Ol’ Charlie died about 6:30 tonight.
I don’t know how old he was for sure. The woman that found him running wild on the streets and took him in said she figured he was 4 or 5, but his teeth told me he was maybe 18 months, plus he still had that young dog rambunctiousness in him.
That was back around March of 2010.

I don’t know what the fuck happened. He was in Lisa’s room with her, he started howling and then he died. I was standing right at the door, so he took his last breath with his head in my lap and me stroking his face to help him along. It was over in 15 seconds from start to finish.

He’ll be taking his last trip to the vet tomorrow to get cremated. I can’t bear to part with him completely. He was the best dog I’ve ever had.

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626 Responses to CharlieGodammit

  1. CaptainWet says:

    Sorry man. Been there. Still miss mine.

    • Rich says:

      What CW said, sorry to hear bad news. They really can be a hard loss. Thinking of you and Lisa and Charlie.

    • nonncom says:

      I know it’s tough…..had to put mine down in 2012….still not over it, and still won’t get another dog….can’t do that again….

  2. Steve says:

    Ken, so sorry for your loss. I’ve been there and I know the pain. Sorry, bro.

  3. JW says:

    So sorry for your loss. Good memories and good pictures help, as does time…

  4. snuffy says:

    Fuck, man. That sucks. VERY sorry to hear that. You know, some inkslingers will use the ash in a tat. That way, he’ll always be with you.

  5. BigSlurpy says:

    Sorry to hear that. I know how hard it is to lose a friend.

  6. Odin Warren says:

    It’s never easy, Sorry for your loss Ken.

  7. Elmo says:

    There are many good dogs, very few great ones.
    God bless Charlie, and God bless you.

  8. Steve Diaz says:

    That is horrible news….at least you were there to see him away… I am so sorry to hear it.
    My deepest sympathies.
    I know this will not take away the pain , but Kipling has a way with words…

    The Power of the Dog

    Rudyard Kipling

    There is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy
    Love unflinching that cannot lie—
    Perfect passion and worship fed
    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair
    To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years which Nature permits
    Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
    And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
    To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
    But . . . you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).
    When the spirit that answered your every mood
    Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,
    You will discover how much you care,
    And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

    We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
    When it comes to burying Christian clay.
    Our loves are not given, but only lent,
    At compound interest of cent per cent.
    Though it is not always the case, I believe,
    That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve.
    For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
    A short-time loan is as bad as a long—
    So why in—Heaven (before we are there)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

    • Maggat says:

      Brought a tear to my eyes.

      • downeasthillbilly says:

        Condolences, and good memories. I’ve had nine, and each one leaves a hole that another dog never quite fills, but makes another hole of his own. Peace.

    • Robbie says:

      Steve – Thank you for that beautiful Kipling work. Brought a tear to my eye.

    • coffeejoejava says:

      I am fighting the tears….for your loss and the poem. Even the name of your dog, Charlie Goddammit, shows how a dog can infiltrate your life and fill it with moments of frustration, and love. My heart goes out to you in this time.

  9. Eric says:

    That sucks man, sorry.

  10. Miguel says:

    I am so very sorry. I miss all mine that have gone before me.

  11. Kevin says:

    Sorry Kenny, a man gets maybe only one good dog a life if he is lucky

  12. Dirty Dingus McGee says:

    That sux. Been 4 years since mine died and I still miss that goofy bastid.

  13. Dickweed says:

    So sorry Ken. Been there, it sucks.

  14. Xlr8tr says:

    Sorry for the loss WC. I almost feel like I knew the dog from your great stories about him. Always sux losing a good one

  15. screwauger says:

    Jeeze Man, sorry WC. I had to put mine down after 2 yrs of being crippled and that was the hardest thing I had ever done. Could he have been internally injured when he ran into the porch? Again, heartfelt sympathy to you Kind Sir.

  16. Rurik says:

    Deepest sympathy for you and Charlie. You made him truly a family member for all your regular readers.

  17. ElJefe says:

    Sorry for your loss, Kenny. All dogs are great. Great dogs are rare. Damn, its dusty in here.

    • wtfamisupposedtodoforausername says:

      I just want to add my sympathies. Like everyone else here in Knuck, I have a great love for dogs (and cats). I have been there and it’s horrible. Best to you Ken.

  18. Ersatz Naugahyde says:

    Sorry for your loss Kenny.

  19. Cavguy says:

    Awww shit man!

    We dog people know how you’re hurting. Your not alone as you and your stories of CGD have touched us, (like we are there with you).

    RIP Charlie GD you was a lucky sumbitch!

  20. Tsquared says:

    Sorry for your loss. Words cannot explain the loss of a great dog. It has been six years since I my Dutchess died and I am not ready to get another dog.

  21. Flight-ER-Doc says:

    Very, very sorry…been there, and it sucks…

  22. Chris says:

    Sorry for your loss and sorry for our loss. I have enjoyed all of your CharlieGodDamit stories.

  23. geo says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  24. Bad_Brad says:

    Damn Kenny. I swear I morn dead dogs more than dead people. Hang in there buddy.

    • John h says:

      Amen brad! I feel ur pain kenny. If u need anything youve got my contact info. Just ask, no explanation required or wanted. Sorry bud. I know ur pain.
      John h

    • wanderer says:

      Monster died 15 years ago. I still hear his bark, still see his eyes shining with excitement. I wept in the garage the day he passed. I know he’ll be waiting for me someday.

      Nothing too much for him- no task too great. He saved a boy from being mauled by a chow- caught it in mid leap by the throat as it went for the boy.

      With people, you may always wonder.

      With a dog, you know.

      I am truly sorry for your loss.

  25. Highlander (no More..) says:

    Very sorry for your loss Ken. Be cheered that he chose to stay with you and that you could be there for him at the end. No matter how hard we pretend, a good dog is always hard to loose.

  26. lil jack says:

    My heartfelt condolences. I know your heart is breaking.

  27. stubby says:

    sorry for your loss…lost my best pal in 16….still miss her

  28. GCMC says:

    Sorry for your loss, Ken…
    Pets are such wonderful company…we all miss them when it’s time to say godbye…

  29. SinepuxentSerf says:

    I’m so sad for you.

  30. Frank says:

    So sorry to hear this. I lost mine four years ago and it still hurts.

  31. Jim says:

    Man, I’m sorry to hear that. My last three dogs are on a shelf above my computer monitor, in their respective urns. I completely get the desire to keep them, and their memory around. That was an extraordinarily quick passing. Had to be a helluva shock. My deepest condolences from one dog guy to another.

  32. sorry Kenny, that news is bad, but he died with the ones he loved and that loved him. here’s to Charlie

    • JFM says:

      It’s a special kinda pain when your dog dies. Even though we have a dog in our house (my daughter’s) I miss my dog.

  33. Frank says:

    Sorry to hear this. They sure leave a hole in your heart when they go, but I wouldn’t give up the time spent with them for anything.

  34. LC LtC says:

    Sorry to hear that, Kenny. We all know how much that pup meant to y’all.

  35. Bright Eyes says:

    Happy Trails big guy. Obviously you were loved.

  36. RickCO says:

    Awww Fuck! A great dog like CharlieGodammit is a gift. I’ve enjoyed his escapades over the years, so much so he gets my first post here. I’m gonna miss him too. My condolences. I’m hitting the tip jar to help with his cremation.

  37. Jack says:

    I enjoyed your stories about him and looked forward to your posts about him. I looked forward to them.
    My Sympathies Sir.

  38. George says:

    Sorry to see this, Ken. Your stories of Charlie show how much he meant to you. He will live forever in the memories of your readers.

  39. FormerFlyer says:

    So sorry for your loss.
    They live in our lives for a while,
    And in our hearts forever.

  40. James says:


  41. JNorth says:

    Damn… Sorry man.

  42. John in the GMA says:

    Aw, hell, man. I’m sorry.

  43. sunny says:

    Oh, no! I can’t believe Charlie is gone. That just truly sucks big time. I’m so sorry he’s gone. Hugs to you and Lisa cause I know how bad it hurts to lose a dog who has been with you this long.

  44. Angel says:

    My heart is breaking for you. The two of you were perfectly matched. I’m so sorry. Always.

  45. Hybo says:

    Damn, sorry for your loss. I know it’s tough. I’ll have a drink for you and Charlie tonight. Cheers to you both.

  46. Dave says:

    Dang Kenny

    That’s a hard candle to blow out. I’m sorry.


  47. Beaches says:

    My deepest condolences.

  48. Angel says:

    PS, how is Legal Lucy taking it? Dogs mourn the pack members they lose, I know she and CGD had some good years together.

  49. Tom says:

    Sorry to hear this. Sad day for the dog’s pack.

  50. Steven Wright says:

    Man, Kenny, I am sorry to hear that. He had you at the end, he knew he was loved and part of the family.

  51. 757jetflier says:

    Sorry for your loss Kenny. I know you’ll miss him. He was a good boy….

  52. Kafiroon says:

    My Condolences to you Ken. My last one went with her nose in my hand. Seemed to comfort her.
    Now I play with my daughters two Malinois.

  53. Akraven says:

    Sorry to hear Kenny. Glad he was with you and Lisa at home when it happened. We get so attached to them its hard to let go.

  54. nines says:

    Oh. This made me cry. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful boy and I came to love him through you. All we have in the end is the gratitude for our time together… and keeping the ashes a while longer helps a little. <3

  55. Texas Den says:

    Kenny, my heart is broken over your loss of Charlie. You made him part of my life and he will certainly be missed and remembered.

  56. Klaus says:

    Wow. I’m sorry to here CGD has passed on. The K-9 is truly one of gods gifts to man. You and Miss Lisa are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • mygirllp says:

      Damn, that made me cry. I lost my big boy to a rattlesnake bite last month, at least Charlie’s passing was quick. God bless, at least you had the time with him for as long as you did…

  57. GI-had Joe says:

    I only cry when my dogs die. They are there for you day in, day out, and they love you unconditionally, and are always happy to see you. Better friends who don’t talk do not exist. Peace bro.

  58. Kelly says:

    Very sorry to hear that. Peace.

  59. Judy says:

    Oh, man…sorry to read this…Hugs to you and Miss Lisa.

  60. Plankton67 says:

    Kenny, my condolences. He is on that rainbow bridge.

  61. Veeshir says:

    Sorry man. That sucks.

  62. Bildo says:

    Damn, I hate to hear that. Sorry Ken.

  63. Chuck says:

    Condolences, I know it hurts.

  64. Greg Carlile says:

    So sorry for your lost Kenny.

  65. B says:

    I AM sorry for your loss.

    While it is different for each of us, It hurts to lose a friend.

    I can’t help the grief, but I can sympathize.

  66. Matt says:

    We are so, so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  67. Boone says:

    Sorry to hear that, Wirecutter.

  68. Pete says:

    GodSpeed, Charlie.

  69. Exile1981 says:

    Sorry to hear that WC.

  70. Irish says:

    Kenny. I’m so sorry.


  71. Sedition says:

    Like so many others here, been there. With time, the pain fades a bit and the smiles come more frequently with the memories.
    I’m convinced that they’ll be waiting for us there at the end.

  72. Dan says:

    God speed CGD
    If there ain’t dogs in heaven, I don’t want to go

  73. Daniel K Day says:

    I’m very sorry to hear about your loss, Kenny.

  74. DML says:

    Most dogs are better than most people. Case in point.

    We all will miss him and his shenanigans.

  75. Murph says:

    Ol’ Charlie was like a member of the group here. It’s nice to know that he will be remembered well through your stories of his life with you and Miss Lisa. I know it feels bad, as we all have been there, but take heart in the memories that you have. Take care….

