Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Thirteen Years Ago Today...

Thirteen years ago today I made one of the best decisions of my life. I adopted Cody. He wasn’t my first choice, his litter mates who wanted nothing to do with me were. When I said to his foster Mom at Petco, “let me see that gray kitten jumping around in the back of the cage “,  he knew. When she handed him to me, he crawled up my chest and snuggled, he never attempted to leave. He chose ME, and I am forever grateful.

A mere two weeks earlier my first cat, Bobo, had passed, I was devastated,  but as painful as Bobo’s passing was, the emptiness and sorrow I am experiencing with Cody’s tragic, traumatic  and unexpected passing is nearly intolerable.

I had adopted Cody to help heal my broken heart. Cody’s cuddly and loving nature filled my heart with happiness all of his 13 years. Now, with the loss of Cody AND Dakota a mere 9 days later, my heart is in pieces. 

I thought this would be my tribute post but I thought wrong. I’m not ready. 

Cody will be gone one month on July 30th and I feel as if I am trapped in a bad dream.

The best I can do today is share a few collages that I put together to hang in our living room. 

I think what I will do is post tributes to both boys on August 28, Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. 

Cody deserves much more than this on his Adoption Day, but once again through tears that seem to never end, this is all that my emotions can handle.

I will never stop loving you or missing you my cuddle bug. 💔💔💔💔 Thank you for choosing ME, thank you for loving me, I pray you know how much you were loved. 

NOTE:This post isn't set up well because it was created on my phone. Trust me, the Rainbow Bridge Memorial post will be done properly. Poor Cody, I couldn't even handle his Adoption Day post. 

Monday, July 6, 2020

Heartfelt Thanks!!!

I’m typing this from my phone, so this should be interesting. This is one of my favorite collages of Cody and I. It’s hard to believe it’s nearly a week since he left us.

This isn’t my tribute, that will take me some time to do, it will probably be on July 28 which would have been Cody’s 13 th  Gotcha Day.

There is a huge hole in our hearts and home. We didn’t realize until he left how Cody ran our entire household all on his own.

None of us knows when to get up, when to eat, there is no one to scold for being on the table, the counters and to tell to stop chewing everything in sight.

The armrest of the couch where I sit every night (and where the above photos in the collage with the photos of Cody and I were taken) sits empty. My heart aches, my chin is trembling and the tears are coming as I type this.

The outpouring of love for my boy via email, texts, Facebook and more is overwhelming. I never realized how much my boy was loved. The memories, are oh so many. 

Our blog never won awards, nor were we the best written, but our blog was started with love and was intended to share info, humor and love about Cody and all cats. It makes me smile that Cody and I accomplished that. 

The blog will continue, I may share some old memories etc, when the mood hits.

For now, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all of the caring and love. 

Please say a prayer for our Dakota who is grieving and is constantly looking for his beloved brother.

Once again an appropriate tribute will come I hope on July 28th.

Thank you so much for loving my boy

The beautiful flowers above were sent by two very special angels at the Veterinary practice we go to.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day 2020

The photo I am sharing below is one of my all time faves. I was a tiny little kitten, so young that my eyes were amber and hadn't changed to the glorious green that they are today. I just love this photo though because it shows how my love affair with Dad started right from the time I was first adopted!

Happy Father's Day to the BEST DAD EVER!!!!

We  would like to wish all Kitty Dads, Doggy Dads, Uncles, Brothers, Grandfathers, anyone who has taken on the role of "Dad" (even WOMEN who have to take on the role of "Dad" !) a Happy Happy Father's Day!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Veterinary Appreciation Day, Medical Updates and Thank you #VeterinaryLove #Trupanion

How things change. Usually this day is a joyous one for me to blog about but this year it sure isn't.

First, Happy Veterinary Appreciation Day to our Vet, Dr.Lewis (also known as "Dr.Smiley") and the entire staff at DePorre Veterinary Hospital. The love, caring and professionalism they have shown to my boys for 13+ years has been unsurpassed. My husband and I ARE and will ALWAYS be grateful.

This is an old collage but I love it,
so I'm using it again.

Veterinary Appreciation Day™ was created by Trupanion in 2015 (Trupanion happens to be the company we have pet insurance with but this is NOT a sponsored post, nor was I required to blog about it). This special day was founded to recognize veterinary professionals and the wonderful work they do. From the front desk to the exam room, veterinary teams offer compassion, advice and care for our furry family members. Veterinary Appreciation Day offers the animal-loving community the opportunity to come together on a single day to show their appreciation to the compassionate veterinary professionals dedicated to helping their pets live the happiest, healthiest lives possible."

The challenges of caring for our pets during the COVID-19 nightmare has been extra trying for all Veterinary practices. Every day these caring Angels have risked their lives for their love and concern for our pets and we are grateful! 

To DePorre Veterinary Hospital, Trupanion Pet Insurance, and ALL OF YOU....THANK YOU. (We sent a fruit tray to DePorre today to show our appreciation and bought the staff lunch approximately a month ago)there are tons of ways to show gratitude for your Vets!
Thank you Ann so much for this gorgeous graphic

Now, on to the bad part. A quick update:

Our beloved Dakota has cancer. It's on his heart. It all happened suddenly. He was diagnosed on June 8th. He is happy, eating super well and rest assured neither my husband, myself, or  our Vet will have him suffer. We will all know when it is time. We are cherishing each and every day we have left.

Thank you again Ann!

For Cody, he is having a biopsy of his intestines done on June 25th.  Dr.Lewis feels there is a strong chance it is NOT Lymphoma, but we will know for sure after the biopsy.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Trupanion as well. We have had pet insurance with them for years and I have never called them as much during those years as I have in the past two weeks! They are super efficient, professional and compassionate.(They have even put up with my crying on the phone).

A few of you have reached out to me via email and phone and I THANK YOU! I didn't (and still don't)_ want to post about what is going on because while some find blogging about things like this to be cathartic, I am not one of those people. Maybe down the road I will be, but definitely not now. I felt that all of you deserved an update for showing so much concern and love for my boys, THANK YOU!

I am grateful for both of my boys, whatever will be is in the hands of a power much greater than any of us. Life just completely sucks sometimes. Our beloved Dakota has the biggest heart I have ever seen on a dog and he doesn't deserve something as ugly as cancer sitting on it, and our crazy Cody, we hope with all of our might that he has a number of years left with us. I can't bear the thought of losing them both.

Enough sadness, we are enjoying taking slow, short walks with Dakota, Dakota is enjoying that he can eat whatever he wants and he is eating hamburger whenever he wants it and he is gobbling it up. I kiss that handsome face every day and tell him how much he is loved, and every night Cody sits with me on the couch and I pet him, kiss his crabby face (lol) and tell him how much I love him as well. 

Do me a favor ok? Kiss all of your babies from us!

Much love from Caren, Dakota and Cody

Monday, June 8, 2020

National Best Friends Day 2020

Hi to all. Just wanted to take a moment to say how grateful I am for the friendship my "boys" have.

Now...we need an ENORMOUS favor. 

Please pray for them

Dakota is seeing a Cardiologist this morning (everything with him came on suddenly starting last Wednesday), and Cody was already scheduled for an abdominal ultrasound for this Tuesday. I know whatever is to be is in God's hands but I believe in POTP.

Please, please if you are so inclined would you just say a little prayer for my boys?

We thank you with all of our hearts.

Sending you all lots of love.

Also, that is why we are not visiting consistently and we are hoping you will all forgive us. Everything is just too overwhelming right now.  Thank you for understanding.

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