Love, with Wiggles, from Charlie Bear

October 19, 2011 at 8:49 am 20 comments

It was quite a big day for me on Sunday. Nope, it wasn’t my birthday. I think there was a full moon, but that wasn’t why it was an important day for me.

It was my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my Peeps taking me in. Did you think I’d make it? I had misgivings. In fact, I had my nyla bone and squeaky turtle packed and ready to go the first few months. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I barked and spun and growled at my rear end. I still do it and it still drives them crazy, especially when I let out one of those high-pitched yips and then spin around and around and growl like a banshee. Geez. I’d be unnerved too.

Anyway, at first I was uncomfortable here. The big dog ruled the roost. He got the cushy bedroom to sleep in, I got a crate. His food bowl was bigger and he seemed to get nicer nuggets. I’m told he got more because he needed to eat more, but hey, that’s not fair! We both got treats like peanut butter in our Kongs, but again, his was like WAY bigger than mine! Not fair at all.

Mom Peep lavished attention on the big dog and didn’t dote on me like I thought she would. Could be because I treated big dog badly, lunging at him, grabbing at his neck, trying to bite him and shake him. She didn’t like that.

Dad Peep tried to mellow me out. He held me, soothed me, petted me, and gave me the loving I desperately needed to feel at ease. Eventually, I did relax enough to sleep good at night, not attack the big dog, be content with my food allotment, and I even learned from Rex not to bark at the neighbor’s dogs and the cat on the wall.

So here I am one year after first coming to live here. I made it. I survived. Mom and Dad Peep survived. We lost big dog Rex on June 1st from a sudden and devastating illness and we’re all adjusting to life without him now. It’s my mission to bring Mom and Dad comfort and to offer them laughter and joy. If I could, I’d raise a toast to the next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. I’m in this relationship for the long haul. Thanks, Mom and Dad Peep, for giving me a chance.

Love you both with many wiggles and woofs,
Charlie Bear

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  • 1. Peggy @Peggy's Peg Place  |  October 24, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Happy 1 yr Anniversary! You sure have left your mark on your new home I’m sure, and wiggled your way into many hearts! luv Peggy and Kelly

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    • 2. bjtaylorblog  |  October 26, 2011 at 8:42 am

      Peggy and Kelly,
      Yup, I’ve done that — wiggled my way into my Peeps’ hearts. At least I think so. There are days they still get irritated with me…heck, I get irritated with me! But mostly they laugh and enjoy me as much as I enjoy myself.
      Mom Peep tells me you have a dog book out, something about dieting together? She says she’s going to do a blog post about it soon. Good luck with it!
      Wiggles & woofs,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 3. Thomas jamison  |  October 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    My dog ztuff is dying,I guess. I still take him for walks beczause he enjoys it but they are short. He is not bresthing good. He did have
    pneumonia for about 28 days of coughing. He is not eating vey
    much these days. just some bread. He sleeps a lot. He seems to
    have little energy. one day he could not get-up so he peed himself.
    I cleaned him up. He is not goin g poop right now. He does drin k water each day. I know that the doctors can’t do much for him.
    He does not seem to be in pain. I have to leave for Montana next
    week for ten days. He might not make it through this time at the
    keneel. He did not do good there about a week ago whem we left him.I just can’t seem to get the courGE TO PUT HIM DOWN.
    i WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO KEEP HIM FROM PAIN.

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    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  October 22, 2011 at 6:47 am

      Thomas,
      There is no worse feeling than knowing our beloved pet must leave and go over The Rainbow Bridge up to doggie heaven. I had to help big dog Rex on June 1st do that exact same thing. Charlie Bear wrote about a dream he had where Rex told him about what it’s like up there. The post is here, and there’s a link on the post to the Rainbow Bridge poem too. http://bit.ly/qzpTrT
      I hope this comforts you. Nothing really does for a while. It’s so very hard. My feelings aand prayers are with you, Thomas. You will find the courage by remembering that Ztuff counts on you to do what he needs.
      Love to you, B.J. & Charlie Bear

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  • 5. Marianne  |  October 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Charlie Bear…please give your mom a big kiss from me – it’s her birthday today, and i know she loves you!

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    • 6. bjtaylorblog  |  October 21, 2011 at 7:11 am

      Marianne,
      Just like you said…I gave Mom a sloppy, wet lickity kiss for her birthday. And then I gave her another!
      Have a super Friday!
      Woofs & wiggles,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 7. Julie Garmon  |  October 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Charlie Bear, I remember when your mom was thinking about getting you. You can’t imagine how much joy you’ve brought to her life! You’ve made lots of us smile. Everybody who meets you loves you.

    Hope your second year in your new home is even more special than your first. (It probably will be. You’re so grown up now.)

