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Charlie memories

Loving a dog means getting your heart broken in 10 to 15 years. You know it's going to happen, but there is no way to prepare for it. This week he stopped eating and drinking, and on the infrequent times that he would walk, he would shake himself and fall down. We sent him back to the universe at 10 am this morning.





Here he is sitting on my mom's wheelchair tray, back in 2006. Mom died 3 years later.


Always so handsome, outshining the fall colors.


You gotta hug your doggo, even though they find it socially awkward.


His favorite thing to do was swim, and I took him to Ward's Pond a lot when he was young and strong.


He and I came up with his swimming game together. He didn't care about store bought toys or balls thrown in the water, he liked to chase the splashes made by little rocks.


Here he is at the water in Lynn Woods.


And here he is on summer solstice, swimming in the lily-choked West Roxbury Quarry.


And in the goose infested waters of Lake Cochituate.


And even in the Charles River!


And with swimming companion Jim, at Borderlands State Park.


Sometimes if he couldn't go IN the water he'd settle for walking on top of it.


When it was hot and sunny out he loved to wiggle around on his back.


He had many human friends--I'm surprised to find this one of him and Chris, they didn't meet many times.


Here he is with my friend Barb, they also only met a few times; glad this exists.


He REALLY loved my dad.


And here he is sucking up to my mother in law. Good boy!


Cuddling with Alexis' daughter.


One of his all time favorite people was Alex. I'm so grateful she came and petted him on his last morning. Here he and Jim snooze as we rock out.


He could jump like an olympic athlete when he wanted.


Provided that there was a big stick he wanted to bring down.


Not bad for an 8 year old! (he lived to 15)


Sometimes the dogs would share.


When my mom was in the nursing home I took Charlie with me when I visited. He was a comfort to many of the residents. This is shortly after my mom died, and we walked around the place one last time.


God damn I am going to miss him so much. I will try to be thankful for the time he was in my life instead of enraged at 2016 for taking another joy away. We love you Charlie.

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lizziebelle
Nov. 25th, 2016 06:22 pm (UTC)
You gave him a good life. Thank you for sharing him with us. <3
grrlpup
Nov. 25th, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved reading about Charlie's swimming adventures. <3
telkella
Nov. 25th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss
I am sorry for your loss but more importantly I'm glad you have had such wonderful dogs in your life and that they were lucky enough to have you guys in their lives. may these memories and many more you have shared over the years always be with you
weofodthignen
Nov. 25th, 2016 06:43 pm (UTC)
Oh I am sorry. So soon after his sister Maggie, too :-( Swim and jump happily on the other side, Charlie.
buboniclou
Nov. 25th, 2016 07:03 pm (UTC)
Jef, I'm so sorry. He was a very good dog.

Edited at 2016-11-25 07:03 pm (UTC)
jocosa
Nov. 25th, 2016 07:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. Wonderful pictures, of a wonderfully happy and well loved puppers.
anais2
Nov. 25th, 2016 07:21 pm (UTC)

Sweet, legendary good dog Charlie.  How to say goodbye?  My heart breaks for both of you.

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Nov. 25th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
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juliansinger
Nov. 25th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Well, hell. My sympathies. I'm glad you guys had each other for as long as you did, but it's still hard.

(That last picture is pretty great.)
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the_siobhan
Nov. 25th, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. It's hard to let them go.
topum
Nov. 25th, 2016 11:03 pm (UTC)
He was a handsome boy.
mai_neh
Nov. 26th, 2016 12:19 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry :-(
morgi
Nov. 26th, 2016 12:25 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
ruthling
Nov. 26th, 2016 01:35 am (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss. I love your stories about him, and the pictures here are terrific.
kita0610
Nov. 26th, 2016 02:23 am (UTC)
IWe don't know each other, but I wanted to say that 'm sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful guy, and it's obvious he was very loved.
kodabetween
Nov. 26th, 2016 03:07 am (UTC)
Thats breathtaking...
elainetyger
Nov. 26th, 2016 04:08 am (UTC)
My top favorite cat, who died on 2/13/04, was also named Charlie.

I'm sorry you're hurting.
drhoz
Nov. 26th, 2016 05:22 am (UTC)
my sympathy, for what it's worth

Edited at 2016-11-26 05:46 am (UTC)
apinkpanthress
Nov. 26th, 2016 07:25 am (UTC)
I know, we don't know each other, but I had to comment...
My heartfelt condolences!

Letting go is always hard, no matter if it is an animal or human.
(In the past 4 years I lost my father, my dog & my cat)

I like the 2 images, where he's with your mother. <3
I am always amazed at how much love dogs have for you, no matter who you are or how you are/feel.

Edited at 2016-11-26 07:25 am (UTC)
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Nov. 26th, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC)
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uneko
Nov. 27th, 2016 10:30 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry..... I wish I could make it hurt less.
cdozo
Nov. 27th, 2016 06:02 pm (UTC)
What a handsome boy! He was so lucky to have you guys for his people.
copperwolf
Nov. 28th, 2016 12:16 am (UTC)
Sorry for your loss. :(
dyanearden
Nov. 28th, 2016 07:49 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss.
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