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Cathy Moon
27th January 2008, 05:02 PM
It is with great sorrow that I’m posting this message – we gave little Charlie his wings on Friday, January 25th. He was only 2 years old. He fell asleep in my arms at the vets on Friday night. Colin and I, along with our vet, decided that Charlie had struggled enough with SM. We all miss him terribly as he has been the center of our lives since I brought him home this past October.

For those of you who don’t know about Charlie, he had severe SM symptoms for well over a year before we adopted him in October 2007. According to his veterinary records, he had what most of us would call severe SM symptoms at 5 month of age. Shortly after we brought him home, he had decompression surgery. He improved dramatically for a time, but he still had permanent neurological damage and his pain episodes never went away.

During the past month, he had gradually deteriorated. His pain medicine dose was doubled as we tried to buy him more time for possible healing. But we finally reached the point when we knew we had to give Charlie relief. It was heart wrenching to decide to let him go.

We love you and miss you, little Charley Barley. Heidi and Tasha are with you at the bridge.

27th January 2008, 05:08 PM
I'm so sorry. Charlie had a wonderful few months with a family that loved him dearly. He is free from pain now and can play at the bridge with all the other beautiful cavaliers.

My thoughts are with you at such a sad time.

27th January 2008, 05:40 PM

Bless you and Colin and hugs to Geordie, Chocolate and India for sharing your time and love with Charlie and for having the courage to know that it was time to let him go. To me Charlie will forever be the poster "child" for SM. We can only hope that his story motivates people to do and learn more.


27th January 2008, 06:26 PM
I am so sad for you & Colin. You gave Charlie the best care possible during his short time with you. He is free of pain now.

27th January 2008, 06:37 PM
Sorry to hear it.

brid kenny
27th January 2008, 07:00 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss.

27th January 2008, 07:45 PM
Im so sorry, Charlie was so loved by you all and you did your very best for him. Atleast he will be free from all that pain now. Thinking of you all at this very sad time

Cathy T
27th January 2008, 07:48 PM
Oh God Cathy....I'm so incredibly sorry. I was in tears before I could even start reading your message. Sweetie...know that you did everything possible for Charlie but he just wasn't meant for this world. I am so grateful that you did everything you could for him and gave him so much love in the last few months. Please give Colin a big hug from me and express how much we all appreciated the lengths you all went through to care for Charlie. Rest in peace little love, no more pain.

To me Charlie will forever be the poster "child" for SM. We can only hope that his story motivates people to do and learn more


Claire L
27th January 2008, 07:55 PM
Cathy & Colin, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved boy Charlie :( please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers {{{{HUGS}}}}

27th January 2008, 08:09 PM
Hello Cathy and Colin.
This is really saddening news. I also followed your Charlie, and I really admire what you did for him during these past months. The warmest hugs, thoughts and prayers to you all. Thank you for being there for him.

27th January 2008, 08:45 PM
oh my goodness Cathy, I am so sorry :( I'm so glad Charlie got to come and stay with you for a few months ~ they surely were his best few of his entire life. You and Colin have been an inspiration to me with your kind and gracious hearts. Please know that you guys are in my thoughts and prayers at this terrible time *hugZ* from all of us! :flwr:

Run free at the bridge little sweetheart :lotsaluv: *ng*l*ng*l*ng*l :lotsaluv:

27th January 2008, 09:05 PM
Oh, this is hard to read. Thank you for the courage to let Charlie be at peace. You are so wise and you both took such loving care of this little soul and gave him the best. His paw prints will always be on your hearts. :paw: God bless you.

27th January 2008, 09:35 PM
So sorry
Aileen and the gang (Barney ---Jazzie---Sam)

27th January 2008, 09:51 PM
Cathy, I am so heartbroken for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. But a huge thank you to you and your husband for giving Charlie a wonderful life with you.

Elaine 2
27th January 2008, 10:48 PM
I'm so sorry to read about Charlie my heart goes out to you both, he'll be playing in the sunshine now with all his pain long gone, take care I'm thinking of you

27th January 2008, 11:04 PM
I found this and it reminded me of Cathy and Colins strength

"From Friend to Friend" by Karen Clouston

You're giving me a special gift, so sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days, your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing when your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes, beyond into your soul,
I see in you the magic that will once more make me whole.

The strength that you possess is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done, for it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you and chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years ... my partner till the end.

