It's a somber but somehow magical occasion when the Internet unveils an old story that hasn't lost any of its emotional power. This particular tale deserves to be told and retold. As one Reddit commenter put it, "Get your permission slips signed, because we're going on a feels trip."
Charlie was a senior fellow overlooked in the shelter system. He was "big, clumsy, had health issues, and nobody wanted him," according to a beautiful comic by his human
. But those facts didn't mean much. Charlie's (new) humans took him home, loved him, and adopted a kitten to keep him company.
This is Scout. She loved her
ginormous brother from day one---the first night home, she couldn't even sleep without scooting close to Charlie.
Charlie was the poster dog for gentle-giants. He was so careful with Scout, and the two coexisted beautifully. If we're being honest, though, it was so much more than just coexisting. They were absolutely inseparable.
They ate their meals together, slept together, and Scout's favorite pastime was sniffing Charlie's ears. Don't ask us why, she just loved it.
In the last few weeks of Charlie's life, he became very sick---it was cancer. He was frequently separated from Scout to go in and out of the vet's office. Maybe she knew exactly what was going on, but it didn't make it any easier.
Eventually, Charlie let everyone know it was time, and the doctor came to their house.
His human wrote
We were surrounded by loving friends who gave Charlie numerous pets, hugs, & kisses goodbye.
The last step was to say goodbye to his kitty.
When Charlie passed, Scout's human tried to make the transition a little easier by playing videos of Charlie on an iPad for her.
She watched him on the screen, and then curled up next to it. "She, and I miss our big, sweet guy so much," wrote her human on Imgur
Amid the numerous comments on Reddit, she added
[W]e're definitely going to get a new doggy family member soon. we're in the beginning stages, but still being cautious to make sure we nurse our grief from this devastating loss. our charlie dog was just the greatest guy ever. he even let scout pretend nurse from him when she was a baby because she needed a mommy. he was such a good boy.
She adds that Scout behaves differently than she once had. Where before she only had eyes for Charlie, she now follows her human around and greets her when she comes home. "[S]he never did these things before," she writes, "i know she's asking me where he is, and telling me how much she misses him."
As time passed, Scout seemed to heal, and she is able to pass on a little of her love to the people in her life. Rest in peace, Charlie. You'll never be forgotten, especially by your little (kitten) sister.
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