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Needed Love

Updated on December 30, 2017
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I was born and raised as a country boy in the rural Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. I love the art of writing..


It was over four years ago that we moved to a different city. We wanted to get a dog to make our apartment feel more like home. I went online and searched and searched and came across the cutest little beagle. We found out that she was about five years old and had been abused and abandoned. I picked up, Cookie, and held her in my arms. There was no doubt when I looked at that cute little face, I wanted her.

It was arranged and we took her home with us. She was so shy, she was shaking, and was a scared little girl. A few days after we got her home she had a seizure, it was a very violent one. Her body became rigid, her eyes rolled back, she was shaking uncontrollably, she bit her tongue until blood came out of her mouth, and she peed on my arm. I had another dog in the past that had seizures and was sure that, Cookie had epilepsy. I got her to the vet and they wanted me to monitor her for a short time. Cookie had up to four violent seizures a day. It was heartbreaking to see.

Many people would have immediately taken, Cookie back to the shelter, but I think I needed her as much as she needed me. I would get down on the floor and hold her, pet her, talk to her until she came out of the seizure. After a short time the vet put Cookie on medication as our vet was sure she had epilepsy. Our vet told us that, Cookie would always have some seizures but they would be more mild. Now when she gets a seizure I am down on the floor protecting her until it is over, no matter what time of the day or night.

Last October, Cookie got very sick and spent four days in an animal hospital. She was given an untrasound and determined she had gall bladder disease. It was like a sludge had built up in her gall bladder. Now she is on medication for that too. Vet bills last year ran $5,000. Cookie is worth every penny of it.

What I am getting at here is that once you adopt that dog it is yours forever. It becomes a part of your family. If that animal has health issues it is up to you to take care of it. It has been expensive with Cookie and at times trying, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. She is just like having a special needs child. My wife and I are both in our senior years and we think of how much happiness Cookie brings to us. We take her on walks, pet her every chance we get, show her love, and look forward to having her at the dinner table.

Yes, she is on two medications, needs a special food because of her finicky stomach because of her gall bladder disease, but she is worth every penny to us. We love her so much, She is now our little girl and we will continue to do everything we can to keep her healthy and happy.

There are many dogs, and cats as well, in shelters that need a home. Visit a shelter, look at them, they are scared and want a home, Give them one, it will give you more joy than you can possibly imagine.


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      Larry W Fish 4 weeks ago from Raleigh

      Yes Nell, they are the same as our children. We love them so much and will do anything for them. Thanks for your comment.

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      Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England

      Ah bless her1 we have always had dogs, and yes they get so many illnesses or things happen, but they are so worth it. part of the family.

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      Larry W Fish 5 weeks ago from Raleigh

      Thanks for reading about Cookie. Margie, she is the sweetest dog and we love her with all our heart. She is over 10 years old now, slowing down and getting lumps on her body. We love her, love her, and love her some more.

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      Margie Lynn 5 weeks ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      Thank you for taking such good care of Cookie. We have two rescue dogs and they gives us lots of love. We have had some high vet bills at time too. They are our fur babies and we are the caregiver. Great hub!

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      Larry W Fish 6 weeks ago from Raleigh

      Yes Jill, when we rescue a dog they become part of the family. Sure they have health issues, but they still show the love like any dog. Glad that you enjoyed the read.

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      Jill Spencer 6 weeks ago from United States

      We have a quirky high-maintenance rescue dog with arthritis other health issues. Like Cookie, he's worth all the money and the trouble. He's also worth the commitment, which is just part of having a best friend. (: Thanks for a good read! Best to you, Jill

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      Larry W Fish 7 months ago from Raleigh

      Shyron, dogs show so much love, they deserve to have that love given back to them. I'm sure Chipper is a sweetheart that you love.

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      I am so happy for Cookie, she is love and she is fortunate to have you and your wife to love her and take care of her, like my Chipper but he came from a breeder who no longer shows her dogs Chipper was her last and she let us have him, he is an Australian Terrier, but he gets car sick and can't be shown, not that I could afford to take him all over to the dog shows.

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      nicci 8 months ago from ukraine

      I already love Cookie. I can relate to your article very well. I have also adopted 2 puppies, one was on the verge of being on streets and the other one was thrown on the streets. I love them very much. Thank you for being so nice to Cookie and giving her all the love she needs and deserves. Nice article.

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      Larry W Fish 8 months ago from Raleigh

      Thank you for the comment, Canis. Cookie is a mixed breed, a beagle, but I am not sure what else. She is so sweet.

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      Canis Amator 8 months ago

      What cute face this pup has! Looks like a yellow Lab colored Beagle.


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