That was December of 2010. Cookie received amazing care form the College Park Animal Hospital, and then hyperbaric therapy at South Paws Veterinary Hospital. She lived at South Paws for over a month. We got to visit over Spring Break, and the staff was amazing. Cookie seemed at home, and it was amazing to meet people who put so much into making her better.
The last link in the chain of Cookie's recovery was Dawg Rescue and her foster family. Cookie's healing was far from over when she went to live with Kathy and her family. You can see from the video below (taken in March 2011) how well she did in her foster home.
When I came across Cookie's story, I knew she was the dog for us. Who better to adopt her than a firefighter and a nurse practitioner. The loss of our beloved dogs Spanner and Spridel was still fresh, but I realized we were destined to have another dog.
A year later, Cookie is right where she belongs. She is a crazy combination of hunter and herder, of high energy and relaxed cuddling... She is awesome. A great running buddy, a companion for all of this, and a wrestling buddy for Tommy. We think she is 2 1/2 years old, and she is still definitely a puppy. People do a double take when they get close to her. Initially they think she has unusual coloring and then they realize she is missing fur. Our hope is that as she matures Tommy can take her to the annual burn camp for children who have sustained burns. She would be perfect for the job.
Some fun pictures from Cookie's first year:
|She blends right in!|
|Visiting South Paws|
|Her first week with us!|
|Winter running with Mom|
|Who couldn't love this pup?!?!?!|
|Cookie and Dylan making sure there are no "intruders" (squirrels and rabbits) in the back yard.|
|Even I am not ok with her laying in my spot!|
|Last week, getting back to running.|
|Shhhh...don't tell Daddy.|
|For a dog who needs sunscreen or a shirt outside, she finds every spot of sunshine!|
|"Helping" Mom do sit-ups|
|Running with Mom...the Fuel Belt doubles as a great leash holder.|
|Running around the lake behind our house.|
|Cookie helping Dylan drive Aerial Tower 23 at Tommy's firehouse.|
|Cookie and Cooper|
|Cookie meeting her cousins, the horses.|
|The "indestructible" dog toy, 5 minutes after giving it to her.|