Tuesday, July 7, 2009

IN MEMORIAM of Charmin July 7, 2009

The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then will you do what must be done,

For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.

You will be sad I understand,

But don't let grief then stay your hand,

For on this day, more than the rest,

Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,

You wouldn't want me to suffer so.

When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,

Only, stay with me till the end

And hold me firm and speak to me

Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree

It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved,

From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don't grieve that it must be you

Who has to decide this thing to do;

We've been so close -- we two -- these years,

Don't let your heart hold any tears.

-- Unknown

Today we all said our goodbyes to our trusty companion, Charmin the Wonder Dog. Although we're all very sad and now have a hole in our hearts, she let us know it was time and gave us the permission we needed to help her over that Rainbow Bridge. Our daughter posted a wonderful picture of Charmin while she could still stand up in the yard on her blog here, so go take a look. Mike and Matt dug a grave in our back yard that serves as her final resting place and next year will bloom beautifully with flowers to remind us of all the joy she brought to our lives.


  1. I think that I just heard God ask her if she wanted to "gopher" a ride in the car! :o) She definitely has all of her strength back now!

  2. Yes and she's finally able to sit pretty again!

  3. ...tears...

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Charmin was sooo very sweet and beautiful. Our hearts are breaking for you. We were just getting to know Charmin and will miss her beautiful smile.

    She will have lots of new friends at the bridge to keep her company and to run and play with.

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie, Lucie, Hailey and Staci

  4. So SO sorry for your loss. : ( sweet girl. ...

  5. Addie told us about your girl. Sorry to hear she had to leave.

  6. We are sorry to hear that it was Charmin's time to go to the Bridge. But now she is running and playing like a pup free of pain.

    Princess Eva

  7. After a night without sleep and with tears still in my eyes I just want to thank everyone for your wonderful and loving comments. Soon it will be time to move on, but for now I grieve...

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Although we did not know Charmin, we are sad. You gave her the ultimate parting gift..love and an end to the pain. God bless.

  9. We're very sorry for your loss. What a great little dog. So glad that you were able to do the right thing by her.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  10. w00fs, me iz sad that me hadnt got to meet Charmin yet...its so very hard to let them go, but sumtimes we have to...for their sake..i nos ur heart is breaking, and wish i had words for u, just know ur in our heart and prayers...RIP Charmin, run with the wind..

    a sad,
    angel lacylulu
    and mama...

  11. We were so sad to read about Charmin's passing.

    Take care

  12. My heart hurts for you.

    You know you gave her a good life. A dog doesn't get to be that old unless it has a great loving home.

    Hoover BPD (Battery Powered Dog)

  13. I found about your sad news on Addies blog. We will say a prayer for your family. Our last little love is buried in our back yard. I know how you feel.

    Anne and Sasha

  14. Our hearts are breaking for you! Charmin was a beautiful girl.

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  15. I'm so sorry to hear the sad news about Charming's passing.
    Our thought and prayers are with Charming and your family.
    You'll be greatly missed, Charming.
    Love and hugs

  16. So sorry for your loss. It is never easy to say good bye.

    Hugs, the OP Pack

  17. I didn't know Charmin but I wanted to say how sorry I am and I know you will miss her.

    Diego Dog

  18. We read about Charmin on Addie's blog. What a beautiful girl you had! We are so sorry she had to leave for the bridge. We are sending prayers and hugs to you.

    love & wags,
    River the beagle

  19. I read about Charmin's khrossing on Addie's blog...

    Woo showed her the greatest gift a pawrent khan: woo let her go when it was time...

    Furry nice tribute to her...my mom is moved by that post as well as the one about Dogs Don't Have Souls, Do They?

    Khyra and Her Mom

  20. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Kisses and hugs

  21. Oh, I am SO sorry to hear this. Charmin, eventhough we have only met, we will never forget you. RIP.

  22. We are so very sorry! Our mom knows how hard it is to say goodbye even when it's the right thing to do and you know the time is right too. We will cross our paws for all of you! Run free, sweet Charmin!

    Poppy, Penny & Patches

  23. Run free sweet Charmin - you will be missed.


    Charlie, Opy, Greg and Brooke

  24. We are sorry for your loss. Charmin was a beautiful, lovely dog and I am sure you have tons of memories to keep you thinking of her with delight.
    Run free, little one.

    Miriam & Habca

  25. I'm so sorry that your sweet Charmin is gone. What lovely photos. Angelina from 'scrapbooking rooms.'

  26. Good-bye Charmin! Your parents deserve much love and praise for doing the right thing, even though it is always hard. Rest well dear friend!

    Love, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

  27. We are so sorry to hear about Charmin's crossing of the Rainbow Bridge.
    Run with the wind Charmin.
    Love Ruby & Penny

  28. we are so sorry to hear the news. We know the decision was very hard. But she is now in a better place. No longer suffering...

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  29. So very sorry. She looks like she was a wonderful "Wonder Dog." Our hearts are heavy, but you did the right thing for her. She loves you forever.

  30. Hello, we read about Charming on Addie's blog. We're so sorry for your loss. Our mamma master is leaking water :( You did the right thing for her. She will be in your hearts forever.

  31. Dog speed Charmin. We know your family will miss you so much.

    Essex & Deacon

  32. We are so sorry for you loss! Rest in peace Charmin! Woof Velcro and the rest of my family Kodak, 3 Perf, Blossom and mom Penny

  33. we are so very sorry to hear about your loss :(

    wet licks


  34. Just checking in to see how you are doing.

    We hope you and your family are doing well.

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie, Lucie, and Hailey

  35. Thank you for asking. We're adjusting to not having our dear Charmin around and are gathering supplies to create an awesome memory album for her. Today we received a nice card from the vets and their staff.

  36. w00fs, i remember last march (2008) when i got that card...started the tears all over again...because i missed my lacy girl and it was so very nice of them to send it...btw, i still miss her..

    b safe,

  37. There are no words I can give to you that will ease your pain because when we lose someone we love a cold wind blows through our soul.

    I lost my Savannah Leigh, who was born the same year as your sweet Charmin, two years ago. I thought I was doing OK until I saw Charmin's face. Savannah was black but she was about the same size and had gorgeous hair...just like Charmin.

    Sending you much love...

  38. Just wanted to say Hi!

    We hope you and your family are doing well.

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie, Lucie, and Hailey

  39. We are finally getting back to "normal" after all this time. Our other three dogs are also recovered from the shock of losing the matriarch of our family. Thanks to everyone for your loving and kind words. Now I'll start building a site for our current oldest dog, Tucker, the Wire Fox Terrier, who turns 16 next month.