I have always had a dog around named Cody for almost my hole life but on July 17 2012 we had to put him down. My life feels different without him always meeting me at the door and him barking with joy when you get home. Even though having a dog has it's ups and downs it is a wonderful feeling. Especially if you have had them around your whole life. Cody was a black Cocker Spaniel/terrier with a white beard that he has had his whole life. Our whole family loved him and he would never harm anyone or thing so that is an important thing that is no longer in my life but in my heart.