I would normally start off my blog by saying Happy New Year and going into a long rant about goals vs. resolutions but this time around I can’t bring myself to do so. While most were out celebrating the anticipation of a new year, we were hit with some devastating news about our beloved dog, Charlie. It broke our hearts to have to say goodbye but our Charlie was sick and was only given a few days left to live. We suspected he may have been sick but we could not have foreseen this being the end. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, when I first started my blog Charlie was a big part of it. He was my model, my love, my friend and my inspiration. I only find it fitting to dedicate this post to my Charlie, this one is for you buddy.
Whenever we would take photos for my blog a few things would usually happen. One scenario would be him sneaking into the picture when he wasn’t invited, generally that is when Charlie wanted to be part of the scene. He would slowly make his way in and perk up when he knew he was in the spotlight and give the perfect little pose. It always made us laugh and warmed the heart.
Then there were the other scenarios, Charlie being invited and him choosing to be a willing participant;
And lastly, him being invited but reluctant to participate;
That was the beauty about Charlie, he was full of personality. He was little but he was mighty, along with the biggest heart! Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him loved him and would comment about his unique personality. He loved opening Christmas presents, snuggling under the blankets, would alert you to anything suspicious, loved laying in the sun and could fetch any ball you threw….getting it back from him was another story. He loved kitties, I think he secretly thought he was one and boy did he love to lick. If you had bare feet at our house you could consider them licked! He also loved licking kitty ears, strange but again he thought he was one. He also loved meeting new people, he would greet you at the door prepared to lick and then show you all the things he could do. He would bark at his food dish until you said “okay, get it” and then and only then would he eat. He liked to play a game with anyone who came over and didn’t know his tricks which would entail him staring at you until you got up and followed. He would lead you to the drawer that contained his treats and he would ever so sweetly tilt his head and wait until you gave in to his demands. All of these things and more made Charlie so special. My blog wouldn’t be what it is without this little guy and his big heart. I brought the creativity and he brought all the heart.
Thank you for loving us so fiercely, in good times, in bad and even when we didn’t deserve it. You always greeted us with love and kisses. You taught us how to love unconditionally and to live in the moment. “Stop and stay a while” your little eyes would say as we debated getting out of bed or off the couch, stay and cuddle would always win. Who could resist those eyes? Thank you for reminding us to appreciate the little things such as this and for getting us off the couch when we needed to. I loved the way your little ears would move and your head would tilt when we would ask if you wanted to go for a walk, silly question as we always knew the answer. Yes, of course you wanted to go for a walk. You loved nature, the sun and chasing all things that moved. For a little guy you never let that get in the way, you didn’t show fear as you chased things that were twice as big as you. Thank you for being you. Our hearts are broken and our family will never be the same without you but we are forever grateful for getting to have you in our lives for the time we did. I hope you are laying in the sun and eating all the treats. We will love and miss you always.
Love your family.
Dedicated to Charlie