

01-30-2014 11:01 AM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

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

My time is not my own at the moment but my heart and thoughts often turn to my critters friends in the moments I do have to myself.  I could not ask for better friends and only wish we were close enough to visit in person from time to time. I know you are busy with work and with your aunt. Fortunately we both have loving furbabies to comfort and cheer us through our days. A nudge of the nose or the touch of a soft ear or tail can make all of the difference at times. Not to mention the joy expressed upon our return from work or romps in the yard. How lucky we are! Hugs my friend.


01-27-2014 10:59 PM -- By: Laura & Dale,  From:  

Making some Critters rounds - been a while but, Sammy, Gabby and Bob M - you all know it's in the heart! 

Hi, Charles, hoping things have settled down a bit for you, hope you are well, and will chat soon!!! 

01-17-2014 7:26 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Stopping by with fresh hot coffee and Doris's Friday special"hot cinnamon rolls" and to tell sweet Cupcake what a good girl she is. We all knew she would be a very good girl "as always"."smile". I am sure your Aunt loved the idea of you bringing her in to visit as did the other residents.There is just something about these furbabies that brings the sparkle back into the eyes of the elderly.I am sure they are all looking forward to seeing Cupcake again.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sending hugs across the breezes from up north.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.

01-16-2014 8:26 PM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: Fargo,ND  

 Charles,Sammy and All hope you and family members and doing well. Its the 16th of january now so winter is all down hill from here i hope,Its been a cold winter up north this year but not a lot of snow so its been easy to get around but i still  hope its over soon.Well take care Charles talk again soon

Love Rowdy and Me

01-14-2014 9:52 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Thank you for your recent visits and coffee. We always need coffee in the  mornings here as our days start at about 5:00 am.

What a great idea for you to take sweet Cupcake to visit your aunt.I am sure your aunt would love that. There is something abut animals that seems to melt many people hearts. Many of the nursing homes here have little dogs or kitties living at the nursing home . I read an article not too long ago about how these pets have made a difference to all the residents of the nursing homes.They have school children volunteering there who take the dogs out for a walk and look after the kitties needs .etc.When its my time to go into one of these places, I hope they have many pets there. Nothing would make me happier, I am sure. I hope thats a long way off yet though. haha.

You are most welcome to visit us one day.We would love that and there is lots of room here.So when you decide to make the adventure up north, let me know so that we can make some plans and I can cut my workload back a bit.I know you would love to see the "pittie farm" which is what we call Lawrence's home. There are now 14 spoiled pitties living there. That is between Lawrence and his son's Bruce's adjacent properties. I am sure you would like to meet Samantha as you know Sammy's legend lives on in her."smile".

Have a good day. I have a puppy obedience class I must get to.

Sending hugs through the spring like breezes from here to there.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


01-11-2014 12:59 PM -- By: Cinnamon & Bruce,  From: Rainbow Bridge & PA  

Sammy, Gabby & Bob M & Dad Charles,

Thank you all so very much for sharing my dear little Cinnamon's 15th birthday with you.  I know, Sammy, that you and my beloved Brutus probably had a good time at the January 9th Rainbow Bridge birthday party Cinnie shared with so many other beatufiul angels.  Cinnie talks about your babies all of the time, Charles, and I think she's become very good friends with Gabby!

Charles, I cannot thank you enough for the kidness and caring you have shared with me and Cinnie, and so very many others here at Critters. Your friendship truly is a blessing. Glad to here your feeling better, bujt I'm saddened by the news in Nadine's note from the 10th about your Aunt. My thought s and prayers are with you all, as I know what a kind, genune and compassionate man you are.

Thank you, my friend, for your caring and kidness.  I look forward to hearing from you and your kinds regardless of the occasion.

Bless you, Charles, and angels Sammy, Gabby and Bob M, and your beloved Cupcake, Xander and Bentley, today and throughout the new year.

Peace & Love,

Cinnamon & Bruce

01-10-2014 1:16 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Hello Charles, Sammy, Gabby and Bob M and your fur-kids at home. Sorry to hear about your aunt, but it's best that she be in a place that can help her get strionger, treatment and therapy ... she knows you love her. When she gets stronger and able to do for herself she will  get a better sense of self and understanding. Sending our ((hugs)) her way, let her know she is in our thoughts as well. Often I find myself thinking and picturing my little Luna, playing, smiling and dancing ... hanging with her buddies knowing she is happy although I can't help but miss her, my love continues to grow making me stronger knowing one day ...    Luna & her mom Nadine

01-10-2014 7:59 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Thank you for your recent visits and kind words as always.... Things here are getting back to normal and today it is looking like spring out there. The temps have made a drastic change and are above normal for this time of year.One never knows what to expect next. Anyway these warmer temps are much easier to deal with. I am sure the furkids will all want to be outside today after being stuck indoors for the past 2 plus weeks.

I hope things are all well out your way and that the kids are doing well.Thinking of your aunt and hopeing all is as good as can be expected.

Sending along a few of Doris's fresh cinnamon rolls and fresh hot coffee to get your day going and wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Sending hugs through the "spring like" breezes from Canada.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.

P/S... Sammy, I know you and Luke have been busy during the "way below normal"temps here as all the shelters are full with furbabies that have been found out in the severe cold and brought to shelters here until their parents can be found or new forever homes are found. Keep up the great work and I thank you.


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