Charlie's good life.
© 1999 C.J. Hadley, Publisher/Editor
My dog Charlie is only six years old and has been in these pages
a couple of times in the past. When I got back from my recent
(almost free) sortie to the Aussie outback (see Weewondilla
next issue), I noticed that beautiful Great Dane had a slight
Charlie has no interest in things that cause me anguish and he
is constant, loving, pacifying. Every day with a good dog like
Charlie is worth a whole lot more than a day without one.
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I rushed him to see Steve Talbot DMV and according to that talented
vet and a radiologist at U.C. Davis, Charlie has bone cancer.
I will not let him hurt too much because there will come a time
when I will become his Kervorkian. Many people have asked me,
Why Great Danes? Their life expectancy is only seven years!
To a Dane owner, the benefits are obvious. Charlies typical.
His personality is just about perfect. Hes therapeutic. He has
no interest in the things that cause me anguish and he is constant,
loving, pacifying. I figured out years ago that every day with
a good dog is worth a lot more than a day without one. Charlies
worth twice that.
I dont mean to get into the depths of canine mush here but every
day with that hound has been a great one. Hes even helped with
RANGE by relieving pressure on me, because I share the pressures
of the people who live and work on the land. Charlie has been
RANGEs salvation, but so have my previous Danes, Laverne and
Shirley, and Sharkey and Annie. Charlies sister Billie Holliday
Next time we visit, Charlie may be gone, but he wont be forgotten.
The photo above is my favorite, with Billie demanding a scratch
and that 165-pound canine sitting on my lap. Those are my boots
and head you can barely see. This is Charlies lovely and weighty
way of saying hello. Its my way of saying a sweet and tender