  76. Tina Shafer says:

    Oh my gosh. So sorry for your loss Kenny. There is nothing that I can say to heal you but my heart breaks for you and what you’re going through, I am heartbroken for you and Miss Lisa. This must have been one of the hardest posts you have ever had to write but I thank you for sharing it with us.
    Lost my best friend , still not over it 15 years later.

    I am a long time lurker, never commentator. I am so sorry for the lost of your faithful companion and friend.

  77. BrassG says:

    My sympathy, sir. Losing a canine friend is heartbreaking. RIP.

  78. Mark says:

    Damn man. I’ve been reading for years.Never commented till now. I know how you feel. My sympathies.

  79. crazyeighter says:

    Oh, shit. I don’t know what to say. So sorry for your loss. It’s almost like he knew you were going to to need another dog soon, and so dug up That Asshole Jack.

  80. Spiro says:

    Sorry Ken, very sorry. When my best friend leaves I most probably end up leaving too, I don’t think my heart could take the shock and loss.

  81. MartyB says:

    So sorry for your loss…

  82. Grog says:

    Oh hell. My regrets, Kenny. He had a good life with you and Miss Lisa.

  83. Paulie says:

    Kenny: very sorry to get this news. I lost my Dukesie Dog in 1991 and have never been able to bring myself to replace her. It’s inexplicable how much losing a good dog hurts.

  84. Badfish says:

    Awful news. When I lost the first dog that was ever really mine, I was shocked. He went suddenly, like Charlie. I really didn’t know what to do. I tried to take ibuprofen the next day, but stopped short when I realized it wasn’t that kind of pain. My heartfelt condolences.

  85. I am beyond sorry. I don’t have the words to express it.

  86. Argus says:

    So sorry for your loss, Ken. I still miss mine after 20+ years.

  87. Don in Oregon says:

    Oh man. That’s sad.

  88. Tom Walker says:

    So sorry to hear about Charlie, always loved the stories of his antics. He knew he was loved and will aways be with you in spirit.

  89. Hardnox says:

    Shit, I’m sorry for your loss. That sucks. I feel your pain.

  90. David says:

    Sorry about your loss, as that Dog brought a lot of smiles to my face. The good news is that all Dogs go to Heaven!

  91. Rumbear says:

    So sorry Kenny. He was a good pup. Rumbear

  92. steve says:

    Damn….sorry to hear this.


  93. Bayouwulf says:

    My sincere condolences over CGD’s passing. Nothing can ease the pain except time. I have a couple wooden boxes on my bookshelf with cremated remains of companions too.

  94. drjim says:

    Oh, man, I am sooo sorry to hear this.

    Hang in there, Kenny. I know how much CGD meant to you.

  95. Bad Attitude says:

    Damn. I’m so sorry.

  96. Scott Doe says:

    Sorry to hear that man. you talked about him so often i feel like i really knew him. At least he was home with his family and didn’t just run off and never to be seen again

  97. mrk says:

    so sorry to hear of your loss, I know how you feel and I know that doesn’t help, fuck

  98. John thomas says:

    Man, I’m so fucking sorry.

  99. Woody says:

    Very sorry for your loss. Charlie will be sorely missed.

  100. Jimbo says:

    Grief over pets is real and deep. Sorry for the loss of your buddy.

  101. Floyd Pendergraft says:

    So sorry…he was a good Doggo!

  102. Mike says:

    Hey Kenny. Sorry about your dog. It’s tough to bear.

  103. John Wilder says:

    So very sorry – my regrets to you.

  104. Dilligaf says:

    I had to put mine down 3 months ago. He was 13. I had the vet come to the house and do it while he laid in his spot in the yard. Sudden or planned, it is never easy.

  105. Murkan Mike says:

    I am so sorry to hear that. My deepest condolences.

  106. PointyEnd Out says:

    My deepest, heartfelt condolences on your loss if such a wonderful animal.

  107. chutes magoo says:

    Ken, my deepest condolence to you and Miss Lisa, I understand what you are are going through and give you both my best wishes in this sad time!

  108. Tree Mike says:

    No adequate words. Made me cry, and I’m a grown ass geezer, maybe that’s why. Lost my 17 year oil Maxxine Mut last year. So sorry.

  109. coal fusion says:

    RIP CGD. I’ll never understand why God gave us dogs and then takes them away.

  110. dhmosquito says:

    Like you, Ken, and so many of your commenters here, I’ve been there too. We’re with our sixth and seventh “rescued” Goldens right now, and every time I think of the ones we’ve lost, it reinforces that old melancholy feeling. Just reading the comments here makes my eyes water. In general, the more people I meet, the more I love my dogs, but I’d enjoy your company and that of any of your commenters here. God bless you and Lisa. Hang in there. —chuck

  111. censusdesignatedplace says:

    So sorry to hear the news. Started following at “How Charlie Goddammit got his name” and just figured/hoped he’d always be around.

  112. Sawed Off Bastard says:

    When I had to put my Abby down, I procured and planted a dogwood tree in her honor and for my remembrance. I am truly sorry for your family’s loss.

  113. skipperdaddy says:

    Thats a tough lick man. He had a good run tho and he got to pass at home with the family.

  114. Gromit says:

    That sucks, I always liked your stories of that dog. He must’ve had dirt on Hillary.

  115. PoppaGary says:

    As a fellow dog lover who has lost many a good dog over the years to a variety of means, my condolences.
    Sounds like he went pretty quick and hopefully without a lot of pain.
    My step-daughter had to recently put their oldest boy down due to cancer and related issues, he was about 15 or so and the father of my mini Aussies.
    It will be interesting to see how Jack reacts.

  116. Michael says:

    Condolences, Ken, and God bless you and yours

  117. Mark Be says:

    Damn, so sorry to hear . I don’t know what to say. Still miss my buddy Mac from my childhood, and I am 62 now. But they still live in our memories, they never truly leave us until we go to join them.

  118. taildragger says:

    Sorry for your loss. Glad you were together when he passed. Very sad indeed.

  119. Putz says:

    So sorry Ken.

  120. Tim in AK says:

    Sorry to hear that, Ken, I always had the feeling that you two were meant for each other.
    I hope it’s some comfort that you were there with him…

  121. Dale says:

    At least he wasn’t alone….sorry to hear that Ken…..

  122. Brian says:

    I’m sorry Kenny.

  123. Jon says:

    So sorry, man. That’s always hard.

  124. GSB09 says:

    Sorry my friend. Been where you are now and it sucks.

  125. Fairplayjeepguy says:

    My heart hurts for you Kenny. Losing a doggo is a horrible pain to go through.

  126. Bones says:

    Sorry, brother.

  127. Andy says:

    Awe damn Kenny. I know how much you love him and you are hurting terribly. I feel like I knew CGD from all of the stories you have told us over the years and because of that, I feel your loss.Damnit, its getting dusty and my are getting damp. I’m really sorry that you lost him.

  128. MT says:

    Thank you for sharing all the CGD stories with us. We will miss him, too.
    Our four-legged companions take a piece of our hearts when they go but it’s a price worth paying for how they’ve enriched our lives.

  129. Phil says:

    Jesus Christ Kenny, this is terrible news.
    That damn dog was a huge part of this Blog and I liked the sonofabitch even though I never met him.
    You have my very sincerest condolences.

    God Damnit Charlie,.rest in peace old friend. Ya done good with the old man.

  130. Wolfplus3 says:

    Sorry to hear of his passing Mr. Lane.
    A good dog is as close as family, closer than some
    members, truth be told. May his memory live on.

  131. Anonymous says:

    My deepest condolences. CGD seemed like an awesome pup. I can honestly say my dog is by far my best friend and I’m not looking forward to this passage of time. In the past I have had family pups and I still have never completely healed from them, but time helps with the pain. I’m sure he’ll be waiting for you on the other side.

  132. Kv says:

    I am sorry to hear it. You gave him a home and people to love, and, for a dog, it doesn’t get much better than that. My heart goes out to you guys.

  133. Mightybison says:

    My sympathies WC.

  134. Jason says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Dogs are the best of people and often have the greatest personalities. His really complimented yours. I am glad his last moments was with you.

  135. Kapt Kaos says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. That’s a hell of thing to go through.

  136. Waggie says:

    Our Dogs do join us in heaven. Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your good buddy.
    -Bill in VT

  137. RICH YOUNG says:


  138. GuardDuck says:

    Awww man. I’m sorry.

  139. PepeLp says:

    Damnit, sorry to hear that. Sorry for your loss…….

  140. sal says:

    Damn it. Lost my mom at 4 this morning. Then just now read about CharlieGD. Shit. So sorry. Both are in better places now.

    • Wirecutter says:

      I’m sorry. Your loss is greater than mine.

    • Kegeshook says:

      It’s hard losing our pets. Dogs moreso than cats. But, while we do consider them family to some degree, they are still just pets. And while Charliegodammit will always have his own unique place with Kenny, we only ever have one mother. I feel for you Sal. I really do. May God comfort during this time.

  141. susan says:

    Oh my gosh, WC, I am SO desperately sorry. The shock and speed of it all makes it even harder. Anybody who says, “it’s just a dog” just doesn’t get it. It’s some of the worst pain in life losing such a good and faithful friend….they’re one of God’s best creations, and easily the best reflection of His love. I’m just so sorry for you, and for Miss Lisa. God bless you both.

  142. Brad Conrad says:

    Sad to hear this

  143. mrgarabaldi says:

    Hey Kenny and Ms Lisa;

    Crap, I am really sorry to hear that. Prayers to you both

  144. Will griggers says:

    Really sorry to hear this. You are in our prayers.

  145. Critter says:

    I’m sorry to hear. He was a good dog.

  146. They do take a piece of you with them. I know this myself.
    Peace brother.

  147. czechsix says:

    Aw, fuck. CGD with all his faults was still a pretty damned good dog. He lucked out with finding a home with you too, Kenny. RIP to CGD, you did good while you were here. I’ll hoist a drink to him tonight.

  148. Buzz D. says:

    Ken, I loved Charlie Goddamnit too. I share the pain you feel. Here’s to Charlie, the best damn dog ever.

  149. cj says:

    Our hearts go out to you.

  150. Mark says:

    Sorry, Kenny. Take care

  151. Tom says:

    Sorry for your loss…

  152. JPD says:

    Sorry for your loss. Keep him in your heart.

  153. matt B says:

    Sorry for your loss Kenny.

  154. T in Memphis says:

    I sure hate to hear that.

  155. bobbookworm says:

    Sorry Kenny…no good words…we’ll keep you and Miss Lisa in our thoughts.

  156. Sean says:

    Sorry man…been lurkin here for many years and know how special he was to you. Wish we could all help. A couple hundred rounds through your 1911 will take your mind off things…at least for a little while.
    Semper Fi brother…

  157. Name (required) says:

    I’m sure sorry. It really hurts to lose an old friend.

  158. Jim in Tulsa says:

    So sorry, Ken. Always knew what a place he held in your heart, I knew you two were a match made in heaven. Maybe you’ll see him again and maybe not. But he’ll live on in all our hearts.

  159. Papa Guy says:


  160. Uchuck says:

    Man, I am sorry to hear that. It is always hard to lose a good dog.

  161. Maddog says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  162. Secesh says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, I’ve lost dogs of my own. They’re members of our family.

  163. greg says:

    It’s ok to cry. The stories you told about cgd made me laugh. The dogs that truly bond with you make it so you never forget them or that loyalty that I’ve never found with humans. Thanks for the good stories and sometimes the sad ones.

