By Sam Pagano
I have been asked by neighbors and friends to share the story of our best friend and our son’s best girlfriend, our dog Cody.
Cody is almost 17 years old. We are not sure of her exact age, they think she was somewhere between 18 months-to-2 years old when we adopted her from St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison in late September 2001.
At that time local rescue agencies and shelters were saving dogs and cats from New York City kill shelters that were overflowing in the aftermath of 9/11.
Cody was found in New York and brought to a shelter in Brooklyn on 9/12/2001. She was saved by St. Hubert’s and brought to Madison shortly after.
She has a lot of secrets that she has never shared with us. There is no history except that her life changed like many others did on Sept. 11, 2001, and the days following.
Regardless of the facts we will never know, she is forever grateful and happy to be here, to be part of our family. She experienced a lot in her first year of life that made her wise beyond her years. She is calm, loving and very fun-loving, even in her senior years.
She spends a good part of her day stationed on our front lawn, contently watching life go by, smiling and waiting for neighbors’ pets to walk past. She grins and shrugs when other dogs or a scooting squirrel does not show quite the same demeanor.
Sometimes when a black kitty cat screeches by, and jumps up and down with her back arched, Cody just lets out a big yawn, and I can hear her saying to herself, ‘This is nothing, I’ve seen worse.’
With the passing of that fateful September anniversary, we are so thankful for 15 years with Cody– and all that she has taught us about love and life.
Sam Pagano of Morris Township is longtime manager of The Naturals, a baseball team in the Morris Majors semipro league.