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Memories of Kodi
Where do I begin? Kodi was a handful from birth. I bred his father Niko to a friend who had an Akita female. I originally was going to take a stud fee... until I saw that crazy puppy running among his siblings. He was flopping around being the smallest but most brazen. I had to have him. After 10 weeks with his mom, I took him home. He threw up all over the car during the 5 minute ride home. The first meeting with Kodi and Niko was tense. After about 2 days they were the best of friends. Unseparable. During the first few weeks, he chewed my mothers new couch to pieces. I found him inside the couch where the cushions should have been. You could not get mad because he was precious. Another crazy time was when we took him to be fixed. We did not get out of the parking lot before he had his cone off and was jumping all over the car. He was calm for a short period until I bought my house and was in the basement replacing windows. I had him in the yard with Niko and he decided he wanted to be in the basement with me, so he broke through the other window that was not going to be replaced and came running over to me. Thank god he was not hurt. Well, I wound up replacing that window too. There are so many stories that I could tell about his crazy stunts, but I want to talk about him and how he changed my life along with his dad Niko. I had them when my life was at an all time low and their love made me feel great and gave me reason to make everything great again. Kodi was not very friendly to most but he made up for it with the love he showed me. He was my best friend and am lost without him. When his dad died on January 23, 2007 it was devastating but we got through it together. Now he is gone. I could never explain in words the impact he had on my life in more ways than one. We went everywhere together. He loved coming with me up to the Poconos. His absolute favorite was the snow. As time went on his crazy antics began to slow down. He started to really have trouble with his knee. He was doing okay with his medicine for that. As time went on it was becoming harder and harder for him to get around. It became harder for him to get out and go to the bathroom but that was okay because I helped him and did what ever it took for him to be happy. As time went on, he could no longer make it up or down the deck or upstairs. That was okay, as long as my Vet said he was in no discomfort, I had no problem carrying him. That was the least I could do after all the years of him carrying my depression and sadness and always making me feel better. The last few days, he became very ill, not from his leg but from something else. He no longer had the will to get up or barely eat or drink. I brought him to Dr. Balsamo immediately and he believed it was time. I agreed and did what I begged God to never make me have to do again. It breaks my heart to lose my baby. He was and always will be "MY PAL". I know he is with his father and little Boscoe at the rainbow bridge. I know they will be waiting for me. I will always be looking forward to the day when I see my babies again. Kodi was extremely special. The love he showed me was incredible. I hope I was able to show him as much as he did me. I look at his pictures and it breaks my heart. I hope everyone is able to feel love I feel towards my babies and able to get the love my babies have shown me. Kodi, you are my best friend and always will be, I hope I always did the best I could for you, I hope you were never lacking anything. You gave me more than any human ever could. I LOVE YOU NOW AND FOREVER. I will see you soon.
September 26, 2009 Dear Kodi,
Hello my baby. How are you? Great, I hope. It is 9 days since you left me. It is killing me that you are gone. I hope you are with your daddy Niko and little pal Boscoe. Nicky misses you terribly, she looks around for you all day and sits where you aleays did wondering when you are coming back. You did a great job on teaching her how to be. I could not believe how great you were with her. It is as though you stayed here to teach her and continue your love through her. I thank you for that. There are so many more funny things that you did that I wanted everyone to know and laugh about. The time when me and your Aunt Tina wrre taking you for a ride in the car and you saw another dog and managed to jump out of the window and trying to get the other dog but I was able to grab your leash. Thankfully again, you were unhurt. Your crazy antics made me more aware and careful of the things that could happen. You made me a better daddy to you guys and taught me more than I ever taught you. How could I forgwet the time we were stuck in that snow storm for 7 hours in the car. You looked around from time to time and looked at me as if to say dont worry daddy, I am here and I will protect you. You were a great boy. I always felt safe with you and extremely proud. I hope you know how much I love you and hope I always did the best for you. I always tried to. I would give anytinhg to be with you guys again. I cant wait for the day we are all together again and never apart. I miss you and love you more than the air I breath. Love, Daddy
October3, 2009 Dear My Boy Kodi,
Hello baby, how are you? It is 2 weeks since you left me. I miss you so much. It breaks my heart to not see you by the couch where you always were. I miss coming home and you not being at the door. I miss helping you get up. I miss everything. My life will never be the same without you. The void in my heart will never be filled. My pal is gone. Not a second goes by that I do not think about you. The only thing that makes it a little easier is Nicky. She misses you so much and often sits where you always did and looks at me as if to ask, where is my buddy? You were so great in teaching her everything. As big and strong as you were you were so gentle and patient with her, especially when she was a baby. I know she feels it more than we think. I am grateful for being with you for so long. You gave me so much love and I thank you for making me love. I will never be able to express how much I love you. I hope I always gave you the best of everything. I would give anything to hold you one more time. I know you are again with Niko, your daddy. I look forward to being together again forever. Come visit me whenever you can. I miss you and love you forever. Love, Daddy
