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It is with a sad and heavy heart that I let you know after a 2-month battle with varying health complications, Cody was laid to rest on Thurs., Nov. 2nd. He went peacefully with my husband & I by his side.
I appreciate the responses I received thru this post and wish that our outcome was as favorable as many of yours.
I suppose my recommendation, based on my experience, is to have the MRI/Mylegram...I find I'm 2nd-guessing myself 'what if?'. After additional complications developed (on top of the original prognosis of FCE and pneumonia), it appeared that his neurological troubles were other than an FCE...we never got to find out. He developed bloat, mega esauphagus, had a small seizure, low oxygen, low heart rate and then suffered from another stomach trama. The hospital didn't think he would survive another surgery after the bloat surgery. I had promised myself I wouldn't let him end his years in pain, so we made the tough decision...I'm convinced Cody gave me permission to do that.
In between tears come big smiles from all the wonderful memories we have of him. He was a part of our family and of our lives…going everywhere with us and most happy when he was by my side. I couldn’t have asked for a better dog; Cody was the best and having him in my life was one of the greatest gifts. Forever wouldn’t have been long enough, but I’m so lucky we shared 9 wonderful years together.
It's been a tough few months, and this is the hardest thing I've ever had to go through. I wish you all the best and encourage you to love your pets every day.
Cody will forever be in my heart – Charlene
I am so, so sorry for your loss. Words are not enough at a time like this, but we all know how you felt about your sweet Cody. He was so lucky to have you both for parents and companions - he knew that you did all you could for him. Prayers of peace for you and your husband.
Christine... and Bailey, playing at the Bridge
?/1999 - 10/25/08
Thank you Christine and Bailey. My husband and I found ourselves referring to the group on this website as our friends, and I found comfort from all of you. We will forever be grateful.
I am very sorry for your loss. I know you did not make the decision to let Cody go to the bridge lightly. You did everything you could for Cody.
I am not a vet; please consult your vet before making any treatment decisions.
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I am sorry it turned out the way it did. He had such a list of things going on, it does sound like he was failing. Sometimes all we can do is not enough. I am glad you had nine years. Wishing you many happy memories.
charlene...i'm sorry, i wasn't following what was happening for you and cody, but i am truly saddened to hear your news. nine years is a long time to share with someone, yet such a short time too. no doubt, the house will be an empty place now, and my heart really goes out to you for the loss of your friend. it is without question that you did the right thing by your beloved dog. sometimes, love asks the hardest things of us.
i wish you strength, courage and peace.
(((Dear Charlene & Cody)))
I am so sorry for this hole in the universe that is Cody. He will wait for you at the Bridge, and your family will be whole again, someday.
My very deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Karen, Andy's ^i^ mom
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Thanks Tessa and all. It's been a tough week. Sometimes the smiles come through the tears, and sometimes the sobs just won't stop. And timing didn't work out as I planned as we're expecting our first child early March, so we don't think we should bring a new pup into our family until after we learn to train ourselves with our new baby. The house is so still and lifeless and I am so lonely without my buddy - he even used to come to the office with me. I have asked all my friends and family to gather their pictures of Cody, and I'm making a video montage of him - I plan to capture his personality, which I know even just a few pictures can accomplish. He was so personable and I miss his hugs each day. Although I'm a dog-lover and would have many of them, I miss HIM. So I will keep knowing that each day will be a healing day, and telling myself that I was so lucky to have him because he was perfect for me. And someday, when the moment is right, I will be so fortunate again...
oh hon my heart goes out to you and the family. cody was so blessed to have you all. i had a toy poodle for 15 yrs, i raised on bottle, losing him hurt so much. even tho i have cricket now, he can never replace my other. you will always miss cody.
but god now has another angel dog for all the little angels to play with. you and the family are in my prayers sweetie, take each day at a time,we are here for you.
a big hug to you all,
connie and cricket
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