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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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08-31-2011 11:19 AM -- By: Dad,  From: Santa Fe, New Mexico  

Dearest Sammy ... I don't know why .. but today I am missing you so very much and as I write you .. I have tears streaming down my face.

Though I know you are happy and restored to health .. it does not make it any easier for me.  YOU ARE "my Special Angel" ... please know that son.  You are always on my mind and always within my heart.

Always be with me and your sister Cupcake and brother Xander .. who always need "watching over."

I Love You Son .. to the Moon and Back .....  Your Ever-Loving Dad

08-31-2011 7:55 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good morning Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby, Bob M and Cupcake and Xander.Stopping by with fresh hot coffee and a few of Granny's petite apple squares and butter tarts. I just had a few of each myself.Ha-Ha. There certainly is enough to go around.

I am looking forward to the carnival myself . Like you, I enjoy them still. Ha-Ha. The weather looks like it will be nice this weekend which will make it so much more fun.

We had a good rain last night and it is still raining now but suppose to end by tonight. It was certainly welcomed here as it not only watered everything down but cooled off some as well.

Have a great day.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.

08-31-2011 1:33 AM -- By: Andrea,  From: Catasauqua, Pa.  

Coming By To Say Good Night To Sammy & Tallie. Reading About You, Sammy & Your Dad Is Helping Me Thru This. I See Now That I am Not Alone In Missing My "Talie." I Am Not Crazy, She Was My Best Friend. So Much Of My Life Revolved Around Her, I Find It Hard To Do Anything Now. I Feel Better When I Come Here & Talk To Yoy Sammy. Please Watch Over Mommy's Girl & Give Her A Big Kiss For Me.  Much Love

08-30-2011 8:53 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles and kids. Stopping by to share coffee and danish from Jules with you.

It looks like we might get some rain today which is surely needed. the evenings are starting to cool off some which is greatly appreciated. The fur kids love the cooler weather as they get to play outdoors alot more.

I am holding a carnival this weekend for the volunteers as they go back to school next week. I do this yearly as a Thank you for all of their help during the summer break.Should be alot of fun. We are having a bbq, rides,pony rides, and the works.Granny and her two daughters have been baking for days now.I think they have enough goodies to feed an army. Ha-Ha.

I have to get things set up and ordered for the weekend so it will be a busy day today.

Have a great day.

Sendings hugs as always.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


08-30-2011 7:06 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles and kids good morning brought coffee and danish to start your tuesday off. bringing our love to you always. know you all are in our hearts and thoughts everyday. we adore you.


jules and butler

08-29-2011 11:52 PM -- By: Andrea,  From: Catasauqua,Pa.  

God Bless You Sammy & Please Watch Over My Talie Who Left For Rainbow Bridge On Tuesday, August 16th 2011. I Can Tell You Were Deeply Loved As Was Mommy's Girl. Much Love

08-29-2011 11:39 PM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe, teddyjack and amsu,  From: oklahoma  

Dear Charles and kiddos!! It rained a bit here this early morning. The thunder woke me and the kids up. Thank goodness no one is afraid of thunder now. I used to have a houseful that got so scared. In Pilar, Tippy, Smut, Henri and J.J. and I would go down to the darkroom and I would turn   the music up loud and we would have snacks while we waited out the storms. In fact, Smut would run to the door that opened onto the stairs as soon as he sensed that a storm was on it's way. I miss those days..

Charles, I know that Sammy, Gabby and Bob M. watch over you and are sending their love to you at all times. We are so very lucky to have such wonderful guardian angels.

Going to bed. Worked hard today pruning shrubs and trees.....xoxo Pat

08-29-2011 3:11 PM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe, teddyjack and amsu,  From: oklahoma  

Hey, Charles and Crew!! How are you today? It is another Monday isn't it?

Humid here. I miss the dry air in New Mexico. I don't think I sweated there in the ten years I lived in Pilar.

German Chocolate is one of my faovorite cakes. I hope you saved me a slice or TWO.

We had a small rain and the sun is out now. We didn't do our walks yesterday so the pups need to burn off some energy today. We'll do 2 miles this p.m. It sure makes a difference in their behavior.

