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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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05-29-2011 8:34 AM -- By: Laura & Dale,  From:  

Good morning, Sammy, Gabby, Bob M - such special angels watching over your dad the way you do! 

Good morning, Charles, and Happy Sunday to you!  A friend of mine just got back from Santa Fe - I tried desperately to hitch a ride in her suitcase!    She brought back some wonderful pictures of your fair city!  Sigh . . . . . one of these days!!!!!  Sending BIG hugs and wishes for a perfect Memorial Day!  Take the kids out for a picnic! 

05-26-2011 1:04 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby,Bob M .......and Cupcake and Xander. Thankyou for stopping by and for coffee as I certainly needed it this morning. I was up late as I just couldn't get to sleep. I am having a easy day today and started my day off with having that great coffee from New Mexico with Jules . It is a beautiful day here today and all the fur kids are outside having fun so I will just sit around and supervise them all. Of course Samantha will help me as she always does. That is if her and my Tyson don't find something else to do like to play tugawar as they did yesterday. They decided that one of the mats I had out by the entrance door was a good thing to tug on. It was a tied game as they both got half each...ha-ha-ha. I guess they forgot that there are three boxes of toys and tug ropes at the door. Maybe that is their way of telling me they want new toys as they know they always get new ones"almost weekly".ha-ha.

Have a good day and Thank you for your kindness as always.

Sending Hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.


05-26-2011 12:31 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles, handsome Sammy,Gabby, little Bob and Cupcake and Xander. Thankyou for stopping by and your kind words as always. Thankyou also for your encouragement and well wishes. I have studied the books so much, I think I know them inside out. Ha-Ha.I will take a rest tomorrow and hope for and do my best on Friday. As I have previously said, I WILL do it. I HAVE too for the furbabies sake.

Have a good night. Sending Hugs all around.

Lauvern and All at Luke's Shelter.


05-25-2011 5:50 PM -- By: Chami's Mom,  From: Virginia  

Aw Sammy, you handsome fella - what a great dad you have to stop by and remember my little angel on his angelversary.  I know you both are up there watching over us.  <3 

05-25-2011 9:49 AM -- By: pat, tippy, fayeroe and teddyjack,  From: texas/oklahoma  

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
May you stay forever young

Good Morning, Charles!

Thank you for visiting Fayedy's birthday page!!

xoxoxo Pat and the Beasties

05-25-2011 8:13 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

morning mr charles and kids. we brought coffee and cornbread help you begin your day. we love you all


jules and butler

05-24-2011 4:17 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  


GREAT NEWS!!!!!! Hi Charles and kids. WOW! What a suc ccessful weekend. GREAT JOB.!! I am so happy to hear that 17 fur kids have found their forever loving homes. I love to hear that.Even Cassidy and Ryuu have found their homes. YEAH. They all deserve to have a forever loving home. Charles , I have to say I am so proud of you for helping Janelle over the weekend as I am sure she appreciated your help. Without people such as yourself volunteering and helping out,I am sure Janelle would agree ,it would be impossible to do what we do. So Thankyou for being one of the ones that help make the job of finding these sweet furbabies forever homes. I want to also say, not many people will give up their weekends to help out as you did so THANKYOU again.

I am sure Sammy, Gabby, Bob,Luke and all my fur kids at Rainbow Bridge as well as many others had a celebration to honor the successful weekend .

I have been in the books and have not even turned my computer on for the past couple of days. Thankyou for sending over coffee,etc. as I surely need it. My big day is comung up on Friday as you know and even if it keeps me up studying half the night, I WILL DO IT. I have too.

Sending hugs all around and again CONGRATULATIONS on the successful weekend and THANKYOU.

Lauvern and all at Luke's shelter.

05-24-2011 3:11 PM -- By: John Stanford,  From: New Braunfels  

Hi there, Charles and Sammy.  I just wanted to thank you for visiting Big John  and Dimitri.  It is nice to know that there are nice people such as you out there visiting our little friends and offering words of comfort.  These anniversaries can be rough.  We smile as we remember our departed friends but with a tear in our eye.  Your kindness helps. 

05-23-2011 5:59 PM -- By: Dad,  From: Santa Fe, New Mexico  

My Beautiful Sammy, Gabby and little Bob M ... you would be so proud of your dad.  I spent the last two days traveling to Albuquerque volunteering at Fetch-Apalooza and with Almost Home New Mexico (the rescue where your sister Cupcake and brother Xander came from) and it was an amazing time.

