Tuesday, August 04, 2009

There's something about Charlie

Charlie the Big Dog: it was nice knowin' you, doog. You're my superhero.

Hey doogs, it's quite some time since I've barked here. I've been all a-twitter lately.

But I want to bark my respects here to my great doog pal, Chucksie-Bux, C$, the one and only bionical Charlie the Big Dog, who left us for good for the Rainbow Bridge on Saturday morning.

Doog, you smelt waft-a-licious – I know that from the fur you left on my ma's pants and on those goodies you and my gal pal Opy sent over.

Safe travelling, doog. Until we meet elsewhere...chow for now.

I'm passing the blog over to my ma (temporary, I promise).

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Hello, it's Jennifer here.

Robert and I were fortunate enough to have visited Brooke, Greg, Charlie and Opy in Melbourne in June 2008, shortly after Charlie the Big Dog had had his new pacemaker implanted.

We met a gorgeous, golden oldie. He was somewhat puffed with a little exertion, but that didn't stop him welcoming us graciously (and no doubt picking up the scent of our own exuberant Tin Tin). Opy and Charlie were great pals, watching each other but sort of ignoring each other in their own gruffpuppy way.

We all love our dogs. We all think our own dogs are particularly special.

But there was definitely something about Charlie.

He had a wisdom about him, a knowing-ness, a consciousness. Most dogs enjoy their treats, their toys, and make a fuss of their owners and friends.

With Charlie, you felt there was a sense of awareness of his lot, of his great fortune of having such a loving, devoted family who went to great lengths to keep him as healthy as possible without compromising his quality of life.

Those amazing eyes of his just looked, watched and knew.

To see Greg rolling and rumbling with him and sticking his face in that mass of golden fur was just so cute. The two were best buddies. The mutual respect and love was all there.

The second time I met Charlie the Big Dog was when I popped over to visit when Jeannie the Scottish Maiden was in town in May this year. Charlie seemed to be in great health and again I was greeted with a gracious welcome.

How he loved his tummy rubs! Except for his scar, you’d hardly have known he had undergone major surgery the previous year.

For Charlie, it was business as usual, rolling with Greg, cuddling with Brooke, greeting the visitors, keeping watch and doing the Charlie thing.

And now he’s gone.

Here at Tin Tin headquarters we are very sad indeed for the Lee household, and at a loss as to what to say or do.

They’ve lost their gorgeous, golden, much loved king of their castle.

We’re thinking of you Greg, Brooke and Opy. Take your time to grieve, and your time to heal will follow.

RIP, sweet Charlie. It was an absolute delight to know you.


Molly the Airedale said...

You have mom sobbing, Tin Tin! What a gorgeous tribute! Charlie's legacy will live on forever!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Tin Tin Blogdog said...

Thanks Maggie and Mitch - yeah, Charlie was the best.

Thanks so much for dropping by my smelly blogplace which I've been neglecting recently. It's nice to know you haven't forgotten me!

Chow for now,

Tin Tin xo

Von said...

A brave and courageous hound whose life enriched others by the sound of it.Condolences to his family and friends,
Zorro & The Missus

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Maggie and Mitch sent me ovfur to read the furry nice tribute woo've shared fur Charlie!

M&M are khorrekht: khwite nice!

Mom and I are still numb ovfur it all...we were up when Brook posted the news on FB...we will nevfur furget how we felt...

Charlie will live on each day through us and our interrakhtions with each other...THAT is some legacy!


Princess Patches said...

What a great tribute to Charlie! He was definitely one of a kind! We wish we could have met him in person (or dogson), but that would be impossible since we live half a world away. We will never forget him!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Charlie said...

Well barked & said, mate.
- Little Charlie

Jeannie and Marvin said...

Tin Tin and Jennifer!

Way to go with this wonderful post. You said everything with these lovely words.

Charlie was exactly how you described. I called him my Aussie Polar Bear Pal, as he was just like a wonderful, tame and warm, Polar Bear.

And his eyes, were the soul of the world.

I was very sad the day I said goodbye to Brooke and Greg, to fly home to the UK, because I knew, it would most possibly be the last time I ever saw Charlie.

He and I had a good old hug, and I whispered in his ear, "thank you for holding on for my visit Charlie"


I could not see when I left B and G at the airport (well apart from getting distressingly lost before we said goodbye....that is another story!)....I could not see to fill out my Aussie Exit from Aus forms, the tears were just streaming down my face!

Give Tin Tin lots of hugs from me! Perhaps, one day, I will meet Tin Tin too!

lotsaluv, from Jeannie xxxxx

and many Marvin Hugs tooooo!

Hey, wasn't it a good day and evening we had with B and G, Charlie and Opy? Lots of lovely memories to hold dear. ;0D

Jeannie! said...

oh and I am unfeasibly pleased with my new title - Jeannie the Scottish Maiden......... he he he!

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