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Cody Cahill
11/6/99 – 6/17/10

Cody died today.

He took off this morning, on a blue sky day…
Cody loved life with a gentle fierceness that we could almost touch.
I have never known a being more committed to being happy,
to finding the light in every single moment.
Diagnosed very early with dysplasia, arthritis, and severe allergies,
he was never strong physically, always a bit unsteady, off balance…
Spiritually his enduring strength and harmony were literally breathtaking.
Cody was never contained or limited by his physical self.
He was transcendent.
His spirit entered the room before his body and continued after.
We understood, from the beginning,
the honor that being able to care for him was.
Tending to him was a delight, a wonder…
Cody was truly a gift —
of knowledge and strength,
of courage and commitment,
of love and compassion,
of all that we have ever sought.
He was the mother of our pack.
Perhaps because he knew what it was like to be physically “less than,”
he took great care with the puppies who came into our life and
tended Lucky, Rusty and Abbey as their health diminished.
He was friend and companion to all of us,
sharing his heart, his food, his bed, his toys, his joy, with any one of us,
two- and four-footed alike, who were in need.
He taught us so much—as Dogs do—
not by any one specific “action,”
by simply being,
here with us, in his life… completely
Grief is like the ocean—it comes in waves, 
and each wave, as it breaks over us all, 
brings not only the missing,
but also, the warmth and delight of loving Cody.

Learn more about Peg Cahill of Mt. Shasta, Calif., at shastacovedogs.com. shastacovedogs.com

Photos by Peg Cahill.

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Submitted by Cynthia | September 7 2010 |

I was moved to tears reading this beautiful tribute to Cody. The power of loving never ceases to amaze me! Thank you for publishing this beautiful story.

Submitted by Gary Page | September 8 2010 |

Beautifully and movingly written! To capture Cody's spirit in words is such a gift. Those of us lucky enough to have known him will always remember him and should we have a moment of forgetfullness all we will have to do is re-read your tribute!! Thank You!

Submitted by Jill Gardner | September 8 2010 |

Ah, Cody! His spirit entered the room before his body and continued after...what a truth and a blessing! May his light still shine in all of us as we smile his memory into our hearts!

Submitted by Jane | September 9 2010 |

Should any of us every wonder what living and loving are really all about, Cody's life and his appreciative human companions generously offer us the best possible guidelines. I will share this with all those I know and love - thank you!

Submitted by Kathy Lancaster | September 14 2010 |

Thank you so much, Peg, for sharing the beautiful tribute to your beloved Cody. As a fellow "dog person" your lovely words resonated in my heart, reminding me of my wonderful canine companions, past and present, and the invaluable lessons I have learned from them. They have been, indeed, my best teachers. With love from your friend, Kathy (and - of course - my Bodhi).

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