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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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04-23-2011 4:16 PM -- By: Vicki,  From:  

Misty Rose, Cuddles and Vicki would like to wish everyone a Very Happy Easter and a warm Spring.

04-23-2011 3:10 PM -- By: Skye,  From:  

Hi Charles, Sammy, & all "the kids".... I was thinking of you and wanted to wish you a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter.   :)  Best Wishes Always.

04-23-2011 11:27 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles, Cupcake and Xander. Just wanted to stop by and wish you a grand Holiday weekend.

I hope all is well out your way.

Sending hugs all around.


04-22-2011 10:31 AM -- By: Laura & Dale,  From:  

04-22-2011 10:25 AM -- By: Mona,  From: Ohio  

Thank you all for remembering my birthday.  It means a lot to my mom to know that you think of me on this very special day.  Little Nate

04-22-2011 9:33 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles, Handsome boy Sammy, Gabby and little Bob. Just stopping by with fresh coffee and Granny's homemade cinnamon rolls. I hope all is well out your way. It is raining here today but suppose to be warm and sunny for the weekend.. Have a great Day.

Hello Cupcake and Xander. Now you two stay in the yard. I know how you all want to explore what might be on the other side of the fence but your safest place is in your yard with your Dad who loves you so much.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.


04-21-2011 9:49 PM -- By: pat, fayeroe, tippy and teddyjack,  From: the wild, wild west  

Dearest Charles, I just read your scary story about Xander sitting by the road! Thank Goddess he knew to not leave the curb.

Your story about his "meanness" cracked me up. I always told the cowboys that Tippy would invite someone into my vehicle and ask them if they "wanted some cameras?" and then he would say "want my mother?" He would draw the line at me but we would get such a laugh out of what a "non-guard dog" he was.


xoxoxo Pat

04-21-2011 2:41 PM -- By: Susan,  From: South Dakota  

Dear Charles,

First, my condolences for your loss as well.  The story of how you and Sammy "found" each other was amazing.

I wanted to let you know that I was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM.  Every one of my previous 7 dogs prior to Colton Ash was a stray.  They are all buried in a pet cemetary outside of Albuquerque (The Albuquerque Pet Cemetary).  Back in the year 2000, I was battling to keep the cemetary open as the current owner had failed to pay taxes on the property.  I left for graduate school and am not sure of the status of that site.  I'm not sure I can handle knowing the answer (they were talking about auctioning off the land and developing it).  We had Colton Ash cremated and just got his ashes back yesterday.  Beauty from ashes.

Anyway, again....thank you for posting on Colton Ash's site.  I just wanted to say "hello" to another Santa Fean.

04-21-2011 11:38 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

came back until mine posts to give you hugs mr charles and xander

jules and butler

04-21-2011 11:18 AM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Good Morning Charles, handsome Sammy, Gabby and little Bob and of course sweet Cupcake and Xander. Oh my Gosh Charles, I can just imagine the memories of Sammy just flooding your mind when you saw Xander at the side of the road. I am sure Sammy was watching over his brother Xander. I am happy Xander is safe and back home with you.I certainly hear you "loud and clear" on humans misunderstanding the 'Bullies".

We have been encountering similar problems here at the shelter for the past few days  as we have a gang of men and equipement sandbagging the road in front of the shelter.Needless to say Lawrence has been here with ALL five of his "Bullies" and spending the day here.'Ha-Ha". I will write you all about it later.

Thankyou for the coffee and I can imagine your thoughts are on Xander today. I know all will work out with mail and all.

Have a good day. Sending hugs all around .

Lauvern and all at the shelter.


04-21-2011 10:52 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles wrote you long reply and it went into review  hopefully will post soon. thank you for coffee


jules and butler

04-21-2011 10:50 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles people get it set in their head and clump certain types together. it is wrong. but people do that. do not get mad laugh it off at how lame they are.

let me share mine. had same situation only with butler. she chased him into the street as a kitten. well she attach herself to the screen door to hiss and growl at him. he said he too was a bit concerned for his safety. i told him get use to it she's not going to like him period. that she can not break down the screen door. so we semi worked together and he became use to it. she always attach herself to the screen door , hiss and really give him a bad time until she left. but he became use to it and say "hello butler" as he approached the mailbox.

ignorance is just that mr charles....maybe you can show him how loving xander is and maybe xander can be an example at how loving some can be. maybe this man will see that and view pitbulls in a better light.


jules and butler

p.s. thank you for coffee

04-21-2011 2:07 AM -- By: dawnmarie,  From:  

Hi Charles and gorgeous Sammy!  just stopping by to say hello to you both! Wishing you a happy Easter, sending you both lots of hugs!

Dawn-marie (Suzie's mommy)

04-20-2011 3:55 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles and kids. Thankyou for stopping by with coffee and cookies. We are still above water here but keeping watch on the river. It is cooler here today which helps some and the river looks like it has gone down some. I certainly hope it keeps going that way.

How is the smoke situation over your way? I certainly hope they can get that under control real soon. It must be hard to spend much time outdoors with all that smoke around.