October 23, 2009 Dear My baby Kodi,
Hello baby, how are you? Great,I hope. You left me a little over a month now and it really kills me. I have tried everything to make me feel a little better but it does not work. I went to the AKC show last weekend and was so proud to show the Akita breeders your picture and tell them about you. You are a very special boy and I really miss you and need you here with me. There is a tremendous void in my life now. You took a part of me with you. I have the pictures of you and tons of pictures of you with your daddy Niko all over the place. I know you two are together again. I know you two are protecting little Boscoe, too. I miss the deep bark you had as soon as I came home. More than anything I miss you greeting me at the door. I could have had the worst day but you made me forget all of that as soon as I saw you. I hope you believe that I did the best I coould for you. You did the best for me. You gave me hope and compassion. Just wanted to write and let you know I was thinking about you. Please come to see me and let me know you are okay. I love you and miss you. Love, Daddy
November 24, 2009
Dear My baby Kodi,
Happy Birthday my baby. How are you? Great, I hope. You would have been 13 today. I have not stopped thinking about you. It has not been easy without you. Things at home are terrible and I hate it. If I did not have Nicky to take care of, I would be with you. You always made me feel better when the chips were down. I need you now most of all. I miss you so much. I talk to you all of the time and hope you hear me. I wish you were able to take the hurt away like you always did. The difference now is the hurt is from you being gone. I never believed the day would come that we would be apart. I believed we would be together forever. I would give anything to have us all together. My life was better with you guys in it than anything else, the only great thing is Nicky. She misses you so much, her buddy is gone. I believe she still looks for you. I wish you were able to give me a sign as to what is the right thing to do in my life. It is turned upside now and without you here it is much worse. I want now more than ever to be with you, Niko and Boscoe. There is nothing here for me except Nicky. I try to give her all that I gave you guys. I hope I did everything right for you and gave you the best life possible. I miss you and love you more than the air I breath. Love, Daddy
September 17, 2010
Dear my baby Kodi,
How are you baby? I hope you are doing great. I cant believe it is a year ago today that you left me. It has not gotten any easier and I think of you every second of every day. You are my pal and always will be. Things are not the same. I was asking Nicky yesterday, "wheres Kodi", and she looked at me and then looked around as if she expected you to come running. She misses you too. I am sorry i have not written to you that often. Things are rally hectic here. I am selling our house. I know you will be with me where ever I go. You left a huge hole in my heart that will never be filled. I laugh alot when I think of the crazy things you did. I would not have changed any of it. You made me want to take care of myself by showing me love and made we want to take care of someone else. You and Niko saved my life. I will believe that forever. I look forward to being with you, Niko and Boscoe again. You will always be my life and forever be my love. I hope I gave you everything you ever needed. I tried my best. I believe you were happy. I know for sure that you made me happy. Today is a very sad day for me but I know you are sitting right beside me looking over me and protecting me like you always did. I always felt safe with you. I miss you so much. No one really knoe=ws the impace it made when you guys left me. I do not try to explain because no one understands. The only time I feel totally happy is when I am with Nicky and when I was with you guys. I know you guys truly love me and care about me. I will forever be thankful for what you gave me and the memories you left with me. I look forward to seeing you guys meet me at the bridge. Come visit me someday. I love you more than anything and miss you more than you will ever know. I love you now and forever.
Love always, Daddy
November 24, 2010
Dear my baby Kodi,
Happy Birthday baby. How are you? I hope you are having a great day. I miss you so much. I hope you guys are all doing great. Today is a rough day. I know you will be spending it with me. Things around here are not too good. They seem to be getting worse but what can you do. I hope you guys all have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow. We will be going to grandmas house. Nicky is doing great and she misses you. She has grown to be an enormous, beautiful girl. You did a great job teaching her. Most of all, you did a great job teaching me. Teaching me what love and care really are. No human is capable of what you showed me. I will take that with me forever. I always say it, I truly believe you guys saved my life. And I am thankful for every second we shared together. They are the most treasured memories I have. Well, pal I have to get to work, I wanted to talk to you before I left. I hope your birthday is very special. Please come see me. I will see you soon. I LOVE YOU!!
