Category Archives: Reader Endorsements
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.”
Joyce Naylor, New Jersey
“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.”
Terri Wernert, volunteer, Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue
Codi’s Journey will leave an imprint on your heart and soul long after you put the book down.”
Will Murtha, author of “Dying for a Change“
“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)
“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.”
Judy Halprin, Michigan
“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.”
Todd Savitt, California
“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.”
Babette Herman, South Africa
“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.”
Susan Ross, England
Mary Lou Meader, Washington
“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.”
Peter Cunningham, Florida