|One day, a few short weeks ago, we
were visiting our favorite shelter just to
thank the staff for their daily efforts on the
behalf of abandoned animals. A man
came into the lobby trailing a dog who
obviously was having some difficulty
keeping up. The dog sank to the floor
alongside of us and sighed deeply.
If there ever was a creature who seemed
to have lost all hope, this was one.
|We listened as the man made the
surrender arrangements, and heard the
words, "too old", "no time" and "too
busy". We asked the dog's name and
age and the man replied
"Kody, he's twelve".
Even when advised by the kind young
lady at the counter that there was little
hope that the senior would be adopted,
the man handed over the surrender fee,
shook his head and quickly left.
|We noticed that he avoided eye-contact
with either us or the dog and never even
reached down to pat the old dog's head
when he departed. That all-too familiar
lump appeared in our throat when the old
dog turned his head to watch the man
leave and tried to get to his feet and follow.
For a few moments there was silence
while the old dog struggled and we all
glanced at each other in recognition of a
scenario played out thousands of times
daily in shelters across this country.
|And then we did what any good Rescue
does. We retrieved our canine body sling
and helped the dignified old dog to his
feet and signed the papers to take him
Because every living creature deserves
the dignity of passing peacefully
amongst friends, we decided that Kody
would walk on some grass, see a sunset
and smell some flowers and trees before
he made his journey to Rainbow Bridge.
|Thank you APF for trusting
us to care for him and
thank you Kody
for teaching us humility.
Siberian Husky Rescue
Senior Animal Medical Aid Fund
|Kody last day here on earth was April 27th, 2009. I was told the day before that it would be
Kody's last day. His body was giving out and he could barely walk. He needed to use the body
sling in order to walk. I went to see him, Sunday, April 26th.
I decided to have a Kody picnic. We were told he would not make it to the spring. Being he
had, I wanted him to have one long day outside in the sun and the fresh air. It was a warm
afternoon. I took a blanket and spread it out under the shade of a pine tree. I brought with me
his favorite meal of sweet potatoes and Chicken and plenty of water. We spent the afternoon,
there on that blanket, him and I. I combed him and petted him all afternoon.
Daisy was there with us too. Twice she took her paw and tried to rouse him. She wanted him to
get up. Usually we go for a walk together. Kody could not get up though. He did bark at me. It
took a few barks to get his strength to bark, but bark he did.
He ate his food with great relish, although not at great as usual, and was drinking well. Later I
took him for a walk 3 times in the immediate area outside of his house. He did not want to go
back to his bed.
The third walk, I could see that he was tired, and I did take him back to his bed. I stay with him a
long while a lay next to him on his bed stroking him. All day he kept giving me kisses and
looking at me hard in the eye.
When I got up to leave I let him know what a privilege it had been to know him and walk with
him. I fed him a biscuit the way I always do before I leave and told him I would be back. For the
first time ever, he did not bark when I left. He just looked at me long and hard in the eyes. I
wish there was a way to make him whole and well again. I love Kody. He was an Alpha dog. He
must have been a strong, fair and just leader in his day. You could tell how he was with each
dog he ever met while I was present. Even sick, he held his head high and chest out.
I miss him greatly!!!
|My Last Day with Kody at our Picnic, April 26, 2009, Sunday, He was just 13
|A few other pictures from earlier times - We think he was a cross between a husky and a grey hound
He was a wonderfully gentle dog, but with a very definite air of strength
I MISS YOU!!