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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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12-13-2011 4:38 PM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: Upham,ND  

Hi Charles and Sammy and All .Thanks so much for your Christmas wishes.The holidays arent to best for me now since Mom,Dad and now Rowdy are gone.Maybe thats not the way to feel but its not the same no more and i dont want no body to feel sorry for me cause im not the only one this has happened to so thanks so much Charles for stopping and i know Luke and Rowdy and everyone at RB will be celebrating and having a good old time LOVE YOU ALL BYE NOW and Have a great christmas and new year

Love Rowdy and Me

12-12-2011 7:27 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Monday Morning Charles, Handsome Sammy, Gabby and Bob M. Stopping by this early morning with fresh hot coffee and a variety of Christmas baking that I had done over the weekend.

I hope all is well out your way. I am still waiting for snow which we were suppose to get yesterday but didn't. I don't want a storm  but a ground cover of snow for Christmas would be nice.

I am off to the shelter early this morning as Doris is going to do her Christmas shopping today with her daughter who is here from Calgary now. She certainly deserves a day off, but I have a hard time convincing her to take time off for herself. I managed to do so today.

All is well, puppies and moms  are doing great. "smile"

Have a good Monday.

Sending hugs Always.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.


12-11-2011 6:25 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

Good Afternoon my friends,

It is always a delight to hear from you and know what it is like in your part of the world.  It is cool and overcast here with a few showers. No snow in the forecast which the kids and I would surely love to have just a bit of.

We took our usual 2 mile hike thorough the forest and had a great time.  I made gingerbread and carrot, potato, ginger soup for lunch. Yummy. Wish I could share.  The kids stood under the cutting board waiting for carrots, cauliflower and other treats to fall as they knew they would.  Princess was the ultimate "kitchen dog" and was always st my knee  while I was in the kitchen. 

This time of year is particularly difficult. Princess was the essence of joy and love and during the holidays she shone even more.  I still miss her so much and so few people understand.  It has been 4 years and 8 months yet some days it still seems like yesterday.  I know you still miss Sammy too and while we love our present children your Sammy and my Princess were extra special to us.

I wish you love, joy and beautiful memories as we move toward Christmas and the new year. Thank you ever so much for continuing to be our friend across the miles.

12-09-2011 8:51 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M. and of coarse Cupcake and Xander.

Thank you for the coffee and chocolate cake this morning. "yummy"  Chocolate cake is my favourite.

I agree with you , I don't think it EVER gets easier after losing our fur kids. I think we just learn to live with the loss of them. It helps knowing that they are now healthy again,which we could not do for them down here. I still get many of them days but when I remember Luke's and all my furkids last days and how they suffered , it gives me some peace knowing that they are not suffering anymore. I know we will see them again one day and that is what keeps me going . Many times I let my mind wonder as to what Rainbow Bridge looks like as well  as I feature Luke and all my fur kids having fun in their new healthy bodies with their new found friends. What a beautiful thought that is!  I know one day it won't just be a thought, it will be for real. "smile".

Sammy may be trying to tell you something as I know Luke was THAT day. Keep watching for the signs and if he is trying to tell you something, you will catch on as I did with Luke.

Wishing you a grand weekend and sending hugs always..

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.

P/S  The pups and moms are doing real well.



12-09-2011 6:46 PM -- By: jennifer,  From: ky  

Thanks for signing Gizmos page.  My heart is broken.  He was sick all of his life and I pampered him every step of the way.  Now there is such a hole in my heart.  Sammy looks like such a wonderful fog.  I am sorry you lost him.  Thanks for sharing it help the ain to know others are feeling the same thing as you.  Thanks again and God Bless You.

12-09-2011 2:39 PM -- By: yolanda,  From: NJ  

Thank you for visiting my Samantha's memorial page....Your little Sammy is precious. I have 2 pitbulls that I adore and Sammy looks like a pittbull. I know about those big kisses they love to give. Truly and beautiful breed. May Sammy rest and enjoy Rainbow Bridge along with my Samantha...Thank you again for your wonderful wishes.