  164. Cederq says:

    I grieve for thee, it is a sad day to lose a man’s only true friend, his dog. I shed tears now cuz it is a truly a deep burden. My friends Kenny and Lisa.

  165. Old Gray Wolf says:

    Sorry to hear it. Have been in those shoes more than once, and count myself lucky to have had multiple good dogs. Little bothers a sane man more than losing a loyal and intelligent dog. May you find his equal and have many years of joy to dull the pain of this loss.

  166. g... says:

    Sorry for your loss Ken. I’m going to miss the stories and adventures.

  167. JeffH says:

    Oh man, I’m so sorry!

  168. Heathen says:

    Sorry to hear that.

  169. Odysseus says:

    Sorry to hear Ken, don’t have anything profound to help. Just my sympathies for something we all go through with beloved pets.

  170. Rob says:

    Man, I’m sorry…

  171. DragonBrew says:

    So sorry Ken. Losing a pet is like losing kin…they literally are family.

  172. Chris says:

    So sorry Kenny.
    Chris in Hawaii

  173. grayman says:

    My condolences to you and miss lisa. It is hard I do know that, I still can not get a another one. I hope you gave lucy and jack a minute with him to. It will help them with it too.

  174. wes says:

    Damn, that’s tough news Ken, I have no words other than sorry for your loss.


  175. warhorse says:

    A story that needs tellin’.

    There’s a wide place on the road to Hell where warriors stop to sit a spell.
    They wet their whistle and rest a bit before Satan rings the closing bell,
    they then ruck up and go to Hell.

    This place is called Fiddler’s Green.

    Some clever Sergeant built a bar, then stuck the bell inside a jar.
    Then working with a clever Warrant, they sucked the air out in a torrent.
    No one can hear that cursed bell.

    Now warriors never go to Hell.

    They rest and wait at Fiddler’s Green, hanging with soldier, sailor, airman, Marine.
    They talk shite at the bar, hands low and high, for “There I was about to die…”
    Or at the tables, eating pie.

    But somehow no one hears the bell, at that wide place on the road to Hell.

    On the other side of that road to Hell, there is a green and leafy dell.
    It’s reached by a tunnel that goes under the road.

    This place is called Piddler’s Green.

    Fire hydrants everywhere, lots of toys and the scent of kibble fills the air.
    The mice are fat, sassy and slow, always a warrior with a Frisbee to throw.
    A knotted rope for tug-of-war and tennis balls by the score,

    And always, always a warrior who wants to play, until your own warrior comes, on that sad/glad day.

    As most surely he or she will.

    No one minds if you cross the path, and take a nap and not a bath.
    You can always swipe a scrap from a table, every warrior there’s watching sports on cable.
    There’s ear skritches, face skrunches and bellyrubs aplenty.

    Most important –and mark this well – for only you can hear The Bell.
    The Bell that rings not for Hell, but the one that rings and makes you yell,
    and causes your heart to swell with joy.

    The one that says your warrior has come, the one that says you can be at peace.

    So my friend who has four feet and is gifted with that special sight,
    at that wide space along the road there are two clearings, left and right.
    One’s a bar, the other a glen, and no one spends a lonely night not knowing if much less when.

    For just over there, when the moon is just right, is a place on the corner where you can catch a sight… of your warrior, asleep at night.

    ‘Tis the Watching Place.

    So you know that they are safe, and if they should stir, oh, just a bit,
    it’s because a tongue, ever so gently, on their cheek just alit.

  176. Barely holding on in California says:

    So sorry, Ken.

  177. Bob T. says:

    Well, *that* sucks like a bucket of ticks :-(. Been there recently myself. Condolences from me and my wife.

  178. DeNihilist says:

    So sorry for Lisa and your loss.

  179. stine says:

    sorry to hear that news.

  180. Bob T. says:

    Well, *that* sucks like a bucket of ticks :-(. Been there myself within the past month. Sincere condolences from me and my wife.

  181. Mike_C says:

    Oh no!
    I am so sorry, Kenny.

  182. The Rat Fink says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss of a good friend.
    Sudden and unexpected is the worst.
    My sympathies, Sir!
    I too miss mine after 6 years. He ran a long 18 year race, but I just want to reach down an pet him as I sit here at the computer.

  183. Michigan Doug says:

    Sorry for your loss Kenny. Hang tough.

  184. MMinLamesa says:

    So sorry to hear that WC. Been there many times myself and having them die in your arms is especially poignant. Over the years, you’ve told many a fine tale but the ones involving him have been my favorites. I felt I knew him like he was mine.

    He’ll be waiting to put the chomp on your leg at Rainbow Bridge.

  185. Dutch says:

    I read ya almost every day but rarely ever post. Trying to stay under the radar if you know what I mean. If I ever posted what I really feel about what’s going on in our country and what needs to be done to fix it I probably would get a visit from an alphabet agency before sun-up. That being said. I’ve had to say goodbye to too many of mans best friends. I feel your pain brother and you’re in my prayers tonight.

  186. Eric says:

    Jesus. I’m sitting here tearin’ up. I started reading your blog just a little while before your pops passed on, and it was you talking about CGD that kept me coming back. Hell, I feel like I just lost one of mine.

    Ain’t nothin can be said that ain’t been. Sorry, brother.

  187. Rich Mullen says:


  188. rd says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  189. Joel Humphreys says:

    All I can say is I”m sorry

  190. Thomas D Bitz says:

    Ken, longtime reader of your blog, love it. And dammit that is soo sad when you loose a friend like this. When it happens (and it’s happened to me several times) I, Like a lot of the other posters, miss the dog more than most people I know. Like losing your best friend. My best to you and Ms. Lisa. With time the pain is not nearly as bad, but there’s always those moments, when you think about Charlie and you’ll smile.

  191. BadFrog says:

    Sorry, Kenny. Someone, rightly, said that we should always aspire to be the man our dog thinks we are.

  192. Oswald Bastable says:

    Sorry for your loss. You can take some comfort that Charliegoddamnit had a real good life with you.

  193. Michael in Nelson says:

    Like many here,I don’t know what to say. Condolences on losing a good friend.

  194. 91explorer says:

    I know what you’re feeling and I feel for ya.

  195. Bruce says:

    Ken, I’m very sorry for your loss. A dog’s love is completely honest, without artifice or conditions. The purity of that bond makes the parting all the more painful. Remember the good times, the funny incidents, and the quiet moments of peace you shared with Charlie. He’s never really gone as long as he lives in your heart.

  196. Jack Russell says:

    So sorry to hear that, Kenny.
    I feel for you man.
    I’m shedding tears as I write this.
    They steal your heart, don’t they?

  197. Randy Sanders says:

    Sorry, brother. It hurts. I’m not looking forward to my old puppy going when he does.

  198. macarch says:

    My condolences to you and your family.

    “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

    -Will Rogers

  199. Arpad Deli says:

    Hi Kenny,
    Mere condolences just don’t make it… To say, been there.. is an understatement….. people and pets…when they pass it’s tough.. i don’t care who you are…..
    Know that my Heart is with you!!! …..
    When a “Friend” passes…. some of “You” goes with them….
    I just read not long ago … this piece…
    “I believe the hardest part of healing after you’ve lost
    someone you love,
    is to recover the “You” that went away with “them.”..”
    – from Kelly’s Treehouse-


  200. The Jannie says:

    People who don’t have cats and dogs just don’t know the pain. Remember the good times!

  201. 9Booger says:

    Sorry Kenny

  202. Scott Carmichael says:

    Feel for You Dude

  203. Leonard Jones says:

    Sorry for your loss Kenny. I am not a pet person, and I damn sure am not a cat lover,
    but I worked in a paper mill and ny heart warmed to a feral Tomcat at the mill. He was
    suffering from intestinal parasites and if that did not kill him, a forklift would have.
    Slow Poke Rodriguez II is now about 5-years-old, I can’t imagine how I would feel
    when the horney little fucker dies.

  204. Jeff Torrey says:

    My deepest sympathies. There is nothing that hurts quite like losing a beloved dog. I am 1 month in from losing the greatest dog I had ever owned and I so feel your pain. I always enjoyed reading about his antics. RIP Charlie

  205. Gater, OKC says:

    Ken and Ms Lisa,

    Our thoughts go out to you at your loss. We feel your pain.


  206. Buckaroo says:

    Sympathies to you, Kenny. God only loans them to us for a short while.

  207. Michael Montgomery says:

    What a bummer. Sounds sounds like you two had a lot of good times together though.

  208. darren tull says:

    so sorry for your loss,

  209. John says:

    Very sorry for your lost

  210. Blu Vaner .40 says:

    I’ve read so much about Charlie over the years, it feels kind of like losing my own dog. Sorry for your loss, Kenny.

  211. Swamprabbit says:

    Ken, I am truly sorry to hear this. They are like family, and a hard loss. Time and great memories will help heal. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Lisa.
    All Dogs go to heaven.

  212. Mark in OK says:

    A closer bond is difficult to find. Condolences. Sorry man

  213. Roger.45 says:

    I’m so sorry,Kenny. “They give us some of the happiest days in our life and one of the saddest.”

  214. Airboatgreg says:

    I am sorry. I think more of my dogs then most people

  215. Craig says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  216. H says:

    I have no words for this. Sorry, very sorry.

  217. Nifter says:

    Damn. I’m really sorry man. Been there.

  218. kennymac says:

    Damn. RIP CGD.

  219. Annie says:

    Ohhh man, sorry for your loss! I have followed your posts of Charlie, AhJ an Legal Lucy for years now an really enjoy reading of the adventures…. My condolences man…

  220. Warren says:

    So sorry for you Ken. I don’t really know you or agree with you on lots of things but I understand your pain and I feel for you. There is a quote about how if you haven’t looked into a dogs eyes and seen the love then you haven’t opened a part of your humanity. Reckon you probably have.


  221. Hal P says:

    Sorry to hear about Charliegoddammit.
    Very Sad

  222. Differ says:

    So sorry, Kenny, you are in my prayers.
    Godspeed CGD.

  223. Mike says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  224. HAL P says:

    I think we all Will miss the epic stories about Charliegoddammit

  225. E.J. says:

    “Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened” My deepest sympathies.

  226. Terry says:

    So sorry to hear this Ken. Bless you and Miss Lisa.

  227. Andy-TLC says:

    Ken, I am sorry for your loss. I do understand how hard it is. Even today, certain dogs in my past make me well up thinking about them. Just remember both of your lives were richer because of the times you shared. God bless.

  228. Jim says:

    Bummer dude. Sorry.

  229. uberoldnoob says:

    Words are so inadequate for the loss. As someone said above – I mourn the loss of a dog more than most people. Rip CGD and peace to you Ken.

  230. chillhill says:

    So sorry for your loss.

    Your story is exactly how my buddy Bear passed. I’d just left him and kitkat (his sister) in the backyard when I hear a hair raising howl. 30 seconds later Bear is gone, his head resting in my lap.

    I suspect heart attack/embolism. And I have momma, bear and kitkat’s ashes along with their collars. Damn I loved those dogs. Love the two I got now – in fact one is named Bear bc his mannerisms reminded us so much of the old galoot… we kept accidentally calling him Bear – it stuck.

    Peace be with you brother.

  231. Mike says:

    Well crap, that sucks. They truly be become family, in fact sometimes better than family. Sorry man

  232. jefferson101 says:


    I’ve lost a couple of dogs that I still miss, even the one from 30 years ago.

  233. David Wheeler says:

    Hate it for you, Kenny. It’s like losing a family member. Hang it there.

  234. Sjefan says:

    Sorry to hear the sad news Kenny.
    It is a good thing you were there to ease his pass.
    CGD will surely be missed, not only by his family but with your readers also.
    Men have a special bond with dogs and reading stories about a good dog makes them become part of their family too.