Give Xanders and Cupcake big smooches from me...xoxo Pat p.s. did you get my new address?

08-29-2011 9:14 AM -- By: Teri,  From: Omaha  

Thank you for the birthday wish for Lovey Lu.  It is soooooo appreciated.  Sammy looks like somebody Lovey would appreciate having as a friend.

08-28-2011 9:52 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Hi Charles, Sammy, Gabby and Bob M, Xlander and cupckae ... all is well in NYC, we did get rain, and Downtown Manhattan got some flooding by Battery Park City, but I know our angels were watching over us all, and blew the storm right past us ... Although Lily and Opal had to puddle through some wet weather, the skys are clear, clean and crisp today. Know when we look to the heavens, it IS our amazing angels that we see, their smiles will always be with us lighting the way to out heart till we can be with them again. ((Hugs)) Luna & her mom Nadine

08-28-2011 4:05 PM -- By: Skye,  From:  

Hi Charles.... Thanks for stopping by.  I am glad to hear that your wildfire situation is under control and that you can finally breathe fresh air again.  We are doing okay out here, and have had far less wildfires than normal this summer for some reason (so far anyway).  More importantly, we escaped any effect of hurricane Irene, even though others in NC were certainly not as fortunate.  Well, I do hope that you and "the kids" have a wonderful weekend and that you enjoy what is left of the summer.  Can you believe it is almost September already?  We better enjoy the next few months, Charles, because you know before long we'll both be engaging in one of our least favorite chores --- shoveling snow!  Uuugghhhh!   LOL.   Take Care.
Best Wishes to You Always,

08-27-2011 11:27 AM -- By: E.C.A. II,  From:  


Thank you for the kind words you posted at Kobe's memorial page. You have always been a pillar of support here. Please also accept an apology for not posting a thank you has been almost a year since Kobe's passing and his loss still weighs heavily on the heart. I feel his presence all around, and just wish could hold him once more. Thank you once more Charles and God bless you. Sammy and his other companions are waiting at the Island of brotherly/sisterly love.

TM et V/R,


     E.C.A. II

08-27-2011 11:13 AM -- By: Gina,  From:  

Hi Charles and precious Sammy, Gabby, Bob, Cupcake and Xander.... just stopping by to wish you a wonderful Saturday. All is well here, and just keeping busy with work also. Having very hot weather here this week, but it's supposed to cool down by the end of next week thankfully. Hope you are all doing very well, sending hugs to all! Hope your weekend is great!!!

08-26-2011 8:28 PM -- By: Linda & Milo,  From: NJ  

Hi Charles-

Thanks so much for the wishes for Milo's Second Angel Day, it really helped me alot. So many nice people on here. I truly appreciate it. Hope all is well with you. God bless you and your fur kids always! Have a great weekend!

Linda & Milo

08-26-2011 4:54 PM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe, teddyjack and amsu,  From: oklahoma  

Charles, thanks so much for the cinnamon rolls. I love those things!! No calories, either.

08-26-2011 1:44 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  


After the busy past few weeks I am looking forward to getting the kids to the beach this weekend. I have been promising this for a long time and I do not like breaking promises. Do not tell me these smart guys do know know what I am saying. We have made the regular forest walks and trips to the park but there is nothing like a beach day! I just hope there are no health warnings. Have a wonderful weekend. Princess and I thank you ever so much for keeping in touch.

08-26-2011 8:17 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles,precious Sammy, Gabby, Bob M and Cupcake and Xander. Stopping by with fresh hot coffee and Granny's homemade Cinnamon rolls."Our usual treat from Granny on Fridays". When i pulled into the driveway this morning the aroma of cinnamon rolls  baking was very welcomed as I think I forgot to have dinner last night. HaHa. Another long day for me today but I can do it."Smile".

Yes it was certainly nice to hear from Pat as I certainly have missed her. I have to also add, as I wrote to her I was so proud of her for taking in them two Shepherds that someone must have just dumped off. I have a special place in my heart for those that CARE and help these poor unwanted fur kids.There is so many of these poor creatures out there.