We adopted out 17 furkids to homes .. and it was truly an emotional day too.  Two of my favorites were adopted out .. but I won't go into detail .. just know your daddy is so happy Cassidy and Ryuu found their forever homes. 

I hope you are proud of your dad.  Always be with us and always watch over your sister Cupcake and brother Xander ... I LOVE YOU kids so very much.  Your Loving Dad ...

05-23-2011 11:04 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

morning mr charles brought bagels to begin your monday. saw you had a great weekend am so glad you deserve it . am getting back into the swing of things sending our love always


jules and butler

05-20-2011 6:08 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Friday morning Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob. I am happy to hear that you finally got some rain but I suppose it wasn't enough to help with the fires. Hopefully you get more rain real soon as it sure sounds like you can use some.The weather here has been sunny and warm and the water level is going down but it is suppose to rain all weekend again. The flood watch has not been lifted yet so we will stay prepared to evacuate if need be.

Cl;asses are going well but it seems like I am in the books 24/7. Oh Well it certainly will be worth it at the end.That is of course if I can manage to get a mark above 80%. I have to get that or better to get my instructors license. I WILL do it, I HAVE TOO as the furbabies are counting on me.

Dropping off some fresh coffee and wishing you a grand weekend. I hope that Janelle and yourself are able to find forever homes for at least a few of the furbabies if not all. You all will be in my thoughts. Tell Janelle I said Hello and I wish her success in all that she does.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.


05-19-2011 5:01 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles and kids we brought coffee and blueberry loaf cake  to begin your day. did you get any rain there yet? was watching a movie and the sign said new mexico we smiled thinking of you all. have a beautiful day. we love you.


jules and butler

05-18-2011 6:36 PM -- By: Michelle & Princess,  From:  

Dearest Charles and family,

It is such a joy to see a treasured guest book entry from a dear friend. All the more so during challenging times and at the moment I am being challenged. Nothing  catastrophic just many little things needling me. I hope the fires have died down, Xander is healing well and spring is making itself known to you. We have actually had two sunny, though not terribly warm, days in a row and may have two more before the rain moves back in. I sure wish I could be at there for the fun this weekend. I hope many furbabies find new and loving homes. What a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

Thank you again for checking and thinking of us it means a lot.

05-18-2011 4:16 PM -- By: Christine Higginbottom,  From: Blackpool, Lancashire, UK  

Thank you so much Charles for your very kind words about Biscuit. I do so hope that Biscuit is in a beautiful place with lots of friends to be with. We miss him very much and he will always be in our hearts forever. I hope Biscuit has met up with Sammy, Gabby and Bob M at the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you again, all good wishes, Christine.

05-18-2011 1:11 PM -- By: Christine Miller,  From: Burlington , Ky.  

Thank you for the nice thots you left on Betsy's memorial...I can hardly type because of the tears in my eyes after reading the "story of Sammy"...what a great friend...I know how hard it is to choose to put your dog to keep thinking maybe "one more day"...I believe there is special place for our animals in heaven....otherwise it wouldn't hurt some much to loose them....God BLess you as you travel life w/out Sammy...take comfort in knowing there are many others who know how you feel.....Christine (Bestys' Mom)

05-18-2011 8:46 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  



Good morning Charles,handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob m.

Stopping by with fresh coffee to help get our day going. I hope they have the fires somewhat under control where you are. Have you gotten any rain yet? We are still under flood watch BUT the water levels are going down and I am able to use the highway to the shelter again.Although the water is write up to the level of the highway,they have opened it up again. I hope the water level keeps going down. It has not rained here for a couple of days which should help the water get away.  We will stay ready to evacuate should the need arise but I am hoping we don't have to do that as I know that would upset the furkids. It looks like another beautiful day here today so the furkids will be enjoying their day outside. It soon will be forest fire time here also,which normally start around the middle of June but hopefully with all the water around this year,they will not start up.

Hello Cupcake and Xander.

I am off to classes . My final test is on the 27th.

Have a grand day! Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.


05-17-2011 2:46 PM -- By: Katy M,  From: SW Florida  

Charles..I want to thank you for the lovely words of encouragement you wrote on our Gilligan's memorial page really does help ! Thank you :)

Please accept our condolences for the loss of your beloved Sammy and the brothers and sisters that followed..Your tribute to them is amazing and we know that each and every one of them loved you very much! 