    My condolences to all of you.
    I know a lot of you are reliving the loss of long departed friends all over again like it was yesterday.

  235. Fitty says:

    So sorry for your loss. Dogs are true friends and family members, again sorry for your loss.

  236. Rayvet says:

    Hate it for you Kenny. Don’t know if this helps, but this is what I tell my clients early on when they get a new pet (it’s what helps me, God knows I’ve been through my share of them over the years). Pet ownership is a short term gig. Think of it as an extended rental. Make the best of it while you got them. Make sure you don’t have regrets as to what you did or didn’t do with them or how they were treated. Then when the day comes, remember that they had one helluva life living with you and we as humans couldn’t ask for better if we were in their shoes. Makes it easier for me, then I just go out and fine me another. Lost one of my four back last Memorial day and just got another two days ago. So another journey begins.

  237. Bob from Ky says:

    So sorry Kenny. i lost my dog of 14 years just two weeks ago today. Tearing up a bit as i write this. You will never forget, but it does get a little easier in just a couple of weeks. A lot easier already to remember and talk about the great times, and anyone who had had a dog knows that there were lots of great times. Mostly simply relaxing around the house because their favorite pastime is just being with you. My thoughts and prayers with you.

  238. Eastwood says:

    Man I hate to hear that. So sorry to hear. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and Miss Lisa.

  239. samoore says:


    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Miss Lisa.

  240. beachdoc says:

    It is amazing how much you will notice their absence. So sorry.

  241. Shooter says:

    Peace brother.

  242. Richard says:

    I am really sorry Wirecutter, he was a good dog with a great name. Y’all take care and heal your heart.

  243. joe says:

    I feel your pain. Really sorry for your lost. Loosing a buddy is the worst ever. You were a great dad to him. We’ll all miss him.

  244. Chickenmom says:

    So, so sorry – it’s devastating lose a pet. Thank you for sharing his life with us – he sure was ‘one of a kind’ – his antics always made me smile!

  245. Brooks says:

    Our Shilo-Grace (Lab), and our Nikota Cannut (Wolf), were, and still are
    very precious to us, although they’ve passed on.
    But we’ve fond memories and wonderful photos of them,
    which reminds of the special blessings they are.
    Over time, you too will cherish even more the special bond that Charlie
    and you will always have and enjoy.
    God Blesses man with the ability to bond with our furry friends that can be
    even closer than a brother or sister, at times, because man needs loyal companionship.
    Grieving with you for your loss…

  246. fRed says:

    So sorry…

  247. JamesD says:

    My back yard has 7 graves for dogs I have loved – mostly English Mastiffs. Have one now that is a rescue dog with bone cancer and for the 1st time, considering cremation for when the inevitable comes. Rainbow Bridge Mr. Wirecutter!

  248. Hiker Mike says:

    I’m a little late to the wake but my wife and I share your pain as we lost our dog of 11 years this past Feb in similar fashion.

    The only solace in this for you and Lisa is the passing of Charlie was rather quick and uneventful but surrounded by those who loved and cared for him.

    We all would be so lucky to past in such a way as Charliegodammit.

    May he rest in peace!

  249. As I told you in a note, I’m so sorry man. I know this loss when I lost my Heidi, the best dog I’ve ever had. There’s still a hole in my heart. Words can’t help you, but maybe it helps me to say to you I’m sorry.

  250. BlueMntCeltic says:

    He was a special friend, thanks for sharing him with us. My deepest condolences.

  251. Victor says:

    Kenny, May I suggest that you take out a shovel and bury him on your property. He deserves a descent burial,

    • Wirecutter says:

      My property has 2 inches of topsoil with layers and layers of limestone underneath. I can’t dig a hole big enough to bury him without a backhoe.

  252. Walter Zoomie says:

    Sorry you lost your buddy. Hang in there.

  253. David says:

    Sorry to hear this news, Glad you were there for him, though. These losses are tough, and my heart goes out to you both.

  254. dave says:

    So unexpected. It’s good, for all of you, that you guys were right there with him. Your house will feel empty for sure.

  255. Brad_in_IL-Annoy says:

    Losing a close companion is tough. Grieving is tough. My family lost the family dog in 2013 and it still yanks my heartstrings now and again. Take all the time you need. Don’t worry about us deplorables in the rabble . . . we’ll be here when you get the urge to start posting again.

  256. da_truth46 says:

    fuck man, so so sorry to hear that. just know ol’ charlie will be waiting for you, y’all will be together again someday.

  257. Carol says:

    So very sorry For your loss of such a beautiful dog..I love your stories about your dogs – it’s the happiest day of our lives to get a puppy and the saddest when we lose them.

  258. CT Ginger says:

    I’m very sorry. My wife and l have been adopting old abandoned dogs from shelters for a few years now and theyre often in rough shape. We usually have three or four in the house and every year or so we lose one. It never get easier. Be well.

  259. Al in Geotgia says:

    So sorry for your loss. He was a member of your family and a friend. They are with us for a short time but make our lives better. Sincere condolences.

  260. formwiz says:

    Sounds like a stroke like our first one had.

    Tough because it was a surprise (BTDT), but it was quick so be thankful for that.

  261. macko says:

    Sorry to hear. Makes me sad remembering losing my dog

  262. RosalindJ says:

    Condolences to you, Miss Lisa, and the rest of the crew. BTDT with The Best Dog in the World about seven years ago.
    It’s a void that won’t be filled. Remembering helps shape the hollows a bit. Stories when you can..

  263. Robbie says:

    Kenny – Deeply sorry for your loss. I sometimes would read your tales of Charlie Godammit and broadly grin as I would look at our dog Minnie.

    It may not be possible but I hope that Jack is able to sense your and Lisa’s grief and attempt to fill the unfillable void in your hearts.

    I do not envy your final drive with Charlie today.

    Best Wishes,


  264. Marty West says:

    Dude, we will all miss CharlieGodammit and the stories you tell about him! Sorry for your loss.

  265. Frank says:

    My condolences to you and your family. We don’t know each other but I share your pain. Will keep you in my prayers.

  266. john biglin says:

    My condolances to you and Miss Lisa, Kenny. So sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many of us.

  267. hvlee says:

    We’re accumulating the ashes of our old dogs. If I go first, my wife is supposed to mix the ashes with mine and do something, yet undecided, with the mix.

  268. Nemo says:

    Sorry for your loss Ken and Lisa. Charlie was a beloved member of your family and by extension the Knuckledraggin community.

  269. Grandpa Ed says:

    So very sad to hear of your loss. We lost 2 wonderful dogs last year within 2 weeks of each other. Now have adopted 2 rescue pups. Prayers to you to help you through your loss.

  270. WDS says:

    So sorry for you and Lisa. This is the worst part of having four legged family members.

  271. Utter Moron says:

    My most sincere condolences.

  272. WoodBurner says:

    My condolences, take care.

  273. Kimberwarrior45 says:

    Kenny, there is nothing I can say that would fill the hollow hurt inside. Please know that I am quietly standing beside you for I so recently know your pain..

  274. KirK says:

    I am so very sorry to see this here this morning . With all the stories I’ve read about Charlie I almost felt as if I knew him .

  275. Dano says:

    My heart goes out to you and Lisa, Ken.

  276. Rick F says:

    my condolences,

  277. doubletrouble says:

    Very sorry for your loss, Ken. Prayers for you and the family.

  278. AR Park says:

    Praying for you bud and Miss Lisa. Dang….

  279. DT says:

    So sorry to hear this Ken.

  280. Billy Shaft says:

    Your stories made CGD a part of our family.
    We mourn with you.
    I pray for peace for you and Miss Lisa.


  281. POd American says:

    Ken, Can’t add anything to what’s already been said so I’ll just add my condolences to this long list.

  282. luis says:

    Damn, so sorry for your loss, CGD was our dog also. Going to miss him badly.

  283. Terri says:

    So very sorry to hear this. We get so attached to them, even knowing that 95% of the time, we’ll outlive them. I’m glad you were there with him, petting him right at the end. We’ve all been there, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Much love to you & Lisa.

  284. Mike says:

    Ken, Sorry for your loss. I’m sure my boys in doggie heaven will welcome him home.

  285. Buford K. Hardy says:


  286. Adirondack Patriot says:

    He was blessed to have you. You were blessed to have him. I’m so sorry.

  287. George in Florida says:

    Condolences. Been there done that. Always hurts. May God ease the pain .

  288. kevinH says:

    So sorry to hear that, I know your pain is deep and very real. From the stories, Charlie was a great friend and family member, just know that he knew you were with him, and he is waiting to see you again. Rest in Peace, Charlie Goddamnit, you were well loved.

  289. Will says:

    Sad news Ken, sorry to hear that. CGD will be missed.

  290. Jesse in DC says:

    Fuck!! Nothing hurts like losing a family member, fur covered or otherwise. Sorry man, you will see him again someday.

  291. Sonny says:

    Kenny,Brother. CGD was a friend when you needed one. he came into your life at a time when your spirit needed a lift, that was obvious from your writings that you posted. I guess he figured his work with you was done and it was time to move on to someone else that needs him more. If I knew how I would start a go fund me page for his final expenses. I will send you some cash to help. It is hard as hell to lose your best friend. I know nothing anyone says here is gonna help, some say time heals all wounds. sometimes a pain of loss is so great it changes you and all you can do is move on for those are still here. also Bourbon helps

  292. FrankP says:

    Was over on Feral Irishman and was shocked to hear about Charlie passing. Sad day, Kenny.

  293. Fred W Edwardz says:

    I am so sorry.

  294. waitingForTheStorm says:

    Sorry to hear this. Our animals become dear to us.

  295. Drew in Michigan says:

    Well don’t that suck, sorry to wake up to this news and your loss, spread a few of his ashes over his favorite spots!
    I have my brother in a mezcal Don Juan 2 worm tequila bottle (after I toasted to him) and spread the rest of him over and around his favorite hunting spots!

  296. rikkisme says:

    I feel your pain brother.

  297. Bob says:

    So sorry four your loss. Keep him in your heart, and he’ll run there forever.

  298. CM says:

    So sorry guy. I have enjoyed the stories about him since I found your blog. Best name ever, also. Take care from North Carolina

  299. KYMike says:

    I have lost many dogs over the years and none were easy. He will be in your memories forever. My sincere condolences.

  300. RTinWeimar says:

    We’re so sorry to here of your loss Ken. Loosing a good friend like Charlie really sucks. We feel your pain.

  301. Paul says:

    9+ years of good times you two had…..if you did not take him in, who knows what kind of life he may have had (or not had). It is always hard, especially with those one-of-a-kind dogs.
    And you were there with him in the very end. That has always helped me, to know I was there to comfort them in their last minute.
    And, hey, you helped him escape California!!!

  302. alfie195671 says:

    Sorry about your loss. Death sucks.

  303. spaz says:

    Damn man, I am sorry for your lose. A best friend is hard to replace.

  304. Deb says:

    No words can ease the pain, but maybe knowing I’m thinking of you and CGD brings some bit of comfort.

  305. Jeff C. in NC says:

    285 comments when I checked in. WOW. That is alot of folks that knew CGD. I am deeply sorry for your loss I mourn dogs more than some people I have known. Ours is close as well unfortunately.

  306. jon sr. says:

    Damn. Sorry for your loss. It’s never easy losing a good dog.

  307. Bobby James Winkles says:

    My condolences on your loss. I cried more when my dog died than I did for my dad. Time will heal you my brother.

  308. Jimbo says:

    Heartfelt condolences Wirecutter. Been there, done that. Charlie will remain with you in spirit, he’ll always be there for you.

