Goodbye to a Faithful Friend

Dogs have given us their absolute all.  We are the center of their universe.  We are the focus of their love and faith and trust.  They serve us in return for scraps.  It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.  ~Roger Caras

We are grateful that we had such a warm sunny weekend in order for Cody to be out in the fresh air. In spite of our belief that he was “so close” so many times, he kept hanging on. We watched as his peaceful repose turned into inconsolable agony. He yelped most of the day yesterday and much of the night. We felt strongly about having him die peacefully at home, but we realized this morning that he was no longer at peace. After much sobbing, we called the vet who said they would be able to come out to the house, but not until tomorrow afternoon.  We spent the morning petting him and giving him water, but he seemed to be in such distress that we no longer felt we could wait. Monica and put him into the back of the car and she’s taken him in.  She felt okay being alone and I felt better staying home with the other animals because they all seem to be out of sorts. I thought leaving them all home and carrying a dying dog out the door would be hard on them.  I stayed home, cried some more and held Samson.

Monica came home and said all went well. She said he seemed to enjoy the car ride after all. He was on his bed with the windows open. The vet and tech were so good with her. Monica parked under a tree and they came out to the car. Monica held his head and petted him and he went comfortably.  The vet said that 16 years was a remarkably long life for a dog like him.  At least he didn’t die alone in the middle of the night; that thought has given us a little bit of comfort.

Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement. Thank you to our friends for giving us strength and understanding our insane relationships with our pets.

14 comments

  1. Tami and Monica–
    I feel for you. One of the hardest things I’ve ever done was to bring our mini Schnauzer, Pepper, a family member for 13 1/2 years, to the vet to be put to sleep. A comment from an employee of my husband’s gave me strength: “You have to do for her what she cannot do for herself.” Dogs have such a beautiful soul that it is so hard to let go of them and of the unconditional love that they express. I’m sure you gave Cody a wonderful home and many fun times in his lifetime.
    take care-

  2. Tami and Monica my deepest sympathy to goes out to you. You lost one of your 4 footed children and it is heart wrenching. I read something once that has stuck with me. “People go to the store, to visit friends, to work, out for entertainment and out for other reasons. Pets don’t leave us, we leave them.” This broke my heart when I read it. This time you didn’t leave Cody. You merily said I will see you again.

  3. What a beautiful picture of Monica and Cody. My heart feels your pain. It is amazing the place dogs take in your heart. I am thinking of both of you.

    Cathy

  4. Hi Tami,

    I am sorry to hear about your dog passing. I am sure he was a good freind. Take care, Dave.

  5. You know me…now I can’t stop crying. I loved that dog. I am happy he is romping around in a better place,

  6. Hey Tami, I sent one message already but don’t know if it went through. I’m so sorry about Cody’s passing. We all have pets for the sole purpose of loving them and letting them love us. There is always a void when they leave.
    Love to both you and Monica, Barbara

  7. Hey Ta, I am so sorry about Cody’s passing. People who have never had the privilege of loving a pet have no idea of the unconditional love and companionship they give. I know you gave him a great life.
    So sorry to both you and Monica.
    Love, Barbara

  8. Cody had a great life because you were such a good parent. You showed him what a compassionate person you are. he had to be so pleased in the love you showed him, especially these last difficult days. how happy he had to be that you were able to hold him. love you mucho, lil momma

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. Animals are amazing. They teach us about loyalty; how to live in the moment; how to forgive; and, about unconditionaly love. What a gift that you gave back to Cody- to honor his incredible life and to help him die with dignity. I wish we could all be more like him.

  10. Cody and Sam are now playing on the Rainbow Bridge. They will be having fun until we meet them. Then we will have even more fun.

  11. “………..hard lump in my throad, eyes kind of wet”
    You did the right thing in the best possible way and manner. May we be loved and cared for when its our time to go…
    Hugs to you and your hairy companions!

    Will & Sherrin

    1. Ah heck, now I’m crying. The picture alone was enough to get me going. Someone once said something a sign of our humanity is how we treat our animals. I wish I could remember the exact quote, but what you two did for your beloved Cody was inspirational. You can take care of me any time! Love yas.

  12. I am so sorry to hear about Cody. As I sit here in my bed. My newest love, Charlie, is tighly cuddled at my side. I can’t help but think of my little Arthur though. I have always said that a dog will always love you no matter what. When I leave for work and return home 3 days later it’s Charlie that’s at the door excited to see me, not the kids that I have sacrificed everything for. I am glad that you are at peace with what had to transpire at the end. Please know my thought are with you.
    BTW, the picture is gorgeous and worthy of framing!!!

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