An Inspiring and Heartwarming Story about an Amazing Best Friend
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About Codi's Journey
Early in his relationship with his beloved Border Collie, author Jeff Maziarek had a sense that "beneath the fur" there was a sentient being with far deeper insights into life than commonly thought.
And, in their last year together some mystical events completely confirmed the accuracy of that feeling. In Codi's Journey, Jeff describes these events within the context of an inspiring and
heartfelt narrative illustrating the very challenging circumstances Codi faced during the final 12 months of her life. Any dog owner who has ever shared stories about the "humanness" of their pet, as
well as any adult who has ever loved and lost a beloved animal companion, will surely find this work captivating.
To provide even greater depth into Codi's story, Jeff details how this feisty canine became a part of his family. He likewise shares many engaging anecdotes about her personality and several of her
more memorable adventures over the years. A charming photo gallery with 42 captioned images further brings Codi to life, featuring snapshots from the night she arrived as a 10-week-old puppy to the
final week of her life.
Jeff is an inspirational speaker and author. His first book Spirituality Simplified provides an ideal starting point for anyone with a sincere
desire to pursue a path of personal and/or spiritual growth. To contact Jeff via email please click here.
Welcome to Codipup.com, a website dedicated to my book Codi's Journey, a heartfelt story about an awesome dog who touched our family in profound way. (CLICK HERE to read a PDF file with two sample chapters). If you have any questions regarding a particular subject on this site, please send me an email by clicking here. I also invite you to visit the Codi's Journey Facebook page by clicking on the link located on the navigation bar to your left.
Below is a list of radio interviews that Jeff Maziarek has done on behalf of Codi's Journey:
Steve Dale's PetWorldShow on WGNRadio.com. Click here to listen online or download the MP3 by right mouse-clicking on the link on that page and choosing "Save Link As." Jeff's part begins approximately 26 minutes into the file.
The Donna Seebo Show (click on this link and a page will load that includes an audio player;this file is not downloadable.)
The John St. Augustine Show on WGN AM 720 Chicago. Click here to listen online or download the MP3 by right mouse-clicking on the link on that page and choosing "Save Link As."
Starr Weldon's Walk In Cafe Radio Show. Click here to listen to the show in archive.
Exploring Unexplained Phenomena Show of February 25, 2012 hosted by Scott Colborn on KZUM radio in Lincoln, NE. Click here to listen live, or download the MP3 by right mouse-clicking on the link on that page and choosing "Save Link As." My part begins about 25 - 26 minutes into the show.
The "Vision" for Codi's Journey
When I wrote down the results of three sessions Codi had with an animal communicator during her final year, I felt compelled to produce this book because those sessions clearly demonstrated to me that dogs (and other animals) truly are sentient beings. By "sentient" I mean they are perceptive beings who are, at some level, fully aware of their surroundings. They also feel and demonstrate and wide range of emotions, including love, sadness, fear, and in some respects anger, but in not in the self-righteous way that humans do.
From my perspective, this sentience is something that must be carefully considered by humankind within the context of how animals are cared for on this planet. In practice that actually means changing how animals are treated in the support of human industry (e.g., food and agriculture, cosmetic & pharmaceutical testing), and pet-related commerce (e.g., puppy mills, pet stores, etc.).
My primary vision for Codi's Journey is that it ultimately can play a role in raising the awareness of animal sentience, so that larger numbers of people are sensitive to the importance of providing dignified treatment to all animals currently used in support of humans. With increasing numbers of people demanding better treatment for animals, it is my sincere hope that the companies in those industries could then be compelled to modify their business practices.
"I've experienced the extraordinary love and grievous loss that comes when we're lucky enough to share our lives with amazing creatures. Codi's Journey tells that story with candor, joy and tears. Because they cannot stay long, our four-legged kids teach so much about the importance of honoring each and every moment we're given with them, a lesson we might do well to apply elsewhere. A friend once told me that dogs are angels sent down to look after us. Codi's Journey affirms that belief!"
