Remembering Cody

Yesterday we had to put our dog Cody to sleep.  After a week of not really eating and possible liver failure, it was time- we didn't want him to suffer.  He had just celebrated his 15th birthday on Saturday...we were going for the record of owning the oldest Bichon (19 1/2 years old).  






I know soon, I will stop crying and just have the happy memories of Cody... I will always remember:
  • The first night we got him in 1996 and were driving home, he must have farted in his crate from being nervous. We thought he had pooped, and the whole time were laughing at how we'd have to clean him up at home.  
  • On his second night, I had a Girl Scout troop meeting, and we spent the entire time all excited over his little, white, fluff-ball self.
  • When he was young, we'd give him a bath and he'd blitz, running fast from room to room, on our 2nd floor. My bro and I would laugh and laugh.
  • After we got our backyard fenced in, in the winter, he'd run all over and come in with balls of snow stuck in his leg fur.  Too cute.
  • My bro and I dressing him up in everything you can imagine- funny hats, sweaters, booties...taking rolls and rolls of film with him and all of our stuffed animals and Beanie Babies.
  • When we got Molly- our other dog- 10 years ago, Cody was so upset and betrayed, he didn't eat for weeks in protest. Finally, one day, the 2 dogs had it out somehow and were best friends ever since.
  • There was a mix up at the groomers, and he got sent to the wrong home!  Luckily, we got him back :)
  • In the past few years, when he was getting up in the years, whenever he did his "exercises", rolling on his back and running upside down almost, we knew he was doing ok.
  • How he loved being pet...if you stopped, he whined like a baby.
  • The smell of his (foul, really foul- sorry, Cody) breath, feel of his wet nose, soft fur when he was a puppy..more wirey as he got older.
  • The final look he gave me yesterday before we took him to the vet- when I hugged and kissed him goodbye, he had this goofy smile on his face (we had given him a tranquilizer to calm him and make him more comfortable).  The sweetest face I will remember forever.
Cody went through 2 knee replacement surgeries, bladder surgery, and was diagnosed with diabetes 6 months ago. What a trooper. And there were many-a-times that the fence gate was left open and he ran away...he always came back though.

The funny thing is- Cody had a family before us, and they gave him back because he was a runt.  What a amazing dog they missed out on... love you forever Cody.

Pics- some random ones from my BlackBerry

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47 comments:

  1. gah I'm totally crying reading this. I'm so sorry Jaime. at least you have lots of sweet memories and photos to treasure. it still stinks. :( xoxo

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  2. love you lots! this post is very special.

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  3. ahh coco <3 ... i will always remember him on top of the stairs ( or bottom) waiting for encouragement ( and attention) that he can conquer the two steps!!! and then everyone would be so happy ..until he'd decide to do it all over again <3

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  4. aww Jaime Im so sorry! losing a dog is losing the most loyal companion, sorry darling xoxo

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  5. Still in complete shock. He was the best. I will love and miss him forever. He was the best gift (other than Molly) mom ever gave us.

    xoxo Sis.

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  6. I'm so sorry, Jaime! We had to put my family dog down a few years ago, and it's never easy. I just like to think about what a good life he had for 16 years, and it sounds like you're doing the same thing with all those wonderful memories. Feel better, babe! It just gets easier from here.

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  7. OH...I'm sorry...a lovely tribute to Cody though and I'm sure ALL his years with you were wonderful!
    HUGS
    Char.x

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  8. Oh dear I'm sorry you had to put him down. What a good boy tho giving you all those happy memories. Bichons are so cute & live very long. R.I.P. to doggie heaven for him! Feel better Jaime. *Hugs*

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It's really touching to hear about all the great memories you had with him. Thinking of you.

    xo
    Valerie

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  10. I'm so sorry! He sounds like he had a wonderful life with you guys. He was really sent to the wrong home? Too funny. Hang in here. I know it's hard.

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  11. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to little Cody, and what a trooper indeed. We lost our beloved white cat to Diabetes and it was so hard for my husband and I ...he was truly our best friend and we still think of him dearly.

    We have since brought a dog into our home he is an "eskipoo" and what a great gift it is to have a dog in your life. I am glad to hear that Cody brought you so much happiness and that he was so loved by you; that's what it's all about! big hugs veronika

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  12. oh Jaime I am so sorry. I know what it's like to love a pet and lose them. I'm glad you got to say goodbye to him, he sounds like he was quite the dog!

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  13. Im so sorry Jaime, I know its just heartbreaking going through something like this. You have so many great memories though, I hope they'll be comforting.

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  14. :( I am sorry, darling Jaime. :(

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  15. I teared up reading this. I hope you're feeling better - I know you must be considering the wonderful words you wrote. Just know he's feeling better now.

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  16. oh so sad Jaime! :( I am sure you will miss him dearly.

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  17. I am SO sorry Jaime! I am sure things are hard now but surround yourself with family who understand and keep thinking about the happy times!

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  18. Jaime, I'm so sorry for your loss! This was so heartfelt and nearly brought tears to my eyes (if I was alone in my room and not surrounded by my roommates I probably would have leaked a few tears, hehe.) Cody seemed like such a sweet dog.

