Archive for the ‘Miss You’ Category

The following post was sent to me from Jennifer where she is currently at Northwestern doing her continuing education for her Chiropractic License.  I shouldn’t have to say she should be paying attention to the instruction.  Needless to say, that makes me play more of a daddy roll to Mia.

I had to get her ready for school…I said “get ready” and she did.  Tough stuff right there.  I don’t typically take her to school.  So, the whole timing and schedule threw me off.  She was ready by 7:37AM and we didn’t need to be at the school until 8:40AM.  By 7:38AM she had her jacket on.  I told her to chill, we had plenty of time.  But she was ready.  By 8:00AM she was really ready to go.  I had to keep telling her we had plenty of time.  Regardless, we made it on time.

Anyway…here’s Jennifer’s post:

Everyday gets easier but I’ll never let the memories fade.  Yesterday was the first day I made it without crying, which says a lot.  I think having your ashes home is exactly what I needed and where you need to be.

We have decided that it’s time to get happy on here and honor your memory.  One memory of many that I have of you is that even at over 120lbs you never figured out that we never locked in a baby gate over a doorway to block you in, we just leaned it up against the door jam.  Anytime  you chased us you would try to run between our legs to knock us over but you would never run into the gate to get out.  You were such a “bull in a china shop”, but knew when to be gentle.

Another example of this is that ever time you would jump on our bed you would always step on me, without fail, but somehow in the middle of the night you would jump off the bed and never wake us up.

Buddy you were the whole package dog along with a couple flaws that we won’t get into to much detail.  Lets just say your knick name Doody fit you to a tee.

We loved you and always will no matter how much you could drive us crazy.
Love you, Mom.



Posted: February 6, 2013 in Miss You

Kodi just chillin’ at the in-laws

Your ashes came back to our Vet yesterday and I went and picked them up after work.  Our package included your paw imprint in clay and a certificate of authenticity that your ashes contained 100% of you and nothing else.  So, last night was another emotional evening at our house.  However, I am hopeful this is the closure we all need.

One problem with the certificate and the paw imprint.  They spelled your name “Kodiac” instead of “Kodiak”.  This was very upsetting to both Jennifer and I.  However, we can not blame the person that did the cremation because it was the Vet’s office that had the name spelled that way.  For whatever reason, we never noticed their records had your name spelled wrong the whole time.  All those notices for vet appointments they sent out and we never caught it.

The most important part; however, is that your paw print is intact and we baked it last night…even with the name “Kodiac” imprinted in the clay.  Jennifer also checked some places online where we can purchase an urn.

It’s still hard to believe you are gone.  It was so sudden.  I suppose this way is better than having to watch some prolonged illness where you suffered.  But, it sucks just the same.

One Week

Posted: February 5, 2013 in Miss You
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Kodi and Cyrus…buddies for life!

Sunlight streams through window pane onto a spot on the floor…..
then I remember,
it’s where you used to lie, but now you are no more.

Our feet walk down a hall of carpet, and muted echoes sound…..
then I remember,
it’s where your paws would joyously abound.

A voice is heard along the road, and up beyond the hill,
then I remember,
it can’t be yours….. your golden voice is still.

But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor and empty muted hall,
and lay them with the absent voice and unused dish along the wall.

I’ll wrap these treasured memories in a blanket of my love,
and keep them for my best friend until we meet above.

~Author Unknown

It’s been one week and we all miss you so much.  Love you buddy!

Get Away

Posted: February 2, 2013 in Family, Miss You

We had to get out of the house for a while tonight. To many reminders and emotions for Jennifer today. So, we went over to the Anderson’s house. We brought some pizza and enjoyed catching up with them. It has been too long since we hung out with them. Mia and Addy spent most of the night down stairs doing gymnastics.

After talking about going to the grocery store earlier today to grab some Girl Scout cookies…I guess they are selling again. Turns out, Addy is a Girl Scout and we scored four boxes tonight. We even have have two left!

Mia, by the way, has been a real treat. It all started Friday night trying to get her math done. She ended up screaming and throwing a fit. Don’t worry, I am not going to post after each outburst from her….if I did, I would have to change the name of the blog. Ok, one more mention…after promising to behave last night…she was naughty again today. Kids!

From Mom (Jennifer)

Posted: February 1, 2013 in Miss You
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Hey Buddy, this has been a very hard week but each day gets a little better.  I really beat myself up thinking there was something more I could have done but deep down I know I couldn’t save you.  You told me with your eyes that day that it was time.

Coming home right now is the hardest.  I walk into the house and you’re not there barking at me.  I pull out of the driveway and your not in the window watching me pull away.  I don’t have you laying at the top of the stairs to step over hoping I don’t trip.  If i had a bad day you were always there sitting by me on the couch.  All of our memories are awesome and you will never be forgotten.

Love you buddy.  Mom

My Favorite Moment

Posted: February 1, 2013 in Early Years, Miss You
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I sit back and think about my favorite moment in your life and I always come back to the day I wore the Mask.  Not the mask pictured above, but another Halloween mask I got from my friend Dan.  I went into my bedroom, pulled up a hooded sweatshirt and put on the mask.  I came out of the room to see what kind of reaction I would get from you and the other two dogs.  To my surprise, you almost tore me apart!  You immediately went after me, hair standing up and you were ready for a fight.

I loved that moment…well, after I quickly took the mask down so you could see me and halt your attack.  It was that moment that I knew my family was protected when I wasn’t around.  Everything felt safer after that moment.  It was surprising because I never saw you get mad before.  Even when the other dogs were “picking on you”…you would just sit there and let them carry on.  You would never hurt a flea…until they threatened one of us.  Thank you for that security.

BTW, good news!  We got our first “like” today.  A guy that lives in Israel.  He has a blog too.  I checked it out and it’s about the brain and how the human mind works, I think.  Stuff I don’t understand.  Maybe I will learn a thing or two from him.  Regardless, you have gone International.

Just this side …

Posted: January 30, 2013 in Miss You

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown…