Sir Charles of Pacific Beach
Founding Dog of Freedom Dogs
1/30/02 – 8/19/14
We lost our beloved and first Freedom Dog, Charlie, on August 19th, 2014. He was a true inspiration and helped many of our Marines and Sailors overcome their PTSD and TBI. Charlie was the epitome of what a service dog should be and his legacy will never be forgotten. He made his work look so easy and natural, whether he was training a trainer, showing a new pup the ropes or doing his job. Charlie can never be replaced but he will live forever in our hearts and the hearts of those he helped.
Below are a few of the many comments we received:
- He will be forever that beloved dog that used to come racing whenever he heard my special call. He gave so much to so many. We should all contribute like he did. RIP beloved Charlie.
- So sorry for your loss, Beth Russell. I know how much you and many others will miss Charlie. He was a true Hero!
- I’m so sorry. My heart goes out to everyone. He will be there helping to show the others how it’s done.
- My sincerest condolences to you. What a legacy he leaves!
- …. I remember that big slobbering face- I mean that in a loving way. He was my introduction to the world of black labs.
- My heartfelt deep sorrow for your heart Beth. Thank you for realizing Charlie’s gifts and sharing them with so many people. Indeed, he was one of a kind and will be so missed. Well done faithful servant Charlie.
- I am very impressed with your program and understand that the work Charlie did was hugely important and oftentimes hard on him, too.
- Charlie will be missed by many, but the love will live on. We wish they could stay longer but are happier for their duration.
Pictures of Charlie
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