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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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05-11-2011 10:50 AM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

Morning Charles, Sammy, Gabby, Bob M, Xander & Cupcake,

I was hearing about the fires in NM and am hoping your home has not been at risk. When we lived in California we were almost evacuated one time and we had horses as well as dogs and cats.  Please take care.

I also wanted to see how Xander is doing and hope he is healing well so he will not need to stay in the crate much longer. A friend with a young (2 year old) dog has to have an ACL repair surgery next week. They have a sibling to this dog who will make it tough for them to keep the surgical patient quiet. Hope Cupcake is not tempting Xander to do more than he should before he is healed.

I just saw more news about the situation of the pets of evacuees in Japan and it is so sad. I like to think we (our government) would be more enlightened in dealings with furkids here but who can say. I know I would not leave mine no matter what. You and your family are often in my thoughts.Be well and keep safe.

05-11-2011 12:41 AM -- By: Skye,  From:  

Hi Charles... Just sent you a lengthy post, but it went to review --- Sorry.  It probably will show up in a couple of days.  Thanks for stopping by!  

05-11-2011 12:37 AM -- By: Skye,  From:  

Hi Charles....
I'm so sorry to hear of Xander's injury!  I am so glad to hear that he has healed up well.  I know how panicky it can be when a pet gets hurt or sick "after hours" and one must find an emergency animal hospital to take them to, knowing that the staff there do not know your pet or your pet's medical history at all.  Hopefully you had an emergency vet facility nearby.  Where I live, there is only one emergency (after hours) animal hospital/vet for the entire mountain region.  It is about an hour away from my home, and I have heard from others that the facility is extremely expensive and expects all payments upfront -- no payment plans (which is typical of nearly all our vets here).  Someone I know took their sick cat to the emergency animal hospital to have a simple office procedure done after hours and he could not believe the shocking price they charged him after it was done ($1600!).  When he did not have all the money to pay them upfront in full, they refused to return his cat to him and allegedly threatened to euthanize his cat!  Luckily, he was able to round up the money with the help of family and friends and got his cat back.  I was so shocked when I heard that story.  I sure hope that you had a much more positive experience on your end.  The important thing is that Xander is back to his old self now.   :)  I know digging is a difficult behavior to curb.  Our dogs both dig (though mine does not really do it so much), and we have found that providing them with a sand box (with buried toys) to be helpful -- you can train them to just dig in there.  Ours also like to go inside their doggy igloo and dig to China -- especially my parents' Terrier, as she is quite the digger dog.  But... if your dog is digging specifically to try and escape an enclosed area (rather than just because he is a "digger dog"), then that can be even more of a challenge.  Hopefully, your sweet boy has learned his lesson after getting injured.  Furkids sure have a way of keeping us on our toes, huh?   :)
I do hope you get the much-need rain for your area.  We seem to be constantly under the threat of tornados here, with constant warnings and a few tornados touching down nearby a week or so ago.  This sure has been a year for the wacky weather.  Well, I hope you and your kids have a great week.... and I hope that Xander does not get into any further digging mischief.  Hugs to you all and to precious Sammy, Gabby, & Bob too!

05-10-2011 9:48 PM -- By: Bob,  From:  

It's been a while since I have been here. It was so kind and thoughtful of you to remember the love of my life on her special day. It makes me wonder did Sammy teach Charles to be so nice or did Charles teach Sammy to be so nice. Either way it worked out good. I know for me it was Barbra that made me care and I miss her so much.  Once again "Thank You" for remembering our special day...

05-10-2011 6:24 AM -- By: Forest and Mickey,  From: Texas  

Hi Charles,

 Just up at 3:00 a.m. n the morning thnking about Sammy and wanted to send love to that big boy! I love you Sammy and I know you are being so sweet to my little Minnie. Love to Cupcake and Xander also and kiss for Xander's stiches.Have a good day.

05-09-2011 11:55 AM -- By: Kelly,  From: Conroe TX  

Good Morning Charles and Sammy,

Thank you for the B-Day wishes for Jed. How are you and the babies doing. Hope all is well with you all. Sending Hugs and Much Love, Kelly


05-08-2011 8:10 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles and kids. Thankyou for the Mother's Day wishes. We had a grand day today.All went well with the seminar as there are now 4 dogs and 3 cats pending adoption. We had a great day as Doris and Kim surprised me and ordered in dinner for us all from my kids as well as the shelter kids. We all had a great day. Now I am tired out. Ha-Ha.

I am so sorry you are once a gain having problems with the bullies. When will people learn that any dog "ANY BREED" will only try to please there master ,even if requires that they be mean and vicious? I agree it is high time they went after the people who train ANY breed of dog to be aggresive and not the dog.I guess it's alot easier to go after the dog. I certainly hope Cupcake and Xander are safe.

