Sometimes there are no words.

To have a dog’s love woven into the story of your life is a God gift.

I’m thankful for that quote from a friend. We will miss Charlie immensely and I’m so thankful to the community for the kind words you’ve sent already.

We made the painful decision on Friday to help him leave us on Sunday morning. Saturday was dubbed ‘Charlie’s Day’ by my son. We went to the park and played, took some photos and visited with friends on our street who all wanted to say goodbye. We had many nicknames for our Charlie, including but not limited to C-Bear, Bears, Big Tuna, Tuna, Tuna Fish and of course, Charlie-pup-pup (my nickname for him).

He is much missed and has left a hole in our home, hearts and lives.


Charlie ‘Bears’, gone but never forgotten. January 10, 2010 – April 15, 2018


Neither heights nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God.

– Romans 8:39

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The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.


Join the Conversation

  1. Kai Hoke says:

    Hi Rachel

    I’m so sorry for your loss!!

    I’m such a dog person and I know what it means to do what you had to.

    Sounds like you guys gave Charlie-pup-pup a great home and life.



    1. Thank you Kai – that’s very kind :)

  2. So sorry for your loss, Rachel! Our dogs are our true friends and family. Your story of Charlie’s Day is perfect. I’ll be thinking of you and yours <3 ~melissa

  3. Anonymous says:

    I lost my own, Myah, on 4-10-18. My deepest condolences and sympathy.

  4. What a well-loved dog he was. I’m so glad you were able to give him a spectacular last day and all say good-bye. Hugs to all of you.

  5. Sally Blank says:

    I am so sorry and my heart aches for you and your family! Sending healing prayers for your hearts!

    In His Love, Sally (galsal on Ravelry)

    Sent from my iPad


  6. I’m so sorry for your loss. Our fur babies take a piece of our heart every time they cross over to Rainbow Bridge.

  7. Virginia says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have dogs and I know how much they mean to us. Much love, sympathy, and best wishes to you and your family.

  8. Pat Howes says:

    Rachel so sorry for your loss. Charlie sounds like a wonderful dog. Hang on to his memories. They will be the part of him you will always have. Your family could pick a time of day to share a story about Charlie. We lost our beautiful working dog last May. I planted a lavender garden where she is buried. ❤️And hugs

  9. Sharon King says:

    Oh my gosh i have cried and cried i know what a void you all are feeljng. I am so very sorry. Prayers gor strength snd peace for you all! Love.

  10. M Gail Grimaldi says:

    So sorry, hugs to you and your family!

    Sent from my iPad


  11. Reading your sentiments about Charlie broke my heart. I have a black Lab named Jettie, and she has that same sweet look in her eyes that Charlie does. Great love always leaves such an ugly vacuum when it leaves. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing all the sweet photos.

  12. I’m so sorry. We had to make the same tough decision for our golden Sam this past winter-he was just 8 and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. It’s so tough….

  13. Mary in San Antonio TX says:

    Thank you for sharing your world with us all. You have been a heroic role model with your transparency and wisdom, nurturing and protecting your family including Charlie, while sharing and encouraging us with your beautiful Spinning and knitting. My prayers for you and your family in your time of loss. I look forward to saying hi to Charlie in heaven.

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