The Charlie Bravo Story

Forgiveness sets you free

Since my metamorphosis from the crate two years ago, much has been said about my previous “owners”; do I resent them? Do I wonder if they are aware of how far I have progressed?

The  gospel truth is, I don’t give it a moment’s consideration.

I say this not out of bitterness, but based on the fact that he who angers you controls you, and I am the Charles; if even dad can’t control me, why would I let someone else have the honor?

At threescore and ten, a human’s life is short enough as it is, and a dog’s life is shorter still, much too short to be spent confined by the shackles of another’s making. I instead choose to live in a state of what dad calls “joyful abandon”, every mile I travel is with the throttle wide open.

Granted, this sometimes doesn’t translate well into “polite” society, but I am Charlemagne Bravissimo, and I careth not. I spend absolutely no time concerning myself with such mundane facts.  I let dad deal with the consequences of my charking, flouncing, thrashing, splashing, the sound of his exasperated voice fading in the distance is like a beautiful symphony to this girl’s ears.

Consider the tragic passing of Max; it would be very easy to carry bitterness and malice towards the dogs that did the actual damage, or the owner who shows absolutely no remorse, but what does that gain? It won’t bring the hairy little goober back to life, but I don’t believe for a minute that even if it did, Max himself would carry malice in his heart; it’s not in a dog’s nature to dwell on the past.

There’s a reason why the view over the handlebars is many times larger than that of the reflection in the rear view mirrors; although you do need to consider from whence you came, don’t you think the future is much more exciting?

Chark the freakin’ Diem!!!


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  1. Francesca Cohen Marcus

    Beautifully written. You made my day!

  2. Robin Lindell Coe

    How does Charlie ride on the motorcycle with his daddy?

  3. Janice Mecca

    This is very true and although it may be hard at times we need to think this way so our anger doesn’t control us. Wonderful words Charlie.

  4. Caitlin Kelly-Jensen

    Truer words were never spoken! (Written) Chark diem CB!!!!

  5. Mollie Walls

    Always putting things in perspective!

  6. Ethel Sleith

    I may have said this before, but you are wise beyond your years, Charlie. And you have such a wonderful command of the English language!!

  7. Patsy Patten

    I’d still like the owners of those dogs put in jail. But Charlie’s transformation after the crate is always to be celebrated.

  8. Alison Love

    Charlie, you rock! And you made my day…again. Thank you for being you. <3

  9. Cathy Buro-Yauch

    As a human I am not perfect. I am still holding a grudge. In time it will go away. I hope the neighbors understand that their lack of action could cost another life one day. Charlie girl…you a better creature than I am!

  10. Cathy Bacigalupi

    Charlie Bravo… the “Paws” that refreshes!

  11. Margaret Clark Robert

    Go get ’em, Charlie! Sic ’em girl! 😀

  12. Michelle Melvin

    This is Caitlyn her owner abused her he will be facing 5 years for abusing her and 15 years on other charges 20 years total god is good

  13. Charlie Bravo - The Motorcycle Rescue Dog Story

    I’ve had people say, “she charged me!”; duh!!, Charlie hits me with the force of a barge, hence the term “charge”, get it? A Charlie barge? I kill myself…

  14. Ann Ownsby-Scott

    I love this Charlie. Thanks for the reminder about Life. Have a fun day.

  15. Candi Hedgpeth Schriefer

    Ah, the wisdom of Charlie! Such a great way to start my day!

  16. Deb Silva

    Livin’ in the Moment Baby!

  17. Patti Saunders

    You are a better “person” than me, Charlie. I am still hoping the owner of the bad dogs gets his just reward. Karma works in wondrous ways.

  18. Verna S. Clancy

    Charlie, I sometimes have to Google words that you use! Keep on “seizing the day”!

  19. Karen Kinakin

    Love your wisdom Charlie 🙂

  20. Mary Lou Force

    So wise, dear Charlie. So wise.

  21. Rosemary McKenna

    Happy Charlie Bravo Day. I saw your mug on my desk at work earlier and thought of you.

  22. Maria Dawybida Minerley

    Dogs are our best role models. Charlie knows what’s up. I was thinking, why is it seemingly so easy for them to move forward, and so hard for we humans? And Charlie sums it up. Joyful abandon. They definitely live in the present. While my heart still hurts for dad, and mom, and Max…Charlie shows the way forward. Chark diem!

  23. Kathy Moody

    Was just wondering how things were going. You make me see things in a much better way. CHARK DIEM.

  24. Charlie Bravo - The Motorcycle Rescue Dog Story

    Dad here; Charlie is a forgiver… me? Not so much.

  25. Abbigail Getty

    This is so wonderful!! Vickie Harrison Getty

  26. Sam Howard

    Charlie, you look wonderful at, “full speed ahead”.

  27. Laura Palmer

    “Living well is the best revenge” – live well Charlie (and you too Dad) 🙂

  28. Shawn Suriano-Wellden

    Absolutely! Chark back at ya!!!!

  29. Torie Kassing Seats

    So wise! Thank you for this reminder today ❤

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