Catherine Crier, Acclaimed Author, Former Judge, Award-Winning Journalist, & TV Broadcaster (ABC News, CNN, Court TV, Fox News Channel)
“For anyone who has experienced a spiritual canine connection, Codi's Journey is a must read. It’s a touching tribute to a man’s search for a very special pup and the heart-warming life journey they shared.”
“Codi’s story is one told with great heart; you will care about this dog as you think about your own dogs. Anyone who has ever loved and lost canine companions will definitely identify with this work.” Steve Dale, syndicated radio host: WGN Radio; "Pet World;" syndicated columnist (Tribune Media Services), USA Weekend Contributing Editor
Thanks to the efforts of a local video production company that converted some old VHS-based videos to digital files, visitors to this site can now see Codi in action! This sure brought back lots of good memories. I hope you enjoy it!
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"I do not have much time to enjoy reading for other than business, but once I began reading Codi's Journey, I couldn't put it down. Having had pets myself, interacting with them and sadly losing them I could completely empathize with the author's thoughts. He really captured the emotional bond that exits between a pet owner and their pet. Codi's Journey is extremely well-written, and is a book that should be read by non-pet owners as well."
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"When I was five I lost my first dog, and my mother consoled me with, "she’s in heaven now, watching over you". Although my definition of heaven has shifted over the years, I have never lost the sense that many of our animal friends seem to be more human than many who call themselves human. Some seem to bring a spiritual quality with them, and that is exactly what Jeff describes in Codi’s Journey.
His dog-tale is studded with humor, sensitivity, and most of all, the spirituality that his first book, Spirituality Simplified, demonstrated so beautifully. His joy and delight in Codi’s personality and "beingness" is intermingled with the tears and anguish that all of us feel when a loved one is in pain and we prepare for their passing. Artfully written and lovingly presented, Codi’s Journey is a gift for the soul."
"This book captures the dynamics of being a pet owner and the guilt, grief, and commitment that many pet owners go through in loving and losing a pet. As someone who has "been there," it was reassuring that I am not the only one to feel those things, to do whatever it took to save them and, when the time came, to let them go.
Any book that can stir laughter as well as tears is a wonderful story. Codi’s Journey is awesome."
“It’s often said that our relationships help us to define who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we are heading. Well, what this wonderful book proves for me is that when we are conscious enough, we realize that the relationships we share with our animal companions offer immense opportunities for spiritual growth and personal development.
Codi’s Journey will leave an imprint on your heart and soul long after you put the book down.”
"Jeff Maziarek has woven a panoramic view of a couple’s love for their dog, a Border Collie girl named Codi. In Codi’s Journey you get the full emotion of learning their pet is seriously ill, and the hole it leaves in their hearts as Jeff seeks help from allopathic means and holistic practitioners.
Jeff takes us on the journey of meeting and growing to love Codi, and when she passes, we truly feel the loss."
Sara Sgarlat, publicist and author of "Eating Your Way To Better Health" (Rivanna Health Publications)
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"I was taken in by the depth of love and honesty expressed in this book. The companionship between us and our animal companions can be difficult to communicate, and I found myself experiencing, along with the author, the transitions and deepening of the relationship he had with Codi. "
“During my high school years I worked as a veterinarian’s assistant, where I grew very fond of animals, especially dogs. As I read Codi’s Journey, it made me reflect on my feelings when being in the room with the vet as he delivered the news that a client’s pet was terminally ill. Because of that experience, I can fully understand and appreciate how the author was willing to do everything that he could, not only to try and save Codi, but also to ensure she wasn’t suffering as a result of her illness. Codi’s Journey reinforces the concept that a pet truly becomes someone’s child, one who truly provides its family with unconditional love.
This book is very well-written and I am amazed at the level of detail the author recalls over a period of years. I highly recommend this book to those who have pets, and to those who would like to experience the years of joy (albeit eventually with some sorrow), that a pet can bring to a family.”
"After completing Codi’s Journey I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who loves animals. Parts of the story did make me cry, and the entire book is truly unforgettable in every way.
