Having an old dog reminded me that every day is precious and brought more scrutiny to this sentiment which is often said but seldom lived. What I learned during Charlie’s last summer was how to better live by this belief.
My brave and gentle boy. My protector. I’ll miss you forever, my beloved Charlie (2007-2022). ❤️
Charlie was a tough dog with a big heart. I’ve rounded up my favorite photos of him in his memory.
Dear Charlie, I knew saying goodbye to you would be difficult and I only hope I can do it justice. We met in 2012, about five years into your life. There were many chapters before I entered your story, but we had ten special years together.
Charlie has grown fond of outdoor naps and has found a couple of shady spots for his afternoon siesta.
Ten years ago today, Charlie joined the pack on a hot Fourth of July weekend. He is about fifteen years old now and looking handsome as ever on his tenth anniversary.
Charlie is still in recovery mode from his recent surgery but healing nicely. We had a gorgeous sunny day today and he found a nice sunbeam to rest under. He’s been good about leaving his incision and stitches alone, so he hasn’t had to spend too much time in the dreaded cone.
Charlie had surgery on Friday to remove a growth from his leg and is pictured here recovering quietly in a sunbeam. The incision is on his right rear leg and can’t be seen in the photo, but it’s a doozie.
Like many older dogs, Charlie spends a fair amount of time sleeping. I often find him in cozy positions like the one seen in today’s photo, and I can’t resist taking a shot. 🥰
Fall weather is here in Michigan, and in October this means sunny summer-like days followed by days with chilly temperatures and overcast skies. On those dreary days, Charlie has been finding comfort in this spot which experiences the occasional sunbeam when there is a break in the clouds.
It’s a rainy day here today and Charlie has himself curled up in a cozy ball. I was happy to catch this shot without disturbing him.
His face is gray and his nose is dry but he is still such a handsome boy. I love old dogs and Charlie is a shining example of everything that is so special about them.
It was so hot today I had to set up the doggie pool. ☀️