Odie Franklin Zuckerman

January 21, 2011- April 4, 2021

Odie, “Baby O”, was a college graduation gift from my late grandparents. He was my “soul dog”, a constant companion in travels both near and far. Odie was happy to see everyone, always chuffing and wagging his tail, making friends everywhere we went. He had a special love of (and patience for) children and accompanied me in many hours of babysitting. He grew up playing with big brother Farley, who belonged to my grandparents and then became a part of our family at their passing. They spent many hours in tug-of-war and racing each other to fetch Odie’s favorite Kong squeaky ball.

Odie loved tall grass, going for walks, rides with his daddy, swimming in rivers, playing with milk jugs, Greenies, popcorn, and his elephant blanket. He was independent and stubborn, loving and gentle. He was the inspiration for countless silly songs. He always looked forward to bedtime and was excellent at cuddling.

He was and will always be “my number one baby boy.” He will be missed by his parents Cari and Joseph, his brother Farley, and countless family and friends.

  • Cari, Odie’s mom

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

  •  - Mary Elizabeth Frye

Condolences

So sorry. He was a one of a kind boy and the love you shared will always be there. I love you Sweet Girl.
So sorry for your GREAT loss. I wish I had words to take away the pain you guys are experiencing, but just know we love you and are thinking of you. Sending hugs your way.