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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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08-19-2011 6:58 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Early morning Charles,Sammy, Gabby, little Bob m and precious Cupcake and Xander. Just stopping by with fresh hot coffee and to wish you a grand weekend.Thankyou for coffee and gingerbread and your kind post as always.

We got a real good soaking rain yesterday and all last night which was badly needed. Everything is looking lush and green again.

I am flying out to Calgary tonight as it is my Girlfriend's 25th wedding Anniversary tomorrow. Byron will be here helping  granny, Kim and Lawrence at the shelter as well as home with Toby, Tyson and JoJo. He has a few days off as his truck is going in for some repair. He said it will be a treat for him to stay home and help out with the shelter kids as he is always traveling. 

September will be a busy month for me as granny and her two daughters will be going on vacation and the high school kids will be going back to school so will only be volunteering in the evenings and weekends. I have cut my classes back some during Sept. so all will work out.

Have a grand weekend and I hope you get some of the rain that we did.

Sending hugs all around .

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


08-17-2011 11:56 PM -- By: Diana,  From: Ontario Canada  

Dear Charles

I don't know really where to begin writing here. I have spent quite a bit of time reading your memorial to Sammy. It really is so unbelievable. I know I could just spend days reading it and then read it over again. I love every page. It's so beautiful, it brings me to tears when I read it. Sammy  is such an amazing and beautiful boy. Your other children as so precious too. Thank you for including the page "Sayings and things". It is so inspirational. Your love for Sammy, Gabby, Bob M, and Cupcake and Xander  just comes through loud and clear in every word you write. Your children are so lucky to have such a wonderful loving Dad. I do also see similarities in our stories and our babies.    We also had to carry Leya outside during her last days with us. It was hard as she was a big girl, about 90 pounds, but the worse part was I felt it was so undignified for her and it broke my heart to see her like that. I know she didn't like to be like that. I couldn't bellieve when you said there was a tear in Sammy's eye as he left you. I also found a tear in Leya's eye. It was so heartbreaking. I've never told anyone that as I thought they would think I was crazy. I've thought about that tear so much.. I hope I will one day get to a place where I can just think of happy times with Leya  instead of crying every day like I do now., even a year later. Reading all the tributes here at Critters gives me hope that day will come. 

You have such a great love for the pitbull breed. It's wonderful that you have opened your home and your heart to so many who needed you.  Like pitbulls, dobermans are also often wrongly thought of as being vicious or dangerous. That is so far from the truth as you know. It is humans who make them that way. They are such loving souls all of them and it is so heartbreaking to read how so many are treated. When we first moved into this neighborhood, where everyone walks their dogs, many people were afraid to pass us when we walked Leya. Luckily, all soon came to know and love her and to realize she was just a gentle loving girl. In Ontario, Pitbulls are banned, although so far not Dobermans. It is just so wrong. The only good thing I can see about it is that at least it might prevent any beautiful dogs from being purchased by people who will mistreat them. It's so sad that there are so many in need of a forever home.

Charles, thank you so much again for all your kind wishes and for taking time to think of Leya today. I hope she is playing with all of your beautiful babies.

Wishing you well always...


08-17-2011 12:43 PM -- By: Gina,  From:  

Hi Charles and sweet, precious fur kids, thanks for stopping by, and as always, your very kind post. So glad to hear things are going well. We are doing good too. I was especially delighted this weekend when our city opened a brand new dog park, about a mile from home, which makes it really convenient to bring Juji and have her play with all the dogs. She's had a great time so far - at least it gets some of her energy out... LOL!!! Trying to stay cool as the temperatures are supposed to be getting into the upper 90's by the end of the week... ugh!! Hope you have a great rest of the week. Take care and sending hugs to all.

08-17-2011 10:03 AM -- By: Diana,  From: Ontario Canada  

Hello Charles

Your son Sammy is absolutely gorgeous. You've created the most beautiful memorial here for him. I cried so much reading it. I'm so glad you rescued each other and found such love.  Thank you for being so kind to stop by to vist Leya today on her 1st Angelversary. It means a lot to me to know that others care about us.


