Charlie: our best mate

Posted by Kylie Hildebrand on 3 December 2009 | 8 Comments


Hi, we are sending this email to let you all know that our little dog Charlie passed away on Tuesday 17 November 2009.

Charlie: our best mate

We adopted Charlie back in late 2002 and straight away we developed an exceptionally close bond and he learnt that all humans were not cruel beasts. Charlie had had a very bad start to his life and had obviously been very badly treated.

Over the years with us he made eight trips around Australia with us and he really loved travelling. After a couple of years he developed epilepsy but with the help of our wonderful vets we got this under control and with daily medication he lived without the fear of further attacks. A couple of years back he developed heart disease and again thanks to our vets they pulled him through and with medication he lived as normally as possible. The night before his passing he was chasing his ball and playing catch. During the night he suffered a setback with his heart and lungs and at 2.30pm along with consultation with the vets we decided that it was time for his suffering to end. The hardest thing I have ever done in my life was cuddling him as he passed away. We buried our beloved Charlie under his favourite tree in the backyard with his three favourite balls and his pillow which he took everywhere with him (without our help).

Charlie: our best mate

When we first saw Charlie we were told by the girls that he had been there for a very long time and no one wanted him because of his aggression towards children. He looked up at us with his big brown eyes and the love story began. We wish to thank everyone at the refuge for the fantastic work they do and for introducing us to Charlie. When we get over the grieving we will be back to find hopefully another little friend like Charlie.

Keep up the good work.


Greg & Noelene

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  • I'm so sorry for your loss and I'm in tears when i read your story as I know it's heartbreaking and painful when our pets has to jus brought me back to memories of my pet dog hunter when i have to put him down shortly from pain and sufferings as a result of asbestos exposures. It was the toughest decision I have ever made in life and hunter will lives in my heart forever. My heart goes out to you and your family, may Charlie rest in peace.

    Posted by Shannon , 06/01/2010 12:01pm (9 years ago)

  • im soo sorry to hear about that it must be so hard

    Posted by ashley, 05/01/2010 11:21am (9 years ago)

  • your letter brings tears to my eyes as i remember my beautifull baby Bella, she passed away in october from what the vets can only say it looked like a twisted bowel or poisoning..., we will never know.
    Our pets become such an integral part of the family,. and they leave such a big hole in our hearts it is just a wonder why since the beginning of time the relationship between humans and dogs have had such an important role in our history.
    We love our pets, we cry and laught with them, we tell stories about them to our friends, carry their pictures on our phones and wallets like those of our children, and we mourn for them as they mourn for us.
    I will have my Bella in my hearth for ever as i know you have Charlie in yours, my heart goes with you.


    Posted by Dorys, 19/12/2009 6:50pm (9 years ago)

  • I cried when I read your story, as it brought back memories of my darling Brutus. We had to have him put down last year, we had him for twelve short years and I'll miss him until the day I die.
    Since then, I have taken on a dog who never had a very nice home. Also, a 13 year old dog from Shenton Park, his name is Barney. Then my son got a six year old long termer from Shenton Park, his name is Cooper and I look after him while my son is at work.
    Jazzi is the first dog I mentioned - can't leave her name out.
    Howeve, Brutus will always be in my heart.
    Take care.

    Posted by Jackie Varischetti, 07/12/2009 4:06pm (9 years ago)

  • Charlie was a lucky dog to have such a nice family. Im sure there is another little friend waiting at the refuge for you. sorry for your loss of charlie.xx

    Posted by claire, 07/12/2009 2:35pm (9 years ago)

  • Charlie had a wonderful life with both of you Greg & Noelene and that's all he asked for. It is hard to lose our beloved pets but he has given you such great memories to carry him in your hearts forever.
    Rest in peace Charlie, a job well done!

    Posted by Sandy & Ed Hefferon, 04/12/2009 5:28pm (9 years ago)

  • It's so hard losing our pets, but try not to grieve too long. Charlie waited a long time for you to come into his life and make it great. There are so many more beautiful dogs waiting for good people, to come into theirs.

    Posted by Audrey, 03/12/2009 6:16pm (9 years ago)

  • Thinking of you and your lovely Charlie. I bet he is playing ball in heaven and then resting on his pillow till you all meet again. Thank you for giving Charlie such a wonderful life.
    Emma from the Ref x

    Posted by Emma , 03/12/2009 12:38pm (9 years ago)

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