A Special Girl.
I can still remember the day we were first introduced to Cookie, December 6, 2001. Not much was known about little "Carrie" before she came to TVWHWTC, except for a chronic skin condition. It was love at first sight, and we couldn't help but want to have her in our life. She was so sweet, we had to call her "Cookie."
What can we say about Cookie? There are fond memories at our home in Trophy Club, TX. Our backyard faced a small pond where all kinds of ducks and geese frequented. Nothing was more fun for Cookie than to run along the wrought iron fence and chase the fowl as they approached the yard. In the springtime, the young ducklings and goslings would venture inside our yard, but Cookie never bothered them. We think she was just interested in making the adult geese hiss at her.
Always a submissive dog, Cookie let our male Westie, Buddy, run the show. After Buddy passed and we adopted a young female rescue from WRNT (Toula), Cookie kept her place at the bottom of the pack.
Relocating to the California Redwoods in the fall of 2006 was the best thing that ever happened for Cookie. For both Cookie and myself, our chronic allergies immediately disappeared. Since our company allowed us to "work from home," we were able to spend 24 hours-a-day with both girls. Although the vet told us that Cookie's joints were arthritic, you would never know it. Living in a three-level house on a mountain side, she effortlessly climbed steps and stairs all day long. Each afternoon, after work she was eager to join us on our daily 2-mile walk.
Cookie was quite the explorer and her favorite activities were discovering new scents along the banks of the Russian River and the tide pools along the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. At the off-leash dog park in Sebastopol, Cookie naturally became the greeter to all dogs and owners who entered the park. She trusted everyone and made us so proud.
Over the past summer, we were made aware that Cookie's health was beginning to suffer. Our local vet informed us that Cookie appeared to have canine lupus and tests revealed early kidney disease which called for a special diet. Recently, mineral deposits accumulated in her right cornea and developed an ulcer. Treatment began and the eye was almost clear. Then suddenly a couple of days ago, Cookie couldn't keep food or water down. When she refused to eat and drink, we immediately admitted her to the local hospital. Her little kidneys finally gave up and there was no hope as fluid began collecting in all parts of her body.
We've had several pets, but never has it been so heart wrenching as spending the last minutes with Cookie and letting her go. We so dearly loved this little animal. Thank you, Cookie, for bringing such joy to our lives. We will remember you always. And thank you, TVWHWTC, for allowing us to have Cookie in our family.
Tom Schrader and Ed Reagan