Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kodi, by Allison Mansell

I have been trying all week to write my thoughts about Kodi. I even thought about posting them on this blog, but I couldn't get much further than my title, "How can this hurt so much?" Today Allison posted a story on Downey Daily Photos. I am reposting it here because she has captured my ache and written the words that I could not. This is the first time I have published something on this blog without permission from the author, but I trust she will forgive me.  ~ Bonnie

A week ago, an amazing dog was taken away from this world tragically, prematurely, and terribly. He was hit by a speeding car and died forty minutes later in the hospital, licking his human's faces and wagging his tail, still loving them to the end.

Heart broken doesn't begin to cover the feeling of loss. Kodi won the heart of anyone close enough to see his tail wag. His face was always smiling, even during his tantrums when we wouldn't throw the ball for him. His fur was the perfect place to nuzzle your face after a long day of being with people.

All he wanted in life was to be with his humans. Playing, sleeping, running, barking, he lived to love them. He loved without conditions.

He was a good dog.

He went with them everywhere. Stores, parties, in-law's houses, vacations, etc.

I mourn. Not in a way of a human death of course, but in a way that I have never felt before. Never again will I see his sweet face cocked to the side like he is trying to understand me. Never again will I hear his bark as I'm walking through the door. Never again will his tail wag ceaselessly for those he loved.

"One last word of farewell, dear master and mistress. Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you: "Here lies one who loves us and whom we loved." No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail."
Eugene O'Neill
To read Allison's blog, with more stories and photos from Allison, Joan, and Pam, please see: Downey Daily Photos


  1. I loved this story because I have also experienced the loss of pets but I'm so grateful for the gift of these creatures, that I believe were given as a gift from God to comfort us in trials, and bring joy to our lives. Thanks for sharing this tender heart-warming story.

  2. Yolanda said...You captured the essence of losing a loving and much loved pet. Our pets give us the gift of unconditional love. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to Kodi.

  3. From Charlene:
    My heartfelt sympathy is extended to your family in the loss of your dear Kodi. My Uncle Jim once said about his little daschund, "No one greets you quite like a dog." It is amazing how they communicate nonverbally with their wiggly body, different bark than a protective one and, of course, their tail that surely has a motor in it! They have such loyalty to and love for their family, and Allison acknowledged that very nicely in her writing.

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