Love Always, Daddy
September 19, 2o11
Dear my baby Kodi,
Hello pal. How are you? Great, I hope. It is 2 years since you are gone. It is still terrible and not a second goes by that you guys are not on my mind. I rescued a little guy. Another Akita, I named Tonka. He was in a bad situation but I took him out of it. You would love him, he is a tough guy like you. He has become a mush and loves Nicky, like you did. You taught her well because she plays with him and cares for him like you did her. I thank you for Nicky becoming such a great baby. You taught her love and compassion and she passed it along to him. I miss you so much. I just got home from the Poconos, your favorite place. We went to the tennis courts to run like you did with Nicky. I will always remember us being stuck in the snow storm for 7 hours in the car. You did not wimper for a minute, just content being with me. You are a very special baby to me. I would give anything to see you guys just one more time. Please come to visit me. I miss you and Love you more than life itself.
Love Always, Daddy
November 24, 2011
Dear Kodi,
Happy Birthday! How are you my baby? I hope you are great and having a great day with all your friends. You are 15 today. I could not put into words how much you are missed. I am constantly talking about you. Grandma was over and she was talking about all the crazy things you did. But mostly about how good you were and how protective of me. You are my special boy. I miss you so much and would give anything to be with you again. I look forward to us all being together again. There is not a second that goes by that I am not thinking about you. I miss you so much. Please come visit me. I love you and I will see you soon.
Love, Daddy
September 19,2012
Dear my baby Kodi,
Hello baby. How are you? It is 3 years ago that you passed. I cant believe it is that long already. Time is going too fast. I miss you so much. I know Nicky misses you too, you taught her so much. You would be proud. It has been very crazy here lately, your mommy is sick and has been occupying most of my time. I think about you every single day. The pain of losing you is still very fresh. We talk about you all the time. Grandma always gets a laugh out of how difficult you made things for her because you would only listen to me. I say yup, that was my baby Kodi. Always loyal. You are a great boy and you saved my life. I will never forget that. I cant wait to see you again. I love you now and always!
Love, Daddy
November 24, 2012
Dear my baby Kodi,
Happy Birthday baby. How are you? I hope you are having a great Birthday. I miss you so much. I hope you guys are playing and eating whatever you want. We rescued another Akita, his name is Tonka. He is crazy just like you. Him and Nicky get along great. You would be proud, she teaches him, what you taught her. He was abused and not taken care of. He has come a long way and is now happy and healthy. I could imagine you two together, there would be nothing left of the house. We talk about you every day. I look forward to seeing you guys again. I wait for that day always! I love and miss you more than anything in this world. Please come visit me sometime. I LOVE YOU!
Love, Daddy
September 17, 2013
Dear My Baby Kodi,
Hello my baby. How are you? I am so sorry I have not written to you lately. I cant believe it is 4 years already. Not a day goes by that you are not on my mind. Me and mommy talk about you all the time. I miss you so much. I hope you guys are all playing and looking over each other. I know I always say it but I would give anything to hug you just one more time. You were such a good boy. I love you so much. Nicky has grown up to be a joy to be around, and I believe you played a big part in that. Thank you. You taught her alot. I owe so much to you for Nicky, for years of joy and mostly for saving my life. You gave me reason! I believe with every bit of my heart that I am here because of you and Niko. Words can never express the love and joy you brought me. I hope I showed you the same. I love you and miss you more than you will ever know.
Love, Daddy
November 24, 2013
Dear My Baby Kodi,
Happy Birthday pal. How are you? I hope you are having a great time, especially today. I hope all your friends bring you toys and bones for your Birthday. I miss you so much. We are going to your favorite place today, vacation to the Poconos. So many memories of you there. Me and Mommy always talk about how much you loved it. Tonka is becoming a mature, fiercely protective boy, just like you were. Nicky teaches him what you taught her. As tough as he is, he is a mush and loves his family. Reminds us alot of you in a smaller version. Dr. Balsamo was recently talking about you. We were laughing. You were one of the only dogs he was afraid of. I dont know why because all I ever saw was love from you. You were and will always be my only "PAL". I love you so much and miss you terribly. I would give anything to hold you just one more time. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS.
