Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's a Dog Day...

Four years ago today on a farm in Missouri a litter of puppies was born to a beagle named Annie. Now, Annie was the "wife" of a border collie mix named Chief... and the whole happy family belonged to my aunt and uncle!I don't recall how many puppies were in the litter (if I ever knew), but two months later my aunt and uncle were looking for a home for the last little female puppy. You see, she was a timid little thing and the people in their community were looking more for hunting dogs. It was time for our family reunion and my aunt threatened to take the puppy to the reunion to see if someone wouldn't just fall in love with it.
As it happened, our dear ol' doggy of 15 years had passed away the previous Labor Day, so we were on the lookout for a new dog. But not just any dog. We wanted a medium-size, well-behaved family pet who could live in the house and travel with us. When we heard about the little beagle-border-collie puppy we thought that might just be the very one we were looking for! Before the reunion was over we had decided to "adopt" her sight-unseen. (My aunt didn't really take her to the reunion!)

Lyle and my cousin drove over to their home and got her on the last day of the reunion. She was the perfect little traveling companion on the way home. We named her Cookie because her face is black with a white stripe, like an Oreo cookie... and because it's a play on our last name.
We almost lost her as soon as we got home with her, because she contracted Parvo and had to be hospitalized for a week! I blogged about that ordeal back in 2005.

Turns out, she has been the absolute perfect dog for our family. She adores all of us (and she worships Lyle!)... and she loves to go wherever we go! She has silky-soft fur and she is the smartest dog I've ever been around. My aunt says she gets that from her daddy, Chief!
So today we celebrate Cookie's birthday.

No, girls! We aren't going birthday shopping. Nor are we having cake. She's a dog, after all!! A blog post is enough of a celebration!

9 comments:

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh I LOVE dogs! So glad you have cookie! Happy Birthday Cookie! Love, "Aunt" Rachel

Ronda said...

What an adorable dog! Hope "Cookie" has many more special years with you all... We have a "golden" who has brought alot of joy to us!

Crazy Homeschool Mama said...

ADORABLE!!

pse said...

Ahh! no cake? What kind of birthday is that?

Renee said...

Great dog! Happy Birthday Cookie!

Brooke said...

Cookie is beautiful... It's amazing how dogs find us... Happy Birthday to her and many many more... I posted a happy birthday when it was Black Dog's birthday in March... Although he did get birthday Frosty Paws ice cream..

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh she's adorable! I hope she had a great birthday :o)

Missus Wookie said...

What a gorgeous dog - love that face.

Our cats always get tuna and the dogs a new bone for their birthday. And yes, it has been known for *us* to get cake... as it isn't good for dogs or cats you know :)

Patrice said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Cookie.