Take care and I know you will be the voice for the Bullies.

Sending Hugs all around

Lauvern and all at Luke's Shelter.


05-08-2011 11:55 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles thank you for mom day wish. you beat us to it was working on butlers mom day page.

mr charles as we have always said...moms are not always female. moms are caring loving souls dedicated to their children. you sir are a dad and mom all rolled into one and am certain sammy is so proud of you. you are truly a wonder mr charles and we are proud to call you friend. so happy mothers day mr charles we love you


jules and butler

05-07-2011 6:31 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles and kids. Just wanted to stop by as I was thinking about Xander getting his stitches out today. i hope he did well and I am sure he will be right back to normal before long.

We had a beautiful day here today and suppose to be the same tomorrow. I hope the weather man is right as it surely brings out many more people to the seminars if the weather is suitable.

Take care and have a enjoyable evening with Cupcake and Xander.

Hello Sammy, Gabby and Bob M. I know you all are watching over your little brother, Xander and sister Cupcake as always.

Sending Hugs all around.

Lauvern and my crew.


05-07-2011 9:05 AM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe and teddyjack,  From: the wild, wild west  

Good Morning, Charles and Crew! I think we're going to have good weather today.

I've had one cup of coffee and trying to rouse myself to get ready to go into Austin.

Charles, I read parts of your memorial again. Any dog/cat that ends up with is blessed, just as you are by having them in your life. You are a true friend to the pit bull. I admire you for being so active in the community.

Take care, Pat

05-06-2011 8:14 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  

05-06-2011 8:08 PM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Hi Charles, Sammy and family. Thank you so much for stopping by on my birthday, I know it made mom happy knowing I'm surrounded by such good friends and that we had a terrific time ... Sending BIG kisses to you Charles and Cupcake and Xlander too! ((hugs)) Luna & her mom Nadine 

05-06-2011 3:20 PM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe and teddyjack,  From: the wild, wild west  

Hi, Handsome Sammy and Charles! You've got some good activities planned this weekend. I would love to help if I still lived nearby.

Moving is coming along slowly. We couldn't go work on the house for a solid month due to the bad storms the area was getting slammed with.

It was 91 here yesterday! I haven't been running the Ac very much but I turned it on. The dogs and I were hotter than firecrackers!!!

xoxox to Xander and Cupcake. I'm glad that Xander is getting his stiches out!!

05-06-2011 12:20 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby,Bob and Cupcake and Xander. Stopping by to wish you a grand weekend and hopeing Xander is doing well. We are holding a pet seminar this weekend so  it will be fun but busy.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.


05-05-2011 12:21 PM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe and teddyjack,  From: texas  

Talk about a pick=me-up yesterday! Thank you for dropping off the goodies. And I bet that there were NO calories, either?

Getting close to M day. When I look at the pounds of pet hair that is here, I wonder if I'll ever get it vacumned up before I leave!!  Before I picked Clem up, the lady told me that she didn't shed. Yeah and there aren't any hippies in New Mexico!!

Today should be a busy one. Sun is out and air feels good. I do miss that crisp New Mexico air, Charles.

xoxoxo Pat, Pearl, Mike, Tim, Lita, Clementine and the Turts

05-05-2011 3:49 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles and family. we have brought coffee and everything bagels for you this morning and to thank you for always being there for us. how is xander doing today? please hug him for us and cupcake too. we love you


jules and butler

05-05-2011 12:18 AM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe and teddyjack,  From: the wild, wild west  

Dear Charles: I heard a quiet scratching at my door today and when I went to see who was there, I found  a page of paper with this song on it. Tippy had scribbled a note to me and asked me if I would do something for Sammy....Sammy wants you to have this today. He loves you and misses you and he knows that he will see you again one day....we'll all be together at The Bridge with our wonderful friends....Take care, Patave I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there's no one else above you?

Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness,
Ease my troubles, that's what you do.

For the morning sun in all it's glory,
Meets the day with hope and comfort too,
You fill my life with laughter, somehow you make it better,
Ease my troubles, that's what you do.



05-04-2011 9:10 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby, Bob and of course Cupcake and Xander. Stopping by with fresh hot coffee and Granny's Cinnamon rolls. It is another nice day today so I guess I will be spending the day outside with the fur kids. Of course Samantha will be keeping law and order as usual. Ha_Ha.

Thankyou for your posts and kindness as always.

Have a great Day.

Lauvern and all at the Shelter.


