Friday, December 28, 2012


     Today would have been Angel Charlotte's first birthday.

     Dachshund Mommy: Charlotte's sudden and tragic death made and still makes me ill. Not only because Char was only 5 months old, and the she went from frolicking in the grass to dying in my arms in less than 24 hours, but because Charlotte was so much like Nola is was almost scary. Both so smart, beautiful, feisty, loving. I'm even more terrified now of something happening to Nola, my heart dog. 

     Charlotte has been gone now for longer than she was here with us. 6 months, 3 weeks and 2 days today. I can't believe that. What's even more shocking to me is that Phoenix is now older than Charlotte was. That idea isn't even conceivable to me. 

     As horrific and sad as Charlotte's passing was, it's taught me a lot. I've learned to treasure every single day, because you can never be such of what will happen next. I've learned to take lots and lots of pictures, even if they're of things that are, at the time, insignificant. To trust my instincts. To give as much as I possibly can. 

     Charlotte, we miss you.
Charlotte, this time last year. 
Charlotte, with her two older brothers and her mother, Boston. 

Same crooked noses, same black tails, same black stipe down the back, same bright brown eyes.

Nola's shadow, from the second Char could walk. 

Rest in peace, baby girl. 

This hangs over Charlotte's grave. Fitting. 
Dec. 28, 2011 - June 6th, 2012
I saw this blazingly bright star the night Charlotte passed. 


  1. Aww.. how sad. bless her heart... And What a sweetheart Char was.

  2. We send you "HUGS" today in hopes they will help you get through the day. Char we send you angel kisses at the bridge today. Sniffs, The HoundDogs and Mom

  3. Our prayers are with you. We mis you dear sweet Charlotte!

  4. We didn't know you when Charlotte went to the rainbow bridge but we know just how you feel, and how sometimes when the memories start to flow back into our hearts that the tears come to our eyes. I am sorry you had to go through that. She does look like Nola tho doesn't she. It is a mystery and a blessing when we see the similarities.
    stella rose and mom

  5. Thinking of you today. I too lost a dog suddenly (our Gemini) and I can in some ways it gets easier and in others it does not. May the joy she brought in such a short time bring you comfort. Hugs!

  6. I still can't help crying a bit when I think of Charlotte. So young, so happy, and so full of life. Perhaps her spirit lives on in Nola. Charlotte taught you so much in her short life....things we don't even think about. Like live each day to the fullest because you just never know what the future holds.

    I'm sure there'll be parties and cake and lots of candles at the Bridge tonight.

  7. We are sending you hugs. I'm so sorry.


  8. Such a cutie. Although I never knew her personally, I did follow her young life through your blog. I can tell she was well loved and must be missed terribly.

  9. She was so beautiful! You are right, we need to treasure each day!

    Your pal, Pip

  10. Yes, she was so beautiful and she is missed by so many. We all should not take any moments for granted and appreciate everything that we have and the time with adults and animals. The pictures are just adorable!!

    Jazzi and Addi

  11. That was such a beautiful tribute to Charlotte.
    Happy Birthday in heaven beautiful girl.
    Dip Bridge Elliot and Lynne x

  12. It doesn't take a GOOD teacher long to get the Lesson Learned and Charlotte was a GOOD TEACHER. Mission Accomplished.. fur her.
    She was a Sweetie for SURE.

  13. We never realized that Charlotte and Muffin had the same birthday. We miss your little girl too and we know what a little joy in your life she was. We shall ALWAYS remember her with love in our hearts.

    Happy Birthday Charlotte!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  14. Dachshund Mommy....
    Anniversaries are hard....
    Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

  15. She sure was cute. You have a sweet girl watching over you.

  16. What a beautiful post about your precious Charlotte!
    May her memory live in your heart forever!

  17. Our hearts still break for you. Thinking of you today and wishing you peace. This was a beautiful post in tribute to a sweet little pup.

  18. That was beautiful. What a cute pup, and ya, she was Nola's twin. So sad to lose anything to soon.

  19. what a great tribute post to sweet baby Char
    Benny & Lily

  20. Thank you for sharing this sweet tribute, I had no idea that she was so young. We do have to treasure every moment of life, theirs and ours. Blessings to you today.

  21. Sending lots of licks and love your way!!! Charlotte seems like she was such an awesome pup!! Beautiful tribute to her!!

  22. A lovely tribute and so very sad.

    I'm a new follower of this lovely blog x

  23. Charlotte's death...a sad memory. Charlotte's life...a joyful memory. I love the plaque you have over her grave. Very fitting. Rest in peace, beautiful Charlotte.

  24. What lovely photos, sending a hug!

  25. What a very sad memory. I can imagine how horrific Charlotte's death was for you and how it changed you forever. We all remember her and always will.


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