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  1. Thank you for adopting Pepper. I am a Chihuaha lover/owner and it takes a special person to understand their behavior sometimes. We have rescued several through the years and I have one tattoo on my arm and a memory of sweet Hercules. How sweet the name choices for Abby Rose and Charlie. I hope your new neighbor is great and like you alot.nice and quiet.

  2. I hope your neighbor(s) is a nice and quiet person. Thank you for sharing how you named Abi Rose and Charlie Ross. Sweet story.

  3. Try not to let the vet’s comment affect you, Brenda…I very much doubt ANY dog at that age would “live for years”. Even human doctors are often prone to say things that are not possible. A heart doctor told my mom she was going to drop dead at any moment…she lived for 10 more years…all they can do, at the best, is to make an educated guess. You lived with Charlie…you knew the whole story better than anyone!! Go in peace!!

  4. Good Sunday Morning to you Brenda;
    just home from Mass and decided to catch up on my computer while my egg casserole bakes. I liked reading your fur babies back stories. When you talked about your ex-husband’s view of rescue dogs??!!!…. I was astonished. I have never equated rescue animals with people. He is weird! You’re fortunate to be rid of him!
    I hope your neighbor is a good one.

  5. Brenda, I loved reading the explanation and your naming Charlie Ross after your friend’s dad. I had an Uncle Ross and I loved him so. We had this little rescue we got from the pound. She was a mess but my daughter wanted that “one.” I had to have a skin biopsy on her after we got her she was in such bad shape. Goldie lived for 14 yrs and in the end she was deaf and blind and senile. I felt I let her suffer far too long. So please don’t agonize over Charlie. Picture him and Abi in a field of flowers.

  6. Maybe the woman is your new neighbor and the young men were helping her move in? Here you go again with a new manager!

  7. Quality of life is a big deal to me. We had a dog that we should have “put to sleep” long before we did. Instead he was miserable and ended up not being able to get up, all because we loved him so. Rest in peace knowing that if Charlie lived for “more” years, his quality of life would surely be compromised. Sometimes it’s best we don’t think of ourselves, but for our pet. You really did the right thing.

    1. I agree Ann. I tend to let my pets go too long. Brenda absolutely did the right thing.

    2. Yes I agree with your comment Ann E ,,,,, so very true.
      My first pup (years ago/rescue) Panda, needlessly suffered because I was never throughly educated re pet health.
      Even though Panda lived to be (probably) 14, she suffered at my hands. I believe she had had several strokes. Couldn’t properly function or even eat her meals. Just forgot how.
      This little girl lost so much weight, I was beside myself.
      Keeping her alive was so wrong.
      Finally, my aunt educated me re “quality of life” ,,,,, I never forgot her wise words.
      Putting Panda to sleep, out of her misery, was the best thing I did for for her.
      To this day, many decades later, I think of Panda and how she brought joy to my life.
      We both had so much fun together ❤
      P. S. Brenda ,,,,, keep on thinking of all your sweet pups ,,,,, but, remember ,,,,, when they are ill and suffering, it’s time to say the final goodbyes without guilt.

  8. We know our pets best. Our hearts know when it’s time. I had to do the same. A life of suffering for US is cruel. You showed him immense kindness and endless love in your decision. You knew dear Brenda. Your heart knew.

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