  309. Biblicalviolence says:

    My deepest sympathies
    Mark Twain once opined: “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog”. Needless to say, I love mine, she’s been a better friend than those with two legs and when it’s time, her ashes will be made into a diamond so I’ll always have her close.

  310. Bigg Ale says:

    Every Dog is the Best Dog ever…….
    Sorry for your loss.

  311. G.W. Long says:

    KENNY and MISS LISA, Through the CGD stories you shared, we were able to see/experience a small degree of his raucous character. You and Miss Lisa had it all, at full strength. A good dog is hard to find, and even harder to replace after he is gone. You will find him again someday, when you least expect it. He will be there on a new, and unfamiliar, trail somewhere. You will see him just up ahead, wagging his tale, barking at everything, causing trouble, mischievous as ever, literally waiting for you, and extremely happy that you finally caught up with him. Until that day, May God Bless, and comfort you both.

  312. De Oppresso Liber says:

    Terrible news, my condolences Ken and Miss Lisa.

  313. Dick B says:

    Damn! So sorry to hear that. Been there myself, man. Only thing to do is rescue another dog.

  314. loadedforbear says:

    Sorry for your loss.

    I recently saw a meme that said Heaven is where you’re met by all the dogs you’ve ever loved.

    I’ll buy that.

    PS – my best furry friend passed about 4 years ago. I still well up when I think about her.

  315. bootmaker says:

    oh man…so sorry to hear this amigo…from all yer stories, ‘ he was a good dog ‘…

  316. Douglas says:

    So very sorry man. So very sorry.

  317. John Deaux says:

    Damn Ken, I’m so sorry for your loss. Best wishes to you and Ms Lisa.

  318. Rooster says:

    It was good to know him through your stories… sorry for you friend leaving bro! Hang tough!!

  319. Cowchip says:

    Long time lurker. My condolences, dogs are the best friends humans can have.

  320. Joe says:

    Sorry for your loss brother.

  321. bogsidebunny says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss, Ken!

  322. jayesouthworth says:

    Dittos to what everyone said here. I can’t add any more other than I hate reading stories on the loss of pets and animals being subjected to cruelty. Just damn it!

  323. Jonathan Soss says:

    Hello Wirecutter,
    Long time lurker here. I have a big heart for animals, so your post brought me out of the shadows. Please accept my most sincere condolences regarding your loss of Charlie Goddamnit.
    I’ll miss your stories of him.

  324. kelvin1 says:

    It is hard to lose a four legged friend. Keep the good memories of him

  325. Luap57 says:

    Sorry, dogs are like family and in many cases more loyal and forgiving. We lost our best friend about 8 years ago, he set the bar so high we haven’t gotten another, maybe in a couple years we’ll look into it again.
    You spoke of Charlie GD so much I felt like I knew him too.
    I will pray for your pain and loss.

  326. Paul J says:

    A beautiful picture. It shows a great personality and a priceless friend

    So sorry to hear.

  327. NewVegasBadger says:

    Kenny, my deepest sympathies and condolences on your loss! In my never to be humble opinion, God gave us the gift of dog, in order that we, dumbass humans would have the slightest clue as to what unconditional love looks like. I’ve had three dogs literally die in my arms. I know what you and Lisa are going through at this time. I pray, you will find comfort in the memories of how Charlie added to the quality of your and Lisa’s life. Remember it was Charlie who choose YOU.

    CharlieGoddammit: Thank-you for being here. You are going to be missed very much.

  328. MauserMedic says:

    Mr. Lane,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in knowing he had an exceptionally good life because of you and Mrs. Lane.

  329. Padawan says:

    There’s no one thing on the planet that’ll make a hardened man cry like the passing of his four-legged best friend.

    Warhorse and I send our condolences.

  330. WilliamGene says:

    Very sorry to hear about Charlie. Always bad when a loyal dog passes. Hang in there.

  331. Barry says:

    Really sorry to hear about Charlie. I got to know him through your posts. Good dogs are something else. Take care, Ken.

  332. carol ann says:

    So sorry Ken…. they leave footprints on our hearts that can never be erased…and I firmly believe that all dogs go to heaven….

  333. tim says:

    Awwwww so sorry Wire, they are special animals

  334. Trish says:

    Kenny and Lisa,

    I am so sorry you lost him. I am a huge pet lover, always have a bunch around me. He is a good dog and he is much loved. Hang in there and time will help out, some. He will always have a place in your heart.

    So, so sorry


  335. Andy says:

    Sorry Ken.

  336. Stevie says:

    So sorry to hear this, Kenny. Condolences to you and Miss Lisa. I hope Lucy is ok. I was with both of my best dogs when they died. Still grieve.

  337. S. Eskew says:

    A piece of your soul that you will find waiting for you in Heaven. Good dog, great memories.

  338. Maddog says:

    Sorry for your loss. As others have said, his memory lives on in all of us because of your great stories about his antics.

  339. Kerry says:

    My condolences. I have long been reading your blog, but rarely comment, but have enjoyed the CGD posts immensely. My thoughts are with you and Lisa.

  340. DCE says:

    So sorry to hear about Charlie’s passing. The do work their way into our hearts, don’t they?

    I know there will be a Charlie-shaped hole in your life, much as anyone that has lost a four-footed and furry family member.

    Bring him home, WC. Bring him home.

  341. Canadian Goof says:

    My condolences. Just finished watching The Art of Racing in the Rain, and then this. Charlie was also a part of your readers lives too. God Bless. We will miss your stories of him. Best friend anybody could have.

  342. L. Roberge says:

    Wirecutter, I am very sorry. I understand. Hang in there. Best wishes.

  343. Tsgt Joe says:

    Sorry you lost your buddy

  344. Scarecrow says:

    You were there with him all the way. Knew I liked you for a reason.

  345. tim says:

    So sorry man. Dogs are the greatest.

  346. Kenny, I am so sorry about Charlie. I will add you to my prayers….

  347. Michael says:

    So sorry to hear this!
    R.I.P Charlie, Godammit!

  348. Ken Binkley says:

    Our condolences from our family to yours brother.

  349. MartinFromGermany says:

    Ken, I am really sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with you. All the best to you and Miss Lisa in these sad moments.

  350. Locked and Loaded says:

    Sorry for your loss. Dogs are special.

  351. MadMarlin says:

    Oh man, I am so sorry to hear about Charlie. My thoughts and prayers to you Ken.

  352. SgtBob says:

    I am sorry you lost Charlie GD. One of ours, Victor, a 95-pound standard poodle, died in April. My wife and I called him Man in a Dog Suit, because I swear he had a human look in his eyes. Victor ate razor heads and toothbrush heads and could take the cardboard roll out of toilet paper. After Victor died, we discovered our other standard, Charlie, is deaf. For an unknown time, he took his cues from what Victor did, sometimes good, sometimes not.

  353. Gene says:

    So hard to let them go. Had to do it more times than I want to think about. Hurting with you.

  354. PaulB says:

    Oh,Goddamn, man, I’m sorry. Those stories of him were always so great. What a great dog.

  355. Big Country says:

    Over the Bridge… He’ll be there waiting. I dig the idea of using some of his ashes in a tat… gonna have to check that out. At least you got to be there with you… too many times when a pet checks out, their human isn’t there… R.I.P. CGD

  356. arc says:

    Family passing is never without pain but it will lessen with time. Charlie will be waiting for you with everyone else that is already beyond this world. Prayers sent, more on the way.

  357. soapweed says:

    Kenny: He went on his own and in your lap. So very sad, but the best send off to the other side. May we be so lucky. Sorry sir.

  358. Virgal L Bressner says:

    I am sorry to hear that. I have lost a loved dog too.

  359. Ed says:

    Very sorry Kenny, I know you guys were of the same cloth.

  360. Larry says:

    Sorry for the loss. Take Care.

  361. Jim Sheats says:

    Losing your dog is a sorrowful thing. We still miss our Mattie.

    Our condolences.

  362. JB says:

    He was calling for you there at the end. Wanted you to be with him at his passing. They truly are amazing animals. They may not be with us very long but they do teach us things if we’re patient enough to learn. My condolences. Hand salute, CGD!

  363. Pittsburgher says:

    Man, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m watching the light slip from one of my dogs eyes little by little. It won’t be easy on me when it happens. Dogs are certainly “man’s best friend.” Again, my condolences.

  364. B.C. says:

    Damn, brother. Been there, cried those tears. (And will do so again when our current long-in-the-tooth pooches shuffle off to those fields to chase rabbits and squirrels with their ancestors.)

    Condolences to you and Miss Lisa.

  365. Steve says:

    Sorry to hear, you will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.

  366. hbbill says:

    Kenny, having been through this many a time, I understand what you are going through. Over the years my wife and I have had many K-9 companions, sometimes several at a time. When they pass, each one is a heartrending loss for the companionship that is gone forever. My condolences sir.

  367. tmckelve1 says:

    Sorry for your loss. Charlies antics will be sorely missed by many.

  368. Bob Gallagher says:

    Sorry For your loss, Dogs are family.

  369. (((Doc B))) says:

    Sorry for your loss brother.

  370. Bryan says:

    Oh man, sorry for your loss! I been following you, and reading your blog everyday since you blasted that hippie in the face with mace! Always enjoyed the stories of Charlie over the years!! With a newly cracked beer I raise a toast for Charliegoddammit!! Rest In Peace pup

  371. John Coffey says:

    Those are hard loses. Nothing can compare to our dogs. I am sorry for you sudden loss and hope you feel better sooner than later.

  372. Dustin says:

    Sorry to hear that. It is never easy.

  373. Greg B says:

    Aw hell.

  374. Kid says:

    Crap. Yea, been there. Always think of our pets as our children and treat them as such. We recently lost a 15 yr old beagle and 2 15 yr old cats. I think about them everyday. Many more over the years. We celebrate that we gave them a good life.

  375. Kid says:

    PS – It sounds like he had a heart attack.

  376. StBenardnot says:

    My deepest condolences to you & Lisa. I dread the day my two are gone. Dogs are one of Gods greatest gifts.

  377. John in Philly says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, they are with us for such a short time.

  378. Carl says:

    Sorry to hear this. Hang in there buddy!

  379. rod says:

    Sorry man.


  380. Craig Trahan says:

    Sorry to hear about Charlie.

  381. Lisa says:

    My sincere and deepest condolences. Our pets are a precious gift. I’m glad you and Miss Lisa were with him.

  382. Bob Clippard says:

    “God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.” Billy Graham

  383. RobinKay says:

    When you are part of your dogs pack, it really hurts losing them.

  384. grayjohn says:

    When you have a dog like Charlie he becomes part of you and become part of him. That’s why it’s so hard and hurts so much when they go, you’re losing part of yourself. I’m so sorry Kenny. I have really enjoyed your stories about him. We will all miss him too.

  385. GenX Crit says:

    You gave him good times and everyone good stories about him. Take care. Know we feel the loss in our hearts and wish you, Lisa and rest of your critters the best.

  386. Coyyote says:

    Have lost several good dogs over the years. Most were labs that hunted and all were painful to lose. I have always said dogs should last 100 years and shotguns 10 years. Fun to get a new shotgun but bitter sweet to get a new dog. Sorry for your loss.

  387. Jeff Shackelford says:

    So sorry, man. I know it’s rough. A good dog is truly man’s best friend. He will live in your mind and heart forever and will be waiting on the other side for a good old ear scratch.

  388. Daryl says:

    Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed reading about CGD’s antics. Lived and died by his own code, didn’t let you make that last decision for him.

