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Old 07-11-2015, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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CHARLIE BROWN 7.10.05 - 5.11.15

My gorgeous big brown bear passed away in my arms on Thursday. He knew I didn't want to make that awful decision to let him go, so in true Charlie style, he made it himself.

He was a special boy, right from the start, coming to us at only 6 weeks old, having only eaten weetabix and living in a shed
At only 6 months old he was diagnosed with HD and ED and we were told without surgery he wouldn't reach 2. Of course we went ahead - he deserved every chance and well worth the £35,000 he's cost over the years (thank you M&S insurance).

We joined Labrador Forums and met so many wonderful new friends and Charlie gained so many followers through all his ops, and gave hope to many more labs facing similar surgery. He became the face of 'Labrador Health', a site set up to encourage and educate puppy buyers to buy from reputable breeders who health test before breeding, instead of the back yard breeder we got Charlie from.

I would like to thank everyone for their kind messages yesterday, and for not going public until we could speak to our eldest son who flew back from China yesterday. Sorry some of the replies were just 'thank you'. I'm sure you understand what a difficult day it was.
And a very special thanks to my wonderful friend Bernie for letting you all know and for her wonderful support - love you B x

So, night, night my wonderful, gentle bear, who was the gentlest dog you could meet, even through pain and discomfort.
Sleep tight, knowing just how much you were loved by so many people.
Miss you so much xx
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Bless him, run free at the bridge Charlie, one very special boy.

I am sorry Wendy, you did him proud no one could have done more or been a better mum.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

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So, so sorry Wendy. Charlie and your family were meant for each other. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. Sleep tight dear boy.
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Absolutely hate reading these as they get me terribly and I do have a couple of sneaky one's rolling down my cheeks at the moment.

But I just wanted to say "thank you".

Thank you for giving that beautiful big bear a chance in life
Thank you for loving him like he never could've been loved anywhere else for 10 years.
Thank you for sharing him "virtually" on here and advice you've departed
Thank you for seeing him through tough times
Thank you for caring

Run free Charlie bear, we'll all see you at the bridge but, for now, watch down over the rest of your kind here now and to follow in the future
R.I.P x
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So so sorry Wendy.Another beautiful brown bear gone to the bridge.Run Free Charlie.
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So sorry to hear this dreadfully sad news.
Run free at The Bridge Charlie xx
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Oh Wendy, so sorry. Even harder to hear having once had the privilege of meeting him.
You gave him everything and Iím sure he will never forget that.
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So sorry to hear that Wendy he was a wonderful boy, our thoughts are with you. xx
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THE SPIRIT OF A LABRADOR

I was standing on a hillside
In a field of blowing wheat
And the spirit of my Labrador Dog
Appeared suddenly at my feet.

He looked at me with kind dark eyes
An ancient wisdom shining through
And in the essence of his being
I saw his love for me too."

His mind did lock upon my heart
As I stood there on that day.
Then he told me of this story
About a place so far away.

I stood upon that hillside
In a field of blowing wheat
And in a twinkling of a second
His spirit left my feet

His tale put my heart at ease
My fears did fade away
He helped me know where he had gone
When He left me on that day.

"I live among God's creatures now
In the heavens of your mind
So do not grieve for me my friend
As I am with my kind.

My collar is a rainbow's hue
My leash a shooting star
My boundaries are the Milky Way
Where I sparkle from afar.

There are no pens or kennels here
For I am not confined
But free to roam God's heavens
Among my Labrador kind.

I nap the day on a snowy cloud
Gentle breezes rocking me
And dream the dream of earthlings
And how it use to be

The trees are filled with liver treats
And tennis balls abound
Chew bones line the walkways
Just waiting to be found.

There even is a ring set up
The grass all lush and green
And everyone who gaits around
Becomes the Best of Breed.

For we're all winners in this place
We have no faults, you see
And God passes out those ribbons
To everyone, even me.

I drink from waters laced with gold
My world a beauty to behold
And wise old dogs do form my pride
To amble at my very side.

At night I sleep in angel's arms
Her wings protecting me
And moonbeams dance about us
As stardust falls on thee.

You picture me as I was on earth
Just before I died
The pain is gone, I am whole again
Filled with Labrador Pride.

So when your life on earth is spent
And you stand at Heaven's gate
Have no fear of loneliness
For here, you know I wait.

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Sorry to hear about the loss of your special bear, thinking of you xx
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