05-04-2011 3:07 AM -- By: Robin,  From: Los Angeles, CA  

Thank you so very much for you words and viewing my Essie the Pug's page.  It means so much to know people can read her story.  Sammy's memorial is so sweet and the love shared can never be replaced.  There is no better guardian angel in heaven than the beloved pets that meant so much to us here on earth.  God Bless you,  Robin, Essie's mom. 

05-03-2011 5:17 PM -- By: brenda (bustersmommy),  From: united kingdom  

Hello Sammy just popped in to say Hi and sorry iv not popped in for some time but i now you are playing with Buster and all your furfriends,

Hi Charles sorry its took me so long to get back to you iv not been on critters for some time, iv got a lot going on at the moment with my son and iv just come out of hospital four weeks ago, so i hope you are keeping well and life is treating you good,

Give  Xanda and Cupcake a big hug from me and you take care sending love and big hugs to you and your family  x 

05-03-2011 1:58 PM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe and teddyjack,  From: the wild, wild west  

Good Morning, Charles.....actually , it almost lunchtime here. I'll drop by later with some cheese enchildas and iced tea.

Our weather has been nuts. It got down to 46 yesterday! Today the sun is shining and it is warm. Who knows? When I lived in Pilar, I always enjoyed the quick changes. I could look down the canyon and see the storms coming and I loved that.

Take care, and your babies are in my thoughts. Thank you for being such a good friend!

Pat and beasties

05-03-2011 8:19 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles, handsome boy Sammy, Gabby and Bob. Thankyou for your posts as you know I was busy and got behind with my replys. Thankyou for your kind words as always. I am happy to hear Xander is doing well. He will be out and no doubt into mischief again real soon. Ha_Ha. "Boys will be Boys".

Thankyou for the encouragement on my test yesterday as I wrote to you, i was able to Ace this one.  I have one more test on the 20th and then my final on the 27th. I will then be finished with classes and hopefully be licensed to instruct. I will work hard on studying till then and hope for the best.

Have a good day.

Sending hugs all around.


05-02-2011 1:17 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

Dear Charles,

I am sorry to see that Xander has injured himself. I was thinking of him as I read your message about the nasty delivery person. I hope his recovery is swfit and uneventful and that he stays home when he is safe and loved. Hugs to you and all of your kids.

05-02-2011 12:46 PM -- By: jules,  From:  

me charles thank you for coffee and rolls. please hug xander for us. know you all are in our thoughts. we know sammy is watching over you and sending his love. 


jules and butler

05-02-2011 10:03 AM -- By: Dad,  From: Santa Fe, New Mexico  

My Beautiful Kids .. Sammy, Gabby and Bob M .. I thought I'd post you a little message .. just to tell you how much I Love and Miss You .. but you already know that I do.

I come to ask you to please watch over Xander and Cupcake .. especially Xander .. as you know, he really cut himself and has some stitches on his left shoulder .. but he is healing well.  He hates being in the crate .. remember that crate, Sammy, where I used to sleep with you the last few weeks of your life ... it surely brought memories back to me when I brought the crate out from the shed for Xander to be in while I am at work.

Please keep your ever-watchful eye on him and let him know it will be fine for him to be in there .. and he'll be out soon .. running and playing like he used too ... the typical "little boy" that he is.

Love to kids .. from me, Cupcake and Xander.

05-01-2011 9:46 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Sunday Morning Charles, Sammy,Gabby and Bob m. and of course Cupcake and Xander. Just stopping by as Xander was in my thoughts. I hope he is doing well as I am sure he is.

Sending Hugs all around.



04-30-2011 12:22 PM -- By: jules,  From:  

coffee and scones are here. we know you are busy but wanted say thinking of you. please give xander an extra large hug from us. cupcake a huge kiss.


jules and butler

04-29-2011 6:01 PM -- By: Gina,  From:  

Hi Charles and precious fur kids... thanks for stopping by and your kind post. I don't get to visit as much as in the past either, but do keep all my wonderful critter's friends and family in my thoughts! Things are going well here, just keeping busy with work, and hope to get out and enjoy some nice weather finally this weekend! Getting a little tired of the rain, it's great for the plants, but I'm ready for sunshine!! Hope you all are doing well and wishing you a wonderful weekend! Take care. Hugs, Gina, Saada and Juji

04-28-2011 8:25 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles, handsome boy Sammy, Gabby and Bob M. Thankyou for the coffee and your kindness as always. I know you are busy with traveling and all but just wanted you to know you were being thought of. I know Cupcake and Xander must be over excited when you get home as well as no doubt want all of your attention.

Take care and don't over work yourself.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at Luke's Shelter.


04-26-2011 1:20 PM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles thank you for scones . brought coffee for you. will not worry read you will be busy. hug the kids for us. drive safely please.


jules and butler


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