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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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03-12-2010 7:21 PM -- By: ,  From:  

Life Must Go On


Grieve for me, for I would grieve for you.

Then brush away the sorrow and the tears

Life is not over, but begins anew,

With courage you must greet the coming years.


To live forever in the past is wrong;

It can only cause you misery and pain.

Dwell not on memories overlong,

With others you must share and care again.


Reach out and comfort those who comfort you;

Recall the years, but only for a while.

Nurse not your loneliness; but live again.

Forget not. Remember with a smile

03-12-2010 6:27 PM -- By: ,  From:  

In Time of Sorrow...
May you see God's light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall—
You do not walk alone

03-12-2010 2:44 AM -- By: lauri,  From:  

pictures of wyatt now up

03-11-2010 12:07 PM -- By: Kim and Taz,  From: Canada  

Hello Charles. Thankyou so much for keeping us all updated on the PitBull puppies in Sc. The good news was certainly welcomed by us all at Luke's shelter.I will never understand why or how the color should make a difference as the PitBulls are beautiful ,no matter what color they are as are all breeds. it would not have mattered to me if Taz was green as when he walked into the shelter the very first time,we made a connection that i can't explain. We were meant to be together from that day on.Color does not matter, he is and will always be my  EVERYTHING. He has given me back my independency .I will never be able to repay him for all he has and continues to do for me.He is my strenght that i had lost in my mishap.

I have just looked at your pages again.What a beautiful, heartfelt tribute you have created for your angels, Sammy,Gabby and Bob!! The love you have for your kids and angels comes right through the internet.

Thankyou for loving all of God's creatures and especially the PitBull . Thankyou for being their voice as they certainly need people to speak up for them. My wish would be that more people would learn just how loving they can be. They are NO DIFFERENT then any other breed of dog. They can be so loveable if given the chance to be as you already know. Cupcake and Xander are just beautiful as well. They look like they may be a bit spoiled .Am i right? They are  both so precious and deserve to be spoiled.

Thankyou again for keeping us updated on the happenings in SC as well as thankyou so much for including me in your posts in Luke's guestbook. I truely appreciate that as i feel so much a part of his shelter as it is in honor of him that the shelter was started and i am able to help out here ,as well i now have found my "Everything" at his shelter. I believe this was all meant to be.

I will visit again if that is okay with you.


03-11-2010 12:36 AM -- By: Little Bits,  From: heaven's soft cloud #3  

     Hi Sammy!, Its been a while and I MISS YOU!  Please forgive me for not   being here to see you for a while. I have been so busy trying to help my mommy again.  Boy, she feels so bad as she just adores you like I do. 
     A very bad thing happened to my mommy.  Her nephew was shot and killed Sat. Nite .   I wont go into details but life is a nightmare for my mommie now. 
     She wants me to tell you and all our freinds that she is thinking of all of us and loves each and everyone, its just that she is not in a good state of mind lately.  So please forgive us.  I have been having so much fun with you and the ole gang. . Hugs and Kisses


03-10-2010 7:00 PM -- By: Lauvern,  From:  

Hi Charles. Just wanted to share the good news on the little puppies and their mother. The mother is doing real good and getting stronger by the day and the puppies are starting to be more demanding, ha-ha.The vet has been giving the mother extra nourishment by injection as well as she is getting good food. She looks alot healthier now and even went for a walk with me and wanted to join the others and play in the mud today. The babies 'well" what can i say but they are getting WELL looked after by Granny. Ha-Ha.

Oh little Bob, i see i missed your Angel Day. I am so sorry. Happy belated AngelDay Bob M.

Sending hugs all around.



03-10-2010 11:07 AM -- By: Dad,  From: Santa Fe, New Mexico  

My little boy Bob M ... you know that I thought of you yesterday and meant to post .. but spent my evening holding your's, Sammy's and Gabby's ashes .. all on the couch.  I spoke of each of you to Cupcake and Xander.

Bob, when I spoke of you .. Cupcake's ears perked up because she knew I was speaking of you.  She still goes looking for you little boy. 

Always know that you are loved and so missed by me and Cupcake.  I LOVE YOU .. Kids

03-10-2010 8:57 AM -- By: granny doris,  From:  