12-09-2011 1:50 PM -- By: Colleen & Erin,  From: San Antonio TX  

 Dearest Charles, I'm so glad I was able to share this music with you & that you posted it on your dear Sammy's page. I wish you peace in your heart. Sammy is waiting for you & you will both experience a greeting like no other when you are joined together again one day.

12-09-2011 12:38 PM -- By: Colleen & Erin,  From: San Antonio TX  

 Thank you from the bottom of my heart for leaving a message for my baby, Erin. He is the first thing I thought of this morning as I do every day but today being his birthday made me miss him that much more. He was a beautiful kitty & was my best friend. I know he is having a party at the RB today & I'm sure Sammy is part of the fun! 

Thank you for the kind words about my memorial for Erin. That song is one of my favorite songs & I felt it was perfect. 

I know you miss Sammy. It is so hard to lose a best friend. Our pets give us so much unconditional love it's hard to let go. Sammy is always with you in your heart & in your memories. He has never left your side. 

12-09-2011 9:22 AM -- By: Dad,  From: Santa Fe, New Mexico  

My Dearest Beloved Sammy ... Oh, how your dad is missing you today.  I woke up thinking of you and quickly started to tear up .. why?  Are you trying to tell me something? 

I just don't know .. but today, I'm a bit sad ... but I will make it through today knowing that I carry you within my heart and soul my beautiful son.

Always watch over me, Cupcake and Xander and know that your dad truly LOVES and MISSES YOU so much.

12-08-2011 9:08 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles, Handsome Sammy, Gabby, Little Bob M and of coarse Cupcake and Xander.

Thank you so much for coffee and treats as these days,I am not sure if I have had coffee or not.LOL. Thank you for your kind posts as always and your compliment on the new page. Kim is working on that page as she has time.  I guess after me keeping her on the phone half  THAT night when we found what we did and telling her all about what we saw,etc. she decided to do that page on Luke's tribute.

The weather is getting colder by the day here but still no snow. Hopefully we will get some before long.

All is well here babies and Mom doing real well. I have not made it over to Lawrence's yet but will real soon. I am anxious to see the babies and Mom there as well.

I want you to know that I always pass along your kind messages to Doris, Kim, and Lawrence as well as the volunteers. I know they come to Critters but don't always leave messages. Know that your kind words do not go unseen."smile".

Have a good night and Thanks again for your visits. I will write as I get the free time.

Sending hugs all around as Always.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


12-08-2011 5:53 PM -- By: Annette - Stimpy and Willow's Mama,  From: NY  

Thank you Charles for remembering my Stimpy on his Angel Day Anniversary and your thoughtful words of comfort.  God Bless you and your precious Sammy.

12-07-2011 11:35 AM -- By: Andrea, Talie's Mommay,  From:  

     Hi Handsome Man Sammy & His Daddy, Charles. Stopping in with an update...It happened again this morning! Only this time, it was BABY who started the arguement! Unbelievable!!! Nick & I were sitting on the couch talking & Baby was just laying there between us. Lil' Bon Bon comes walking in & stops in front of Nick for him to pet her & Baby started to just stare at her. Lil' Bon stared back at her & next thing we knew, Baby jumped at her! I grabbed Baby while Nick quick grabbed Lil' Bon Bon. We told both of them NO very sternly & then I put Baby in the kennel for a time out. There was no growling, barking, nothing. Baby has never did this EVER! Labonte was there as well, & as usual, he didn't get involved. He was running back & forth. I have no idea what is going on with these pups...And why now all of a sudden? At times, Talie & Lil' Bon Bon would begin to stare at each other & I would yell at them because I knew what was coming. They would do that mostly in front of the food bowls, so I would make one of them wait til the other was done & that was it. Everything has been good, & now this. *I think Mommys Girl needs to have a lil' talk with her two daughters! I know she wouldn't stand for this & I won't either. I just don't know what is causing this behavior...nothing has changed in the house. I'm at my witts end so when you can, please give me any insight you may have. THANKS     Much Love


12-07-2011 9:17 AM -- By: Lauvern ,  From:  

Good Morning Charles, handsome boy Sammy,Gabby and little Bob M ..... and of course Cupcake and Xander.

