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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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03-20-2013 10:09 PM -- By: pat,  From: oklahoma  

Charles! I looked at your tattoo again. I love it.  What an artist. It looks like a color photograph. xoxox Pat

03-20-2013 10:07 PM -- By: pat and crew,  From: oklahoma  

Dearest Charles and family: I am so sorry you've been ill.I hope you feel better tomorrow.  I also had the ailment you describe. I threw up a lot and would rather crawl over broken beer bottles.  I went to visit my neighbors yesterday and J opened the door a crack and said "I have it, don't come in". She was gray as could be. So I visited Pluto, your breed and Yeller. Yeller has bone cancer and I took him more pain meds. Pluto did his little dance for me. :)

My SIL gave me DishNetwork! I haven't seen television since June of 2011. I have one in the LR and one in the kitchen near the computer. I will get to watch the basketball championship games! I have missed my basketball.

It was pretty today but windy. I have most of the yard cleaned up and I turned a flower bed. Today the hens took dust baths in it. So.......another location, I guess.

Kiss Cupcake, Xander and Bentley for me. xoxoxo Pat

03-17-2013 3:53 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

 Dear Charles and family,

It is a beautiful sunny day though there is still a chill in the air. Just finished our 4 mile hike for the day and now must settle down to the fun job of working on taxes. Hope you are all well and that spring is showing it's face to you. Hugs.

03-17-2013 11:52 AM -- By: pat,  From:  


03-17-2013 11:52 AM -- By: pat,  From: oklahoma  

Dearest Charles and babies: I lived. There were a couple of times when I wished someone would s.h/oo,t me and get me out of my misery.  All the animals were great. Even if I didn't get up until 10. Lacy didn't gripe too much that she had not been let out. So I fixed her door so she could nudge it and get out to get the "early worm". Louise can get out of the chicken house by herself. I guess you have gathered that Lacy has special accomodations. She took up residence in a teensy dog crate on the front porch. I   cleaned them and they were drying so she took the smallest one for her own. My front porch is a homeless shelter for animals and feathers.

The temperature yesterday was 75. Today it is going to be 65 with rain. I hate that because I got so much done yesterday. Cloudy weather depresses me.

I must close and drink some coffee. I finally have my "taste" back. Oh! I find a new doctor out of all this and love him. He has only been out of medical school 2 years so he isn't sick of people yet.

xoxoxo to Cupcake, Xander & Bentley and you!

03-16-2013 10:28 PM -- By: Caroel and Maggie Mae,  From:  


Hi Charles and precious kids, thank you so much for stopping by my “Sugar-bunny’s” memorial. It means so much to me. I have been scarce on Critter for the past few months because of several physical challenges I am going through. I want you and my entire Critter’s family to know that my heart IS HERE with you and all our angels. The only way I made it through the pain of all my losses this past six years is from the love and support of all the pet-parents that understand the bond we share with our pets, and the heart-wrenching grief we experience when they leave. I have tried to…but still cannot begin to understand how we make it through such intense pain when they end their journey here. The short span of time we share with them sometimes just does not seem fair. How privileged we are, to enjoy a life that includes our pet-kids.

It’s such a slow journey; moving through the grief, and then into that space where we hold the love, joy and precious memories shared that they left behind. The pain I have suffered through the losses I’ve experienced since 2007, has been over whelming. It was especially difficult while I was also honoring birthdays and angel-days for my loved ones that went away and were/are still here with me. Sometimes I break down and let it all go, then come up for air and hold on ‘til the next storm sweeps through. “Keep on trying – one day at a time” is all I can do. Thank God I’ve had this wonderful  group of people to lean on. Thank you so much for always being present!

My precious little old granny-pup Princess will be 19 on July 27, 2013. I am “extra focused” on her health, and making sure that she is okay. Along with my own health issues and working overtime, it seems like life runs away faster than I can catch it, I have my two other gorgeous girls Tina Turner (almost 12) and Dezzy Dee (around 13) who need equal attention and love too.

I have to keep on believing that our sweethearts are waiting anxiously for us. On the bright side, we receive so much love over the course of the years our lives are enhanced, and we have so much love and so many memories that we can journey with, to our end. I’ve babbled on way too long. I guess this is what happens when emotions are all held-up inside. One thing we will always be is; united forever by both the lives and losses of our precious angels. Their love is so powerful!

Again, thank you for visiting us, and may you be blessed with peace and joy. Hugs to you Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M, Cupcake, Xander and Bentley from Maggie Mae, all my pet-kids and I. I’ve been away so long. I see you have another loved one Bentley. I tried to find a picture while I was reading Sammy’s beautiful memorial, but wasn’t able to locate one. I’d love to see a pic.




