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Kodiak


I apologize for the following imposition, but our beautiful dog of eleven years just died today. My wife and I have no children so we are taking this very hard. He was a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian mix and a magnificent creature. We have had many dogs in our time, but Cody bear was more than special. He was our special friend, our protector and guardian for many years. We don’t know what we are going to do without him.

I just wanted to express our grief with some kind of permanent memorial. I wrote the poem here some years back and wanted to post it in honor of our beloved dog Cody. Thank you for indulging me.



Kodiak


And still proud symbols stand
not even knowing how they symbolize
the majesty of their world
and the glory of the land,
the things that make us glad to be alive;
the uncorrupted beasts who bequeath
not only life but its honor with every birth.

We bought him, we, my wife and I,
on a goat farm down in Texas,
raised him from a pup
as he also raised us up to appreciate
the secret mysteries of courage.
A symbol of the glory of the land
and that which gives it worth.

Now standing here so noble, so proud
against the wind, he guards
and watches for his family.
Just a handsome dog who still retains
the memory of a million generations,
back even to the beasts from which,
uncowed, his breed descended;
the magic of the wild, the glory of the land.

Such a gallant dog, hair blowing,
ears flapping in the breeze, a symbol of all
that’s good and great on Earth,
so much older and more honorable
than those that he’s defended.


Copyright 2008 – SOFTWOOD-Seventy-eight Poems
Copyright 2010 – Ponds and Lawns-New and Corrected Poems
Gary B. Fitzgerald
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I am truly sorry for your loss.
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I so appreciate that. Thank you, Libramoon.
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Wow Gary, the combination of those two breeds, Cody must have been a magnificent dog.

I too am sorry for your loss.

Chris

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Thanks, Christine.

All dogs go to Heaven, though, right?

It's been a rough couple of days. I had to take Cody to be cremated today, but last night the coyotes were actually howling in our back pasture. Thank God all the cats were in the house, but it was very scary. We have lost our guardian and protector.

We have another dog, Kalie, a German Shepherd, but she was more scared than the cats were. :-)

Gary
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Hi Gary,

I'm so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and to your wife.
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Good poem, Gary. Thanks for letting us into the moment. I know what it is like losing a good dog. Best dog I've ever had died two summers ago. She had the heart and courage of a lion. More than once she stood herself between me and black bears. Oddly enough within a month of her death a neighbor cat walked into my apartment one day, looked around, and lay down on my bed. He visits regularly, spends the night over, mostly when it is cold. The other day I learned from his owner she found him floating on a board in Lake Pontchatrain during the Katrina week. Feral, terrified, scratched her face badly when she waded in and plucked him out of the water.

So keep your eyes open, Gary. I suspect you are something of an animist, as I am. Kodiac will likely send a messenger, perhaps another protector.

Tere
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"So keep your eyes open, Gary. I suspect you are something of an animist, as I am. Kodiak will likely send a messenger, perhaps another protector."

My exact thoughts, Tere. We believe every dog (and human) we've ever loved has come back in some way.

We are waiting.

Now, cats. We have ten right now, (most of them strays and orphans), and have had at least twenty in our time. I could tell you some strange stories about cats. To quote the writer Dean Koontz:

"Cats know things."
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It’s funny how things happen in this strange world. As I mentioned above, our old dog Cody, who we had for over eleven years, recently died. He was our beloved friend and protector and we were devastated. In response, Tere said:

“So keep your eyes open, Gary. I suspect you are something of an animist, as I am. Kodiak will likely send a messenger, perhaps another protector.”

I don’t want to creep anybody out here, but last Saturday I went down to the corner store for some ice and saw a big, beautiful dog lying there. The store owner told me that he was a stray who had just showed up and had been hanging around. I go to this store almost every day. He was obviously an older dog and very thin. There was something in his eyes, though…a familiarity I couldn’t ignore. It was almost as if he recognized me. When I was in the store I bought him a beef stick and cheese snack and fed it to him.

I went back home and mentioned this to my wife. She said that we should go back and have another look at him. He is a gentle giant with the kindest eyes (like Cody) and he and my wife seemed to bond immediately. I left my name and number with the store owner in case his owners came looking for him (although based on his weight and the condition of his coat it seemed obvious that he was probably either abandoned or had become lost long ago). We brought him home.

He immediately settled right in to Cody’s area…found his water bowl, found the ‘cool hole’ that Cody had dug and appeared to be right at home. We have had him a couple of days now and he acts like he knows exactly where he is. He pays no attention to our cats or horses (like Cody), surveys the property for coyotes and other intruders (like Cody) and sleeps in all of Cody’s favorite places.

We are baffled, yet, we understand. Thanks, Tere
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There you go, Gary. Seems you got a 50/50 chance, which is more than most of us get. Maybe he is passing through. Maybe he comes to stay. If he sticks around I'll suggest a name. Hardy. Not sure why but Thomas Hardy comes to mind. Smiling here.

Tere
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Hi Gary,

I love this story! I'm so glad you found this new dog, and he found you. I hope he gets to stay with you. Sounds like chances are good he will. I know of other such stories, and they always touch my heart. Last fall an animal-loving friend shared a Persian proverb with me, the gist of which was this: If you get a new pet soon after your pet dies, the spirit of the deceased pet stays with the new pet. Well, that's one explanation that makes sense to me. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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Gary,

This is wonderful! Thank you for keeping us posted.

Chris
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