  389. Mike in Indiana says:

    Well shit! RIP Charlie and know that your dad will write one of the best blog entries ever for you!!!

  390. Jeffrey Smith says:

    Sorry about Charlie. Love dogs, but they go too soon.

  391. Joe Armellino says:

    sorry for your loss,just loss my doxi,18 years together.

  392. WestcoastDeplorable says:

    Sorry to hear about Charlie, Kenny. I’ve been there and it sorta leaves a big hole in your heart.

  393. Smoker78 says:

    My condolences brother. Still got my boy’s collar on my rear view.

  394. Donny Corleone says:

    Damn, brother. I know how you feel but I know that anything I say won’t take the hurt away.
    We had to put one of our dogs down a couple of years ago and I cried like a baby. I’m tearing up now as I type this just thinking about it.
    Keep up the good work you do and maybe that will help take your mind off of it.
    I’m hurting with you because I think that on the whole dogs are better than most people I know.

  395. T4C says:

    So sorry Kenny. Finding your peace in having been there with him when he left will serve as healing salve for the grief.

  396. TwoDogs says:

    So sorry to hear this. The two dogs I refer to are both gone. There’s another one taking their place but I still miss them, even the naughty one.

  397. MM_454SS says:

    so sorry to hear about Charlie.

  398. Bobby Rogers says:

    Sorry for your loss. Enjoyed reading about him over the years.Pets are family.

  399. Some Chinese Guy says:

    Sorry to hear about Charlie.

  400. thisisnotthesmithyourelookingfor says:

    So sorry. I hope you find rest soon from the suffering during the loss of CGD.

  401. DaveP says:

    They’re such a big part of our lives, its always hard to see them go.
    My sympathy, brother.

  402. Peter Ward says:

    Condolences on your friend.

  403. J Catara says:

    Sorry for your loss. Time is the only thing that heals the heart. Charlie will always be in your heart..

  404. Capt. A. says:

    Where to Bury a Dog
    By Ben Hur Lampman – 1925

  405. Jim says:

    So sorry to hear this. You have my condolences. I still miss mine so bad I can’t write about them. They never live long enough.

  406. The Old Guy says:

    Sorry, Ken. I’ve been there and know. Thanks for sharing Charlie with us over the years

    It has already been said, but God bless Charlie, and you, and Lisa.

    And thanks to Steve for the Kippling poem.

  407. Chuck says:

    I’m real sorry to hear about Charlie, Ken. My deepest sympathies. Our dogs are with us for far too short a time.

  408. Blue Tile Spook says:

    Sorry for you and Miss Lisa. I know the laughter and I know the pain of having a beloved dog. Peace, brother.


  409. Steve says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of CGD’s passing. It feels like losing a member of your family, and you experience the same grief feelings. I can understand not wanting to give him up completely, as he was a part of you.

  410. Tator says:

    So Sorry, but he will always be with you. I know from experience after having 15+ dogs over my lifetime. Best wishes.

  411. Alex Lund says:

    My condolences as well.
    But I think he is waiting for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

  412. hardscrabble farmer says:

    I could read your love for that dog in every mention you made of him.

    We lost three dogs across our family this year and understand quite well the hole they leave when thy go.

    Condolences for your loss.

  413. SWRichmond says:

    Real sorry. Hang in there. You gave him a great life he’d have otherwise missed.

  414. dgh says:

    So very sorry to hear that, such a painful time.for you all .

  415. ExpatNJ says:

    My sincerest condolences, WireCutter. I shall miss your stories about CD.
    (thanks to The Captain for posting).

  416. James says:

    By Charlie,thanks for all the great antics that made for fun stories!

    Kenny,my condolences to you and Miss Lisa.

  417. =TW= says:

    So sorry to hear of this, Kenny. I’ve been through this repeatedly and it always hurts bad…

  418. jack says:

    R.I.P. Charlie. So sorry for the loss of your friend. Thinking of you and Lisa right now.

  419. oldawg says:

    Sorry. I know it’s hard to lose good friends.

  420. Douglas Walker says:

    Been there, know what it’s like. My heart is with you. It truly sucks when you loose a good dog.

  421. Old Peculier says:

    So sorry for your loss. It’s been 12 years since we lost our springer spaniel, she was crazy but in a good way. R I P Charlie.

  422. pigpen51 says:

    I looked at the number of comments from people who wanted to express their sorrow for your loss, and was overwhelmed at just how many people both care about you and love animals. I also want to share my sorrow at your loss. We all know how hard it is, and I am glad that you were able to be there with him as he passed to the next world.

  423. Mike Roberts says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He sounded like a fantastic companion and I can’t fathom how you’re feeling. Thinking of you and Miss Lisa at this time.

  424. Bones says:

    The Art Of Driving In The Rain.

    Charlie – Thanks for getting the Wirecutter & Ms. Lisa to Tennessee. Mission Accomplished. RIP.

  425. Dwl says:

    We are sorry for your loss of a good friend. I hope the best for you and I hope the hurt passes.

  426. Kim du Toit says:

    Not only have you lost a fine dog, but we’ve lost the best dog’s name ever. I’ll eat a can of corned beef hash tomorrow in his memory. I think he’d have wanted it that way.
    Really sorry, Kenny.

  427. cdngunblog says:

    Just went through it with ours of 14 years a few weeks ago. They’re more than just pets – they’re part of the family. My heart goes out to you.

  428. Lee Fulton says:

    So sorry for your loss. Well, ours too ’cause no good stories about him.

  429. rightwingterrorist says:

    My sincere condolences.
    Losing a good dog sucks.

  430. irontomflint says:

    Sorry for your loss, old man. We will miss him, but not by half the way you will…

  431. Awtnot says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  432. Zarba says:

    So sorry for your loss. It sucks and it hurts.s

    We’ll pet our girl in CharlieGoddammit’s honor.

  433. kimh81 says:

    I am so very sorry. There is nothing in this life like the love and friendship of a good dog. I miss my buddy to this day and always will. He rests in a lovely small chest on the table next to my bed.
    I have always had dogs and I always will but there was only on Manfred.

    Your loss is every one of your friends here loss as well and we are here, saddened, right next to you

  434. OldNFO says:

    So sorry. Losing a pet is always hard, especially when they’ve been with you through thick and thin.

  435. Bobinaz says:

    I am sorry for your loss.

  436. J Pritchett says:

    He will be waiting for you. I’ll speak a toast for you both.

  437. Dai says:

    It’s always sad when a dog passes. Sorry for your loss.

  438. IdahoHunter says:

    Been there done that. Sorry for the loss of your friend. You still have the love in you, find another to give it to. Nothing can ever replace, but you must let the love out.

  439. Robin says:

    Miss Lisa and Kenny, I was sorry to read about Charlie’s death. He sounded like he was quite a character!

  440. outdoorjohn2014 says:

    Gonna miss ya, Charlie.

  441. tsl says:

    This hits hard. Sorry for your loss. Big hole to fill with a loss like this. My mantle has several urns with cremated remains.

  442. John r says:

    Omg i am so sorry for you. Losing a dog is terrible. My dogs are family. I have been reading about charlie for years, love his name, and feel like i know him. I am genuinely sad. My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

  443. 15Fixer says:

    So sorry for your loss, Ken. I had six, tried to bury one, couldn’t do it. Took the next ones to get cremated cuz I couldn’t stand to dig the graves. Plus, can make a little shrine to them, with the little box.

  444. Susan says:

    This made me cry. So very sorry. We will meet our pets one day again I truly believe.

  445. Hawk says:

    I’m sorry. I lost my dog of eighteen years four and half months ago. It is hard.

  446. herb says:

    Sad to hear of your loss.

  447. ChuckN says:

    So sorry to hear this Wirecutter. The best to you and Lisa.

  448. Jay Livesay says:

    Sorry about the bad news. Dogs are better than most people, and losing your best buddy is rough. I have you both in thoughts and prayers.

  449. tv says:

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  450. Zack says:

    Aw man, that just sucks. So sorry to hear it.

  451. woodsterman says:

    Best friends are the toughest to lose.

  452. RR says:

    Yes, dogs ARE man’s best friend. Sorry for the lost of your good friend.

  453. BillDave says:

    Dogs are the best, People suck, give me a ranch with a semi-hot chick, and GSP hunting dogs.

  454. marksmanG says:

    Wirecutter and Lisa, My heart goes out to your family for losing your best friend. Know exactly where you are now because have been there myself. The memories will live on and hopefully ease the pain of the loss.

  455. Lofty says:

    I feel your sadness mate, my best wishes to you and Lisa.

  456. Toothless Dawg says:

    I enjoyed many a story about you and CharlieGodammit. Now I mourn his passing with you and others who knew Charlie from those stories. God Bless.

  457. Cowboy says:

    Man’s best friend for a reason. Sorry for the loss. Thank you for sharing CGD with us.

  458. Stuart says:

    Very sorry for your loss Ken, I’ve enjoyed reading about ya’lls adventures and his antics for years.
    I have a box of ashes on my shelf, still miss him after all these years but it still brings a smile to my face when I think of all the fun we had together.

  459. Tim in AK says:

    This thread is heading for 500 comments.
    That really says a lot Kenny, about how much people like you, your dog, and the threads that you have posted over the years that are authored by you.

    As always…..wishing both you and your wife Miss Lisa the best…..

  460. Tom from east Tennessee says:

    So sorry. I know you’ll always miss him, but I hope you can be glad for all the years and good times you had with him, too.

  461. Bunk Strutts says:

    Best name for a dog ever. Sorry to hear the news.

  462. Sanders says:

    Dang, man. Sorry to hear about your old pup. I never knew him, but I liked him, too.

  463. Jack says:

    Sorry, been there. Never easy.

  464. Basil from NC. says:

    I am very sorry for your loss.
    I’m sure you gave him a great life.

  465. Roy says:

    Dogs worm their way into your heart and life and then in a few years they’re gone. Poof – just like that. (To them, we must be like gods living 300 years or more in dog years.)

    When we lost Misty, our Siberian, I scattered half her ashes along her favorite walking path in the woods. The rest went into a jar and was buried in the back yard under a rock that is flush with the ground. It’s been 11 years now and still, every time I mow over that rock, I think of her. She was a Good Dog!

    We now have a five year old German Shepherd who is nothing but a big lovable galoot that sheds copious amounts of fur in our house. (…although I would feel very sorry for anyone unfortunate enough to try and break in.)

    So, I raise a glass of good single malt in a toast to Charlie GD. A Good Dog!

    Taylorsville, KY

  466. ed357 says:

    So sorry…..I’m at a loss for words.

  467. Edward Teach says:

    “This thread is heading for 500 comments.”

    …and that’s probably not counting all the people who are lurking and who don’t know what to say, or feel that it’s already been said and what could they add?

    I’d like to think that there’s a sort of Elysium Fields for dogs where they can just run and run and chase rabbits and sniff things forever.

    • Stevie says:

      Edward, indeed, near to 500 reasons to have faith in humanity, and in Elysium fields forever. Reading this beautiful roll of condolences is edifying to say the least. Peace

  468. tscotty3 says:

    Sorry, man. He was a good dog.

  469. Peter B says:

    So sorry to see the news. You know when a dog is THE dog.

  470. Sorry to hear of your loss

  471. S L says:

    When the time comes he will be waiting for you, so he can be your good boy again.

  472. JB says:

    Sorry to hear Ken. God bless you & Lisa. He’ll be missed here too.

  473. TC says:

    Very sorry for your loss. Every time I lose a dog, it gets harder. That said, golden retriever No.4 is asleep next to me on the couch; I’m his pillow.

  474. Bill Chunko says:

    My condolences Ken.

