The Charlie Bravo Story


Dad here; Charlie and I will be a little scarce on social media for the next couple of weeks, as the extracurricular activities ramp up a bit.

First, mom and Alex are leaving us(sniff) to go to the coast to pick up mom’s mom. They are taking two dogs with them, St Echo of Cardiogram and Sir Bolo the Over-Caffieneted. When I questioned the wisdom of crossing the country in a hatchback packing a 2 adults, a gangly Doberman, a hypwractive four legged poop Pez dispenser and an 80 year old Asian granny, my buddy Fletch said, “yeah, about as much sense as crossing the southwest with a dog on the back of a motorcycle…”

He needs to mind his own business.

While they’re gone, my other cadre of crazies will be doing the big Special Olympics ride, and no, Charlie will not be going; she gets the other 364 days of the year, this one is mine. If you ever need an event that will rejuvenate your faith in the goodness of the human race, this is the place for you, so much joy and gratitude on the faces of both the athletes and the riders that it’s actually a bit overwhelming to say the least. Plus you get to see me make a complete and total jackass of myself, and I don’t care; it’s always a party at the Casa, but this is the catdaddy of them all.

Then the next day, Charlie, Kyle and I point the party west, riding the Suzukis across the high plains up into the Rockies before descending into the cauldron that is Moab, UT. Final destination? Don’t know. Actual route? Haven’t a clue. If the mountain passes are too clogged with snow, we go south. If the deserts are too arid to accommodate Charlie, we head back north. If it gets too intense overall, we curl up in the fetal position with our thumbs in our mouths and sob like toddlers.

We will be encountering some very special people on this trip, as we always do; stay tuned.

If someone offered me a million dollars for Charlie and a million more for the opportunity to tell her story, I wouldn’t take it. Neither would I trade places with any puffed up politician, angst-addled actor, or any other person of interest that the media would have us believe that is somehow more important than we are, so I guess that makes me a multi millionaire be default, even though that status is not reflected on my bank statement.

And I would hazard a guess that each of you reading these words have someone or something in your life that you value just as deeply, so that grants you membership in the Multimillionaire Club as well; we be of one blood, ye and I.

Chark diem!

Join the discussion

  1. Becky Casper Wiltsee

    Safe travels to all. I look forward to your travel stories. And no, I am not taking a million dollars for any of my fur babies. I love them all.

  2. Jody Hess-Franey

    I made the same comment a few years back that I wouldn’t take a million bucks to trade my Rusty, and I got a look of total disbelief! Clearly, not a dog lover! Have a fantastic trip! I look forward to the stories upon your return!

  3. Mollie Walls

    Safe travels to all. Can’t wait for the stories.

  4. Sue Polley Dauphinee

    Sending wishes for safe travels to all members of the Casa. May you all encounter clear weather conditions and smooth roads.

  5. Liz Bell Dotterer

    Have a wonder-full time. Can’t wait to hear the stories of those you meet!

  6. Janice Mecca

    Safe journey. Looking forward to some pictures.

  7. Carole Walker

    Check in with us when you can Dogjaw & Charlie! x

  8. Sue Robilliard

    Happy trails. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields.

  9. Danielle Scott

    Safe travels to you all! Look forward to hearing about the adventures!!

  10. Kathy Moody

    Travel safe in all your journeys. What can money give you that big sloppy dog kisses can’t? Charm diem.

  11. Diane Brannon-Keech

    Travel safe, may god watch over you all! Chark diem! “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

  12. Cheryl Carter Thompson

    Enjoy the ride and safe travels for you and Mom!

  13. Debbie Vowels

    Goes to show money can’t buy everything for us fur baby lovers! But your stories are worth a million to many of us, so I’m sure you will have a lot to tell, can’t wait to read about your journeys!

  14. Diana Connell

    Enjoy your freedom of the road. <3

  15. Brenda Harrison

    I will indeed miss your updates and wonderful pics of the inmates. But we all need something that restores faith, and makes us want to interact with each other; not our phones or other devices. Prayers for a safe and wonderful journey ❤️

  16. Marianne Colwill Shanley

    May all of you be safe in your travels. Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back home.

  17. Kim Griffin

    Safe travels to Mom and Alex. I hope you, Kyle, and Charlie have a wonderful safe adventure! I will be looking forward to the stories and pictures!!

  18. Yvonne Adams

    Safe travels to all of you.

  19. Bonnie Dodge

    Have fun & safe travels.

  20. Jeanne Mancinelli

    Sounds like an awesome next few weeks. Stay safe. Will look forward to reading the further adventures of Charlemagne, Queen of the casa!

  21. Lisa Hartman

    Can’t love this more.

  22. Linda Fleming

    Be safe & have a wonderful adventure

  23. Diane Ragusett

    Good luck on your adventure and stay safe!!

  24. Linda Hubbard

    Everybody have fun and stay safe. I am leaving Sunday for a week in Kanab,Utah with volunteering at Best Friends Animal Society and sightseeing at Zion and elsewhere. Supposed to be in the mid 80’s.

  25. Deborah Ferguson

    I would rather have a lifetime of memories, than a life full of expensive stuff. Enjoy your trip, be careful. I will look forward to the internet stories when y’all get back home.

  26. Sandra Duron

    Safe travels… have fun and be safe. Blessings

  27. Deb Silva

    Safe travels to all. Have a great time at the Special Olympics. And take care of “Our Girl”. Looking forward to travel tales.

  28. Sam Howard

    Safe travels to all, we will be here when you return. Indeed I’m a very wealthy person also, to bad they don’t have a Forbes list for us.

  29. Cindy Casper Vondersaar

    Praying for safe journeys for all! You and Charlie are worth more than millions for all the joy you bring to others!

  30. Shawn Suriano-Wellden

    Can’t wait for the stories and pics!!! One blood! Chark!

  31. Corinne Stern

    Be careful and have fun! Kudos to you for your involvement with Special Olympics!

  32. Leigh Pevreal

    Looking forward to hearing about ALL the adventures, yours and mum’s! Have a goodie and stay safe x

  33. Luke Sherwood

    you lot, go to some seriously amazing places, i so envy you miss charlie.

  34. Fran Scott

    Wheee!!!! Road Trip! 🙂

  35. Maria Dawybida Minerley

    Safe travels, Charlie and company!

  36. Traci Bell

    Enjoy your time away. Will miss the posts until you return

  37. Kellie Case

    sending good vibes & zen your way for your journey.
    Have a safe & fun trip.

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