A little over a year ago, I was out to dinner when I missed a phone call from my dad. I thought nothing of it, but then missed two more and a third from my mom. I realized something had to be very wrong and as my heart sank, I called back to learn they were at the emergency vet with Cody, our 11-year-old Australian Shepherd, and they wanted me to have a chance to say goodbye to him.
Eleven years of memories came rushing back to me. The day we picked him out of his litter. The time my parents drove him four and a half hours on a Sunday to surprise me my freshman year at college. How he’d lie at my feet each night until he knew I was asleep before heading off to his own bed. He gave us a lifetime of unconditional love and compassion. Needless to say, I was inconsolable the day I found out his time had come.
Nothing could have prepared me for that phone call. To my family, Cody was beyond a house pet, or even just a dog. He was a guardian, a sibling and a companion. And like all proud parents, we were certain that our furry child was the best and brightest. There was truly something extraordinary about him that none of us to this day are fully able to express. He was in one word, family.
Those close to me were at a loss for words when they heard the news—but it was the simple things they wrote, and the comfort in knowing that they were there for me that slowly eased my heartache, one day at a time.
If you have a friend who’s lost a beloved pet, a little gesture can go a really long way. Now that Tiny Prints Greetings offers personalized sympathy cards for pets, finding a way to reach out may be a little bit easier.
In Loving Memory of Cody