08-17-2011 6:37 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles, Sammy,Gabbyt, Bob m, Cupcake and Xander. I am up bright and early this morning so am sending you a cup of fresh hot coffee and a variety of granny's homemade cookies. There is never a shortage of cookies here. Ha-Ha.

It looks like we will get some much needed rain today. I have had to run the sprinkler and water the lawn at home and at the shelter for the past week so the rain would certainly be welcome.

Have a great day,

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.



08-16-2011 10:13 PM -- By: Carole and Shabba Lou,  From: Sunny San Diego  

Hello Charles, Sammy, Gabby , Bob M, Xander and Cupcake, Thank you for stopping by and visiting my babies so many times. I've had a lot happen both financially and physically. I am okay now, but it was sure a tough road. I haven't been on Critters for so very long. I know my precious kids feel my love every day, and they know they are tucked away in my heart and soul forever.

Now, my little 17 year old baby Princess is not doing well. She's had a great life, and I will be right by her side (just like she has mine) until her last breath. She's doing better today, but we do not know how much longer we have together. I know Ebony, Shabba Lou, Maggie Mae, Buster and Seville are waiting and will greet them when it is her time. They and all their friends will take good care of my little angel.

Gosh, Xander and Cupcake are gorgeous...actually, beyond gorgeous. What beautoful kids Charles. I commend you for loving them like you do. Pitbulls rock!

Please know that I think of all my wonderful friends always, and now that I'm feeling better and have a new job where I do not have to work 12 hours per day seven days a week, I can start to live again.

Thank you very much...for caring and leaving messsages on my kid's tributes. Many blessing and hugs sent your way. It was great hearing from you. Proud mamma, Carole.

08-16-2011 5:08 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles and kids morning brought coffee and danish for you. wishing you a beautiful, relaxing tuesday along with our love always


jules and butler

08-15-2011 11:07 PM -- By: F.G. Silva,  From: Dallas, TX  

Thanks for visiting Nikki on his angelversary.  You have such a great tribute for Sammy, what a good looking boy!.  Regards and be blessed.

08-15-2011 9:19 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles, Sammy, Gabby, Bob m, and of course Cupcake and Xander. Thankyou for coffee this morning. Much appreciated!!! I have another week of long hours ahead of me but well worth the time."smile". Yes I imagine sweet Cupcake would have been thinking of Bob M when she saw that kitty.

Talk about weeds.After a good rain fall, I don't know where they all came from but they sure came up in my rock gardens at home. Thank goodness I have a sweet lady next door who looks after my flowers,etc. as she loves doing that and certainly helps me out as I could never find the time to do that as of late.She lost two of her kitties who were 17 and 18 years old last year and has now adopted two kittens from the shelter.They helped fill the void she was feeling after losing her two after having them for so long.

The two new kids are doing great and of course Samantha is their baby sitter. Ha-Ha. I have not heard anything from anyone about them so I guess they will be going up for adoption soon. I have had a nice couple wanting to adopt the two of them together but I had to wait and see if anyone was going to claim them. I will give it another week or so and call them to see if they are still interested. If they are we will begin obedience classes with them before I will adopt them out. So far the obedience classes are making a difference as I have not had any kids come back with the lame excuse from the adopted parents of telling me they can;t keep them because they won't listen. Now all that are wanting to adopt have to agree to taking obedience classes with the dog that they want. So far ,so good. All is working out.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.

P/S.. Doris, Lawrence and Kim say "Hello".




08-15-2011 6:07 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

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

My GB post is in review so I sent the message another way.

Hugs to you my friend.


08-15-2011 6:05 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

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

Thank you for stopping in. After our brief vacation my husband and I had a grueling 3 days of hard work (mostly physical) and now...can breathe a sigh of relief. Unfortunately I am not in the best of condition and I could not leave it all for my husband since it was my business we were working on. I think we need that vacation again!