Take care, we will remember your kind words...Katy & Skip

05-17-2011 11:00 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi again Charles. Thankyou for the compliment on Luke's Birthday Page. I heard the Birthday song all day yesterday at the shelter as we played it all through the bbq. We all had a great time as we celebrated Luke's Special Birthday at his shelter. Lawrence was the chief cook. Ha-Ha-Ha. We had about 90--100 people there in total. They consisted of all of the regular volunteers,high school kids "volunteers" as well as family and friends. Of course all the fur kids were included also. It was a beautiful warm sunny day, just as Luke had ordered I am sure our fur kids all had a grand time at Rainbow Bridge also.

Thank you for the coffee this morning as it certainly is needed today. I took the day off from classes yesterday so now I have twice as much homework but I can do it. "Everything for Luke"

Sending hugs all around

Lauvern and all at the shelter.


05-17-2011 10:45 AM -- By: Lauvern and Luke,  From:  

Hi Charles, Cupcake and Xander. Thankyou for stopping by with Birthday wishes for Luke. Although it was an emotional day for me , your kindness and support made it a much brighter day. For this I Thankyou.

Sammy, Gabby and Bob M.... Thankyou for joining Luke and helping him celebrate his Special Day. I know you all had alot of fun and goodies. Thankyou for making Luke's BD special.

Sending Hugs all around

Lauvern and Luke


05-15-2011 6:38 PM -- By: Henry,  From: NY  

Charles thank you for thinking of Bailey and me on his Angel Day. I so cherish all the friends like you I have here and am so glad we have met even though it was through sadness. I know they play together now and are waiting for us some day. I see you are having trouble with fires. I hope everything is OK for you as I know our babies watch over us and you and those you know are safe. Like Lauvern it started raining yesterday here and it is supposed to rain all next week. I at least am in an area that does not flood but some houses at the one end of our street always get flooded out.

05-13-2011 8:21 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

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

Stopping by with Granny's usual Friday treat "cinnamon rolls" and fresh coffee. I hope all is well with you and that Xander has decided to quit digging  out but I know "boys will be boys".haha.

Things are not looking too good here as the road I normally take to the shelter is under water now and closed. I have two other roads to take although they are out of the way and not the best of roads ,i can still get there and back "for now anyway".It is raining here again today so not sure what we will do but I may move all the shelter kids out of there. I don't think the property will flood but if the two other roads do,we will not have a way of getting in or out of there and Doris would be isolated. We can't have that. I will let you know what we decide. I wish there was a way ,I could send you some of the water we have around to put out them fires. haha.

Take care and have a good day.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.


05-12-2011 10:06 AM -- By: Randy Hamel,  From: Upham,ND  

Hi charles thanks so much for your visit yesterday and when ever i get a visit from my critters family it makes my day and cheers me up for awhile anyway.sorry to hear about all the fires down south and i feel so sorry for the people that have lost the homes but it  just seems like every summer theres part of the usa is on fire and the other half is under water just dont make sence well thanks again and keep in touch please i need it so much and god bless you sammy

Love Rowdy and Me

05-12-2011 4:05 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles we brought you coffee and everything bagels to begin your day with alot of love sent your way. hoping xander is feeling better. hug them both with gentle kisses from us


jules and butler

05-11-2011 2:23 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles, Handsome Sammy, Gabby, Bob M, Xander and Cupcake. Thankyou for stoping by with coffee as it has certainly been needed around here lately.With the ending of my classes just around the corner,it seems as all i have been doing is studying. I will certainly need a break when classes are over.

I am happy to hear Xander is doing well and has his stitches out. I am sure he is happy not to be crated  and is  able to run free with Cupcake. I hope they can get them fires under control soon as the smoke around must be just sometrhing. We will have to send you some of the rain we have been getting for the past two days. We certainly don't need any more rain as there is flooding all around. North Dakota is certainly getting their share of floods also.

Anyway have a great afternoon and stay safe from all them fires in your area.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.


05-11-2011 1:30 PM -- By: ,  From:  

Thank you for your condolences about my boy Tang...I hope wherever he is now he is hangin out with your boy Sammy and they are having a blast.God bless :)

05-11-2011 12:42 PM -- By: Linda ,  From: New Jersey  

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...


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