hello charles, sammy,gabby and bob. i had a few minutes and wanted to come and visit you.i want you to know,although i don't get much time to come on here,i do see all of your posts and all your kind words to us all.your thoughtfulness is always appreciated. i saw your post about my cookies. there are always all kinds of cookies here for all. i sometimes feel like the cookie monster ha ha ha. everyone enjoys my cookies and i certainly would share them with you if you were closer. the babies here all love them  as do all the volunteers and at times they work miracles.we had two dogs in here that continued to bark 24/7.after trying all different approaches to stop that behaviour, i had a thought which was they would not get a cookie until they sat quiet for at least five minutes.after many tries they learnt that they would only get a cookie if they were quiet.the others were given cookies and these 2 dogs saw that the others had gotten cookies but i imagine they finally put 2 and 2 together and realized that the others were not barking continuously.its been about two weeks now and the barking 24/7 has stopped. cookies can do wonders. ha ha ha.i see cupcake and xander have got you cleaning up mud now. i certainly understand that, as when the babies here are let outside for playtime which is getting quite often now because of  the warm days ,we have many paws as well as floors to wash. samantha knows she has to stand at the door till she gets her paws washed. i could not get her to that but trust lauvern, she managed to train her to do that as her own babies have always been trained to do.samantha used to come running in the house and straight on the couch, ha ha. its a good thing i have blankets on the couch which i can she waits at the door of the house or shelter until i check her paws.she sure is a joy to have with me as i never feel alone with her as my shadow.she also helps me keep order at the shelter and sets a good example for those not yet trained. well i suppose i will end this book ha ha. know that you and your babies are always thought of way up here in canada and your posts and mail are greatly appreciated at luke's shelter. take care of your self and your babies. huggs.

03-09-2010 8:40 PM -- By: ,  From:  

 oops... forgot our picture 

03-09-2010 8:40 PM -- By: Gina and Saada,  From:  

 Hi Charles, Sammy, Gabby and Bob M... just wanted to stop by today as you are in my thoughts on sweet little Bob's 9-month angel day. Hope all is going well. Things are good here, just looking forward to Spring and warmer weather.  Big hugs to all and extra hugs for your precious Cupcake and Xander! 

03-09-2010 6:17 PM -- By: ,  From:  

Sung to the tune of 'The Times They Are A'Changing' by Bob Dylan)

We're fighting to set all the animals free,
To release them from bondage and man's tyranny
And we'll never give up 'til each one of them's free
For their pain is our pain and it's hurting;
And the truth must be told
By the fearless and bold
For the times they are a'changing.

There's no-one to save them except you and me,
And we'll never give up on them 'til they are free.
If it takes us a lifetime that's how it must be,
And truth will win out in the end;
For justice and right
Surely overcome might
And the times they are a'changing.

And when you're downhearted and filled with despair
Don't give up the fight for you've comrades out there,
And together we'll banish oppression and fear,
And the world will be happy and free;
And our hearts will be filled
For no more will be killed
Oh, the times they are a'changing.

So dare to have courage and dare to be strong,
And dare to tell others that murder is wrong,
And give all that you have and give all that you can,
And success will be ours in the dawning;
And sorrow and pain
Will never more reign
For the times they are a'changing.

Each day of your lifetime where 'ere you may be,
Be a voice for the animals 'til they are free.
Enlighten the ignorant, make the blind see,
And this slavery surely will end;
And with banners unfurled
Let us shout to the world,
Oh, the times they are a'changing.

03-09-2010 2:32 PM -- By: Janice, Duke & our furbabies family,  From:  

Dear Sammy and Charles,

Thanks for visiting my Duke. I haven't been on critters for quite a while, and my email is really backed up badly. Starting to catch up, but a long way to go.  Love and hugs to both of you.

03-08-2010 10:20 AM -- By: Lauvern ,  From:  

Hi Charles, kids and angels.. Sammy,Gabby and Bob M. Thankyou so much for your posts in Luke's guestbook. I am sorry it took me so long to respond  but as you already know, i was having one of my hardest weeks. I know this week will be alot better.Thankyou so much for all your kind words to all at the shelter and myself. Your posts are always appreciated by all at Luke's shelter. As i have previously told you, all the volunteers at the shelter visit Luke's memorial often as they know he is the reason , his shelter exists. All they do, is in honor of my "Rock" now my "Angel".

We are now having mild tempatures which is melting ice and snow fast. Alot of water around. They are reporting possibilities of flooding. This will be a concern for awhlle but i am thankful the shelter grounds are on high land with many ponds and ditches around. I am hoping for cooler tempatures and not that fast of a thaw, allowing the water to run off slowly. After speaking to farmers around the shelter area,i have learnt that the last flood that affected them was in 1996. We have had many flooded areas since then that did not affect that area so i am hoping this year is the same. Although we will have an allternative ready for shelter for these babies should the need arise, and  the grounds start to flood, i certainly hope it does not come to that. How is your weather now? Are you still getting snow?I hope all is well with you, Cupcake and Xander.

I am off to bottle feed six babies. "smile'. take care.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at the shelter.



