Even though this is called Choe’s Petworld, we have another someone special we will be talking about..his name is Cody. Cody is my dog that I ad0pted 8 years ago… Here’s his story..
Growing up I had lots of animals..guinea pigs, cats, rabbits, ….but never dogs. I don’t know why that was, maybe my parents had an aversion to an animal that had so many needs..I’m not sure. But dogs were never a part of my life growing up. I always had a strong desire and need to have one, but it never happened as a kid. It was only when I was an adult that I was able to fulfill that dream.
I bought my home about 8 years ago. It was small and I was happy to live here by myself. But after awhile I was missing something…companionship. So I decided to look into adopting a dog. My friends warned me not to. I was working long hours as a chef at a Seattle restaurant and they said it wouldn’t be fair to the dog. But in my mind, he would have ended up at the glue factory if I didn’t save him! Better he’s at my house in a warm bed alone for awhile than at a cage in a shelter was my thought. My sister knew my need for a companion and she told me about a dog that her friend had heard about at the Humane Society..she thought he would be a great fit for me. He had been raised in Spokane and was transferred to the Bellevue Humane Society…probably given up by a family there or abandoned. He had been talked about on the local radio station as the “Pet of the Week” and had been written up at the Humane Society. I was excited to see him! I took the long but exciting trip to the “pound” and saw him…I immediately fell in love…
Everyone had nothing but good things to say about Cody..he was loving, personable, handsome…and most of all..he needed a home. I was hooked.
Cody has been an amazing dog, companion and friend. Of course we have had our troubles…and not being a “dog” person I’ve been trained by him and have trained him as well and learned so much. We’ve been through thick and thin including sickness, power struggles and life changes. But through it all, he has been my rock, my best friend and my love.
As I see Cody aging it’s been a struggle for me.. I see his pain and his toughness..He wants to run and bark and jump…but at the end of the day he limps, he lays down and he doesn’t jump on the bed like he used to. I’ve had many tears surrounding my dear Cody, but I take comfort in knowing that I tried to give him the best life I could. He is the sweetest, kindest and most loving big dog you’ll ever meet. He loves peanut butter, walks and rides in the car…. but these days most of all just hanging out in the yard under the Japanese maple tree resting. He deserves this and so much more.
I love you Cody and I know everyone else does too!
After white mom… now is the brown mom’s turn… lol When I moved in with Chloe to Marilyn’s house we all had to make adaptations even the dogs. Chloe been the only princess of the house and Cody been the only macho… we thought the beginning would be complicated… Not at all!! Who had hard time to adapt to Cody was me. You must to be wondering why… He used to bark for food for hours without stop…Im talking for hours…And I started seen myself creating a barrier between me and him and immediately I thought: I never hate dogs in my life!!! It was so weird feeling!! I was raised with dogs my entire life. One time we had 5 dogs at the same time in my house.
Marilyn tried EVERYTHING to fix the bark problem. All techniques you can even imagine and NOTHING worked it. So, after while, I decided to take over Cody… I thought he is a dog, I am the owner… Im going to change this situation because I knew would be great for him this change. I worked very very hard… keeping the same routine, walking with him and Chloe everyday, giving the same food for both at the same time to show him everything Chloe gets he would get too. After while we started noticing little steps, baby steps, but noticing few difference in his behavior. A year later Cody was a completely different dog! We can eat in front of him while he sleeps. We can have dinner with friends without put him in the bedroom. Our routine with Cody changed. Marilyn’s relationship with Cody changed for better. And he knows how much and deeply we love him.
To finish this post I just want to tell you that wasn’t easy… few times I thought I couldn’t fix him… and I almost gave up… But I had so much love for him I couldn’t just give up on him…because someone did this to him before and I would not let him experience this feeling again. So, if you are having the same problem, don’t give up on your dog!! If Cody changed… anyone can… lol Believe me!!
If you are wondering Cody’s feelings for me (for a long time I wasn’t the “good guy” I was the one saying NO to him all the time) he is OBSESSED with me. If I am in the house he watches me, he follows me everywhere, he respect me more than Marilyn (I am whispering right now because Marilyn doesn’t accept that lol).
Ps: We didn’t post more photos of Cody because he hates the noise, the flash of the camera. He starts shaking so badly, he stress out too much… It’s not worth it!!
Beijos e Tchau!
Brazil and USA family!!