Stacy's work is amazing and I cannot believe how quickly she works. I loved watching Sammy come to life again and anxiously await each new picture of Princess.

Like you, I think of my Princess every day. I am not sure what your situation was but Princess was definitely responsible for keeping me on earth as well. perhaps a topic of discussion should we ever meet!

I hope to get more infomation to you about dog food this week or next. Did you have a chance to look over what I sent? How is Cupcake doing?

Thank you (Princess and Sammy too) for your continuing friendship.

08-15-2011 12:02 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Morning Charles, Sammy, Gabby and Bob M ... huge and kisses to all. Yup, amazing how the sight of something would bring back a memory and yes I too have to get mine framed, tryng to clean up the closets tho.

Know you are always in our thoughts, Cupcake and Xander too ...   when I think of my girls I think of your also. ((hugs)) Luna & her mom Nadine

08-15-2011 11:13 AM -- By: RANA RITTER,  From: PITTSBURGH PA  


08-15-2011 11:00 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles and kids thank you for the coffee you always know when its needed. weekend came went lol

doing little better trying get back into the swing of things. hope your weekend was fantastic. sending our love always.


jules and butler

08-12-2011 11:39 PM -- By: Shannon,  From:  

Dear Charles, Thank you so much for visiting Carly's memorial and for the kind words.  The last year of Sammy's life reminds me so much of Carly.  She had such a hard time getting up, walking around and going to the bathroom.  I helped her do everything, which was hard for her because she had always been such an independent girl.

Thank you again for your kind words.  I hope Carly finds Sammy, Gabby and Bob M at the rainbow bridge.

08-12-2011 9:27 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Evening Charles, Sammy< Gabby, little Bob M aand of course Cupcake and Xander. Thankyou for stopping by with coffee and cornbread this morning. It was much appreciated. Thankyou for your always kind posts also. I had a long ,busy but fun day today. Needless to say I am tired but it is well worth it. Looks like another one of them days tomorrow. The two new kids are doing great under the supervision of Samantha of course. Ha-Ha. I hope your weather is not too hot. It is cooling down here in the evenings especially which I like.We now need some rain but it looks like we will get some this weekend.

Wishing you a grand weekend with precious Cupcake and Xander.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.

08-12-2011 10:58 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

morning mr charles and kids thank you for coffee and cornbread much needed today. hoping you have a beautiful, loving weekend dear friends. always in our hearts.


jules and butler

08-11-2011 12:59 PM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles and kids. thank you for the love and concern. i am a bit stiff but hanging in there. still breathing so that is a plus. hoping all is well out your way and you and the kids are relaxing and having fun. know we love you all always


jules and butler

08-11-2011 8:59 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob m.  and of course sweet Cupcake and Xander...Just stopping by with fresh hot coffee and granny's home made cinnamon rolls to get our day going. I will have mine while I drive. Ha-Ha. Thankyou for stopping by and dropping off coffee and German chocolate cake. "my favourite" .Thankyou for your kindness as always.

Have a grand day and I hope you are not getting this extreme heat and humidity as we are. I am ready to go to the North Pole for some cooler weather.

Sending Hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.



08-10-2011 11:32 PM -- By: hannah,  From:  

im so sorry for your loss he looks so cute but there still with us in our hearts and there welcomed into rainbow bridge.

08-10-2011 11:16 PM -- By: pat,  From: oklahoma  

08-10-2011 11:11 PM -- By: pat,  From: oklahoma  

08-10-2011 11:04 AM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

Good Morning Charles and family,

What a lovely surprise to come home to your GB post. We had a wonderful, though short trip and have come home to happy and healthy kids. The weather was perfect during our stay and we had lovely walks and lots of rest. Now the work has piled up and I will have to get back to it.