Please understand just what this gift you're giving means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost and all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf, for that is what friends do,
And know that what you do is right. For I believe it too.

So one last time I breathe your scent and through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you to now grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here, dear friend and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady pet, my pain and struggle done.

And don't despair my passing, for I won't be far away,
Forever here within your heart and memory I'll stay.
I'll be watching over you, your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run, a young pet once again.

27th January 2008, 11:31 PM
Bless you Cathy and Colin for all the love you gave to Charlie! I am sorry things did not turn out differently.

27th January 2008, 11:40 PM
I am very sorry for your loss.

27th January 2008, 11:51 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss,it makes me so angry that people have bred these beautiful creatures without any regard for their health and well being ! He was lucky to have you at least :(

28th January 2008, 12:15 AM
Cathy, what a wonderful person you are for taking on the emotional and financial burden to take such care of gentle little soul Charlie. He was so lucky to have you in his life before running free at the bridge. My heart breaks for you and your family at this difficult time.*ng*l Know that you did everything you could and be at peace. Hugs from us and Miss Bianca.:flwr:

28th January 2008, 12:44 AM
This is too sad. Like the rest I looked forward to hearing about Charlie's progress. I'm so glad you gave Charlie a chance for a pain free life filled with love and hope. Many hugs to you and your family, Cathy. You are a gracious angel. :hug:

28th January 2008, 01:00 AM
Cathy and Colin, I am so sorry for your loss of little Charlie. He truly touched us all with his bravery, as did both of you with your kindness, generosity, determination...and now with your courage to make a difficult, but necessary, decision. You are in my thoughts.

28th January 2008, 01:53 AM
Oh as soon as I saw the topic title I had to grab for the tissues :(

Cathy, you and Colin did awesome things to give Charlie a fighting chance at having a pain free life. I don't think I've ever heard a story of so much determination and love for a wee animal that did not even start out as one of yours. You've both obvisouly got enormous hearts.

Bless you for giving little Charlie the only thing that would free him from his pain... his wings. I'll light a candle for him.

28th January 2008, 03:24 AM
I echo the same thoughts expressed by others who have already responded. You both gave Charlie a chance for a good life. Your kindness and care for him was amazing. I'm so sorry that this did not have a better outcome for all of you. Making the decision you made on Friday must have been very hard.

My thoughts, and those of many others, are with you.


28th January 2008, 11:09 AM
Oh I am so so sorry to hear this sad news. I didnt want to open the post as I was so hoping that he was over the worst.

I cannot imagine how hard the decision must have been but what a lucky little lad to have found such wonderful people who were willing to give him every chance possible.

I have so much admiration for you.

28th January 2008, 03:34 PM
Oh Cathy and Colin, I am so so sorry, breaking my heart for you here (((((hugs))))

This is just the worst news, you tried so very hard for this wee guy, he couldn't have had better people, and I'm sure he knew that - he received so much love and care from you, I know you must be raw at the moment but think that you made his life better by being there for him and making such brave decisions, firstly to adopt him, to go ahead with the surgery and finally to let him go.

He will leave a huge hole in your hearts and lives - and those of us who have come to know him through the board.

I love the words of this:

His Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of him as gone away --
his journey's just begun;
Life holds so many facets --
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrow and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know, today,
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost --
and he was loved so very much.
Author -- Ellen Brenneman

28th January 2008, 09:03 PM
Cathy and Colin, Darren, I and the boys are sending you big hugs - all I can say is that Charlie had a great last few months to have been with you and the guys... I cannot imagine how you are feeling but I am sitting here crying with a heavy heart. Charlie is not feeling any pain and watching you all. Remember the special times. With our love.

28th January 2008, 10:34 PM
You have a big heart, Cathy. Not many would have done what you and Colin did for Charlie. You gave him the best possible life, albeit a short one. He finally got to experience what love really is.

Run free little man. :paw:

29th January 2008, 01:07 AM
Cathy & Colin, I echo what others have said...I am deeply sorry for your loss and you did all that you could to give Charlie. As I was crying over this extremely sad news today this song kept coming to mind....and I imagine Charlie would have sung theses words to you if he could have....

How sweet it is to be loved by you

I needed the shelter of someone's arms
And there you were
I needed someone to undestand my ups and downs
There you were
With sweet love and devotion
Deeply touching my emotion
I want to stop, and thank you (MOMMA)
I want to stop, and thank you (DADDY)

Charlie was blessed to have you both as his mom & dad. Charlie was loved.