As I read I couldn’t help but remember a small French Poodle our family adopted when he was about 4 months old. My daughter promised to train him but who do you think was outside at night training Bon Bon? – Me of course! He turned out to be a very clever and affectionate dog. Back then we had a wall in front of our garden & another at the side. I trained him not to go over the walls. Sometimes he used to sit on the outside wall and look around to see if anyone was watching and jump over the wall. As soon as I shouted "Bon Bon come inside" he immediately returned to the garden. In summer I used to give him a bath and put him outside on a table. I used to say to him "wait there until I return." He always waited patiently. I then dried him with a hairdryer, which he loved.
I could go on and on about my beloved Bon Bon, but unfortunately the time came when we had to have him put down. My daughter and I attended, and when our veterinarian put the needle in his leg he quickly passed away. The vet, our great friend, took us in his arms and all three of us cried like babies.
Thanks for the opportunity to share this story, and, for all the love and effort you put into writing Codi’s Journey."
"Codi's Journey" is touching, sometimes sad, but always full of life and love. Anyone who loves any living thing will value the physical and spiritual journey in this book. And, anyone who has loved and lost a loved pet should read this book to lighten their hearts and heighten their spirit.
On top of it all "Codi's Journey" is a very good read. Let us all hope we are remembered with such love."
“I just loved reading this book. It’s actually the first time I've even considered a spiritual side to a well-loved pet, and I found Codi's comments to the animal communicator to be so very interesting. We know our pets love us, they show us every day, but, to actually hear the message of love from them, that's just wonderful!” Mary Lou Meader, Washington
If you’ve picked this book I can safely assume that at some point in your life you have had the pleasure of sharing your home and life with a dog (or dogs). Perhaps you’ve been close to dogs your whole life, or maybe it’s only more recently you’ve discovered the joy of having canines around. Either way, it’s likely we share a deep and abiding affection for them.
In my case, the earliest recollection I have of interacting with dogs dates back to the spring of 1968, when my best friend’s dog had a litter of puppies. Even though I was 11-years old at the time, this was actually the first opportunity I ever had to see and play with such little pups. In the few weeks that followed that initial visit I would come to spend many hours there having fun with them, and just reveling in their love and attention. Eventually, I became fascinated with a particular black and white female who always paid me more mind than any of the others. She wound up joining our family in June of that year after my mother finally gave in to my constant pleading.
Since that time over four decades ago, I’ve had one or more dogs sharing a home with me for nearly 35 of those years. While each of these dogs genuinely touched my heart, it was Codi, a certain feisty little Border Collie, who affected me most deeply. Not only was she my best friend in every sense of the term, she also turned out to be an amazing spiritual teacher. While some might scoff at the idea that a dog could actually teach anything to an intellectually superior human being, the truth is intelligence is just one aspect of any creature’s abilities. The dog’s unwavering loyalty, its unique ability to live totally in the present, and its unmatched capacity to give unconditional love even under the most challenging of circumstances truly makes it an ideal spiritual role model.
From early on in my relationship with Codi, I always felt that beneath the fur there was a very sentient being. And, in the last year of our time together some very mystical events ultimately transpired to completely confirm the accuracy of that feeling. Within this book, I explain each of these events within the context of a detailed narrative describing the very challenging journey Codi faced during the final 12 months of her life. To provide even deeper insight into her story, I also recount how she came to be a part of our family and likewise share many engaging anecdotes about her personality and some of her more memorable deeds over the years.
In telling this story my foremost intention is to share two key messages. First, that our pets (dogs in this instance), actually are “sages with fur” who have a far greater understanding of life (and us) than commonly thought. Second, that it’s perfectly normal to feel intense and long-lasting grief at the loss of a pet, and particularly so when that animal served as an adult's primary companion for many years. In this regard, I sincerely want any reader who also has experienced such a loss to know that someone truly does understand the sadness and emptiness they felt when their beloved pet passed on. Finally, it’s my hope that such readers come to understand how important it is to fully process their feelings of grief by really feeling them, and then letting them go rather than holding them inside.
