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Life according to Charlie

You’re not gone… just on another great adventure. ~Christine Sternfels

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Today, I picked up Charlie’s ashes and paw print.  First I cried, then smiled, then cried, then smiled.  Passersby were starting to look concerned (or scared).  I finally got myself together, wiping the tears and snot from my face then I started to think about how life is according to how Charlie lived.  Thought I’d share…

According to Charlie…
Life is simple. If you have to think too hard about anything, you’re just making it complicated and your brain cells are dying in vain. Love abundantly and shamelessly.  Family is so precious, never take them for granted.  Lick their faces if they’re mad at you.  If you want friends, be one.  If you don’t have friends, you probably need a bath.  Be grateful.  Be kind.  Live simply.  Want nothing beyond your needs.  Smile, and it’s okay to drool at the same time.  Give without wanting anything in return, maybe a belly rub now and then.  Dream.  Chase other dogs in your dreams.  Dream about chasing other dogs in a dream.  Take long naps.  If you start snoring, tell your boss it’s nasal therapy.  Work hard.  Play harder.  Change happens, go with the flow.  If the kid gives you a tacky Mohawk, she loves you.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, there’s better use for that energy. Cry if you have to.  Laugh out loud (literally… none of that lol text stuff).  Hug.  Sing (or in my case, howl).  Dance.  Be silly.  Have compassion.  Reserve barking for when it is really needed. Wag your tail even when you’re sad.  Don’t be sad too long.  If it doesn’t smell right, don’t lick it.  Not everything is edible.  Be yourself.  Let life teach, then learn.  If you weren’t born to chase squirrels, don’t.  Different strokes for different folks, opinions don’t always have to be shared.  Don’t judge.  Don’t be a bully, it’s dumb.  Be gentle.  You don’t have to chase the ball just because that’s what the other dogs are doing.  Balls can be admired from a distance.  Relax, I’m just smelling your butt… there is no way I’m eating that!  Listen when someone’s talking.  Do no harm.  Don’t hold grudges.  Get along.  I want world peace.  If you have to explain, you probably should have done it.  Be honest.  Be true to yourself and to others.  There is always a bright side.  Look for the good in everyone.  You don’t have to understand everything.  Wealth is not always measured in gold, money or possessions.  Usually it’s how often you get hugs and belly rubs.  Be remembered for the love you gave.  Love.  Love.  Love.  If all else fails, lick their faces.
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I know all dogs go to heaven

Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really. ~Agnes Sligh Turnbull

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At 10:47am yesterday, our sweet boy Charlie drew his last breath.  He would have been twelve this Thursday.

We got him for Danielle’s thirteenth birthday.  She wanted a chocolate Lab so we went to a breeder’s house.  When we got there, there were several little chocos running around and people were there trying to pick the next member of their family.  That’s when we noticed a little tethered box in the corner.  Something was moving under the rags when a head popped out.  He was trying so desperately to uncover himself, but his paws were so big and clumsy.  The breeder told us to make our pick before they were all gone and we asked him, how about the cute one in the box?  He responded “Oh that?  You don’t want that, he’s the runt and I can’t give you papers for him.  You don’t want him”  That’s when we knew, he was ours!

He was three months old and his paws were the size of his head.  He always stumbled and his belly was so big that it dragged on the floor.  We got him a trainer and she came to the house every week.  It took three lessons for us to know, Charlie can’t be trained… he’s so smart he plays dumb so well!  He was sweet, sensitive and very funny.

He loved camping and going for hikes but get this… he hates the water.  Yes he’s a pure bred Hunting Labrador from the Dakotas and does excellent pointing to ducks, but trying to get him in the water was impossible.  He cries when we bathe him, he whines when we take him to the beach but he’ll run around in the shallow water if he thinks we’re chasing each other.  When he realizes he’s wet, he walks around as if he was saying “Ewe…ewe..wet..ewe” carefully trotting his way out of there.  The first time we took him to the river and tried to get him in the water was fun.  It was like playing tug of war.  We were on one end and he was on the other.  He dug his two front legs into the pebbled beach and anchored his butt down and pulled back.  It was funny and it caught everyone’s attention because here was this water dog, afraid to go in.  The drag marks was classic.  Charlie gave in to trick us because as soon as we thought he was going in and stopped pulling, he ran away really fast.

