Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Monday, February 17, 2014

A Life Well Lived…and Loved



Fourteen and a half years ago Cody came into our lives and boy did he ever make his way into our hearts.  We remember our 4 hour drive to Dublin, Georgia to pick him up as an 8 week old puppy.  We had recently traveled to Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and Montana and decided to name him after the town of Cody Wyoming.  As he grew, all he wanted to do is to sit on the sofa with us or even work his way into our lap.  Needless to say, as he got much bigger, the lap didn’t work.


Cody wasn’t a Golden that liked to go fetch or retrieve items, but he did like to play in the yard and roll around on his back.  When he was full-grown, we put him in our fenced in backyard so he could be out and about safely.  He truly loved outdoors when we were at work, and loved spending time with us when would get home.


When Gerri and I went fulltime, Cody made such a great transition from being in the yard to living in our motorhome with us.  Even though the bedroom was small, he would always sleep at the base of the bed on my side or Gerri’s…or even share both bedsides with us.  He was such a grand “fulltime” Golden rv’er.  When we spent the winter at an Escapees park in Summerdale, Alabama, Cody had the time of his life there.  We stayed in a friends backyard and Cody make himself at home with the birdbath…thinking the water was for him.


When we came off the road, Cody stayed in the house with us from then on.  He would be with us wherever we found ourselves in the house.  He loved to walk with us and each night we would go on a walk through the neighborhood and he was so happy.

Wednesday night, Cody had a seizure that lasted 2 hours, and I think he may have also had a stroke.  We gave him Phenobarbital to end the seizure, but Cody never really recuperated. Our vet recommended giving him a few days to see if he would improve, so Gerri and I kept food in him and got water into his system.  This morning we went to talk to our vet about Cody.  When we explained his condition 5 days after his problem, he suggested it was time.  Even though we knew it, it still hurt.  Cody was a part of our family!!!

Our vet came to our home and helped us take that step for Cody and we said our Good-byes to our friend and family member.  Cody epitomized everything about a Golden, he was our friend, family member and a grand companion.  He gave us as much love as we gave him!

Rest In Peace my friend, you so well deserve it!  We Love You!