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Just over one year ago I did a post about Cody--the short story is that a neigbor's family member had had Cody for many years. Cody was now older and sick, and the family was going to take him to the pound, where he would surely die without the company of those he loved and trusted, and he would never understand why.

This kind of stuff rips me apart, but Donna (my wife) intervened and took respnsibility for Cody: she had him diagnosed by a quality Vet in the Valley. Cody had a large mass across his abdomen which was indeed a tumor. He was, as I wrote, elderly and now assuredly closer to his good-bye than to his "hello."

He was given cortisone, which improved his appetite. Thanks to a neighbor who fostered Cody (and Cody's longtime girlfriend China) he was able to enjoy another five weeks of life without suffering. The day came when our neighbors could no longer foster him (we had four dogs at home, and seven indoor cats--not a good setting for Cody). Cody was now a bit thinner and was facing an exit that would assuredly include pain and suffering. We called a mobile vet (a wonderful and gentle and perfect woman whom we had hired before) who came to another neighbor's house to euthanize Cody.

On Cody's final day we took him for a drive in Griffith Park, and lay in the shade with him and China, and bought him ice cream and delicious treats and he had as good a day as any one can hope for, under the circumstances. When it was time for him to go we held him, and stroked his fur, and whispered love into his ears.

Later I wrote some lyrics. Love does not concern itself with borders, nor does compassion stop behind a wall and turn away.

For Cody

Rainbow pop on a sunny day
Cool grass, sitting in the shade
Think I’ll lay down for awhile
You gave me love, you gave me a smile

Went for a drive in Griffith Park
Life’s so easy when you don’t bark
Children laughing as they ride
It’s pretty sweet, it’s a pretty sweet ride

(chorus)
Can’t just wait for the bad days
Can’t just wait for all the sad days too
You have come to let me go
Just want to let you know
It’s okay
Tell China that I love her
And tell my folks I’m not afraid
Think of me this winter
And be brave

Who wants to sing to me today?
Who wants to come outside and play?
Who will let me kiss them on the face?
Why wait for heaven when heaven’s just another place?

I know the lady has come
To send me on my way
I will fall asleep
I will fall away

Rainbow pop on a sunny day
Cool grass, sitting in the shade
Think I’ll lay down for awhile
You gave me love, you gave me a smile

Went for a drive in Griffith Park
Life’s so easy when you don’t bark
Children laughing as they ride
It’s pretty sweet, it’s a pretty sweet ride

(chorus)
Can’t just wait for the bad days
Can’t just wait for all the sad days too
You have come to let me go
Just want to let you know
It’s okay
Tell China that I love her
And tell my folks I’m not afraid
Think of me this winter
And be brave

Who wants to sing to me today?
Who wants to come outside and play?
Who will let me kiss them on the face?
Why wait for heaven when heaven’s just another place?

I know the lady has come
To send me on my way
I will fall asleep
I will fall away

(chorus)
Can’t just wait for the bad days
Can’t just wait for all the sad days too
You have come to let me go
Just want to let you know
It’s okay
Tell China that I love her
And tell my folks I’m not afraid
Think of me this winter
And be brave

RIP CODY 1993-2005

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China and Cody

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