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Cody, one great dog 12-10-2015

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#1 Cody & Duchess

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 01:28 PM

Cody, my border, got date 5/17/08 died 12/09/15. Gracie, my fearful one, got date 2/10/10 died 3/27/15.  Cancer has made 2015 hard.
My beautiful BC Cody has passedthe rescue I got him from seems to be shut down. This is an open letter to SEBCRL and all amazing rescues.
A Thank you to SEBCRL from Deland Florida:
When we met with you in 2008....you said this was our dog, this dog would work well with the dog we already had....this was the first dog you showed us. Many hours later, after looking at other dogs, this is the dog that came home with us. He passed this week from inoperable lung cancer, with the tumor wrapped around his trachea. He was diagnosed in March, they guessed around two months to live. He made it nine months. You saved an Alabama stray that traveled the USA and hiked the Rockies. He was Mr Diplomat...loved all dogs and people. He became the protector of a fear based reactive dog (a dog I brought home from the shelter I volunteered at, they were putting Gracie down) - a dog basically afraid of other dogs. Cody kept dogs away from her, engaging them before they got to her. She learned to walk calmly on the leash because of him, she became an incredibly happy dog. They became best friends. Gracie and I spent hours playing Frisbee, with Cody always insisting that he help her carry back the Frisbee to me. How odd that she would die seventeen days after he got his cancer diagnosis. It was like she knew he had his own battles now. He became my bullet proof dog, give him a command and he always listened. His whole goal was to please. He would run the southern Rockies with me....knew the command...wait for me, I am old. He would stop, look over his shoulder with the kindest face....saying I will wait.
He was intense, but calm around me. He could so quietly curl up behind my desk chair, that I started sitting on a exercise ball because I had to stop running over him when I stood up.
When I suffered an awful injury, I would wake in the morning with his head draped across my kneesjust quietly waiting.
He was my buddy, friend, constant companion for seven and a half years. He wasnt a perfect dog (ate palm trees when I first got him) but he was a perfect dog for me. I hope to someday get another dog from rescue, but I dont know if it is possible. How to you find another who almost read your mind?
Just wanted you to know that with the great work you have done, you gave a dog a great life. He was loved, cherished and will be sorely missed. Thank you so much.

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 02:51 PM

Awww, crap. This is too much loss. I'm so sorry.


Both Cody and Gracie sound like wonderful friends who couldn't live without each other. What a huge hole they've left.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 03:38 PM

I am so sorry for your loss.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 04:13 PM

So very sorry for you.
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Posted 11 December 2015 - 04:19 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 04:20 PM

So, so very sorry for you. But thank you for sharing Cody and Gracie with us. Blessed may their memories be. Thank YOU for letting them live such full and beautiful lives with you.

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 04:33 PM

I'm sorry for your loss.  It never gets easier.  Anne says the first morning she wakes up without, she wishes she were dead too. 



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 05:15 PM

Pic of them Playing frisbee, the silence is deafening now.

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 05:16 PM

Sorry for your loss.

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 05:19 PM

That pic shows Cody and Gracie so full of life and loving it. I'm sorry that these two wonderful companions are gone from your sight too soon.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 05:51 PM

I'm so sorry, they break our hearts...

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 08:58 PM

So very sorry. He was amazing.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 09:39 PM

I'm very sorry you've had such a lot of loss this year.  Thanks for sharing a bit about the relationship between Cody and Gracie.  You must be missing them terribly.  I'm glad you all found each other.

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 10:31 PM

So sorry! The well-loved dogs leave such a hole in our hearts. You're in my thoughts.
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Posted 12 December 2015 - 10:13 AM

I am so sorry for your losses.


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 02:56 PM

I am so sorry for your loss.  Incidentally, I have never met a bad dog named Cody, and it sounds like yours upheld the tradition.

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 03:51 PM

Thank you for the kind words. To lose two dogs in one year - two different types of cancer...incredible. We were a four dog family...Duchess, 11 yrs old, who has my husband wrapped around her paw. My Cody and Gracie- my heart dogs. And Boots, the everyone dog. A border, Great Pyrenees mix...she loved playing with Cody...she thought Gracie was strange. Hoping to get Miss Boots more connected with me, she is pretty independent though. All the dogs are second hand dogs. My DH would love if we would be a normal family with two dogs......I just really miss that loyal connection. I am really lucky that I can have my dogs with me 24/7...but it doubly makes it hard when they are gone.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:09 PM

Oh, no. I'm so, so sorry. :( Run free, Cody.

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:21 AM

I'm sorry. They bring so much joy to our lives and always break our hears in the end. But I know you wouldn't want to avoid that heartbreak if it meant not knowing that love and joy. Godspeed Cody and Gracie.



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Posted 20 December 2015 - 05:11 PM

Sorry, very hard.

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