Missing Cody

About a month ago my family’s golden retriever, Cody, had to be put down due to a medical condition in which he had fluid surrounding his heart and lungs. Cody lived to be 11 1/2 years old, and had a very full and adventurous life right up until the end. I think about him a lot, especially when I am at BARCS, as though his spirit lives on in some way in each of the dogs that I interact with.

Most strikingly though, the other day I took Cocoa to the dog park and a woman was there with her two golden retrievers. The woman had on a baseball cap with a golden retriever on it, and it turns out that she is a foster for GRREAT, the golden retriever rescue for this area of the country. Both of the dogs she had with her were former fosters that she decided to keep. One of them, named Bailey, was a big stocky guy who was the splitting image of Cody. Bailey is 4 years old, and has the big boxy head of an English golden and a beautiful long coat – just a tad bit lighter than Cody’s.

When Cocoa went over to try to steal sticks from the two goldens, Bailey came right up to me and positioned himself between my legs just like Cody used to do. Later when I was sitting down, he came over to me and sat quietly right next to me so that I could rub his head. Even his breathing sounded just like Cody’s. It was very sweet and I felt like somehow Bailey was telling me that Cody was alright.

Here’s one of my favorite photos of Cody taken in May of this year:



  1. felicia says:

    Hi Katie,

    Sniff, that’s a very sweet pic of HRH. I miss seeing him in the window. It must be very hard for everyone.

    It is very interesting to hear your take on the shelter. Thanks for sharing with me.

    Take care,

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