I think I will lose my dear kuvasz Kodi this week.

Reply Mon 5 Jan, 2004 06:25 pm
Oh, boy. Your really beautiful tribute to Kodi made me tear up earlier today. So much so that I had to take a tiny walk at work.

What wonderful memories you have shared with the long-time members of your pack. Thank you for sharing them with us.
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2004 01:17 am
I'm so sorry and wish I could find the words to comfort you. Your words and photo's are so touching that I'm crying as well. I'll be thinking of you all.
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2004 07:00 pm
Kuvasz, I will be thinking of you and Kodi. She is a beautiful dog who looks as happy as a dog could look in both of those pictures. Best of luck to you both.
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Reply Tue 6 Jan, 2004 09:06 pm
I am sorry you are losing your friend.
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Reply Wed 7 Jan, 2004 02:38 pm
Found this while I was searching about and thought you might enjoy it.

My Old Dog Tray -- written 1853
Stephen Foster

The morn of life is past,
And evening comes at last;
It brings me a dream of a once happy day,
Of merry forms I've seen
Upon the village green,
Sporting with my old dog Tray.

Old dog Tray's ever faithful,
Grief cannot drive him away,
He's gentle, he is kind;
I'll never, never find
A better friend than old dog Tray.

The forms I call'd my own
Have vanished one by one,
The lov'd ones, the dear ones have all passed away;
Their happy smiles have flown,
Their gentle voices gone;
I've nothing left but old dog Tray.


When thoughts recall the past
His eyes are on me cast;
I know that he feels what my breaking heart would say:
Although he cannot speak
I'll vainly, vainly seek
A better friend than old dog Tray.

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Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2004 02:03 am
My grandmother used to talk about My Old Dog Tray...

A soft pat to Kodi...
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Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2004 02:54 am
Thank you. Thank all of you for your kind words and support for Kodi. You are family to us. Kodi came back from the vet on Tuesday. The vet told me that Kodi is declining now and all I can do is just make her as comfortable as possible.

She has been under the house when the other dogs are out and I keep them in the house as long as I can so Kodi will come out for a walk and to sit in the sunshine for a while. She is slowing down more, but is eating (I'm giving her hot food, rice and some beef bits or chicken with her glucosamine supplements), so that's good. She's been coming out from under the porch after she eats but doesn't want to be near the other dogs and will avoid them when they are out.

Last night and tonight I sat with her outside under the stars and she barked right on time at midnight as she has for a decade. It was cold last night and tonight, but she did not want to come in the house when I tried to bring her in to a warm place, she usually slept by my bed. Again, I think it is the other dogs she's avoiding now.

She's tired, but still happy when I am sitting next to her.

I don't know how much time she has, since the vet said that she was still a strong animal and her heart was sound, but I don't think it will be long since she has declined so much already in the last 10 days.

I have read each and every word you have posted, more than once, and your advice and well wishes mean a great deal to me and make me feel that I am neither crazy for feeling so sad nor alone in my feelings for my gal Kodi, and I just wonder if all your positive psychic energy has helped her pains, because I think so.

I learned a special thing from your caring remarks. We all really are a family.

Thank you all for reminding me of that. Sometimes we forget.
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Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2004 06:39 am
Yes, we are truly a family and {{{hugs}}} to you both.
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Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2004 08:08 am
Oh Kuv, after I read your first post I went and had a crying fest with my dog. She'd been stiff and I was worried about her. Thanks for reminding me how much I love my babies.

Why do you suppose she's avoiding the other dogs? Is she alpha? Poor old girl. Is there a way you could keep her inside seperate from the other dogs?
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Reply Thu 8 Jan, 2004 08:18 am
I'm sorry to hear of Kodi's failing health Kuvaz.

For thoughts of an earlier day and years of memories:

The Puppy Poem

You can't buy loyalty, they say
I bought it though, the other day;
You can't buy friendship, tried and true,
But just the same, I bought that too.
I made my bid, and on the spot
Bought love and faith and a whole job lot
Of happiness, so all in all
The purchase price was pretty small

I bought a single trusting heart,
That gave devotion from the start
If you think these things are not for sale,
Buy a brown-eyed puppy with a wagging tail.

Author Unknown
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