West Highland Terrier Wednesday: Death and Birth

John Bolinger writes a tribute to his late Westie, Cody:

His spirit, however, remains in the countless reminders of his still unfamiliar absence. It remains in his favorite tartan plaid blanket, his food and water dishes decorated with tiny paw prints, in his favorite chair, on the brick path in the garden where he loved to sun himself and play.

His spirit resides even now in the barking of other neighborhood dogs, in the white fur that is left in his brush, in his collar, and on the leather leash that made him leap with excitement, even into old age, at the thought of a happy stroll with me. It is in the nose prints on the inside of my car windows, summoning again his insatiable energy, curiosity, and love of everything and everybody around him.

John will get another West Highland Terrier at the end of September:

The pups were born the very day Cody died (July 17), and the father’s name is Cody 2.
The pups were born the very day Cody died (July 17), and the father’s name is Cody 2. Can you believe how fortunate I was in this perfect timing? And what are the odds for these things falling together so well at just the right time? I bought the puppy and named him Dudley after an angel played by Cary Grant in the 1947 film THE BISHOP’S WIFE, one of my favorite movies.

Can you believe how fortunate I was in this perfect timing? And what are the odds for these things falling together so well at just the right time? I bought the puppy and named him Dudley after an angel played by Cary Grant in the 1947 film THE BISHOP’S WIFE, one of my favorite movies.

Best of luck to John and Dudley. RIP, Cody.

2 thoughts on “West Highland Terrier Wednesday: Death and Birth

  1. The tiny things this owner sited, have given my eyes occasions to weep when I've seen the very same things each time I've said Farewell to a loved dog. Yet, I couldn't have said it near so well as he.

  2. How beautiful… it made me all misty-eyed. Cody sounds like he was a wonderful pet, and I am sure Dudley will be also. My Ozzie will be four on Aug 20 and I can't believe how fast those years have gone by. When our big dog, Bear, left us he was thirteen. It was the hardest thing I've ever done. I swore I would never have another dog and here I am with two!! I wouldn't know what to do without them now.

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