Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Cody!

As some of you may know my Australian shepherd Cody died a week before Christmas after battling with lymphoma. It pummelled us, and though I can't speak for my family, I am a different person indeed. I've had a blessed life and never experienced watching a young, innocent, and scared loved one go through such a ravenous and merciless disease. I still go through the stages of grief all these months later - bargaining, denial, depression, anger -- you name it. My father has bred and owned many different breeds of dogs, and says that none came close to Cody. Yes, he could have quite the attitude, and silly antics, but he had, like most wise dogs, a quiet way of letting us know he was always concerned, and always constant. He was a gift.

On June 20th, I will be running a marathon in Anchorage, Alaska. I've been training for the past 6 months with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, and I've raised over $5,000 to go towards cancer research. I received a promotional postcard from them in the mail a few weeks after Cody died. I'd never heard of them, and never thought of running a marathon, but it seemed like a sign.

In honor of Cody on his birthday, please stop to give your pets and loved ones a few extra hugs and kisses, and don't hesitate to get your animal medical care at something seemingly small. Also, DON'T except "there's nothing wrong," take him/her back, and/or get a second opinion - you know when there's something really wrong.

Best to you and yours.
xoxo - Ashley

8 comments:

Down Pillow said...

What a sweet dog - I'm so sorry for your loss :( It's great, though, that you've raised money for such a worthy cause - good job.

abigail said...

what a cutie Cody was!
I'm so sorry for your loss, and will definitely love my boys up a little extra today.

Blushing hostess said...

I am so sorry. We've just had our dog go through something hideous and I am praying your heart will heal and your many miles will reward you and the Cody's of the future.

Southern Aspirations said...

Oh- read this with tears in my eyes! I lost a kitty to cancer and love my three dogs to pieces, so I can empathize.

Kudos to you with your Team training- both in fundraising and the physical piece. GO TEAM! (I've done 2 half marathons with TNT.... great organization).

Laura said...

We lost our Std. Poodle, Merle, to lymphoma two months ago. I feel for you.
Good luck with your marathon!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* My heart aches for you and your family at the loss of your most beloved, precious Cody. I believe you know that ache for you all comes from DEEP within my heart, and oh, how I wish we could ALL be spared these most incredibly heartbreaking times...

* Your Cody WILL be with you, and will see you thru to the end of that race. In fact, I think he'll be waiting, tail wagging & licks ready, to run up and greet you as you cross the finish line... In fact, I know it. And I will say a special prayer for you all on the 20th~ it's already on my calendar.

Sincerest blessings,
Linda (and family) in AZ *

Candi said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so tough losing a family member...2 years later I still miss my little Ricky :(

Ashley said...

Thanks so much to all of you - all of your thoughts were immensely helpful in getting me across the finish line!

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