I am off to have my coffee and a hot cinnamon roll.

Have a great day and a grand weekend.

Thankyou for your post and kindness always. Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.

P/S  Granny says Hello and hopes all is well out your way.



08-26-2011 1:44 AM -- By: pat and lita,  From:  

Lita just found a rattlesnake in the LR. I killed it by cutting it's head off. I held it down with a screwdriver. My heart was going 90 miles a second! Lita is the woman!!

08-25-2011 7:02 PM -- By: Kent Holse,  From: Fort Wayne, IN  

Hi Charles, Just visiting the furbabies. I sure miss mine. Ouch! Migraine & back problems today. Hope all is well out west. Nutin much ever going on here. "Flyover country" This town has it's share of crime and gang problems for only having about 490,000 population. Keep in touch both here and on facebook. I don't keep in touch too much with the facebook critters folks except Laura. She was very supportive when Ginger passed. Too bad she deleted Dale's site on here. I'm sure she had good reason though.

08-25-2011 12:15 AM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe, teddyjack and amsu,  From: oklahoma  

Charles, I wrote to you about the fires and the apple orchard.......I guess it went to review. Maybe it will show up later. xoxoxo P

08-24-2011 6:15 PM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe, teddyjack and amsu,  From: oklahoma  

Dear Charles!! So good to hear that you're okay....I didn't know about the fires and floods. That makes me sick about the Dixon orchard! It was such a beautiful place. I took lots of pictures of it and the surrounding area.

I haven't had internet or television. The roof leaks and I'm not putting a t.v. up until the ceilings are fixed. I got internet today and have my computer in a "safe" area in the kitchen. It has been interesting living without the "news" and such.

I so love this photo of Sammy. The look he is giving you is so pure and full of love.

I just put a goat bell on Timmee because he caught a rabbit recently. He immediately figured out how to walk without it ringing!! I don't know what I am going to do with him!

Who set the fire near Los Alamos? Wasn't the first big one set by two campers? I can't believe there was a second fire there. The first one made the landscape look like a alien place. It was so ugly. Almost scary.

Must feed the puppies. They eat three times a day and I also have a sick hen to care for. I'm not bored!!

xoxox Pat

08-24-2011 2:34 PM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe, teddyjack and amsu,  From: very rural oklahoma  

DEAREST Charles!! What a joy to see your message on my guestbook page. We've been very, very busy here. Lita is the champion rat catcher. 9-1/2 so far. The cats had one and it was putting up a strong defense and Lita had to step in to help. So she shares that number with them.

How are you? It has been over 100 for many days here. We've set a record for the states.

My first pit bull should arrive next week!! I am so excited. It is an old "momma" that no one wants. We want her!! Everything she needs is ready and waiting.

Much love to you and yours, xoxox Pat and her farm full of animals!

08-23-2011 7:58 PM -- By: Kim,  From: Naples  

Thank you for stopping by to visit me on my angelversary.  I appreciate your remembering me today:-)

08-23-2011 6:52 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles. I posted to you but it went to review. wonder what I wrote that was wrong? Hmmm



08-23-2011 6:50 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles,handsome Sammy, Gabby, Bob M and precious Cupcake and Xander. Thankyou for the iced tea and cookies this afternoon as it was greatly appreciated. It has been so hot here today,last I heard on radio it was 98 degrees with very high humidity. "yuk"Needless to say, the kiddie pools were filled and sprinklers going all day for the fur kids. I have cancelled my classes for tonight as they were for the larger breed dogs and I have to hold classes outside for them but it was just too hot.I know I couldn't concentrate on what I was doing so couldn't expect them to either. Ha-Ha. It is suppose to cool off some tomorrow and I certainly hope it does.

Have a great evening.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.



08-21-2011 4:48 PM -- By: Laura & Dale,  From:  

08-19-2011 9:50 PM -- By: Pam shah( JoJo's mom),  From: jeannette, pa  


Thank you for your thoughtful words about our JoJo.

I read almost all of Sammy's tribute. What an exceptional relationship you had with him.

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.


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