He loved rolling in dirt, freshly cut grass and sand.  He loves to pounce on short girls, get them down to the ground and just lick them.  He was a 90 pound lap dog, oh he loved climbing on my husband’s lap all the time.  It was a challenge pulling him back on road trips because he wanted to be in the front with hubby.  He loved french fries and peanut butter.  One time my husband was eating his pb&j sandwich.  He had the sandwich in his hand, looked away for a second, turned to take another bite and it was gone!  There was Charlie, licking his chops and getting rid of the evidence.  He also loved getting his nails done.  Good thing dogs are color blind, if he knew the kid was putting fuchsia on his toenails, I doubt he would have just sat there and let her… but then again he loved her so much he probably wouldn’t have cared.   It’s fun watching hubby and the kid play catch with him.  They will throw a frisbee or a ball, Charlie will look where it went, then look back at them with an expression on his face as if he was saying ” And you want me to do what with that thing?…” Charlie loved life, but most of all… he loved us and we knew it.

I will miss waking up to big eyes staring back at me after getting a whiff of his stale breath.  I will miss having my morning cup of coffee outside when he does his morning business.  When we watch scary movies, he will sit on the couch, bury his head under the blankets and shake like a baby.  I will miss having to hide my gum or anything minty in a high place because he loves it so much.  One time I was in the hallway passing by my daughter’s room when I saw him in there quietly (as if on stealth mode)  unzipping her back pack to get to her gum.  He even got into my aunt’s luggage and bit into the can of Altoids… that was a bit too much for him because he didn’t finish it.  But no matter how much gum or mint he ate, he always had bad breath!  I will miss his stinky farts, especially when the family is intensely watching a movie… everyone is quiet and concentrated until we all scream “Ewe, Charlie!”.  I will miss making salad because he loved the bottoms of romaine hearts.  I will miss him walking into my office in the middle of the day to rest his head on my lap or nag me with his paws to go outside.  Packing lunch for the kid won’t be the same without him waiting for me to drop something on the floor.  I will miss our therapy sessions where he sits there, paws crossed, listening to me while I complain about the little petty things.  He always made me feel better, with his wise and quiet reassurance that life is so much more than that and everything will be okay.  He was such a gentle giant, I think I’ve only heard him bark at most 4 times in his post puppy life.  But when he barked, he meant business and they were times he was protecting us from squirrels, raccoons and stuff.

I could write a book on our life with him and all the things we’ll miss about him, he was so special.  I will miss you terribly my sweet boy and my heart is hurting so much right now.  You will be in our hearts and thoughts always… we love you Charlie!

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 1

Ever wonder why pets and kids are always happy?  Simply because… they are.  They don’t try to find it, over analyze it, buy it or make it a goal.  They just are.  ~Christine Sternfels

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There is no secret to happiness.  It’s something we all know and are capable of being.

Over the next 30 days, I will post a “Happiness” quote each day.  They are sayings by wise women and men.  From simple folk and anonymous authors to influential leaders of great nations.  From students of life to spiritual leaders.  Some will be funny and witty, while others will be deep and life-changing.  Some go back a few centuries and some were just thought of five minutes ago, which is what I will start this series with.  Yes, one of my own.

Won’t you join me on this journey?  Feel free to take along anyone you wish.  My hope is to be reminded of this special gift each day, so I may continue to share it and hold on to it forever.  So are you ready?  Buckle up, cause here we go!


The master’s chair

I could’ve sworn I bought this chair for my husband…


Beggars can’t be choosers

“It’s no coincidence that man’s best friend cannot talk.” ~ Anonymous
 

Begging for food isn’t easy.  If I sit still like this… bat my eye lashes like this… smile a little like this… will it work?  By the way, I don’t like veggies anymore.  The lettuce you gave me the other day gave me the runs!  This girl needs her proteins (hint).


Driving Miss Daisy

Daisy: “Charles, I think we’re lost.  We must stop for directions.”
Charlie: “Shush woman, I know what I’m doing… ooh look…. camera, say cheese!”

Do you ever wonder what your dogs are talking about?


The four-legged human

“Dogs never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” ~ Jerome K. Jerome


Prayers

I wonder who’s praying harder…


What’s in a name?

We usually name our pets according to their personality or how they look.  Sometimes we use movie characters, like the time we named our black labrador Charlie because of Charlie’s Angels (Now I wish we named him shadow because he always follows me around).  Then there are those times when we think we’re funny and name our bull dogs Daphne (Sorry if you named your bulldog Daphne) or when an “Aha” moment hits you and you thought you were such a genius for coming up with such a brilliant idea of naming your smart dog Einstein, only to discover he’s dummer than a rock and everyone who meets him asks you how you came up with that name.  But for most families, the kids will name the pets.

Last week, we got Cj – aka The kid – a beta fish…

Can you guess what she named him?   Well folks, I’d like you to meet…

Sushi.


Best Friends Forever

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.  ~Roger Caras


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How dare you question me…they look just like your mother!


The Best Man

My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.  ~ Anonymous


Some day my prince will come

When something is missing in your life, it usually turns out to be someone. ~Robert Brault


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