Stopping by with some fresh hot coffee and to thank you for your visits and kind posts for the past few days. I have been quite busy as you can imagine and now with the holidays coming up as well, there are always extra things to do.  I will be having company coming and going throughout the holidays as well as some staying with me. Needless to say, I am doing extra baking as I get the time.

The puppies are all doing well . According to my vet ,the Boxer puppies are doing a bit TOO  well. HaHa. They are eating on there own now so I had to start adding a good quality puppy food to their formula which they are enjoying almost too well. HaHa. They are starting to take on their own personalities which I love to watch. Mom is doing real good and supervises the puppies behaviour which is a good thing. The Bullies are all doing real well. I am anxious to go and see them one of these fine days but I know they are well looked after, no doubt also TOO well. HaHa.

So you got your first snow.I bet Cupcake and Xander just loved that. We have no snow to speak of yet. We have some arounf but the grass is still mostly seen around the yards. I am hopeing for snow soon as it wouldn't be Christmas with out snow around here. I have my outside spruce trees all decorated and lit up but they don't look as pretty as they do on a snow covered ground. I am sure we will get some soon.

I hope all is well out your way.

I agree there is nothing sweeter then having all these puppy kisses when I pick them up and cuddle them.They are all so precious.

Sending hugs as Always.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


12-06-2011 7:03 PM -- By: Brenda,  From: Toronto  

Hi Charles and Sammy,  Thank you so much for posting a note on Krystal Kitties new memorial.  Yes we loved our animal companions, our friends with all of our hearts.  I had a wonderful opportunity to speak to my Krystal while she was passing, with the help of some healers and an animal communicator.  I believe in them, and I want to find out more about my little Krystal and her sister Azzia to make sure they are happy.

You take care. Such a lovely site you have here for Sammy.



12-06-2011 5:55 AM -- By: Andrea, Talie's Mommay,  From:  

     Morning Charles & Handsome Man Sammy! How Are You? I saw on the news that you guys got hit with alot of SNOW! How Lucky!!! I'm sure Xander & Cupcake Are Loving It!  I can just see them running around & playing in it! *Don't think you're much on snow tho, are you?   You will be pleased to know that Lil' Bon Bon has been on her best more incidents to speak of! * Still keep sending those good thoughts to her! Lol!   Been working 10 hr days since I spoke to you last. Have off til Friday so I will be stopping in to see you & Handsome. Even when i don't post to you for a couple days, you guys are always in my thoughts! Have to start decorating around here, work has really put me behind. And I haven't even started my baking as of yet, so I am way BEHIND!    Sending Big Hugs & Kisses From Me & The Pups To You, Xander & Cupcake! *PLAY IN THE SNOW SOME FOR ME & THE PUPS TOO!!!  And As Always, Extra Big Hugs & Kisses For Handsome Man Sammy & Mommys Girl & Gabby & Lil' Bob M.      Much Love


12-05-2011 11:22 AM -- By: Luna & Nadine,  From:  

Morning Charles, Luna rolls over and laughs ... no mom was not at the tree lighting ... too many people ... but she heard it was beautiful!  Luna rolls over on her clouds as she gazes at the magnificent stars that twinkle above ... always with us, together as one ... soulmates from the day we set our eyes upon eachother ... and our love grew and grew and GREW!  Luna marvels at the vast land they roam filled with soft sandy beaches, luscious green lawns and a cool calm spirit that is with them always ... it's our love! she turns and winks at Charles, then she jumps, spins and blows many kisses from up above. May our love always surround you.  ((hugs)) Luna & her mom Nadine

12-05-2011 10:52 AM -- By: Donna,  From: Virginia  

On Barleys birthday, she thanks you for having so much love in your heart, that you would stop by to see her and wish her a special day. Sammy, I am glad that you and Barley are friends now. Have a fun day running and playing and even some ice cream with Barley and all her friends. You are a very sweet and soulful furbaby, and I know that your family misses you as much as I miss Barley. Lots of love and kisses until we all are together again.

