Cody’s Good Last Day

I have written several times about my dog Cody: how we got him, the dog’s sense of hierarchyhis magic escapes from a crate, how I lie in fear of rolling over in the middle of the night because he’ll want out and how he tries to squeeze in-between my wife and I during an embrace. Yesterday was Cody’s last day.

Like many pets, Cody was a good one. He was loving and loyal and so desperately wanted to please. It was difficult watching him age and start to have pain every day. When he had a stroke this summer, we knew the end was near. He surprised us by seeming to recover more than we thought he could but it became increasingly difficult for him to first take any stairs and later walk normally. We knew it was time.

Having lived with Cody for the last 12.5 years, I knew I had to give him a “good day” for his last one. I went out and bout him a nice strip steak and after searing it on both sides (leaving the middle rare), I cut it up and put in on a china plate on the floor. I also brushed his coat because I know how he liked the feel of the brush on his skin. We then went to the park and I let him off his leash there for the first time in ten years. Not quite chasing rabbits, but those days were well behind him. I’ll miss him terribly.

So as not to leave you down and depressed, I have one more story to tell about him.

Cody is a creature of habit and knowing this, we tried to develop good food habits with him. We never fed him from the table, unless we put it into his food bowl. This kept him from learning the annoying begging stare while we ate. We also fed him a treat only about once a day, because we wanted him to eat his much healthier dog food.

Since his stroke, I made a conscious effort to make sure Cody had a treat before bed. As he was early to bed (and often to bed), I set that I would give him a treat no earlier than 8PM. Cody loved the daily treat and I started noticing that he would come to me about 8:15 every night. I’d ask him if he wanted a treat and he’d head to the kitchen (where they were kept). Soon the 8:15 became 8. Then 7:45. As it wasn’t 8, I would look at him and tell him that he had 15 minutes to wait. He would then hang around and get his treat 15 minutes later. I knew that if I gave in, he’d work me earlier and earlier until he would be looking for a treat at 4PM and then another one later. I decided to hold the time firm.

The other weekend he had been sleeping most of the afternoon and came to me around 7PM expecting a treat. I told him he had another hour to go and to go back to bed. He waited a short while then headed back to his bed. I turned to my wife and said “he’ll be back seven more times before 8”. A few minutes later, he walked into the room and looked at me. I told him this was number 1 and he had six more visits.

He walked down to the hall to his bedroom, stayed a while and then returned to me six more times that evening. The last was around 7:55. I caved and got him his treat. I couldn’t risk that he’d make another trip and my prediction would be wrong!

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This is the kind of treat the Cody REALLY would have liked. Too bad he generally got dog biscuits.

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As the title of the recipe gives away, it is very simple.

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Such a succulent roast.

Simple Savory Pork Roast

Makes: 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds boneless pork loin roast


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a large, resealable plastic bag, mix rosemary, garlic salt, thyme, and pepper. Place pork roast in the bag, seal, and toss until thoroughly coated with the garlic salt mixture. Transfer to a medium baking dish.

3. Cook pork roast 1 hour in the preheated oven, or to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Nutritional Info:

Total Fat: 19.7g
Cholesterol: 110mg
Sodium: 684mg
Total Carbs: 0.4g
Dietary Fiber: 0.1g
Protein: 36.5g


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Categories: Baking 2, Low Carb, Main Dish 2, Pork2, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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19 Comments on “Cody’s Good Last Day”

  1. November 5, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Sounds like Cody had a whole bunch of really good days being as loved as he was. 🙂 So sorry for your loss.


    • November 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a beloved pet. It sounds like you made his life as easy possible.


  2. November 5, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    So sorry for you loss. It can be hard to lose a dear pet.


  3. November 5, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Sorry to hear about the family dog passing on. We have a 12 year old lab, and even though she makes me nuts, she’s been with me since my late 20’s and now into 40’s so she’s been through a lot with me. I think that I am going to start giving her some extra special attention now like you did just in case I don’t get the chance later so she’ll know I appreciated her.


  4. November 5, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Who is cutting onions in my office???

    I am glad you were able to give him a great last day. So many of us don’t have that chance.

    My sympathies to you and yours.


  5. November 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Sorry for your loss. We just had to put down one of our dogs who made it to 15 1/2 years old. Never an easy thing to do.


  6. November 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Very sorry for your loss


  7. November 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    So sorry to hear about this & hope you had as good a last day with him as I’m sure he had with you.


  8. November 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    So sorry to hear about Cody. Mom had to say goodbye to her mother’s dog a couple of years ago and that was hard on all of us. Before Mom got us, she had Mischief, an orange tabby cat, who lived to be almost 19. Mom still talks about Mischief but now she smiles and laughs instead of crying. We know Cody’s memory will always be in your heart and mind.


  9. November 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    No longer having your dog around to remind you what time it is or what time he wanted it to be leaves a big hole in the heart. I am sorry. Glad he had a good life.


  10. November 5, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    great read!!


  11. November 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Condolences on your loss of Cody. You are a good fur-dad for giving him that good last day.


  12. November 6, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    My 12 year old dog Max is going to have a last day sometime hopefully later than sooner. Your compassion and devotion is very touching…I hope to be able to make him a steak for his last day. So long Cody


  13. November 6, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    You must miss your friend Cody very much. I’m so glad you wrote about him – he sounds like he was very special. And I like this recipe for pork roast – what I like to call “Easy & Good”!!


  14. November 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    So sorry to hear about Cody. Animals are such dear friends, often better than people. He had a nice long life with you and was well loved. That was great to cook him a steak!Book marked the pork roast…yum.


  15. November 7, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Wonderful reading.. I love my dogs also..


  16. November 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    Our pets enrich our lives and are part of the family. I’m sorry for your loss. Cody will live in your heart for many years to come as does my Lucky dog — the best black lab to ever grace the face of the earth.


  17. November 18, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    😦 I love dogs. They are so loyal and happy. Whenever I’ve been out and unable to take my dog with me, when i come home he greets me like it’s the best moment of his life.



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