Goodbye Charlie

Last night we lost our beloved Charlie.

He has been living at Aunty Christian’s Home for Retired Furballs since the wedding, and having a high old time of it.  There have been gentle walks, sleeping on sofas, long chats with his comrade-in-arms Nino, and treats aplenty.  It’s been the perfect spot for an elderly gentleman to spend his time without the constant boisterous attentions of our two Chaos Monsters.

He loved them all dearly and we can never repay her for the love and kindness she showed him over the last few months.

On Thursday afternoon we received a call saying he was having difficulty with his legs and kept collapsing.  Something was obviously very wrong.  A trip to the vet confirmed this, and whilst she had her suspicions about the cause, the only way to really find out what the problem was would be to submit him to surgery that he probably wouldn’t survive, and if he did would mean a long and painful recovery, with no guarantees that the surgery would actually be successful.

Not something any of us believed to be in his best interests.

So we tried steroids and painkillers, but last night he deteriorated rapidly and we had to make the hard and terrible decision to let him go.

We are heartbroken.

He was the best dog.  Kind and generous and loving.  He adored children and didn’t bat an eyelid when they played motorbikes with his ears or tickled his toes.

He had a mischievous sense of humour and a boundless zest for life.He was partial to a meat and potato pie and never knowingly missed a curry supper.

He was adored by everyone who ever met him.

And all this despite being abandoned by his previous owners who beat him to within an inch of his life with a claw hammer.  But he never held a grudge about this.  Mr S rescued him and lovingly nursed him back to full health.  Charlie repaid him with a magnificent temperament, a loving heart and total devotion to us all.

Goodbye Charlie Bear.  We love you.

10 Responses to Goodbye Charlie

  1. jane says:

    I’m so sorry, it’s not very nice when beloved pets go like that

  2. poor charlie! At least he is out of his pain now though -xxxx

  3. Oh my I am so sorry for your loss!
    It sounds like he was a beautiful dog ~ It is so wonderful to hear that you rescued him and that he had a chance at a perfect life with you all.

  4. Sandy says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Our furry friends are members of the family who give us unconditional love and we miss them so when they’re gone.

  5. linda says:

    oh Evie,….. I was so sad when Christian told me he’d gone. He was such a lovely gentle dog. No one could have been kinder or loved him more in his last months than her,… He died a happy and loved old boy. xx. Linda.

  6. Brigitte says:

    What sad news. The loss of a loved pet is very painful and very sad. We hate to see them suffer and making that ultimate decision to let them go is one of the hardest things that we ever have to do. He may no longer be there but you all have wonderful memories of him and he will always have a place in your hearts.

  7. ma and pa jones says:

    sleep tight charlie we’ll miss you always, enjoy chasing rabbits in the sky

  8. Xtiand says:

    We were priviledged to have Charlie to stay with us for his “retirement”, he was a wonderful dog and a credit to you.

  9. pendlestitches says:

    Thank you all for you very kind comments. Your warmth and support means so much to us at this sad time. Charlie is sadly missed but made all our lives better for having been in them.

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