29th January 2008, 04:22 PM
This is so sad for all. You gave him so much time and care over the recent months and I know we all hoped he would do better. :flwr: The real tragedy is that responsible and compassionate decisions were not made for him for so long prior to him coming to you, despite his suffering, which greatly reduced all his possibilities and potential. :(

29th January 2008, 04:32 PM
Cathy, I am really sorry to hear about sweet little Charlie. Like many others, I followed his progress and was hoping that he would improve. You and your family are in my thoughts...he was lucky that you rescued him and gave him the love and caring he has always deserved for the last few months of his life.

29th January 2008, 04:39 PM
Oh Cathy I really feel for your loss. Your fought so hard to try and give Charlie quality of life, but alas was not too be. However, you did suceed in giving him a lifetime of love in the short time that you had him and have also shown him hat love in the decision that you made in releasing him from his pain and suffering. Big hugs to you all:hug::hug:

Molly's mom
29th January 2008, 07:23 PM
Cathy, my deepest sympathy and admiration goes out to you and your family. What a great gift you gave Charlie even if it was for a short time. He had a forever home. Run free little angel. *ng*l*ng*l*ng*l*ng*l

29th January 2008, 08:45 PM
I'm really sorry for your loss. I admire your dedication and efforts with Charlie. Thinking of you.

29th January 2008, 09:26 PM
Charlie will always remain in my thoughts. I will treasure the memory of him on his blanket. Thank you for all you did for him and for sharing your very difficult journey with us

*ng*l Run Free Charlie. Enjoy all your new friends at the Bridge*ng*l

30th January 2008, 07:43 AM
:hug::hug::hug: Can't think of anything to say, so very sad for you. Greatest condolances.

1st February 2008, 04:30 PM
Charlie was blessed to have his last days so filled with love. I am so sorry for your loss and thank you and your family for giving him the love he deserved at the end of his life.:hug:

Debby with a Y
1st February 2008, 05:00 PM
Bless you so much for making such a difference in sweet Charlie's life. He was so loved and so well cared for by you. You are a role model and a blessing to dogs everywhere. Charlie is playing pain-free with the other dog angels and he patiently awaits the time when he can thank you in person for all you've done for him. {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}} of comfort to you.

1st February 2008, 05:39 PM
Thinking of you here~ Im so sorry. We all know you did all you could for him....So Sad. :(

2nd February 2008, 12:56 AM
Run and play Charlie - your mum will be with you soon.. blessings to her. x

2nd February 2008, 04:56 PM
Oh Cathy, I'm so very sorry.

You did so much for him, and he will thank you for ever. It doesn't matter if they're with us for days, months or years, they still leave a massive pawprint on your heart when they leave. :(

You have done a wonderful thing for him and you're an angel.

((( hugs )))

Chelle & Rex
2nd February 2008, 11:32 PM
Hi Cathy,
I'm so sorry for your loss - I couldn't read the entire thread - I was following Charlies's Blog and had tears rise just seeing the title of this post. Thankfully Charlie had a lovely few months of happiness before he went to the bridge. Thanks to you and your family for giving him a great chance at life :flwr::flwr::flwr: He will always remember the love ye gave him- they were the best few months of his life :)

Rj Mac
3rd February 2008, 09:00 PM
Cathy, we are so sorry to hear of Charlies passing, just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in our thoughts at this time :flwr::hug:

4th February 2008, 03:54 AM
I am so sorry to hear this. My heart really goes our to you and your husband, and of course Charlie. I really hope there is a pain-free place for him; these poor babies deserve peace.

4th February 2008, 05:37 PM
I just put a message on your blog. I'm so sorry. But you gave him such a great few months. My heart goes out to you and your family.


5th February 2008, 11:08 PM
Oh my goodness.What a shame such a sweet innocent life had to go so early :(

Ode to Charlie....

Super dog you were one of the best,
your zest for life was a cut above the rest.
A special place in my heart you`ll keep,
I understand it was time for you to go to sleep.

Your sweet little face I shall forget not,
in my memories of you I`ll always have a soft spot.
Your human mum and dad - wow they are an exceptional pair,
Cathy and Colin are angels but of that fact I think you`re already aware.