03-08-2010 8:36 AM -- By: kia,  From:  

03-08-2010 8:36 AM -- By: kia and deb,  From:  

Charles and Kids. just wanted to stop by a little early in remembering Bob M on his angel day tomorrow, we have some reconstruction starting today and did not know if I will have computer access tomorrow, hope all is well and Cupcake and Xander are keeping you busy. Hope your week goes well

03-06-2010 8:05 PM -- By: lauri,  From:  

thanks for stopping by on her angel day means so much and yes to know your hear for me feels good thanks yeah it was sad not as sad as i expected its been 2 years shes allready in heaven she is playing and in gods safe hands I know she will will wait for me when its my time. Wyatt is doing  great {; thanks again hugsss

03-06-2010 1:30 PM -- By: Morgan and Denise,  From: Midrand, South Africa  

 Hi Sammy and Charles - thank you so much for stopping by on my birthday. i am so sorry I missed your birthday on Feb 14 but my Mom is not always able to get to her computer. Please accept our belated transatlantic (?) best birthday wishes! Sammy - you are such a handsome lad! Blessing from Morgan and Denise


03-06-2010 9:31 AM -- By: Kim,  From: Stroudsburg, PA  

Hi Charles and your Fur Babies. Dozer and I are stopping by for a visit. How is the weather there? It's been in the low 40s here. That's warm compared to the cold we had all winter. Looking forward to Spring.

03-05-2010 12:33 PM -- By: ,  From:  

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can
have in this selfish world, the one that never
deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful
or treacherous, is his dog

03-04-2010 9:18 PM -- By: Lauvern ,  From:  

Hi Charles. I am sure the stars i saw out last night were our angels watching over the precious fur babies in SC. "Smile". When i checked my mail this morning and read the good news from Denise and yourself, i was beside myself. I could not wait to share the greattttttt news with all at the shelter. Yhey were all happy as i was. As i told you i had them all concerned yesterday. Thankyou for sharing the great news with us.

Take care.

Hugs. Lauvern and all at the shelter.

Thankyou Sammy We love you.


03-04-2010 6:27 PM -- By: Gina (and Saada),  From:  

 Hi Charles, Sammy, Gabby and Bob, Thank you so much for stopping by and the special wishes on my sweet girl's birthday. Thank you so much for always visiting and your friendship! My critters family means so much to me! Hugs to you and all the fur kids... Gina and Saada and Juji

"A friend who is far away is sometimes nearer than one who is at hand." ~ Kahlil Gibran

03-04-2010 12:50 PM -- By: Kelly,  From: Conroe, TX  

Hello Charles, Sammy, Gabby and Bob M,

It was so nice to hear from you I haven't used the computer much lately. My pit Casper has been ill so I have been busy with him--he's is doing much better was able to go outside today! He's sunbathing as I write this, the weather is Beautiful here finally! How are Cupcake and Xander--looking forward to spring I imagine. Hope you all are doing well, keeping you all in my thoughts, Much Love, Kelly and Jed


03-04-2010 10:51 AM -- By: Brenda,  From: Miami, FL  


Thanks so much for stopping by and remembering Cindy on her special day. It means so much to have all this wonderful support. Today is a hard day, but my new critters friends and all the kind words have helped me get through it.

Thanks again,


03-03-2010 6:42 PM -- By: ,  From:  

A  angel looked down from the sky 
Shaking his head and wondering why. 
Don't cry dear loved ones he said with a sigh. 
Heaven is beautiful and now I can fly. 

I know you were sad when I had to depart 
But don't let my passing darken your heart. 
Our journey's not over, it's only a start. 
We'll all meet in Heaven, never again to be apart, 

Heaven is incredible, a wonderful sight. 
Did you know there were colors besides black and white? 

Days full of sunshine and stars shine at night. 
Skies full of angels that have taken to flight. 

Please live your life full of joy and not hate 
And please keep bitterness from
 becoming your fate. 
Take comfort in knowing that I will wait 
Your angel will be there at the gate

03-02-2010 11:11 PM -- By: pat and fayeroe and tippy,  From: texas  

Charles, this is so very true. xoxo Pat

Fragile Circle

"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan."

Irving Townsend.

03-02-2010 8:49 PM -- By: Lauvern ,  From:  

Hi Charles and kids. Thankyou for stopping by and for your kind words to me and all at the shelter. We all truely appreciate your thoughtfulness.

You certainly have been getting alot of snow this year but at least Cupcake and Xander are having fun in it. I read somewhere that you wanted to put a plow in front of the two of them ,ha-ha. I know with their strenght,they would no doubt be able to push it around. It has been a mixed up winter here. Its a guessing game as to what we will get next. We had snow about a week ago and lots of it,then we got the freezing rain, then snow again and yesterday it started to melt and is still doing that today.This is very unusual for us. I don't know if i need a snow plow,skates or a boat to go anywhere, ha-ha.I guess we have to take what we get and be ready for anything.

All is going well at the shelter. The empty cages ,i had told you about had gotten filled the following day. There is just a endless number of fur babies needing to find forever homes.

I just read your new page and i know that it comes straight from your heart.

Hi Sammy ,Gabby and Bob M. I know you are always watching over your Dad,Cupcake and Xander.Keep sending them signs that you are always near.

Sending hugs all around.

Lauvern and all at Luke's Shelter.



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