  475. Donk says:

    Kenny, I am so sorry for your loss.

  476. Badger says:

    Many of us know the pain (and bewilderment) at such a loss. As time moved on I realized I was just lucky to have been Blessed with such companionship for awhile. I pray you both will also reach a time of bemusement & reflection. But maybe not too soon…

  477. MaxSmoke says:

    Damn I’m sorry to hear that. Lost mine 2 years ago. It seems like each one is harder.

  478. bill says:

    I am so sorry brother Ken.

  479. Chris says:

    It’s a sad thing to lose a pet – they are part of the family.

  480. I am so, so sorry to hear this.

    An animal is your responsibility, and, from what I’ve read from you, you discharged that responsibility well.

    I still grieve the loss of my two cats, around 2 years apart, with Spencer dying about 15 months ago.

    You gave Charlie a home, you gave him love, and he died with your hands upon him, attempting to comfort him.

    I’m sorry, man, just sorry.

  481. Fred says:

    Words are just not enough for some situations. Been there, and it sux. No getting over it, just past it.

    My theology might be way out of line, but I believe he will be there when you get there.

  482. John Casaretto says:

    Lost my dog a few months ago. i don’t think i’ll ever get over her. sorry to hear this ken

  483. SFC Johnny says:

    So sorry Mr. Ken and Lisa. My prayers are with you and the family.

  484. Fulldraw says:

    Sorry for the loss. It sucks to loose a friend

  485. Bill The Bunyip says:

    I feel for your loss but if it helps you made me and a lot of others happy that you shared the great times with us all. We have Jess’s ashes in a green box on the mantlepiece. Great dogs are the greatest gift to mankind. Charlie is a lucky dog to have been with you and to have had you there when his time came.

  486. Mark J says:

    Damn, that was just totally sad to hear, especially after a long day at work.
    Sending good thoughts your way, and if I can I’ll send a donation to help with the cremation costs.

  487. Tennessee Budd says:

    Heartfelt condolences, Kenny.
    Been that kind of year. My 9-year-old tomcat died a couple of months ago: fine the night before, collapsed next morning, & 4 hours later he was gone.
    I know CG was a pain in the ass ( I understand–my tomcat’s name was listed at the vet’s as “You Bastard”, ’cause they asked what I called him), but it was obvious from your posts that you loved him, & it seemed mutual (not sure I can say the same, since mine was a cat). At least you gave him a good home, & a lot more years than he would’ve had otherwise. You did right by him, & that’s the thing a good man does.
    RIP, CharlieGodammit, you big dumb bastard. Actually, don’t rest: heaven for you will be full of shit to chase & gnaw on. Get your furry ass busy, & enjoy it.

  488. Carl H. says:

    Sorry for your loss. We were lucky to know ‘the best dog ever’.

  489. Mike Casey says:

    so sorry

  490. Pat Umaporn says:

    You got to be there when he called. CGD was a good dog. Jack and Lucy will try to fill-in.

    Best to you all.

  491. says:

    I’m sorry to see this. My sympathies

  492. Bad_Brad says:

    Hey Kenny, almost 500 posts. Quite a tribute to a most awesome dog. I lost a mutt about ten years ago. Yea, best dog I ever owned. He was getting on in age. Found him one morning at the bottom of the swimming pool. Middle of December. Best we could figure he had a heart attack and fell in. I should have been there. Stiff as a board. Cried like a little girl. I fished him out. My brave wife took him to the vet for incineration. That pain never goes away. Dogs are just so damn Honest. Some one sent me this video which you’ve probably seen already. but it explains why we keep going back for more. All mutts are special, all dogs are unique. Hope this isn’t to soon. Just sayen it helped me.

  493. Aggie says:

    I’m sad for your loss but a little heartened that he passed quickly and with you and Lisa there for his final moments – at least here, in this place. That is a better passing than many treasured family members get. Our condolences are also for here, this place – you will see CGDmit again. All dogs go to heaven and he is already putting in a good word for you.

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  495. -Sepp says:

    Sorry to read this.
    After all this time coming here, it’s almost like losing my own dog.

  496. tom762 says:

    Kenny, i feel for you man! The ex and I just put her Puppers down on the 19th of last month. Very hard time to deal with! I put my Sigdog down on my birthday 10 years ago. They leave a hole in your life. Dogs are there for us, and you and Lisa were there for Charlie.

    God Bless you both, and Godspeed CharlieGoddammit!

    Good dog!


  497. Starker says:

    So sorry for your loss. I lost a Labrador 14 years ago and still miss him especially now that the kids are grown and away, when I’m home alone. Considered getting a rescue Pit Bull, but still want to travel.

  498. Longtime reader says:

    Really sorry to hear this, Wirecutter. He sounds like a good dog. Glad for him that you were there to comfort him. God bless.

  499. Nicus says:

    Old men miss many dogs. RIP pup.

  500. Joseph Kappl says:

    Partly our dog too , heck miss him already !
    Sorry for your loss .

  501. Russ Snow says:

    Brother, I’m sorry about your dog. We’re not worthy to have such loyal friends, but the man upstairs still saw fit to make them. I’m a farmer, have been to war, I’ve seen my share of the world, but when my dogs die I still cry like a bitch. He’ll be missed and he’ll be toasted.

  502. Glenfilthie says:

    Sorry to hear that, WC. Godspeed, Charlie.

  503. Crustyrusty says:


  504. Ohio Guy says:

    I share in your grief. In the past 20 years, I have taken in quite a few cats and dogs that were looking for a good home. My back yard is a cemetery for all the furry souls that found me and shared their love with my wife and I. If I were to total all the vet receipts, it would be many thousands. They’re worth it. I certainly believe we’ll meet again in another lifetime. Thank you Kenny and Lisa for the kindness you have for our furry loved ones. They deserve it.

  505. Massimo7 says:

    Sorry for your loss. Same thing happened to me with my last golden.

  506. Michael Knudson says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  507. Chris says:

    Sorry for the loss of your friend.

  508. Steve the engineer says:

    RIP Charlie. Say “woof” to Turbo and Roxy for me.

  509. S. B. says:

    Our condolences. Dogs are one of God’s creatures that just work their way into your heart and life.

  510. Knucklehead says:

    Part of the price of keeping the dogs we love is gettyour hearts crushed when they die. Nothing is free. Not even the love of a dog. From those of who know the price and have paid up plenty for the privilege of those wonderful friends, sincere condolences.

  511. Moscow Hippy says:

    Sorry for your loss. It’s hard to let a friend go.

  512. Yinzer says:

    So many here have expressed my feelings. I loved reading your exploits with Charlie. I’ll just add that I am another who has felt the pain of losing their best friend. Condolences to you and MissLisa. It will take a while, Kenny.

  513. Kevin A Kapalko says:

    My condolences on your loss. I still think about my golden Anna to this day and its been about 5 yrs. You will see him again one day. I truely believe dogs go to heaven.

  514. Victor says:

    Our condolenses go out to you and your family. Do what you you do best and start writing, the memory recall really helps to heal. Thank you for sharing that beautfiul ball of fur with all of us, he will be missed but not forgotten. It will be a great day when we are all called home, we have great friends wating for us!

  515. Ukko says:

    I’m so sorry, Ken.

  516. Oldbev says:

    Well I’m sucking hind tit on the condolences over 500 in front of me.but here goes,Have had way over a hundred dogs in my life, coondogs,bear dogs curdogs, catchdogs all hunting dogs and all housebroken, some were closer then most people I know. But every once in a while the special one comes along, when you loose them shed a few tears, shoot a couple stiff ones and quickly find a young replacement. All the best to you

  517. Rebecca says:

    aCertainly Charlie…. was cared for and loved. Only another dog owner can understand at the hurt of losing a prized animal such as him. I am sure he will be remembered always. So sad. so sad.

  518. gun monkey says:

    Sorry for your loss Ken.

  519. rpcjr says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  520. A Texan says:

    My condolences to you. Dogs become part of your family, and it hurts like Hell when they are sick or hurt. The inevitable end after a short life hurts even more. My older dog is now fat and probably diabetic, and while I hope for treatment to help her, I know it is a matter of time.

    Cherish the memories of the good times and the mutual love you had for each other, and know that you made his life much better than it would have been if you hadn’t taken him in.

  521. Brendan says:

    So sorry to hear that. I’m sure he knew how much he was loved. You were there for him til the bitter end, as it should be.

  522. Gspscout says:

    Sorry to hear about your bud. Most dogs are much better than most people. Just a shame that they don’t live as long as we do especially when you’ve got a good one. My beloved shorthair Scout( always my screen name) is getting really old now and I try to love her more everyday knowing our time here together is ending sooner than I would like it .

  523. Ironwolf32 says:

    Sorry to hear that. Charlie will be missed.
    I loved reading the stories about his quirks.

  524. Geoff C. The Saltine says:

    Kenny so sorry for your loss of your best buddy.
    It must have been a real shock for you and Lisa.
    God Bless.

  525. R Durand says:

    Condolences. Been there myself a few times. Hurts like hell. Never gets easier.

  526. Blueslurker says:

    Sorry for your loss ,Kenny. I don’t think my earlier post went up. Man, that dog had a lot of friends.

  527. Boilerdoc says:

    I’m so sorry Ken, no words can describe the feelings I am sure you are feeling.

  528. anthony kingsford says:

    Tragic when a great friend joins the celestial pack.

  529. Frankie says:

    549 comments! That’s a beautiful tribute! I’m really sorry for your loss,Lane.

  530. larryw says:

    So sorry, Ken. I had shared a post of yours on chickens with my daughter once, and afterwards she came across another post on Charlie. Since then, her asking about Charliegodammit has been our thing and conversion starter. Both she and my wife will join me in mourning your loss.

  531. Russ Nixon says:

    Ken, my condolences, We lost our best girl, Bailey, just before Christmas last year. Wait a bit, you’ll know how long, and then rescue another pup.

  532. Just A Chemist says:

    We (my family of 6) are sorry for your loss.

  533. Damn, bro.

    Words fail.

    Hang tough.

  534. Mike in Montreal says:

    That’s terrible news; I am so sorry for your loss. Glass raised to the memory of a wonderful fellow.

  535. Lou L says:

    Sorry or the loss of your dear friend

  536. Jayson Finnemore says:

    Sorry to hear that. I”ve lost a few myself and it always hurts.

  537. ThinkingOutLoud says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing him with us. He is undoubtedly the most appreciated dog that we’ve never met.

  538. Guairdean says:

    So sorry to hear this. He had a good life and passed next to the people he loved.

  539. James says:

    I would say short of Lassie(how many were there?)or old Yellar Charlie is one damn famous dog!

    Again,sorry for the loss of a family member who seems to have had many friends he had yet to meet!

  540. Will Nelson says:

    So sorry to hear of his death. The death of a family member is never easy. Thank for giving us all memories of him.

  541. grayrazorback says:

    So sorry to hear about Charlie.

  542. ColdSoldier says:

    Damn Kenny, I ain’t got words

  543. Brick says:

    Condolences Ken.
    Sure wish dogs lived longer!

  544. Red Leg says:

    They’re as hard to lose as family members…so sorry Charlie is gone. It’s good at least to know that he was with you at the end. As others have said he is probably the most well-known and loved dog that we have never met. Be at peace, Charlie…

  545. Mad Jack says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I’ve been through it myself several times, and I conclude that the only bad thing about owning a dog is that you’re bound to outlive them.

    You have my deepest sympathy.

  546. Remsdad says:

    Dad died when I was 13, messed me up awhile. I have buried three awesome dogs, messed me up awhile each time. Praying for your peace of mind, please know you are not alone missing the pup. I would come have a drink with you but I quit that 20 years ago.