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    • 8. bjtaylorblog  |  October 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Julie and Clyde,
      I AM grown up now! I’m two already! Big dog Rex would say I’ve learned a lot in my time with him, and Mom and Dad say I’ve settled in nicely. Like you said, I’m excited about my second year in my forever home. I bet Clyde is working his way into your home and hearts, the big lump. Gangly and all paws, he reminds me of Rex. I bet he eats a lot too.
      Thanks for the comment on the blog post.
      Wiggles and woofs to you and big boy Clyde,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 9. Susan  |  October 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Charlie, I hope you are happy in your permanent home! Happy Anniversary! You are sure there’s not something itchy wrong with your rear end? Otherwise, I cannot understand why you are still growling at it. I don’t think dogs can be schizo and I don’t think they get hemoroids.
    Susan

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    • 10. bjtaylorblog  |  October 20, 2011 at 7:41 am

      Susan,
      Thanks for the happy anniversary wishes! Mom Peep is going to look into the issue of something else going on with my bum and why I keep chasing it. Seems to happen most often when I am overtired — like a toddler, I just can’t handle the excitement of some of my days. BUT, mind you, I love that joyfulness. So it’s a dilemma, for sure. I’ll work through it. Your thoughts got my Mom thinking…and she discovered that even though she gives me flea medication, Dad admitted he saw one on me the other night. So off for a flea treatment I go today. We’ll see if that helps!
      Thanks, Susan.
      Wiggles to you,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 11. Marsha Hubler  |  October 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Charlie Bear, this is Skippy, Honey’s furbrother. As you know, Honey went over the Rainbow Bridge two weeks ago. But do you know that Mom went to the SPCA on Monday and brought home a furbrother for me? His name is Bailey, and Mom has his picture on her Facebook wall. Go have a look at him. He’s a pretty nice guy, a little wild, though. He’s only two or three and full of energy. Mom and I aren’t so lonely anymore.
    And by the way, congrats on making it a full year with your peeps. They must love you an awful lot.

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    • 12. bjtaylorblog  |  October 20, 2011 at 7:38 am

      Skippy ! Nice to hear from you and Mom!
      Thanks for the congrat’s, but even more important — congrat’s to both of you for adding wild and wonderful Bailey to your household. Sounds like he’ll be keeping you all hopping and having fun.
      Many blessings as you all settle in together. Took me a while here, as you know, but it was well worth sticking with it.
      Hugs from Mom Peep to your Mom Peep, and wiggles and woofs to you and Bailey from me, Charlie Bear

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  • 13. John Fenlaw  |  October 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Charlie Bear, congratulation on your one year annivesary !! That’s pretty amazing, because this week end was also the one year annivesary of my guy Emmitt coning to live here with us.
    Emmitt came from a rough back ground and now, 1 year later he’s a lot like you..he has adjusted very well and even has his own Facebook page..www.facebook.com/Emmitt’s place where he has fun, but more important, he helps other dogs find their forever and ever homes. For his one year here..we called it his re-birth day, he asked all his Facebook friends to Paw it Forward by donating food to their local shelters..and they came thru big time with over 4500 pounds of food and treats being donated to shelters around the country….and 1 old senior dog being adopted in his honor.
    Anyway, congratulations on your one year annivesary !!

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    • 14. bjtaylorblog  |  October 20, 2011 at 7:35 am

      John & Emmitt,
      Thanks for the congrat’s! And CONGRAT’s to you too, Emmitt! A re-birth day…that’s cool, and so is the fact that you help other dogs find their forever homes. I like that.I’m going to tell my mom to look up your FB page –it’s so nice of you to Paw it Forward and have people donate food and treats to shelters. Those dogs there need all the loving feelings they can get. Mom Peep and I commend you! And for a senior dog to be adopted in your honor, Emmitt. Doesn’t that feel good?
      Wiggles and wags to you,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 15. Lynn  |  October 19, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Whoo hoo, Charlie Bear!!!! I knew you could do it! My one year anniversary is coming up on October 28th and I can’t wait to see what my Mom does for me! I bet she will take me on a car ride and give me some kind of special treat, but we will just have to wait and see. It’s always an adjustment when a new guy moves in, for everyone concerned, and believe me, I know! I’m in my 4th home now, but my Mom tells me this is my forever home and she won’t ever give me up. I think she means it. I hope so, she gives the best belly rubs ever! I am so glad you have found a good home with peeps who love you and take such good care of you. Hang in there, Charlie Bear!

    Your pal,
    Jake

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    • 16. bjtaylorblog  |  October 19, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Jake,
      You have an anniversary coming up too? Happy one to you as well on Oct. 28th! You are so blessed to have this fourth home as your forever home. Wow. I can’t imagine how that must make you feel now that you know you won’t have to be bounced around and that your Mom really loves you and wants you.
      P.S. My Mom gives me belly rubs too! They’re the best! (both belly rubs AND moms!)
      Sniffles and wiggles to you,
      Charlie Bear

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  • 17. bowensdogblog  |  October 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

    You’ve come such a long way Charlie Bear! Kudos to your Mom and Dad peeps for giving you such a wonderful home and the time and care that you really needed. Sometimes all one needs is for someone to believe in them and support them no matter what. We can all turn around and do great things!

    -Kimi and CCI pup, Bowen

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    • 18. bjtaylorblog  |  October 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Bowen,
      You have a blog I see! I’m going to tell Mom to check it out. Thanks for the well-wishes on my one year anniversary. I know you’ll do great things with your life and your Mom, Kimi, will teach you tons of things you need to know as you grow up. Keep us posted on your progress.
      Woofs & wiggles (and sniffs to you),
      Charlie Bear

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  • 19. Tiger  |  October 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

    We were all pulling for you Charlie Bear. We knew you could do it and we’re thrilled that you did! Tell your peeps to give you an extra hug tonight.

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    • 20. bjtaylorblog  |  October 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Tiger,
      Thanks for pulling for me! I really didn’t know if they’d keep me. I was a real terror for a while. I’ll for sure tell them to give me extra hugs tonight!
      Woofs & wiggles,
      Charlie Bear

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