Posts in category Charlie Speaks

Big Guy Taught Me about Heros

One day, I heard a screaming, a howling, something was wrong. I ran next door and a puppy, Big Guy, had gotten through a hole in the fence. Three large dogs attacked him. He was a puppy, only a few months old. His mother went through the hole, fought off the dogs and by nothing less than a miracle, they both escaped back through [...]

Happy National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day
Puppies rule. The face of this little guy ruled the day we saw it. Dogs do so much. Probably save our souls every day of our lives. Have you hugged your dog yet today? #nationaldogday var OB_platformType=3; var OB_PlugInVer='8.0.0.0_Regular';ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in [...]

How to Properly Stick One’s Hea...

Dear Charlie, What is the best form for sticking my head out the window in the heat of the summer? All these safety rules keep me harnessed until the end of the road, the final few feet, the window rolls down and…and…I get so excited I don’t know whether to look to the front of the back.       &n [...]

How to Use Swiss Chard as Weapon That...

I beat my dog with a handful of swiss chard. He looked at me as if I had completely betrayed him. I pulled the leash closer and hit him some more. My son looked on as if I was mad, most likely afraid to come anywhere near me. A few minutes earlier, the three of us were happily picked some lettuce, chard, and celery from the gar [...]

A Conflicted Canine Ponders Desire

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I’ve Been Adopted by a Kid with...

Like peas in a pod, dogs in a pack, ducks in a pond, my son and his dog get along like brothers. The relationship gives each a chance to learn to take turns, give back toys, and just hang out. Children with special needs can benefit greatly by having a dog. Though, at times it’s not easy. Walks, cost, time – these mu [...]

How to Live with Down Syndrome

World Down Syndrome Day marked a day of celebration and recognition. Tomorrow, families continue life as normal. The meals need to be served, therapies done, and bedtime routines readied. When my son was born with Down syndrome, I ached to connect to more than information. I remember watching a video of this joyous child running [...]

Je Suis Charlie

No matter the race. No matter the religion. No matter. Dignity, love, respect and care for all. Every life matters. var OB_platformType=3; var OB_PlugInVer='8.0.0.0_Regular';ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on [...]

I’ll Follow You

No matter the cold, I’ll follow you. Though my paws wet and cold and nipped to the bone, I’ll follow you. For you are my human, I am your dog. That’s just the perfect way it is. var OB_platformType=3; var OB_PlugInVer='8.0.0.0_Regular';ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumbl [...]

Grateful to Be Alive, Breathing, and ...

Even Charlie knows…Breathing, laughing, turkey, puppies, and the love and friendship of others – always something to be thankful for. Enjoy the day. var OB_platformType=3; var OB_PlugInVer='8.0.0.0_Regular';ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Share on Fa [...]

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