Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A New Chapter Begins...
A visit to the Savannah Humane Society was the last thing I expected to occur on a recent Saturday afternoon but fate, destiny or a higher power had other other plans for me that day. Pulling into the parking lot a chorus of barks inside the complex rang out to greet me while second thoughts entered my mind and for a minute I considered driving far far away. The staff warmly greeted me and asked what type of pet I was seeking; a long-haired female was my preference but unfortunately there were none but they had some long-coated males for me to check out. Individual chain link enclosures contained dogs of every breed, size, color, and sex but my mind was made up as to what I was seeking for the next phase of my life. A Great Pyrenees puppy of five months captured my attention and after spending some time with him I decided to have my mother come see the youngster before I completed the adoption paperwork. While waiting for Mom to arrive I decided that the gorgeous puppy wasn't the right dog for me at this moment so back into the cage he went.
I was prepared to go home alone which really wasn't a bad thing as far as I was concerned then a family strolled by with a cute friendly dog that peaked my interest. The family and red/white dog went to a visitation area outdoors while I watched them through a window and there was no indication if the dog was going to be adopted but as it turns out the answer was no. When my turn came to meet this dog there was an instant bond between us while Mom found him incredibly sweet thus I decided to make this special creature of 6 years a part of my life. One year and 18 days after saying goodbye to Erin I welcomed Cody into my home and heart; it was not an easy decision to move forward without my beloved friend but it was time for me to live again and continue along the path of healing. The past several weeks have been filled with much fun and excitement as there is life again in the house and I'm very content with the decision to bring a fur friend into my life but there's always two sides to a coin which I've discovered.
I've come to love Cody very much as he does me and there's no way that I'd ever give him up but sometimes his presence reiterates the fact that my beloved angel is gone. Watching him fetch balls, beg for treats, or simply sleep makes me very happy and I've worn a near constant smile but it also saddens me to think that Erin made the journey much too soon and it should be her at my side instead of another dog. That said I look forward to a wonderful future with Cody but at the same time I'll always remember my years with Erin as that was the greatest period of my life. The timing to open my heart was right and it feels so good to share my friendship and love with another fur friend; laughter and smiles are a near constant these days and that's how like it.
Family and friends alike adore Cody while welcoming him with open arms as he's such a loving sweet boy and I feel incredibly lucky to have another wonderful dog by my side. 13 years ago Erin and I began a fairy tale relationship and now I sense something very special again; I couldn't ask for anything else at this stage of my life. During our second day together I was laying on the floor near Cody as he stared into my eyes while I asked different questions of him; I got no response til he was asked "Did Erin send you?" then he sprung up with tail wagging a million miles a hour and a huge smile across his face as if he was saying " Yes Yes!! She sent me to guide you." There will always be somber moments in remembrance of my departed angel but I know that Cody will be near to comfort me and that's a great feeling. There will never be another Erin but I've learned that I can love again thanks to Cody!! RIP Erin!!
P.S...I tried to upload pics of Cody but had issues :(