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Charile's family wrote a beautiful tribute to honor him.
Charlie Rudolph Hare
October 3, 2009-January 26,2024
On Friday, January 26th, our family said the hardest and final goodbye to our best friend and most loyal guy, Charlie. Our hearts are in a million pieces because we loved him for 14 years and 3 months with everything that we had and yet it doesn't compare to how he loved us so well. Charlie was a friend to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He had charm and "chill" from the day he joined our family. We actually know many families who decided to add a golden doodle to their family after knowing our sweet boy with his amazing and gentle personality.
Charlie became a "Hare" on Christmas Eve night in 2009 when three adorable kiddos, dressed in their Santa PJ's, awaited their special surprise. Griffin was 8, Gavin 4, and Ella 20 months. Charlie joined our golden retriever, Owen, for the last ten months of his life. We believe that Charlie trained so easily because he had a senior dog to learn his good behaviors.
Of course, like all pups, Charlie could be naughty every now and again and "Chuck" was the nickname for those moments. It was a perfect name from the beginning as he did "chuck" on his way home to Tipton for his very first time. We lovingly referred to Charlie as Chuck or Chucky and it always brought a smile.
Charlie was our children's playmate. He was always up for playing in the snow, going trick or treating, chasing tennis balls, giving handshakes and cuddling on the couch. He enjoyed trips to various parks, ice cream shops, sporting events, and just running errands in the car with his people, especially if it included a treat or a pup cup. He was there for our kids through the highs and lows of childhood and their teenage years. He even tried 4-H with Ella, but to show him, he required hot dogs from the workers in the arena. He celebrated birthdays, holidays, sporting events, pool parties, their stressful times and their most happy ones too.
Charlie was Stacy's running buddy and they have logged hundreds of miles on the country roads and also at the city park. If he saw her put on her running shoes, he knew it was time to go and he headed to the door. Somehow he knew the difference between running time and when she was heading out the door for something else. He was always ready to run! Chasing squirrels and sniffing the flowers was so fun, but he mostly just loved to feel the breeze as they moved down the roads together. Charlie was an amazing runner and could run on leash very well. As he aged, the runs eventually became walks and they made the best of those times too.
Charlie loved golf cart rides with us in the summer and fall. Charlie also loved getting warm under a hairdryer. He was a constant companion in the kitchen as we cooked and truly did follow us to whatever room we were in. He was a bit of a "velcro" dog wanting to be attached to our side. Even in his final days, he made every effort to be near us. Charlie loved attention and would often offer his paw or give a little nudge with his nose. Our five people were HIS people.
We decided in spring of 2020 to add another doodle to the mix. Charlie accepted and loved Junie from the very beginning. He even tolerated her shenanigans even though he was a senior dog. She kept him active for several years and they always were near one another. Junie would never leave the back porch until Charlie made the first move towards the backyard. As his eyesight and hearing diminished, she was his eyes and ears. She will miss him dearly.
This big fluffy boy stole our hearts from the beginning. He was never "just a dog." To us, he was a special part of our family. He brought us true happiness and he showed us unconditional love. This hurts so much because of how easy he was to love. It is because of this love that we had to give him some comfort and peace. Now that he has crossed the rainbow bridge, he is no longer feeling any pain. Charlie is running free again!
Our hearts are never ready to say goodbye even though you know the days are numbered. We will live the rest of our lives knowing that we were blessed to have you. After the tears, we know there will be joy and laughter as we remember all of the special times we shared together. We will love you forever, our sweet Charlie.