03-14-2013 12:36 PM -- By: christy,  From:  

oh, charles....the only thing i know for sure in this world is that BJ would want nothing more that for all pibbles to be loved.  that's what makes animals so special...not a selfish bone in their body.  i am currently staying with my parents and though they loved BJ like crazy, they are not down with the idea of another pibble coming in and i understand BUT i believe i am alive today to love pibbles.  my heart beats for these dogs but i am like you, i love all animals.  right now i've got a senior bunny, mocha...he's 15!!!  and a senior kitty, miller...he's 17!  and bodhi, a little terrier that was "living" in a kroger parking lot and i'm thinking he didn't have the best time before the parking lot and he needs lots of love and if i'm being honest, he was number 2 while BJ was alive so he's getting to be number 1 for a while and man does he deserve it.  so, i'm okay with what i've got and i have lots of rescues i work with that rescue pibbles so i get to get lots of love and satisfaction helping them any way i can.  and what is it about the breed???? they are the light of this earth!!!!  love them so!!  take care and i'll talk to you soon.  do me a favor, kiss those sweet smilin' pibble mouths for me!  :)

03-14-2013 12:02 PM -- By: christy,  From:  

charles and sweet baby sammy - hello friends!  i'm a very lucky girl - i got to spend most of the night last night with a very special pibble named Sacha.  it was so good for my soul and made me think of you guys!  there was pibble kisses, tug-a-war completed with crazy growling (something i miss more than i could ever explain)....i am not in a place to get another pibble right now so i feel so blessed to have had the chance to spend some time with this baby.  she reminded me so much of BJ.  so bittersweet.  anyway - much love and light to you, charles and sammy and all the bullies in the world.  hugs!!! :)

03-13-2013 3:59 PM -- By: karen tomczak,  From: delaware  

Hi Charles Sammy . Gabby . and Bob m

Well look at you with your cool Tattoo I LOVE IT .i WANT ONE OF Rameses lol  Thank you for Remembering my baby . I don;t come here much becausie its  breaks my heart .big time .and i can not see to good . thanks again hugs Karen Rameses Mom

03-12-2013 10:32 AM -- By: michelle & Princess,  From:  

 Dearest Charles, Smammy, Gabby, Bob M, Cupcake, Xander and Bentley,

After a wonderful vacation I came home and promptly came down with some sort of bug which paraded through my body. I am on the mend now and hope to get back to being a good critters buddy soon. You know that even when I am absent you are close in thought and heart. 

We had a few very spring like days here though the temps are still cool. Now the damp and gray weather has returned and it looks more like the  NW (LOL.) I hope you are enjoying good weather and are all ready to get our for days of fun in the sun. Hugs to you all.

03-12-2013 7:19 AM -- By: Kym & Scott Sampson,  From: Los Lunas, NM  

Bless you or your love & devotion to your boy, Sammy. 15 is heck of a old age for a Pit/Staffordshire to reach. Our 'old gal' Cha-Taa is nearly 15 her self, & needs more of our patience & energy as her needs increase & her body wears out. Yet she still manages to show that 'stubborn streak' when company comes & she greets them by mistaking our carpet for grass...... As prepared as we are, when the 'end' comes, it's still going to be hard. I'm going to make myself think back to the Spring Saturday morning when I looked out back & saw the 'neighbors scrawny, dirty, puppy' in our yard.. rolling on my freshly washed sheets!  Only to learn that telling my husband 'no' to another dog is priceless!


03-08-2013 12:48 PM -- By: Carol Palmer,  From: Socorro, New Mexico  

Hi, Charles and Precious Angels up North, Thanks so much for the delicious Starbucks coffee to start the day. I'm sending you some delicious swiss cheese enchiladas from La Salita in Albuquerque for lunch. Enjoy!!!!!

We're still in a state of shock here that Connie Riddell, the founder of the Colorado Pekes and Poms where we adopted our dogs, passed away less than a month ago. She was our age, had been battling cancer a long time, and I guess the cancer had returned. She founded that group that placed over 800 dogs in the few years it had been in operation. It was her legacy. I know that, even up to the minute she drew her last breath, that she was working to find homes for the dogs in foster. We will all miss her so much, and the rescue group is trying to reorganize after losing their leader. If you know of anyone who wants a small pom, chihuahua, or Peke, please refer them to that group, if they're willing to travel to Raton to meet the volunteer who will offer to go halfway with a dog if it means getting a forever home for it. We have been really stunned to lose Connie, to know that we will never again hear her voice in our lifetime.

I've been thinking so much about Missy lately, remembering how she was the other half of me. I miss her so much. All the doggies here are doing great, and we love them so much, and are so grateful to have them, to be able to give them a home. I know you feel the same way about your little ones at home.

Please tell Lauvern that I am thinking of her, as well, and that I send love and hugs her way. Thank you for continuing to reach out to everyone in their grief. Hugs from the South, Carol


03-08-2013 10:05 AM -- By: christy,  From:  

:)  it's really just too much to come here everyday.  i thought i was really doing okay but i thought about BJ all night and woke up so sad.  oh well...part of it i can.  i just want to kiss sammy's face everytime i look at his memorial.  i'm having pibble withdrawals. :)  love and light, friend!

03-07-2013 6:12 PM -- By: christy,  From: little rock, ar  

charles and sammy - my dear friends :)  hello!  sending you lots of love and light!  

