By Mike Redmond
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue May 21, 2013, 04:12 PM EDT
3. The time she ate about a pound of birdseed and then pooped millet for two days, which went unnoticed until it sprouted and I thought for a moment she had the worst case of worms in canine history.
4. Her tendency to run when younger, which resulted in her hitting a truck. The truck didn’t hit her, she ran right into the side of it and dented the front right quarter panel. Luckily, she hit it with her head and so escaped unhurt.
5. The time she followed the mailman off the front porch and was climbing into his Jeep before I stopped her.
And so many others.
My brother once said Cookie was an 85-pound dog because she had a 75-pound heart. Anatomically impossible, but true nonetheless. Cookie loved everybody, and she had friends everywhere, from Ann across the street to my sister’s pugs to every kid in the neighborhood to the succession of cats that shared the house with her. She loved everyone at the vet’s office, where her rambunctious nature led a vet tech to append “Monster” to her name. Cookie Monster she was.
She came to me as a two-month old pup, fresh from being dumped out of a car by some idiot whom I curse for cruelty and thank for sending her to me.
And now her life, her dog movie, is over, and I sit here in an empty office with big tears streaming down my cheeks.
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