  547. Kevin Jones says:

    I am so incredibly sorry to hear about Charlie. I know he will be missed.

  548. TiboSlayer says:

    Ken & Lisa, I am truly sorry for your lost. I was happy that you were able to share your stories even when Charlie got the better end of the stick.

  549. Rob Mariles says:

    Dude, I never had a dog of mine own, however, I loved hearing the stories about yours. If I was to have a dog, I would want one like him!

    In closing, I’m very sorry about your loss.

  550. Grumpyguy says:

    Dang. Losing pet sometimes is harder than losing a loved one.

  551. Thanks for a Great Ride CharlieGodammit. We will all miss you and the stories your man has shared with us all. My most heartfelt condolences Kenny. Been there done that and it still hurts.

  552. tayronachan says:

    Sorry to hear this. You did good for him, he had a great life.

  553. Terry says:

    So sorry to hear that. I loved hearing the stories about him.

  554. Noveske Lou says:

    My sympathy for your loss. I recognize by how often he popped up in the conversation that he was an important part of your life.

  555. Andreas D Crawford says:

    I’m very sorry to hear this. For pretty small critters they leave an awfully big hole. Blessings to you.

  556. CC says:

    The only thing wrong with them is they don’t live nearly long enough.
    Sorry for the loss of your friend.

  557. Shell says:

    I don’t have the words to express my sorrow at your loss, Ken. God bless you.

  558. Mac says:

    Sorry to hear

  559. So sad. Charlie was your family. Sorry for your loss.

  560. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s heartbreaking to lose them. Been there too many times to count.

  561. Bill says:

    So sorry Charlie is gone, but I think they never really go as long as they make you smile. My daughter had a rat terrier that could piss you off and make you laugh at the same time. We still laugh about him many years later. I can’t imagine being without my beagle but it’ll happen. Must be a lot of dust in the air here, can’t see the key board anymore.

  562. Mike says:

    Condolences over your loss of Charlie.

  563. LIFA says:

    Sorry for your loss Kenny and Miss Lisa. RIP Charlie!

  564. Wren says:

    I’ve been thinking about this all day. I am sorry to read it, and my condolences to you and Miss Lisa, and Lucy. Jack probably won’t care. Hang in there.

  565. A Dog’s Last Will And Testament
    by Eugene O’Neill

    I, Silverdene Emblem O’Neill (familiarly known to my family, friends, and acquaintances as Blemie), because the burden of my years and infirmities is heavy upon me, and I realize the end of my life is near, do hereby bury my last will and testament in the mind of my Master. He will not know it is there until after I am dead. Then, remembering me in his loneliness, he will suddenly know of this testament, and I ask him then to inscribe it as a memorial to me.

    I have little in the way of material things to leave. Dogs are wiser than men. They do not set great store upon things. They do not waste their days hoarding property. They do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain the objects they have not. There is nothing of value I have to bequeath except my love and my faith. These I leave to all those who have loved me, to my Master and Mistress, who I know will mourn me most, to Freeman who has been so good to me, to Cyn and Roy and Willie and Naomi and — But if I should list all those who have loved me, it would force my Master to write a book. Perhaps it is vain of me to boast when I am so near death, which returns all beasts and vanities to dust, but I have always been an extremely lovable dog.

    I ask my Master and Mistress to remember me always, but not to grieve for me too long. In my life I have tried to be a comfort to them in time of sorrow, and a reason for added joy in their happiness. It is painful for me to think that even in death I should cause them pain. Let them remember that while no dog has ever had a happier life (and this I owe to their love and care for me), now that I have grown blind and deaf and lame, and even my sense of smell fails me so that a rabbit could be right under my nose and I might not know, my pride has sunk to a sick, bewildered humiliation. I feel life is taunting me with having over-lingered my welcome. It is time I said good-bye, before I become too sick a burden on myself and on those who love me. It will be sorrow to leave them, but not a sorrow to die. Dogs do not fear death as men do. We accept it as part of life, not as something alien and terrible which destroys life. What may come after death, who knows? I would like to believe with those of my fellow Dalmatians who are devout Mohammedans, that there is a Paradise where one is always young and full-bladdered; where all the day one dillies and dallies with an amorous multitude of houris, beautifully spotted; where jack rabbits that run fast but not too fast (like the houris) are as the sands of the desert; where each blissful hour is mealtime; where in long evenings there are a million fireplaces with logs forever burning, and one curls oneself up and blinks into the flames and nods and dreams, remembering the old brave days on earth, and the love of one’s Master and Mistress.

    I am afraid this is too much for even such a dog as I am to expect. But peace, at least, is certain. Peace and long rest for weary old heart and head and limbs, and eternal sleep in the earth I have loved so well. Perhaps, after all, this is best.

    One last request I earnestly make. I have heard my Mistress say, “When Blemie dies we must never have another dog. I love him so much I could never love another one.” Now I would ask her, for love of me, to have another. It would be a poor tribute to my memory never to have a dog again. What I would like to feel is that, having once had me in the family, now she cannot live without a dog! I have never had a narrow jealous spirit. I have always held that most dogs are good (and one cat, the black one I have permitted to share the living room rug during the evenings, whose affection I have tolerated in a kindly spirit, and in rare sentimental moods, even reciprocated a trifle). Some dogs, of course, are better than others. Dalmatians, naturally, as everyone knows, are best. So I suggest a Dalmatian as my successor. He can hardly be as well bred or as well mannered or as distinguished and handsome as I was in my prime. My Master and Mistress must not ask the impossible. But he will do his best, I am sure, and even his inevitable defects will help by comparison to keep my memory green. To him I bequeath my collar and leash and my overcoat and raincoat, made to order in 1929 at Hermes in Paris. He can never wear them with the distinction I did, walking around the Place Vendôme, or later along Park Avenue, all eyes fixed on me in admiration; but again I am sure he will do his utmost not to appear a mere gauche provincial dog. Here on the ranch, he may prove himself quite worthy of comparison, in some respects. He will, I presume, come closer to jack rabbits than I have been able to in recent years. And for all his faults, I hereby wish him the happiness I know will be his in my old home.
    One last word of farewell, Dear Master and Mistress. Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also with happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you: “Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved.” No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.

  566. anonymous says:

    Dammnn !! I’m so sorry Kenny, I know you and he had a great relationship. Our condolences – R.I.P. Charlie.

  567. Mark D says:

    Terrible loss!

    Only glimpse of good is that he did not suffer for days and weeks.

    My prayers that you and Lisa have peace in your hearts until you see him again.

  568. Jayhawk46 says:

    Kenny – I can’t add much more to what’s already been said, so I’ll just add my condolences. Dogs are friends loaned to us by God, and to me they are proof that He exists…

  569. David DeVaughn says:

    Very sorry for your loss Kenny.

  570. TC says:

    The old boy had a good run and was as lucky to have you as a companion as you were to have him.

  571. Chris Prz says:

    I am really sorry, I like all the CharlieGodammit stories.

  572. Dave says:

    I choke up every time I have tried to do this, ,as I have just lost a furry buddy of 15 years. this gets you one closer to 600. sorry for your loss.

  573. Spin Drift says:

    Kenny, condolences on CGD. He was a special one.


  574. Mickey says:

    I’m so sorry Kenny. That’s terrible. Enjoy the memories.

  575. mobiuswolf says:

    I’m sorry to hear it.

  576. Jim says:

    I’m sorry man – the stories were (are) great. I have always said to myself that I would never get another dog after my previous ones passed away because why would I want to expose myself to immeasurable heartbreak again. But, the thing is, in my mind anyway, you take a little piece of what you had and it gets projected to the next one. It’s not easy, of course but that is just how I view it. Nonetheless, I am sorry to hear about CGD.

  577. Rob says:

    Really sorry to hear about him, my condolences.
    My dogs can really be incredibly annoying at times, so much so that there are times that I wish I didn’t have them, but then you go and play with them and they sit on their wagging tail and look into your eyes with such love and devotion that it melts your heart.
    They really are such an amazing gift to have in your life.
    Sorry for your loss of a friend.

  578. H1 says:

    You’ll see him out of the corner of your eye for a couple months to come.
    And then later, on and off.
    We miss them greatly.

  579. Harold Foster says:

    My condolences. I didn’t grow up with animals, but have had them as an adult. The good ones leave a hole when they die. Just no way to fix it.

  580. Floid Barnes says:

    he will never be gone, brother… his spirit and yours are bonded, and he will always be with you..
    prayers for your loss…

  581. fkul says:

    Don’t remember when I first stumbled onto your blog before you got your .com, but your stories about CharlieGodammit have always made a smile. He was a bit wilder than the girl I’d sort of “adopted” after my bleeding heart sister decided a dog was too much responsibility, but CGD’s overenthusiasm struck a chord.

    I wanted to write something thoughtful and uplifting the night you posted, but even this little bit has me a little choked up and my vision’s a bit blurry right now thinking about both her and the laughs CGD has given me over the years. Probably just allergies or something. Hope CGD and she are enjoying watching those crazy squirrels running around the Tree of Life.

  582. Bruce says:

    A good dog is a priceless experience while they live and a huge loss when they pass. You and Charlie were lucky to have each other and I’m sure his final moments were soothed in your hands. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss

  583. Valkin. a says:

    RIP CGD. I have been fortunate enough to have had 2 really good dogs in my life. One was put down at 10 years due to crippling arthritis, one died of old age at 17+ years. I fully understand your loss. Dogs just don’t live long enough. Never forget them.

  584. Edward Ingold says:

    Just saw the note over on Irish, So sorry for your loss and how sudden. Followed you a long time and know how much you were a pair he was a good dog

  585. Terry says:

    Sorry for your loss. I know how bad it hurts. I always loved reading the stories about him. I hope you can continue to remember some of the funnier ones and still post them.

  586. hangashore says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  587. Waepnedmann says:

    One hell of a dog that wants to attack a lightning bolt.
    I will never forget that story.
    Probably only get one like him in a couple of lifetimes.

    • Wirecutter says:

      The last thunderstorm we had, he was standing outside in the pouring rain barking at lightning again while that asshole dog Jack was cowering under the bed like a little bitch.

  588. nwoldude says:

    RIP CG!

  589. Michael says:

    Sorry to hear about this, loss my best friend almost 2 years ago, still miss him. You got land, bury him instead of taking him to the vet to get burned. Michael

    • Wirecutter says:

      I’ve got 2 inches of topsoil over layers and layers of limestone. I’d need explosives or a backhoe to dig a big enough hole.
      And I got his ashes back today…..

  590. 2ABill says:

    People say that we own our pets. That’s not true; they own us, heart and soul. Sorry for your loss.

  591. Michael chandler says:

    I am 60 now and have had five dogs in my life. Every one meant everything and every one I had to put down. I know your lose. So sorry.

  592. Mitchell j Lockler says:

    Just got caught up on your blog and I almost wish I hadnt. I’m so sorry to hear of CGD’s demise he looked like a true beast and judging by what youve posted about him over the years he was. Now get out there and find another needy pup and continue the legend of CGD, I know a new pup wont erase the lose but in time it will help and who knows maybe you get another ringer like Charlie.

  593. H1 says:

    You will see him out of the corner of your eye for a while.
    And, the occasional sound.
    It fades but the memories remain.

  594. Kevin Falkner says:

    Sorry so late here. I am sorry for the loss of Charlie. We have had dogs that were really “family.”

  595. Kash Register says:

    My condolences, friend.

  596. Rasq says:

    I come here for funny pics, interesting news stories, and tales of CharlieGoddammit’s escapades. He was a good dog, and he will be sorely missed.

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