03-07-2013 6:03 PM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: Upham,ND  

HI again charles and sammy and ALL.Im still in north dakota (FARGO NORTH DAKOTA) so not where the warm weather is but maybe someday soon i will get out of north dakota for good not sure where im head en just yet bye now take care 

Love Rowdy and Me

03-07-2013 5:37 PM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: Upham,ND  

Hi Charles,Sammy and All hope everything is fine your way.Just stopping by to say Hi.I went south to my oldest brothers place now and been busy helping him with a few things and trying to  keep busy well take care bud talk again soon 

Love Rowdy and Me

03-07-2013 12:36 PM -- By: Maryann,  From: NJ  

Your story of finding Sammy is so nice.  He's a gorgeous boy.  Thank you for thinking of my Sadie.  Rescuing an animal is such a joy.  My little kooky monster, Sadie, and my two other dogs (living) are rescues.  They are precious, and they give us SO much! 

03-06-2013 3:35 PM -- By: Denise,  From: Midrand, South Africa  

Thank you so much Charles -- for stopping by on Morgan's birthday. It means so much to me.X


03-06-2013 12:54 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Hi Charles, Sammy, Gabby and Bob M, plus Cupcake,  Xander and Bentley ... lol, I see we're growing.

Luna smiles at Sammy, then they look upon you, as they lift their paws and blow a kiss filled with all their love your way ... never far from our thoughts, alive in our hearts!

Luna sniff the clean crisp air, yes some nice blooms will do nicely. ((hugs)) and  ourLuna, her mom Nadine, Lily and Opal

03-06-2013 8:13 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Thank you so much for visiting my kids memorial and your kind posts as always. I have been busy as normal as well as a friend of ours is opening up a shelter about 30 miles away from us. YESSSSSSS!  "HUGE SMILE" as we certainly need more shelters.We have all been going there whenever possible to help paint,setup kennels,etc. Needless to say I have not been here. Byron had taken a week off work to help with remodeling the building,etc. We are now finished painting "indoors' and will have to fix up the outside when the weather gets warmer.

We have had nice weather here,lots of water around as the snow is melting fast. Lots of paws to clean as well.HaHa.

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

Sending hugs across the miles.

Lauvern and all at Luke's Shelter.


03-05-2013 6:54 PM -- By: pat,  From:  

Charles, I have the flu. Down for now.  

03-04-2013 9:32 PM -- By: Gina,  From:  

Hi Charles and precious Sammy, thank you so much for stopping by on Saada's birthday! I really appreciate your kind thoughts, it means so much to me. Hope you are doing well and the fur kids are great! Take care. ((Hugs))

03-02-2013 7:42 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  


03-02-2013 7:41 PM -- By: michelle & Princess,  From:  

 My nice post went to review so I will send an email. 

03-02-2013 7:40 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

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

It was wonderful to come home to not one but TWO guest book entries from one of my favorite critters friends. We had a nice time and the kids enjoyed dailye 2-4 mile hikes in the mountains and around the lakes. The weather was pretty good until the last few days. We even got in two days at a lovely little beach cove where Kit and Bailey enjoyed two nice swims. Bit too chilly for us though.  Lots of work now to play catch up but it was terrific while it lasted. You off to any place fun anytime soon? Thanks again for checking in on us. Hugs to you all.

03-02-2013 8:30 AM -- By: LuAnn (Kayla's Mom),  From: Pennsylvania  

 Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the kind words.Sorry for your loss as well of all your baby's.This is a beautiful memorial to them....One day I'm hoping that everyone will be joined again with them, till than we will never forget  how precious they all were!

03-01-2013 11:31 AM -- By: Jennifer,  From: Tennessee  

Hi Charles, thank you so much for the kind words on Jazzy Bell's memorial. Its nice to talk to individuals that cared for their babies as much as I did. Thanks again.

02-27-2013 2:01 PM -- By: Laurie,  From: Hawaii  

Charles, thank you so much for always remembering Daisey on her birthday. I almost never visit this site any more. It's just too sad for me. It's still hard for me to think about Daisey. Love and hugs to you

02-27-2013 9:02 AM -- By: Lauvern ,  From:  

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

Stopping by with fresh hot coffee and granny's cinnamon rolls. I hope things are well out your way. Spring has sprung around here.We have snow melting and water everywhere. It looks as though it will be a fast melt which is a good thing but I hope there is no flooding this year.I guess we will have to take what we get.Anyway the days are warmer and the furkids are all enjoying their time outdoors. Lots of muddy paws too clean but that's ok as long as they are having fun.HaHa.

Thank you for visiting and your kind words as always.

Sending hugs across the miles.


02-25-2013 6:45 PM -- By: christy,  From: little rock, ar  

Charles and dear, sweet baby sammy and all of your other babies charles!  just saying hello.  feeling very alone and sad here today.  i miss bj so much i can hardly breath.all that gives me hope and the courage to go on is to see these sammy's and know you felt for same...feel for sammy what i do for bj and you have survived.  much love to you and so much gratitude for you and sammy and all of your critters.  thank you for loving animals (epecially bullies :)  they just have my heart and rescuing them at that). thank you.


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