Princess is now public again and I hope she will be without incident. I had hoped to connect with Corrie or even Lauvern but I found out they are both much farther west. Maybe another time.

I hope you, Xander and Cupcake are well and that the weather has improved for you. I cannot wait to see how you like Sammy's cross stictch and I am watching with glee as Princess comes to life again!

Thank you again for your continuing freindship through our dear children.

08-09-2011 11:42 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles, Sammy, Gabby and little Bob m. and of course Cupcake and Xander. Thankyou so much for all of your kind posts,coffee and treats Too. I am so sorry I am late in replying but as you know, i have been quite busy catching up with things around the shelter. Always know that my friends here at Critters are never far from my thoughts,even if I don't get a chance to post as often as I would like. Thankyou for reading and your compliment on my new page. It does come straight from the heart.

I am happy to hear that you are now able to enjoy the outdoors without all that smoke around. I am sure Cupcake and Xander are enjoying the outdoors as well.

The two  new furkids are doing great. It almost seems like they knew each other before and maybe were dropped off at the same time as they seem to stay together. I have not heard from anyone looking for them  as of yet even though I posted signs everywhere . Which is fine as they are well looked after and get along with all the others at the shelter.Of course Samantha is right along side of them always. She takes them out on runs and shows them the property . Ha-Ha. Of course she always comes when she is called and they follow her.


I am now instructing 6 to 8 classes daily which keeps me busy but I love doing it as it certainly makes a difference in the obedience of the fur kids which makes me feel good about what I do.

I hope all is well out your way. we are still getting  a few of the extreme hot and humid days but are getting breaks in between them which makes it great,

Sending hugs all around as Always.

Lauvern and the crew at Luke's shelter.....


08-09-2011 6:03 PM -- By: Tango's Mum,  From: Florida  

THANK YOU for your kind words Charles. Sammy was very lucky to have you in his life. You are a wonderful person and I thank you so much for your kind and consolating words. Bless you

08-09-2011 10:20 AM -- By: Tango,  From: Florida  

Tango thanks you for sending your thoughts on Tango's angelversary. We can see that Sammy was a huge part of your life, and that you loved him very much. He was very lucky to have you in his life and our prayers and thoughts to Sammy and his family.

08-08-2011 12:17 PM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: Upham,ND  

HI CHARLES and SAMMY thanks so much for the recent Visit and so happy for U that all those fires are finally out but you must still need lots of rain down south well thanks again and take care

LOVE Rowdy and Me

08-07-2011 1:41 AM -- By: Skye,  From:  


Hi Charles...
I wanted to stop by to say "hi" and let you know I was thinking of you and "the kids".  I hope your wildfires have finally died down.  I am surprised wildfires have not been a real big problem yet in my area this summer, as they usually are, especially with all the tourists who come here (as they can often add to the problem).  I'm sure it has probably been unbearably hot out in your neck of the woods like it is most everywhere else.  It sure has been oppressively hot and humid here this summer.  My poor dog, Teddy, would probably love to go for a walk, but it has been way too hot for both of us to do that.  I cannot even leave him out in his fenced play yard for very long for fear that he might overheat.  Anyway, I hope you, Cupcake, & Xander have a wonderful and relaxing weekend.  Stay Cool.  Best wishes always.

08-05-2011 4:07 PM -- By: Bidget,  From: WI  

Thank you so very much for visiting My Delaney's page and commenting.  Your message made my, and Delaney's heart, smile!

I've read  about your son, Sammy.  What a wonderful life and spirit!  I know  Sammy, Gabby and Bob M will show Delaney the ropes...and the chewies..and the toys.  :D

08-05-2011 12:28 PM -- By: Mark,  From: MI  

Hi Charles,

Thank you for stopping by on Max's birthday. We know he is watching over us and having a wonderful time playing with Sammy and all his new friends.

I just added a few new pictures of Andy to Max's site.  He and Barney are doing great .

God bless.....


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