    XXXO
    M

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  19. So Sorry for your loss! Cody looked like a very sweet family member. I love the picture of him in his PJs!

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  20. Oh Jaime I'm so sorry to hear about Cody. I can't believe all the things he went through and was still such a trooper! Thinking of you...

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  21. Oh my goodness. I am so very sorry. My dearest friend just had to put her bichon down a couple weeks ago. He was almost 19 and she misses him dearly. I know this must be so difficult.

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  22. So sorry to hear Jaime, its never easy loosing a pet as they become so near and dear to our hearts. Cody was so adorable. Stay strong!

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  23. Such a tribute to Cody. So moving, eyes welling up. My little dog is 13 and blind and I'd better go give him a little love.
    Mary Ann

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  24. Oh, I'm so sorry :-( In some ways, I think it's harder to lose a pet than a friend or relative because they're just so much a part of you. I remember putting our family dog to sleep and was devastated.

    Cody was lucky to have such a wonderful, loving family!

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  25. awww Jaime I wish I could give you a hug, I'm so sorry to hear about Cody :( he sounded like an amazing dog, and it's clear you had a lot of funny, beautiful memories. i can't believe the groomers gave him to the wrong family!
    hang in there girly, i know this is a really difficult time.

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  26. Hugs and good vibes to you dear - Cody is such a sweetheart!

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  27. Oh I know how you feel. We had a dog for 13 years and she was like my parent's fourth child and a sister to us. At least you know he's in dog heaven :)

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  28. Aw Jaime I'm so sorry! I remember when we had to put our family dog down and it was so so sad. But just think, Cody's in a good place now with probably so many fun dogs to play with and unlimited biscuits!

    Sending lots of good thoughts your way hon and so is Monte! He even licked the screen =-)

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  29. oh my gosh jaime, this post made me so sad! when my family dog passed away, i cried so hard i don't think i ever cried so much in my life! losing a dog is like losing the best member of your family...never easy. sending you lots of love today and in your time of healing.

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  30. i'm so sorry for your loss. i'm sure cody had a great life with you and your family, you're so right that soon the tears will stop running and you will only remember the sweet memories with him.

    hang in there n take care jaime xo

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  31. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss! We lost one of our dogs two years ago and I still miss her like crazy. Take comfort in knowing that your family gave Cody a wonderful home and he was able to give you lots of joy!

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  32. So sorry, sweet Jaime. Loved reading this post- he sounds like he had a fabulous, loved life. Thinking of you xoxo

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  33. this totally put tears in my eyes, I'm so sorry :(

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  34. ahhh Jaime, I want to hug you. I am so sorry, it's horrible putting pets down. Honestly, might sound cliche, but it sounds like your family gave him a full, full life and all of the Marley and Me stories you tell above are a testament to that. I dont' even know what to say because I know how devastated I get when I lose pets but I am so sorry and you are so lucky to have experienced that bond with Cody. He wasn't meant for the other family who called him a runt, he was always meant to be with your family.

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  35. OMG this is one of the saddest things you can do! Im so sorry to hear the bad news. I have a 7 year old dog and I can't imagine my life without her, she's like my daughter!

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  36. I'm so sorry for your loss, darling.
    This post is the sweetest!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  37. Oh, I'm so sorry, Jaime; just know that Cody lived a long, happy life with you, and that he would love this tribute created in his memory. R.I.P. Cody. :(

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  38. Oh no! I'm so sorry. I'm even getting teary writing your post. There's nothing to replace Cody. But you will always have your memories.

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  39. Jaime honey, what a wonderful tribute to our sweet sweet Cody. He will be forver in our hearts - he was such a kind, loyal and quirkly little guy. He lived a great life and certainly brought us so mcuh joy.. soon we will be laughing about his antics - kisses and hugs to him. xoxox mom

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  40. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Your post is a perfect, heartfelt tribute. I live in fear of the loss of one of my beloved pups. I would be gutted. My heart goes out to you.

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  41. Oh Jaime I totally have tears in my eyes right now and my coworkers asked me if I was ok.

    I am so sorry to hear about Cody. I can't imagine the pain you are going through but I am happy he is no longer in pain and had such a wonderful mom.

    Sending lots of hugs to you!

    XO

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  42. Oh Jaime, I'm so SO sorry. Cody was a gorgeous doggy and he obviously had an amazing life full of love from you and your family. I hope you feel better soon- hugs to you :)

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  43. aw hun, I'm so so sorry for your loss! Losing a pet is one of the hardest things, I hope that the happy memories make you smile during these difficult times :)

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  44. Jaime... I'm so sorry. I'm sending lots of hugs your way. It's so, so hard to lose a pet and I know you'll never forget what a wonderful dog he was.

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  45. my heart just sank - OMG OMG OMG - i can't imagine! - i've lost a few pets and i know the heart ache i've been through - it's the hardest things ever .. i am so sorry and i know the sorrow u feel!

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

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  46. I'm so sorry. I lost my kitty this summer and it just stinks. Hugs!

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  47. so sorry to hear about your clearly fantastic pooch. glad you have such fond memories to help you out through this tough time :(

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