As the holiday weekend draws to an end we all have many reasons for giving thanks.
It maybe cliche, but this weekend above all reminds us to stop and be grateful for what we have. For some, it’s the rare opportunity to see family. Others are thankful for their health or good fortune. For me this weekend was a bittersweet opportunity to give the dearest of friends the biggest thank you I could. After 10+ years of love, companionship, patience and guidance, the time had finally come to let Koda go. She had fought the best of fights, beating cancer and surviving on three legs. But on Saturday morning, it was time to be thankful for the amazing journey she and I experienced together and let her rest.
I want to thank her for being my hiking partner on the Appalachian Trail. I want to thank her for making me a better person by teaching me patience. I want to thank her for preparing me to be a father.
Koda was more than just a pet, she was my best friend and for that, I want to say thank you to her.
For all of you who knew her, her innocence and boundless energy for life was her trademark. And for each of you who got to share a little piece of that, I am truly thankful.
Rest in peace Koda, you will not be forgotten.