12-04-2011 1:01 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

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

I hope you have not gotten too cold or blown away by winds like happend in S. Calif. It has been chilly and a bit windy here too but the kids surely do like the cold. Kit raced around and around a path out at the forest yesterday and had such a good time that we are headed there now. I know you enjoy the antics of your children too Charles. The pure joy and love they bring to us is unrivaled and how we miss it when they must leave us.

Thank you so much for checking in on us and keeping us in your thoughts. We do you as well. Have a great week.


12-03-2011 8:55 PM -- By: Carol Palmer,  From: Socorro, New Mexico  

Hello, Charles, Sammy's sweet dad, I just wanted to say hello and hope you are doing well up north in Santa Fe. I know you must still cry over Sammy's loss, as we're still crying over Missy. I hope the memories bring you more joy than sadness and that your holidays will be happy ones. You have brought so much comfort to so many on this website. I notice when I sign guestbooks that you have left so many uplifing, compassionate comments already for those who are grieving. I am trying to follow in your footsteps and am trying to leave a comment for someone new every day.

We have adopted five old rescue dogs. The youngest is eight. We feel that Missy is the reason for this decision to adopt these dogs. She opened our hearts to the unconditional love of a dog, and we are hoping to make these five lives easier in their old age. My thoughts and prayers are with you, blessed neighbor. Love and hugs, Carol

12-03-2011 2:10 PM -- By: Melissa Revelo,  From: NY  

It is so comforting to know that Sparky has many new friends to greet him at Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for the sweet message to my beautiful boy Sparky and for your kind words.

Sammy, Gabby and Bob M look like such a joy to be around. Such sweet doggies. They will be kept in my prayers.

12-02-2011 3:26 PM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles and kids lemon scones awesome. love scones. brought you some homemade hot apple cider. hoping your friday is going well. tis the season hopefully avoid huge shopping crowds. lol

we love you all

hugs and love

jules and butler

12-01-2011 8:21 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles, Handsome Sammy, Gabby ,Bob M and of course Cupcake and Xander.

Thank you for coffee and french toast this morning as it was much appreciated. I thought I would post to you tonight as I have a long day tomorrow. I have fallen behind on my classes so thought I better try and start getting caught up. The puppies are all doing well. I spoke to Lawrence today and I am not sure if the pitBull Mom and puppies are going to be up for adoption as it seems like Lawrence and Shiela "his wife" have fallen in love with them. HaHa. Well he does have ten acres of land and I know he has had more then that at one time so will see what happens. I hope to go out there this weekend and see them but will see if time allows.

Anyway  I hope all is well out your way and that you have a great weekend. Did you get any snow yet? Ours is all gone but it is starting to get chilly outside due to the winds. Anyway the house and shelter are warm so all is good.

Sending hugs to all.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.

p/s It is bottle feeding time and off to bed. Haha.


12-01-2011 4:19 PM -- By: Andrea, Talie's Mommay,  From:  

     Dear Charles & Handsome Man Sammy, Thanks so much for your advise as it was greatly appreciated! And I do agree with you as well. I must say tho when I go back to work tomorrow morning, I think I'm going to put Lil' Bon Bon in the kennel. I don't trust her right now when no one will be here. I'll feel bad all day til I get home, but it's better to be safe than sorry, you know. Poor Baby is still acting scared of her & Lil' Bon Bon gets near her, she just walks away..Labonte dosen't act any different, he is so laid back, nothing bothers him! Lol! He dosen't even play with Lil' Bon Bon because shes so rough. Bon Bon usually plays with Bandit , he's just two & is up for playtime ANYTIME!  In addition, I had a long talk with Lil' Bon Bon when I let her out of the kennel yesterday...she has not tried anything else, but I'm still on the leary side. I'm in hopes that this was an isolated occurance, which will not happen again. Will keep you posted my friend! *Keep sending Lil' Bon Bon them good thoughts too!    And I have to say, I love the post from Luna below...I'm going to copy it, it's so precious! I Love It!!!     Better say bye for now, sending big hugs & kisses from me & the Pups to You, Xander & Cupcake. Extra big hugs & kisses to Handsome Man Sammy & Mommys Girl & Gabby & Lil' Bob M.!     Much Love