I will keep positive thoughts that they soon get things under control with the fires and the flooding. Take care.

Sending hugs all around.


04-20-2011 12:36 PM -- By: Lisa and Moochie.,  From:  

Charles..Thankyou for stopping by on Moochie's Angel Day.

04-20-2011 11:49 AM -- By: Luna,  From:  

Hi Charles, Just reading about the fires and smoke, hope they are under control real soon. Sending our wishes your way in hopes they find you an keep you safe. ((Hugs)) LUna & her mom and the girls  

04-20-2011 9:14 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles thank you for coffee and cookies. need that coffee to get going. :) hoping smoke is clearing your way. worry about you and the kids. all love


jules and butler

04-19-2011 1:15 PM -- By: Janet,  From: Indiana  

Sammy was such a great poser for pics!  My students and I checked it out today and they thought he was adorable!  You are right.  Zeke was special to me and the kids and does show us signs.  Today the kids went around the classroom collecting the hair off his bed and toys so that they would have something to keep of his.  Thank you again for your kind words about Zeke. 

04-19-2011 12:37 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles and kids. Thankyou for stopping by and enjoying coffee and bagels from Jules with us.We are still above water but they have closed a few more roads so keeping a close watch on everything and staying updated with the flooding in the area.Thankyou for the positive thoughts as we sure need them. Yes I guess that smoke would be aweful. Its a good thing you are keeping your windows and doors closed.

Have a good day .

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.


04-19-2011 7:53 AM -- By: jules,  From:  

mr charles coffee and everything bagels are now being served. have a great day.


jules and butler

04-18-2011 10:02 PM -- By: sharon,  From: saranac lake ny  

04-18-2011 9:38 PM -- By: ,  From:  

Thank you so much for helping ease my sons pain with your kind words. Nothing is worse then watching your child grieve and not being able to take away the pain

04-18-2011 9:33 PM -- By: Carrie,  From: Huntington,WV  

Thanks for your warm words and thoughts on Porkchop's birthday. It is very comforting knowing I am not alone.

Carrie, Lola, & Mojo


04-18-2011 7:41 PM -- By: Janet,  From: Indiana  

Wow!  What a beautiful story!  I had a tear in my eyes after reading it.  He was a beautiful boy and you gave him more than you will ever know.  He loved you and he still does.  He was beautiful.

04-18-2011 7:18 PM -- By: Adam,  From: Saranac lake, NY  


04-18-2011 7:16 PM -- By: Adam,  From: Saranac lake, NY  

Thank you very much for your kind words for Hooch. She was very loved. Only 3 years old. I think about her every day, because i know their will never be another dog like her. Not only was she a member of the family, But a best friend.

I am sorry for your loss i hope that sammy and hooch are playing on rainbow bridge.

04-18-2011 5:13 PM -- By: pat, fayeroe, tippy and teddyjack,  From: texas  

Dearest Friend, Charles...Your page for Sammy's Third Year Angel Day is beautiful. Your love shines through and of course Sammy's love is there with you as you write. My computer was down for weeks and I missed many postings here and for that, I am so sorry. It was very hard to be away from my friends. I don't know if I told you but something very similiar, that happened to you, happened to me in Pilar and the dogs got me through it. Henrietta had actually dragged me almost to the LR door and the others were licking me frantically. J.J. was lying across me. It wasn't my family "family" but my real family who was with me and pulled me through. Saints, they all are. I am getting more things ready to move. I worked on Fayeroe's grave yesterday and cried and cried. I tried to explain to her why I have to leave. I hope so she understands. I am taking a bucket of dirt,the vinca from her garden blanket, her crosses and ceramic angels and animals,  so I can have something tangible to see. I will plant the vinca in the "cemetery" that holds Tippy, J.J. Henri and Oscar. When my house was vandalised recently (okla) they took Smut's ashes. Oh, how that broke my heart. I promised him that I would be back with him and now I can't do what I said.

Sammy loves you so much, Charles. A better father Sammy could have never had. He waits, with so many others, for the day that you walk up that path. He will see you, run to you  and you will be reunited.......Love, Pat

04-18-2011 4:20 PM -- By: Lauvern ,  From:  

Hi Charles and kids. Thankyou for stopping by and remembering Kc on his 1ST. Angelversary.Although it was a day of mixed emotions,it is my friends and family that helped make it easier.I still miss him and know I always will as I do miss all my furbabies that have left me to go to Rainbow Bridge. I take comfort in kbowing that because he couldn't stay with me due to sickness with no cure,he is with Luke who he loved so much. I know they are happy together and I know I will see them all again one day.

Thankyou again for your support.

Sending hugs all around.


04-18-2011 1:34 PM -- By: jules,  From:  

good monday to you charles. brought coffee for you. those fires are not too close to you and the kids we hope. last time said only smoke heading your way. even smoke can be dangerous so please, please be very careful. 


jules and butler

04-18-2011 10:33 AM -- By: Janice & fur babies,  From:  

Happy 3rd Year Angel Anniversary Sammy with all our love, hugs and kisses to you.  I cannot believe it's been 3 years already!  Hugs to you too Charles.


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