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.

65 comments:

  1. (((hugs))) We know how hard this is and how empty the house can feel. Today is 3 years since Angel Ellie left us.
    The Florida Furkids

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  2. We all loved Cody. He was special to so many of us and we know how much you and Dakota miss him.

    Big healing hugs to you, hubby and Dakota. ♥

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  3. Always hold him in your heart. Caren.

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  4. Sending prayers and hugs.
    Sue

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  5. Cody (and you too!) make a huge impact on the cat blogging community. We will always remember him, keeping a place for him in our hearts. I know your heart feels like its in a million pieces. I also know that this incredible community is wrapping their virtual arms around you, comforting you. Sending you our love. ❤️

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  6. You've been on my mind so much these last few days. My heart hurts for you. Sending hugs and lots of love.

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  7. Saying goodbye is always so hard. But Cody had a gift. Bringing people together in love and laughter. Cody will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for your comfort.

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  8. Cody touched so many lives and so many hearts. He will always be with you, Caren. Until you meet again. Purrs and prayers to you all.

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  9. Many hugs Caren and purrs for you and Dakota. May you find comfort in good memories.

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  10. The kitties and I are sending many purrs and prayers for you and your family. Cody was one of the first kitties I met in the cat blogging world. He has a special place in my heart. *hugs*

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  11. Caren, you have been in my thoughts and prayers every day. We will continue to purr and purray for Dakota and for you and your family. Hugs and peace. ❤️❤️❤️

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  12. I am glad I had the pleasure of 'knowing' Cody and you, Caren, though not for long enough.

    It really is hard when we lose the focus of the love we were sharing...and we are pawyering for all of you, esp Dakota who no doubt thinks sooner or later he will 'see' Cody come back.
    Sending lots of love and hugs too you and yours. Pipo adds his meezer purrs, I bet you can hear them from our side of the state...
    ((((( ♥ )))))

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  13. Sending love to your family and Dakota.
    We are all here for you -
    xxoo
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, Rufus the Red, and Ernie

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  14. You and Cody were award winners to us. Conforting purrz to you, Lenny and Dakota. You know how we love you.

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  15. Sending love and hugs. We never truly stop grieving, but time and all the wonderful memories enable us to live with it.

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  16. Oh, do I ever understand. Tomorrow is 5 years for Truffles and 7 years for Tara. The hole these precious little beings leave behind is larger than anyone knows until they experience it. Take comfort in the beautiful life filled with love you gave to Cody, even though I wish so much he was still with you.

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  17. Cody's memory will live on in your family's heart, and in the hearts of your readers. When our Smokey died, Felix looked for her for about two weeks. Hopefully Dakota will easily adjust to the new rhythms of the house.

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  18. There hasn't been a day that has gone by that we've not thought of you, and often. We know the pain. We all know how you loved your special boy and he really did touch the world. Hugs and love from your friends down south.

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  19. Sending our love to you all and prayers to dear Dakota. Hugs ❤️❤️

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  20. I am purring lots for you, and all of Cody's family, and especially Dakota. It's so hard losing such an essential family member, and I think we've all been there.

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  21. Gosh Caren, I know how bereft a home without the "director" (or in my case the QueeN) is. I wish I were close in distance. I would love to make you team and cookies (or perhaps pie) and have you and Lenny and Dakota tell me your Cody stories. Maybe ...someday...when the Canada and US border is open again.
    Love you loads and you are in my heart and prayers.
    Barbie

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  22. Cody is and will always be very special to me. I still can’t believe he’s gone to the Bridge and I’ll never forget that unforgettable face. I’ll say a prayer too for Dakota. Sending all my love to you and the family xx

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  23. We know the pain you are feeling. Cody was loved by many and will be missed.

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  24. We will always (ALWAYS) love and remember Cody. He and you, Caren, have brought so much joy and goodness to our blogging community. You have been such loving and true friends. Dakota, and you and Lenny, are always in our hearts and prayers. We love you.

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  25. Marla WeingartenJuly 7, 2020 at 12:08 AM

    I love your heartfelt words Caren, and how Cody was so impactful in your life! As they say animals leave footprints on your ❤️ heart, they are forever loved and never forgotten! Always cherish the memories you had he was such a special boy! Xoxo Love always, Marla Jon Harper and Skylee

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  26. Oh awnty Caren, we don't know how we missed Cody's passing. We're so sorry fur your loss. Fur all of our loss. He will surely be missed. We're sending lots of hugs and purrayers.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  27. I feel your pain, Caren. I know how much you loved your beautiful boy and what a shock this must all be for you. You will always have the precious memories and of course Cody will always be in your heart and watching over you.

    Sending loving thoughts

    Marie xx

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  28. Caren, I am in shock! I can't believe I am only now learning of sweet Cody's passing! I don't know what to say, except that Cody will always and forever be in our hearts.
    May his memory be for a blessing.
    Hugs to you, and to your husband. Pawpats and kitty kisses to Dakota, for whom we will say a special prayer.
    Fly free, Angel Cody. Romp and play in the everlasting green fields at the Rainbow Bridge, till the day when all those who love each other will meet again.

    Shimona and the J-Cats

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  29. I am so sorry, I didn't know. Sending my love, healing thoughts and hugs for all of you. They do hold such a special place in our hearts and capture our world. I'd like to think Cody and Traveler will have a chance to meet and talk about their 'crazy' humans who spoiled them so. My heart goes out to you.

