To all family and friends of Straydog: Late last night we lost one of our super strongest troopers we've ever had here at our shelter. My beautiful Charlie boy!! Charlie was born with MD (muscular dystrophy), and Doctors at Texas A&M diagrnosed that Charlie would not have a long life, but he did!! Charlie was an amazing example of the power of the will to live. We can NOT give up.. Charlie made it thru a long, long time because he was happy cuz he knew we loved him. He didn't want to give up. We went thru two surgeries getting him a feeding tube ( thank you Dr Lay and vet tech Jeannie) because he couldn't swallow food anymore, but he didn't give up. He still enjoyed ice-cream that our caregiver Stephanie very often brought to Charlie and several tiny pieces of cookies, soft treats, which were his favorites that I gave him til the end. Charlie came down with pneumonia last Sunday (5/15/16), and it has been a tough, tough week. We thought we could beat it, but we couldn't. Charlie went down hill from that day on, and he caused everybody here at our shelter to worry because of how stubborn he was. Oh my gosh he was stubborn! If he said no, I'm not going, he meant I'm not going, and sat down, lol!! He was a trooper. We all loved him to pieces. I was staying with Charlie day and night until the end. I didn't leave his side. Blood work showed that every day he was getting worse, and finally last night he said no more. I called our vet, Dr. Dumeyer and my son Gordy, a vet tech at Morton Clinic, and both came and help me let Charlie go. Not easy, never will get easy, but giving each dog as long and healthy a life as possible, and then helping them over that last bridge, the Rainbow Bridge, is what we do for every single lucky doggie who comes to Straydog! Please y'all keep us in your prayers!! Thank y'all!! Special thank yous to our wonderful crew!--Ronnie, Stephanie, Jorge, Wayne, Shelby, David (both David's), Maci, Jacob, Brandy, Lacie, Jorge Jr and Esther. And our special volunteer lady my dear friend Polly!!