The Charlie Bravo Story

Merry Christmas 2016

Christ came to redeem ourselves from the most confining of crates; ourselves.

When I imagine the original Nativity scene,  I don’t envision a softly-lit manger, cute baby, clean straw, adoring animals, spotless flowing robes, the saccharine picture of The Birth that we have been fed all these years.

My cousin Brian and I spent a good deal of time growing up working on my grandfather’s beef farm. The manger was a place where the cattle congregated during the winter to both feed and stay out of the weather, and as a result, the poop tended to accumulate. We would toss down  straw to keep the place as dry and sanitary as possible, but as you can imagine, by spring the barn needed a good pitchforking as things unattended tend to pile up.

Although off putting to some, the smells, sounds, and bovine company made that old, dark barn an oddly peaceful place, but it was anything but plush and comfortable, and definitely not the type of place that would witness the birth of a King.

Much has been made of Charlie’s redemption from her foul-smelling crate, and her subsequent new chance at life. I would  add that Christ didn’t just come down from Glory to redeem us from our own filthy crates, but He willingly placed Himself in the crate with us.

 Charlie’s crate was opened from the outside, but we have the ability to have ours opened for us as well…

From the inside.

Merry Christmas from the Casa del Whackos.

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  1. Selma Fluharty

    Merry Christmas, Charlie and the Casa inmates! May you have a blessed day today and stay safe

  2. Dee Soulier

    Merry Christmas to everyone

  3. Yvonne Adams

    Merry Christmas to all. Thanks for being part of our lives.

  4. Denise Preusser

    Merry Christmas to you and your family at the casa

  5. Jacqui Eyres

    Merry Christmas to all in the Casa and may you have a safe and happy 2017.

  6. Marjorie Erdman

    You are the Will Rogers of our day. In such a confusing and tumultuous world, you put things into perspective for us all. Merry Christmas to you and your entire family, both furry and otherwise.

  7. Jimmie James

    Merry Christmas to all !!!

  8. Luke Sherwood

    Have a great day ladies n gents.

  9. Pam St John

    Merry Christmas to you and all of the present and future inhabitants of the Casa ❤

  10. Diana Handros

    Merry Christmas to all of you and all of the FB family who make this page so wonderful. Charlie, you rock this earth as always.

  11. Candi Hedgpeth Schriefer

    Merry Christmas, Bret Winingarand family. Your analogies are spot on- as always.

  12. Diana O'Connell

    Merry Christmas, the Light can always be found in the darkest (and smelliest) places <3

  13. Tracy Wamboldt

    Happy Christmas CB……ever the wordsmith you continue to astound and delight. Dog after all is God spelled backwards…coincidence? I think not

  14. Faith Kidwell

    Merry Christmas to all at the Casa!

  15. Lori Stiefel

    Merry Christmas Charlie and Friends! May your day be bright with abounding LOVE!!!

  16. Liz Bell Dotterer

    Beautifully said. Merry Christmas to the Casa.

  17. Linda Hubbard

    Merry Christmas to CB, Max, and you and your lovely wife. If you ever come through Hot Springs, we’d love to see you. I monitor the FB page for our rescue, Paws and Claws Rescue, so give us a holler,

  18. Paula Foresman

    Merry Christmas to all you beautiful souls at the Casa.

  19. Sherry Ralph Jadrnak

    Merry Christmas Bret, JoAnn, Charlie, MAX!, Angel, Mia, Sweet baby Clyde, Zach, Tara, Lola, Alex, and Echo! May God’s blessings shine upon you always. Here’s to a fantastic 2017!

  20. Liz Starshak

    Merry Christmas to you all!! I think your words on this are so beautiful and true. Thank you for sharing!!! May God bless you always.

  21. Kim Griffin

    Merry Christmas and God Bless everyone!

  22. Ann Ownsby-Scott

    Well said and a great way to begin Christmas and the New Year…..Merry Christmas to all of you!!!! Love that Charlie.

  23. Brandy Orange

    Merry Christmas!! I love reading your post! I think you have found your true calling and gift!

  24. Liz Sierra

    Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!!

  25. Beryl Wernberg

    Well said. Merry Christmas and all the best!

  26. Kathy Moody

    Merry Christmas and blessings for all.

  27. Susan Stroda

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! May the Christ Child fill you and bless all of you.

  28. Laura Resentini

    Merry christmas charlie to you and your lovely family

  29. Connie Allard

    May you also have a wonderful and Merry Christmas

  30. Cathy Brown

    Beautiful Christmas message…and so wise… a happy and blessed day with your 2 and 4 legged family.

  31. Jeanne Mancinelli

    Merry Christmas to all of the inmates of the casa. Insightful and thoughtful words dad. Hoping your day is full of laughter and good company

  32. Christine Biery

    Merry Christmas Charlie and family!!!

  33. Shawn Suriano-Wellden

    Merry Christmas CB and to all your people and inmates!

  34. Cindy Drennan Shields

    Merry Christmas from our dog house to yours.

  35. Marlene Petsche

    That iis so beautiful Bret!

  36. Brenda Harrison

    It seems I always read an update or post from you right when I need it. I can’t express how much it means to look at your page and find faith and hope each time. Thank you.

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