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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Charlie the Big Dog

Today we join with our extended pack-mates in the Dogs With Blogs community as we mourn the loss of our dear friend, Charlie the Big Dog. Our hearts and prayers go out to Greg, Brooke and Opy; we know Charlie was such a special boy, a special friend to you.

We were going to link to a post we made about Charlie back in April of '07, but instead, we're going to paste it in here, as a celebration of Charlie's life and our friendship with him. "Old post" in italics:
Ha roo, pups! It's me - Stormy! Have you seen our friend Charlie the Big Dog's blog lately? Not only did he post pictures of himself doing the Hail Me pose (Hail Storm/y) but he's written us a Haik-woo!!! Yeah! Isn't that wonderful?!!? He's taken Dave's art form to new heights and has honored us with a Haik-woo about all of us! Here it is!

We are totally impressed, touched and honored. Dave says it's outstanding and is flattered that Charlie is trying his paw at writing Haik-woo; Zim thinks it's totally cool; and Amber says that we must do something to show Charlie how deeply we cherish this Haik-woo and his friendship. The choice seems clear to me - and I think it was Holly who inspired it with a comment to Charlie. She said he could be "a Siberian in Lab fur, just like Dave is always confused with being a LAB in Siberian fur!!" Exactly. Only there's no confusion -- Dave IS a Lab in a Sibe suit. Ha roo roo roo! (Just kidding, Dave.)

So... by the powers vested in me as the Supreme Commander of the Army of Four and the Dean of the Stormy Zoluschka Kryschtal School of Siberian Studies ... I hereby declare Charlie the Big Dog to be an honorary Siberian Husky! Dave has marked the occasion
(not that kind of marking!) by writing a Haik-woo of his own:

Charlie the Big Dog: Honorary Sibe!

Also, from this day forward, Charlie is an auxiliary member of the Army of Four!

Treats for everyone!

Tail wags,

Supreme CDR, Ao4

We love you, Charlie, we'll miss you, but one day we will meet again. Greg, Brooke and Opy, may your memories comfort you, may time heal your wounds, and until you see Charlie again, healthy and whole, may you always feel his love.

The Army of Four and our mom


  1. Such a lovely tribute xxx

  2. Charlie's passing was the first news we read this morning. It is very sad news!

  3. What a wonderful tribute. Charlie will be missed by so many.

    Roxie, Sammy & Andy

  4. We can't think of a better tribute.

    Steve and Kat

  5. it was nice reading something cool from the past.

    Rest well BYD (Big yellow dog)


  6. hi stormy!
    oh it is so nice to meet you.
    thank you for the birthday wishes today.

    you made our day!

    what a beautiful tribute to your friend charlie. we are so sorry for your loss.

    m & e

  7. Mommy didn't know Charlie, but her eyes are leaking after reading your wonderful tribute.

    He was a very loved fur child!

    Smiley Tears!

  8. Beautiful post. I didn't even know Charlie, but this made we get all teary eyed. Beautiful tribute.

  9. Charlie was a great friend!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg, Broke and Opy.
    Kisses and hugs

  10. Beautiful tribute.. I didn't know Charlie but feel the love for him going around today.. He was special..

    Hugs GJ xx

  11. We are so sad about Charlie. He was such a special boy. And, what a wonderful way to remember him, from that old post. Brings back memories for sure, and lots of tears.


  12. What a beautiful tribute to Charlie. We didn't know him but we are thinking of his furiends and family today.

  13. a wonderful tribute - my J was too upset to write anything today although she put a wee side bar thingme on, to honour sweet Charlie.

    She said to bark to you all.........

    when she hugged him in person in April on her visit, she whispered in Chucksie's ear.......this Hug is From Me, Jeannie, but it is also on behalf of all the DWBers who love you so much.

    She may have taken her duties too far perhaps, but she said Charlie was possibly the huggiest boy, apart from me of course.

    And while she was away, Charlie was my stand in for hugs.........

    Run free sweetest Charlie........Run free.

    Sunshine bringer boy.

    lotsaluv, Marv........xxxxx and Jeannie xxxxxxxxxxx

  14. w00fs, an excellent tribute to our friend...

    b safe,

  15. Pawsome tribute...we're down in the dumps here thinking about Charlie. So, so sad.

  16. What an excellent tribute and thanks for taking us back to that special post.

  17. That's a wonderful tribute. Mum knew Charlie personally and is so very sad about this news.

    Huffle Mawson

  18. That was so nice. I hope it brings comfort to the family.

    Painter Pack

  19. Hey Ao4,
    A GReat tribute and well deserved. The founder father has passed on and the entire DWB community echoes you sentiments. It was shocking and sorrowful news. Thanks for bringing such a fitting post to the day.
    - TBH&K

  20. That was a beautiful tribute to a beautiful boy. We are so sad to hear of his passing. Run free, sweet Charlie.

    The OP Pack

  21. We are so sorry to hear about Charlie. That was a very beautiful tribute.

    Mochi and Mommy

  22. Dear Stormy & the whole A04 pack, that was beawootiful! What a great way to honor a great dog!

    Woos & a-roos,
    Star & Jack a-roo

  23. WOO. That was a furry special tribute to Charlie. Kayla and Maebe

  24. What a wonderful tribute, guys!
    Charlie will be missed for a long time to come!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  26. Oh that is so sweet... You are making mom leak...

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  27. What a great tribute - we unfortunately didnt know charlie - but we are sending bully hug vibes to his family

    Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