Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Finding Peace to Begin Anew

 Yes, you've come to the right place, your eyes aren't deceiving you, the title of the blog now is "Cat and DOG Chat With Caren"

Bear with me....this is the first blog post I've attempted since July and it doesn't feel like it's going to be easy.


As most of you know, my precious Cody passed in a sudden and most horrific way on June 30, 2020, five days after biopsy surgery. (will spare you the details), that left my husband and I traumatized and haunted by horrible images that still plague us. Our Cody should still be here but it was God's will that he leave.

Cody was the most loving, cuddly, funny, patient, determined, stubborn, and silly cat. I didn't realize until he was gone just how GOOD he was. He was my heart. I will never stop missing him. The original blog which I began in 2009 "Cat Chat With Caren and Cody" obviously couldn't have existed without him. I am grateful for the many opportunities and memories that I have because of Cody. I miss that precious face daily.


Dakota had been diagnosed with cancer in June of 2020. It was on his heart. Both Cody and Dakota were only 13 years old when they passed. Dakota was my first Sheltie, a life long dream of having a Sheltie fulfilled. He was the most loving boy, super silly, super stubborn, super smart. The joy that he and Cody brought to our lives was unsurpassed. Dakota passed on July 9, 2020  nine days after Cody left us, I think Dakota's death was expedited due to his broken heart. Dakota was my heart dog and I will always grieve his loss.

The outpouring of love that I received, surprise gifts that touched my soul, graphics, emails, cards, etc. were appreciated more than anyone could imagine. I am blessed that my boys touched so many. You have ALL touched me. I am afraid to thank everyone by name because I fear that I will leave someone out, but please know how much every kind gesture, every kind word, every shared tear meant to me and will always help heal my heart.

Dakota and Cody Best Friends Always!

It was a difficult journey reaching the moment where I can finally type about the boys without crying, but I think that I have arrived...at least for today.

My heart and my husband's are healing and we are finding joy again with the two wild boys that joined our family. Our crazy kitten Roary on September 21st 2020, 


and now our Shetland Sheepdog, Levi who is our newest addition as of November 21st, 2020. 


We are laughing and smiling again in between cleaning up poop and pee and rescuing a certain high climbing kitty from mountainous china cabinets.

Roary reaching new heights

My goals blogging now? NONE. I have no schedule. I want to blog for nothing more than the joy of having a journal of Roary and Levi's lives. I don't care one bit about numbers, paid reviews, sponsorships, etc. If they happen, great.......if they don't, that's great too. I am hoping to blog one day a week, more if the mood hits.

I want to thank Glogirly of Glogirly Design for designing my new blog. Her expertise, professionalism, creative ideas, attention to detail and INCREDIBLE patience with my MANY changes were unsurpassed. Her caring and kindness throughout the process that she KNEW was painful for me, will NEVER be forgotten. I needed someone to design the blog that wouldn't need ME to do ANYTHING and that's exactly what I knew I would get with Glogirly (aka Debbie Glovatsky). THANK YOU DEBBIE with all of my heart!

Dakota and Cody

I received the above portrait after the boys passed from Get Pet Portrait

I want to thank you all for the many years you loved my Cody and Dakota and for following their lives. You will occasionally see them on this blog too when I want to share some memories. I am hoping that Roary and Levi bring you even a fraction of the joy that you found with them. It will be wonderful to have you share this new journey should you be so inclined.

Levi and Roary
Designed by Glogirly Design

Thank you for being there for us, for me, thank you for everything!

See you soon!

Much love,

Caren, Lenny, Angels Cody and Dakota, and the wild toddlers, Roary and Levi.

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. πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’” 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 13th 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.