Dear Charlie

David Byttow
2 min readJun 2, 2013

I’m sorry big bear.

I hope one day you understand. I just can’t take care of you the way you deserve — at least not right now.

As I write this, you’re in the air and on your way to Chicago to spend some time with my dad. He will take good care of you, I promise.

I’ll never forget the day at the shelter when I met you. You were in a crate, curled up on a tiny cot waiting patiently for a new home. I had to meet you. And when they brought you out and into the room with me, I immediately knew how special you were. You were big and strong, but radiated a gentleness that could be felt by everyone. Anyone could see right away that you were a kind soul with a big heart. You had an infinite amount of love to give, and you wanted to share it with others.

You tried to keep your eye on me at all times. You hated being away from my side, and whenever I left, I knew you’d wait forever for me to return. But please don’t look for me for a while, buddy. Enjoy your time in Chicago. And please be good to my father and allow him to be good to you. He loves me very much, and will love you too!

You’re a gentle giant. You’ve always taken everything in stride. You remain calm and silent, no matter what life throws at you. You are resilient and I know you will get through this.

One day you will be back. I will come get you. We’ll go to Fort Funston where you can chase me on the beach, play in the sand dunes, and try to drink the ocean water. It’ll be just like you never left me.

Thank you for being my best friend, boo. You always will be. Safe travels Charlie bear. I’ll be back for you soon. And I know you’ll be waiting.

I love you.

Update: Charlie passed away peacefully on June 14, 2017. He will be missed by many. Read Goodbye Charlie.