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Codie Rae is Herding Sheep Over the Bridge
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16 January 2020 - 4:24 pm
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Hey everypawdy,

We had to let Codie Rae follow her dreams yesterday. See her take on it here: https://codiera…..020/01/16/ive-moved-on-to-a-higher-calling/.

Her mobility had been in decline for over a year. Her rear leg and even her front end were breaking down. She had arthritis everywhere, even her tail! We had the pain pretty well managed but at the end she just couldn’t walk anymore. That in itself was hard but doable. Until a tumor blew up in her mouth two or three weeks ago.

I noticed a lump in her cheek across from her ECT surgery site right after she came home from her surgery in New Mexico back in May. I sent pictures to Dr. Kelly and she thought it was a granuloma and would go away after awhile. It never went away but it just sat there and didn’t do anything for 8 months so we didn’t worry about it. Then it started growing. It was bigger every.single.day. We took Codie to the vet last week, who launched right in to hospice mode. These days when your vet isn’t trying to sell you expensive diagnostics you know things are bad (yup, I am cynical). And I trust this vet to be honest with me.

We had been thinking we could do a fine needle aspirate of the lump and maybe some jaw xrays to see if debulking the tumor might be an option. If it didn’t look like cancer, if her jaw bone still looked solid, maybe we could debulk? Our vet said that FNA’s in the mouth are often inconclusive and dental xrays would not show the kind of detail needed to determine what was going on with her jaw. She also opined that it was likely cancer. So we then had to consider another path like a CT with contrast, debulking and running pathology on it, and then maybe another ECT treatment because when the first tumor was debulked without the ECT it came back just as large in two weeks. A huge cost, but more importantly, multiple huge stresses on Codie Rae. Just going to the vet that day was SO stressful for her. Did we really want to put her through all those procedures? At the same time as her mobility was totally tanking?

She had also started barking. Alot. She always barked some at the other dogs but now she would not tolerate being in the same room, or even having one in her line of sight. We think she was feeling more and more vulnerable as the lump grew and she became weaker. She also barked at Ralph. Alot. Get that other dog out of my sight, I gotta pee, can we have dinner NOW?, lets go strolling, will you DO something about this freakin’ lump in my mouth, were just some of the statements we attributed to her barks. This just felt like another sign that things were not right in Codie Rae’s world.

It took us some time to process. We decided no, we did not want to put Codie through more tests, procedures, and major surgery, whether it was cancer or not. She had enough of that last year when we carted her around to four different vets. It was really hard to make that decision because she still had so much spirit, she was eating, eliminating, and enjoying her rides and strolls with her Paw. But we had been noticing how it was getting harder and harder for her to keep up with all her duties, which she took so seriously. She was getting that “I’m so tired” look in her eyes more and more. And her mobility was now a major issue. She was always such a stoic we just hoped that we had her pain under control.

Above all we did not want to see her spirit totally crushed by what was going on with her failing body. She did not deserve that. She needed to go out as the tripawd girldawg extraordinaire that she was. And we could not let the tumor grow to the point where it started ulcerating. It was obviously bothering her more and more–I am sure it hurt, and it was getting hard for her to eat anything she had to chew.

So we made an appointment for yesterday. And we did our best to show her a good time for the days she had left. Steak and eggs for breakfast, and steak again for dinner, a frosty cup (she always loved a cone but I was afraid the sharp edges would cause the tumor to ulcerate), a visit to hang out with some sheep at a farm nearby, a stroll down by the bay. When we saw her muted reaction to all these treats we knew it was time. We knew our girl would never just lay down and give up until she was so broken she didn’t have a choice. So we had to make the choice for her. 

The mobile vet came yesterday at 11 am. Codie Rae drifted off to sleep surrounded by our love. She went so peaceful and easy.

Today has been even harder than yesterday and I know it will be hard for some time to come. We know we did the right thing but that never really helps to fill the gaping hole in your heart, does it. Only time will do that. It has helped me to be able to put all this down in a post. I hope it will help someone else, present or future, going through end of life decisions.

Run free Codie Rae, I know you are gonna rock your new job on the other side of the Bridge. We will love you until the end of time.

Martha and Ralph

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16 January 2020 - 4:48 pm
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Blubbering here.  It is so hard when that spirit is still there some but damn do GSDs ever give up?  I don’t think so.  I know there are no words to make this hardest goodbye hurt less, but know I’m sending love & hugs to you guys.  If there’s one thing you and “Paw” are the best at its loving your dogs and knowing them inside out.  She truly did have the “bestest” life with you guys!  We’ll miss that beautiful girl too.  Have a hunch Codie Rae, Rosa, Jerry & Max will be quite the foursome up there.  Fly free new Angel!

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Linda

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16 January 2020 - 6:15 pm
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Oh guys, it just seems so unbelievable. Our world is a blur of black and white today, it just cannot be that the one and only Codie Rae is gone. We are so very, very sorry.

She was the kind of dog with a big presence that stays in a room, even when she left it an hour earlier. And it’s her presence that will stay with us forever. She is simply unforgoettable.

From the day we met her, and you that day at the dog park, we knew she was something special. And she was! 