Love, Daddy
September 17, 2014
Dear My Baby Kodi,
How are you, my baby? I hope you are doing great. I am sorry I have not written more often but mommy is sick and I devote most of my time to her. I am sorry but know you understand. I hope you are playing with Niko, Boscoe and all your friends. I miss you so much and not a second goes by that you are not on my mind. You would be so proud of Nicky and how she has nurtured Tonka. She learned that from you. He is becoming a big boy, like you and your daddy. He weighs 133 pounds so far. Mommy and I were talking about you this morning. Today is a very sad day for us. Time does not heal all wounds. I am living proof of that. I would rather spend every minute of the day with my babies. I look forward to the day, when you are waiting for me! I miss and love you more than the air I breathe. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS!
Love, Daddy
November 24, 2014
Dear My Baby Kodi,
Happy Birthday my baby. I hope you are having a great day with all your friends and family. I hope they brought you lots of toys to play with. I am very sorry for not writing as often as I used to, it has been rough here lately. Not a moment goes by that you are not on my mind. I miss you so much. I know that everyday that goes by is one day closer to me being with you again. I look forward to that. I miss and love you more than you will ever know. I will see you soon. I LOVE YOU!
Love, Daddy
September 17,2015
Dear my baby Kodi,
How are you? Great, I hope. I dont know where to begin. I lost Mommy last month on August 4. Im so lost and dont know where to begin. She loved you so much. And, here it is once again my babies are the only things that keep me going. I hope you, Niko and Boscoe met her when she crossed over the Bridge. When my dad died, it was you and Niko that kept me alive and going. Now, its Nicky and Tonka. I am blessed beyond anything to have all of you in my life. Without you guys, there would be no me. I dont know what to do or how to move forward. I have felt loss in my life but never like this. When mommy passed, she took my heart and soul with her. Im not really up to many words right now but I wanted you to know that no matter what is going on you are always my baby and I LOVE AND MISS YOU TERRIBLY!
Love Always, Daddy
November 24, 2015
Dear my baby Kodi,
Happy Birthday my baby. How are you? I hope you are with Mommy, Niko and Boscoe. Please protect mommy like you always did when we were all together. Im so lost without her. I try to find peace knowing that you guys are ll together, all waiting for me. I cant wait for the day to cross over and see all of you. I miss you so much. You were always my precious boy and always will be. Please come visit me one day, so I know you are all ok. Thank god, for Nicky and Tonka. I may not be here writing to you right now, if I didnt have them. Once again, it is my babies that saved my life! I love you and always will.
Love Always, Daddy
September 17, 2016
Hello my baby boy, How are you? Great I hope. I miss you so much and can't believe how much FH time has passed. You left us 7 years ago today. It's hard to believe. I really hope you guys are looking after mommy and keeping her safe. I know you are, you always did. I can't wait to see you again. And at that time we will never be apart again. I love you my boy and miss you terribly.
Love Always, Daddy
November 24, 2016
Dear my baby boy Kodi,
Happy Birthday, my boy. How are you? Im sorry for not writing to you as often as I should. Does not mean you are not in my thoughts.I hope you are with mommy, Niko and Boscoe, all protecting her. Im sure you are.I miss you so much. I look forward to seeing you guys and us all being together again. I think about that constantly. I have to go for now but wanted you to know I was thinking about you. I LOVE YOU MY BABY.
Love, Daddy
September 17, 2017
Dear my baby boy,
How are you my boy? I hope you are doing well and happy with everyone. I hope you read this with mommy, Niko, Boscoe and all your friends. I miss you so much. I always look up to you guys and say Ill see you soon. I look forward to that so much. Other than Nicky and Tonka, theres not much happiness here. I cant wait for us to be together again. I hope you are protecting mommy like you always did. She loves you so much. Ok, my baby. I wanted to say hello and that I LOVE YOU with all that I am. I miss you terribly.
Love, Daddy
November 24,2017
Dear my baby Kodi,
Happy Birthday baby. How are you? I hope you re having a great birthday with all your friends but especially with Mommy, Niko and Boscoe. I will be there soon to share all these special times together. I miss you so much. You were such a good boy and not a minute goes by that you are not on my mind. So many special memories we shared together. I love you my baby boy forever and I miss you terribly. I LOVE YOU!
Love Always, Daddy
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