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  30. Cody was loved by EVERYONE - without exception - he was special in every way to everyone - especially you, Lenny and Dakota and I know the heartache you are experiencing. You are on my mind and always in my heart. The outpouring of love for you at this time is perhaps overwhelming but genuine and meaningful in that it comes from all of us with all our hearts. Hugs and love, Pam (and Teddy)

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  31. We totally understand the sadness and deep hole left in your heart. Take time to grieve, cry, talk to him even though he is not physically there. Sending you lots of hugs.

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  32. Sending purrs and love from our house.

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  33. I'm so sorry. I have tears reading your words, knowing how you feel. It's been 1.5 years since I lost my two. I know your feelings only too strongly.

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  34. Thinking of you all and sending love and understanding. X

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  35. We feel we have lost one of our own. (((HUGS)))

    Laila and Mom Peggy

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  36. for being such small creatures; they fill such vast spaces; our hearts and our homes and our memories. may God give you and lenny the emotional strength to see you through this, and may st francis give his blessings to dakota. the collages are great as it shows the bond that is, and always will be there ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ hugs and love from laura, tuna, dai$y, mackerull and dude, sauce and boomer too ~~~~

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  37. Thinking of you and Lenny at this time of transition. I’m here for you 💜

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  38. I am so sorry. Hugs and prayers for you guys! My heart is breaking for you. You have such beautiful pictures.

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  39. So so sorry. Our friends are just the best. Big hugs to you.

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  40. I’ve just learned about my long time pal Cody crossing the Rainbow Bridge and I’m so very sorry. . My kitty heart hurts for your loss - never ever easy when we beloved Anipals leave earth for Heaven.

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  41. I am shocked and sad to hear this news. I have enjoyed following Cody on his blog for quite a few years and will miss him as well. 😿

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  42. Purrayers and POTP to Cody's loving humans, and especially to his woofie brofur Dakota.

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  43. We are glad to hear the blog will continue, we are thinking about Dakota and all of you purrs of comfort from all of us here.

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  44. Cody was truly loved by all. XO

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  45. Oh, Caren, how we miss Cody, too. And those knowing, mysterious eyes that tell all about how the world works. Mama read yesterday that sometimes grief is a price one pays for love. And I know your love will temper this terrible grief but maybe the love of so many friends for Cody and you will help a bit too.

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  46. I'm shocked Caren. I had no idea Cody had left us a week ago until I've read this post. I'm sending hugs and prayers for you guys.

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  47. You were one of the very first blogger we met, and Cody had a special place in our heart. Purrs and hugs ❤️

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  48. My heart still hurts for you and your family Caren.

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  49. Cody was Austin's very first blogging buddy and I am heartbroken for you. We never met him but we miss him! ❤️

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  50. Sending so many hugs to you and Dakota!! I loved that little Cody.

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  51. I love your little guy. Sending you a heartfelt hug.

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  52. Oh dear, we just logged on and learned of poor Cody's passing. We had no idea. Dad's been tied up busy with lots of stuff and we haven't been able to spend as much time blogging. We're so sorry for you, and dad says to tell you he really feels for you as he can still feel the pain when Orbit passed. Please know- and it's so obvious already- that so many cat lover are right there with you in pain and grief over losing your sweet Cody. I just heard dad let out a little puff and see a drop from one of his eyes as he's typing this. Be well, and our hearts go out to you.

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  53. He was very special, Caren, we sure loved that boy and we're thinking a lot of you and Dakota💗Soft Pawkisses from 💗to💗 🐾😽💞

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  54. I don't know you Caren, but EastSide Cats shared your loss and it is profound. I am very very sorry. They must have been very in tune with each other. Hugs as you continue on your journey grieving them. our first dog, Misha was a sheltie. I had an odd dream about a week ago that she had a neurologic condition and we had to put her down. She's been gone since 1996. She was a good girl albeit nervous. And I saw a sheltie today at the beach and thought of her again. Now I see your dear sheltie and I think of Misha with great affection

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  55. Me and mom really want to hug you in pawson. We are sending lots of love to you
    xox

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  56. Oh Caren, I know right now no words we could say can comfort you after this double punch to the gut. Dad and I are so very sad for you and know how hurt you must be losing Dakota right after Cody. All we can offer is our purrs, prayers and sympathy. Please know we're thinking of you at this very, very sad time.

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  57. Caren, your loss of both of your sweet boys is unimaginable. We were devastated to hear of Cody's unexpected passing and now Dakota. We can't believe that our dear friend Cody has left this earthly plane. Wrapping you and your husband in a blanket of light and love, with gentle purrs and holding you both in our hearts. We are so very, very sorry for your huge loss.

    So much love,
    Karyn, Clooney, Neytiri

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  58. I've been thinking about you so much, Caren. I can't wait to read Cody's post. Please know how much we love you, Cody and Dakota and we could never forget either of your handsome boys. Whenever you're ready, I'd LOVE to hear stories of both boys. More than anything, I wish I could give you a hug.

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  59. So, so sorry you have lost the beating heart of your house. So difficult when our much-loved companions pass over the rainbow bridge. Sending love.

    Not So Sweet Toffee

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  60. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, Caren. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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