|Birth: ||Oct., 1989|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 2006|
John saved Charlie when he was maybe 2 months old. John grabbed him from the middle of the street before he got hit. When I went to visit John at work he was carrying this puppy. I knew what John was thinking, so the puppy climbed through the window and off we went.
It became very obvious that someone had abused this sweet German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd mix pup, so we tried very hard to give him over the top love & affection.
Charlie grew to be a really large dog, like 80+ pounds of pure muscle. He has one blue eye and one brown eye and he is the sweetest dog you'd ever meet. Charlie retained some of his abuse issues, so we learned to live with them. Charlie loved riding in cars, so we often went for rides with Charlie sitting in the front seat strapped in. We rode in style, I had my Cadillac Coupe Deville then. Charlie liked big cups of iced water when we went to Taco Bell, etc. People got a kick out of this big dog sitting up like a human.
Charlie only went to the vet one time for shots & snip snip. 2 years ago we thought he had a stroke & John was mortified. It turned out to be Idiosyncratic Vestibular Syndrome or old dog syndrome. It left Charlie with stroke like effects, but in time he regained 98% of his abilities. He had balance issues after that. As long as he wasn't in pain, could function & was fully cognizant, I had to give him the chance to go on. Charlie had another episode 7 months later and the only thing he didn't regain was reverse. His hearing was nearly gone and he's an old man at 17, that's 119 human years.
Charlie still acted like a puppy with us & the cats. John was his buddy, I'm Mommy. Monday Charlie wasn't interested in eating & I could hear him yipping every so often. When John came home from work Charlie didn't get up to greet him as usual and laid there the whole time John did his chores, which is not like Charlie. Charlie looked like he was in pain, hasn't eaten at all, so the vet came to put him down Tuesday. You could see the defeat & tiredness in Charlie's eyes.
The kindest thing to do is put him down. Though our hearts ache and we didn't want to have to make that decision, it is here. Charlie will be buried in a spot he used to like to lay in all the time. We love you baby! Wait for us on Rainbow Bridge, we'll meet you as soon as we can.
Our hearts are broken, Charlie was our oldest baby. We know this is the kindest thing for Charlie, but it doesn't make it any easier.
Charlie was the most sweetest, loving dog anyone could ask for. He wasn't a watch dog, he was a big chicken. Charlie was our baby and he was ALWAYS a good boy. We will miss our precious baby. Charlie went to sleep at 10:48 a.m. and went over Rainbow Bridge.
Hielscher Family Property
Created by: Raven Hair
Record added: Jun 06, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14523078
Thinking of you as we near the holiday that terrified you. We love you baby.|
Mama & Daddy
Added: Jul. 2, 2006
An angel to guide my baby home. Heaven is gaining a wonderful dog.|
Added: Jun. 6, 2006