So long,farewell,handsome furry man,dont worry although I wont see you for ages,
When its my turn to arrive in heaven I`ll look you up in the canine yellow pages!

x x x

6th February 2008, 09:34 AM
Oh Cathy , so sorry to hear this news...thinking of you.:( I was so sad to see your post.

Goodbye little Charlie you were so beautiful.

Thankyou Cathy and Colin for being so good to him and making the last few months of his short life so happy. He was lucky to have you.

8th February 2008, 05:28 PM

Thank you for give Charlie a home and love these past few months. We all loved him so much he filled our hearts, and it so sad to see him go so soon...so sad.

8th February 2008, 06:43 PM
So very sad to hear your news Cathy. Please be assured of my prayers and positive thoughts at this difficult time.xx

10th February 2008, 05:05 AM
God bless you little Charlie.

11th February 2008, 12:31 AM
So sorry to hear about Charlie, i read your post with tears in my eyes. My heart goes out to your and your family. Take care .

Cathy Moon
13th February 2008, 01:12 AM
Thank you all so much for your caring words about Charlie. Today we received a very special package in the mail from our vet. She is so sweet to have taken the time to make this:

13th February 2008, 01:24 AM
That's so beautiful, that's something to really treasure. How kind of her. :)

Cleo's Person
13th February 2008, 11:41 AM
Cathy, I have just read this entire thread now. I am so deeply sorry for you and Colin on Charlie's passing. He was so very lucky to have found such a wonderful forever home and I'm sure that in the few short months you had together he knew he was loved, adored and wanted. It can't have been an easy decision to make and I admire you so much, for having the courage to take Charlie into your home and even more for having the courage to give him his wings. I hope I can some day be as brave. Charlie was such a great dog and his story has touched all of us on this forum. Run free and pain free at the bridge little man. :hug: also to Geordie, India and Chocolate at this time.

ps what a wonderful gift from your vet. How very kind of her.

17th February 2008, 01:09 AM
I'm so sorry for your Loss Cathy. Little Charlie has been the center of your attentions since the day he came home and it must be so hard to let him go. He was very lucky to have you the last months of his life. Our thoughts are with you. Hugs

17th February 2008, 02:46 AM
What a wonderful vet to have taken the time to make that little tribute to Charlie's life.

I am so sorry for your loss. Although his time with you was short, Charlie touched all of our hearts and was so lucky to have found you & Colin.

20th February 2008, 07:50 AM
I've been away and only just caught up with this now :(
I'm really sorry to read, I can't imagine how tough maknig that decision would have been. What you did for Charlie was incredible, he was finally given a home with people who really cared and loved him. You gave him a shot at life when many others would have never even tried, doing that was incredible. I really admire you Cathy and Colin, if only more people had hearts as big as yours.
Hope your doing ok,
Lots of Love
Lara and Marley

20th February 2008, 08:44 PM
I too have been away for a while and have only just read this thread. Cathy, I am so incredibly sorry to hear this news, like every-one here I truly hoped that things would continue to improve for Charlie. I also have the very highest regard for you and Colin and all that you did for Charlie in the (far too few) months he was a part of your lives, you are incredible people indeed.

Run free at the bridge dear Sweet Charlie, Goodnight, God Bless You little one! :luv: :luv: :luv: :luv: :luv:

21st February 2008, 07:35 PM
Oh Cathy, I just read this post, almost a month later. What a heartbreaking story. At least little Charlie had a wonderful, special family where he felt loved and cared for in his short little life! I will pray that you get through this difficult time and know that you absolutely made the right decision giving him his little wings so he no longer has to suffer!

24th February 2008, 04:09 PM
Cathy - I came here to get an update on Charlie as there hadn't been one on his blog in a while and I was worried. :( I am so sorry that Charlie still struggled with the pain of SM and I am so sorry for your loss... Charlie was blessed that you brought him into your lives and did all you could for him. He had such a loving home for the last few months and I cannot express how much I admire you for taking him in and doing the surgery for him. It is more than I could have done and you are such a strong person and a wonderful family to do that for him. Thank you.
I am very sorry that Charlie continued to have pain and I am so sad for your loss... I imagine he is now running without pain or hinderence, with legs that work perfectly and carry him over green fields... Running with all the other loved dogs who are now painfree thanks to the love of their owners.
I'm crying as I write this. Charlie was such a special dog to all of us and I thank you again for all you did for him and for including us on that journey.