Codie showed us that nothing on earth can stop a determined three-legged dog.

She taught us that nature wants an orderly pack.

And above all else, she showed that even tough girls have a tender side.

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Her body may have failed but her spirit was strong and vibrant right up until the end. It is exactly how we all want to remember her.

Codie, you made us laugh and cry and holler and oh what good times we had together. We will meet again some day beautiful girl. 

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16 January 2020 - 7:22 pm
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No words can express how we all feel for the Oaktown Pack here at Tripawds HQ…but yours are more beautiful than we could ever write.

Immediately after creating and uploading the random Tripawds banner image from the equally beautiful photos you sent, we were shown Codie Rae’s banner upon returning to the forums. That never happens…we heard something about a certain rainbow too. That Tripawd Girrrrldog remains extraordinaire indeed. sp_hearticon2

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16 January 2020 - 7:40 pm
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Codie Rae is the last of the original Nor Cal Tripawds pack to leave us.

Caira Sue, Max, Maggie, Cemil, and Shelby were probably all there at the Bridge chuckling because they had seen CR in her heyday and they know the Queen of the Regulators is now on duty!

I’m so sorry that Codie Rae had to move on but what a wild and crazy ride- Tripawd Girl Dawg Extraordinaire for sure.  You guys gave her such a life and every chance the past year against all kinds of odds.  While we will miss her earthly presence her memory lives on forever.

Karen and Spirit Maggie

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

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16 January 2020 - 8:51 pm
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Thank you so much for all your replies most beautiful Tripawds people. They mean the world to us and it does help to ease the pain to be surrounded by your love. I have said it before, I’ll say it again….I don’t know what we would have done without this amazing community over the past 12 years. Such love and compassion and understanding from people who truly get where you are coming from–Priceless! 

Codie Rae has sent us two signs so far that she is settling in at the Bridge. The first was I got to see her new banner almost as soon as Admin Guy put it up! And the second….a rainbow. At the tail end of a dark rainy day (so perfect and appropriate) the last rays of the setting sun came through the clouds and there it was–stretching from our house straight to the Bridge. What a gift!

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Regulator of the Oaktown Pack, Sheriff of the Oaktown Pawsse, Founding member and President of the Tripawd Girldogs With 2 Names ROCK Club, and ... Tripawd Girldog Extraordinaire!

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17 January 2020 - 12:53 pm
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WOW! smiley16smiley4 How wonderful!

This just proves that Codie isn’t going anywhere, she’s just changed form. That powerful energy like hers will continue to regulate us all! She ain’t going nowhere!

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I have come back here soooo many times as I searched for words…only to draw a blank.  We know thete are no words.  That said, the  posts  from Codie Rae’s fans are so .lovely and so heartfelt and so beautifully  expressed.❤

  No, we can’t  take your aching grief away, but there are words to let you know Codie Rae did, indeed, live a .life of meaning.  We talk about a life well loved and a life well loved.  A life that inspires and leaves a lasting impression on every heart she touches.   Codie Rae checked all these  boxes and more.

And just like here, I’ve gone over to read and re-read the blog she left for us as she announced her new job as Lead Regulator at The Bridge., and have trouble finding words.  What I have done though, is go back and read all the post made on Codie Rae and on The Oaktown Pack.  That dog (and all your dogs) had more adventures  and fun crammed into  every moment of everyday than any thousand dogs ever get to experience!  And we got to go along for the ride!  OMD, the pictures and videos really did speak volumes about lives well lived!!!     Not now because  your hearts are broken. But at so e  point, you will view these sacred treasures and know that Codie Rae truly was a very, very lucky dog.  

As hard as it was, you gave Codie Rae the gift of release at exactly the “right”  time.💖  It IS important  for a “tripawd girldawg extraordinaire” to not be anything less.  You knew her well enough  to know it wasn’t  about eating or eliminating  with her. it was about her adventurous no-holes-barred way of life.  She was showing  you she wanted her life back…and if it meant heading  to The Bridge so she could be the Lead Regulator again, then she was eager to go in her next adventure!

And as she has already shown you with that beautiful  rainbow so PERFECTLY  placed,  as well as the timing of her GREAT banner veing revealed  to you, and even to the Admin Guy, she is DEFINITELY  still connected  to you!  And I think because  the Admin Guy had that experience,  it was DEFINITELY  a nod from Codie Rae AND Jwrry they were together  again.

This dawg gave us so many gifts.    At the top of the list are her hoomans, Martha and Ralph.  They have been supportive  of this community  in so many ways and on so many levels.  Codie Rae knew  to bring them here to help us.  That’s  the kind of selfless dawg she is❤

Yes, Codie Rae created her own spotlight.   Her brilliant “tripawd girldawg extraordinaire” Spirit will continue  to shine and surround  all of is with her loving and eternal light.

Just had a little chuckle thinking avout Codie Rae’s “Welcome Wagon” at the Bridge.   Most dogs have tewheelbarrows full of ice cream and steak and chocolate.  Codie Rae had a corral of sheep waiting  to be regulated 😎

Sending  love and a peaceful heart

Sally and My Chunky Spiritual  Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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You always know exactly what to say Sally. Thank you for the smiles.

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