"Codi's Journey is a warm and sensitive narrative, describing the love, companionship, extraordinary closeness and caring that was the reality of the relationship between a dog and her humans. From the text it’s obvious this dog was always tuned into her humans, truly her family, even though they were of a different animal domain. Likewise, the author’s descriptions of her enthusiasm for life, her smartness, drive and tenacity make her come alive as the book unfolds.
Based on some of the stories shared it’s very apparent that Codi’s "work" in life was to continually perfect the ability to chase, catch, and retrieve a Frisbee, and she was as determined as any good athlete in perfecting these skills. Even as she aged and her health deteriorated, she maintained this zest for life, and in the process taught her humans about the importance of getting the most out of life no matter what stage of it one is in.
If you ever have owned, loved and then lost a cherished animal friend, Codi's Journey will awaken memories and reminiscences of your animal companion and may bring on a few tears - happy tears for having owned and loved an animal that loved you back tenfold. You won't want to miss this story of love and extraordinary friendship."
"If you've ever had a canine friend, you'll be deeply touched by Jeff Maziarek's tribute to his friend and teacher – Codi. In his newest book, Codi's Journey, he tells a remarkable story of a man's best friend and the powerful bond between dog and owner – teacher and student – that will make you laugh, as you read about Codi's playful way of teaching the wisdom of the ages, and cry tears of joy and sadness as man and friend prepare for the next steps in life's great journey. You won't want this story to end!
Codi's Journey is well-written, and a definite "must-read" for dog lovers who have lost a dear canine friend."
“Codi’s Journey” is a compelling, heartfelt work about the unquestionable love between man and dog. I loved the Codi conversations especially, although I loved every word. It truly is a love story. While the loss of such a dear friend is so much to bear, next to all the love we are given, it is little.
What a labor of love this book was; I can imagine the tears that were shed in the writing."
"Perhaps Codi’s most humorous exploit was something we ultimately came to call “going Border Collie Crazy,” or “BCC” for short. It all started when she was about five months old, coinciding with the time when we began to leave her alone in the house for longer periods of time. One day, upon returning from a shopping trip that kept us away for longer than we had ever been before, the BC greeted us enthusiastically at the back door and then immediately launched into a high-speed romp through the house.
This wasn’t just a quick gallop from one end of the abode to the other and back again. No, this was a sustained burst of pent-up energy that included jumping on and off the couch, crawling on her belly under the cocktail table, rising up again and sprinting down the hall to the bedroom, leaping on and off the bed, circling a padded chair, then repeating the same process at least twice more until she finally got it out of her system. It essentially happened so fast that all we could do was stand back and laugh hysterically as this wild-eyed Border Collie treated our entire house like it was the setting for an agility competition!"
“After reading Codi’s Journey, I can honestly say that I’ve become a better “dog mother.” While most of the books in this category are funny with a twist of danger or a hint of sadness, this book gives it to you right from the heart.
It’s almost as if Codi herself wrote the book through the author so the rest of us “dog parents” can feel that it’s Ok to feel as nuts about our canine kids as we do. In fact, it’s perfectly normal to have such profound love for a four-legged being that we are willing to leave no stone unturned in order to keep them both happy and healthy.”
"As we left the house, we immediately noticed a small fenced in area with a lone black and white, roly-poly puppy inside it – the moment of truth had finally arrived. I was filled with a feeling of excitement and anticipation, and yet at the same time I found myself feeling sad the poor little thing was all alone. That feeling faded quickly, however, as we approached and saw her balancing herself on her rear legs while clinging to the top of the fence and vigorously wagging her tail. She was simply beautiful in every respect. Although her coat was primarily black, she had distinctive white markings on her chest, her forehead, and on all four of her legs. She also had piercing eyes and an adorable little pink belly with small black spots. As Andrea and I bent down to greet her, the strength of the connection was obvious to all three of us."