12-01-2011 11:26 AM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Morning Charles, as Luna sits watching the stars shining brightly, she winks and smiles, they all do as they sit around the warmth of the fire nestled in and surrounded by our love ... Sammy gets up and points, "I see him, I see him ... and they gaze below to see Mr Charles in the yard below looking back at them  ... they each snuggle ... amist the warmth of our love and the flame that is still a glow warming our soul ... Hummm, she stretches her arms wide and sends her love to all ... then each of the kids at the bridge sends their love too ... and Luna whispers, "we will be with you always" . ((hugs)) Luna and her mom Nadine 

11-30-2011 10:00 AM -- By: Andrea, Talie's Mommay,  From:  

   My Goodness...It Went To Review!!!


11-30-2011 9:59 AM -- By: Andrea, Talie's Mommay,  From:  

     Top Of The Morning To You Charles & Handsome Man Sammy! Gosh, it seems like forever since I talked to you so I apologize! Started back to work Friday & have been going ever since. * Today is my only day off. I'm so happy that you, Xander & Cupcake had a great Thanksgiving & I'm sure it brought back good memories of Sammy. Our Thanksgiving was good too & I hope Mommys Girl was able to stop in as well. I just left Lauvern & Luke & I want to ask you as well for your opinion also. Lil' Bon Bon went after Baby this morning, to the point where I had to run over & grab her by the collar to stop her from biting Baby in the neck area. The only other one that Bon Bon Has done this to Was Talie, But she quickly got put in her place by Mommys Girl. This happened out of the blue as they were just walking in from the dining room, Labonte was right there too & he ran over to me. It was so sudden, I think he was scared. When I got ahold of Bon Bon's collar, Baby then tried to bite her back. I put Bon Bon in the kennel for a time out. Checked Baby out & she is fine, no bite marks or broken skin, but this is totally unacceptable behavior! I'm still in shock that this happened! So how should I handle this? I don't know, it's just my thoughts on the matter, but I think since Mommys Girl isn't here, Lil' Bon Bon thinks that she should be in charge. *She's always been the Lil' Hell Raiser of the pups. If something goes on, she is usually behind it! Lol! And I also think that Baby & Labonte are scared of her, but like I said, this is the first time she has tried this with Baby. Any insight you can give me will be greatly appreciated. You have two bullies at home, but I don't know if this behavior would be considered just a bully thing or not? I just don't know.   In any event, I will check back later on.  Til then I'm sending Big Hugs & Kisses From Me & The Pups To You, Xander & Cupcake! And As Always, Extra Big Hugs & Kisses To Handsome Man Sammy & Mommys Girl & Gabby & Lil' Bob M. Too!     Much Love


11-30-2011 8:44 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby,Bob M .......Cupcake and Xander.

Thank you for coffee and cinnamon scones yesterday as it was much appreciated. Not much time for coffee breaks lately but all is good. Thank you  also for your kind posts as always..Puppies and Moms are doing real good. "smile". We are still bottle feeding the little Boxer pups but they are doing real well . Mom is doing well too. She is getting much stronger which is a good thing.I am still taking her to the vets every morning for her intervenous but it cerainly is helping her. I don't think she will need the intervenous much longer as she is starting to eat real well. "Too well maybe" "smile"

The weather here is still mild and all the snow is gone. Needless to say we have alot of muddy paws to clean as the ground is not frozen yet. But its all fun.

Dropping off fresh hot coffee and some of Granny's lemon squares. She has started her Christmas baking so needless to say we have alot of goodies around to sample.

Have a good day.

Sending hugs Always,

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter


11-30-2011 12:22 AM -- By: Vicki, Misty Rose,  From:  

Just wanted to stop and thank you for coming to Misty's Memorial to honor her on her birthday.  She was my special girl and I miss her so much.  thank you.

11-29-2011 10:10 PM -- By: Gina,  From:  

Hi Charles and fur kids... thanks for stopping by!! Hope you, Xander and Cupcake had a very wonderful weekend and Thanksgiving as well. Ours was very nice, and of course we had lots of great food. Hope you have a nice rest of the week. Take care and sending hugs to all.


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