Apr. 8, 2022

YOU NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT BE HIDING UNDER YOUR BED...

THIS PHOTO IS BEYOND

THIS PHOTO IS BEYOND "DEAR TO MY HEART." THE REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHER DIDN'T SEE MY PRECIOUS CAT--COOKIE--PEEKING OUT FROM UNDER THE BED---UNTIL HE SAW THE FINAL PRINT. OF COURSE, EVERYONE WHO SAW THE PHOTO LOVED COOKIE'S SURPRISE APPEARANCE!

I ADOPTED COOKIE WHILE I WAS TEACHING IN PINE BLUFF, ARKANSAS. HE WAS A BLONDE--WITH LONG HAIR-- BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES--AND THE MOST AFFECTIONATE BABY I'D EVER KNOWN. HE WAS A "LOVE" CAT WHO SNUGGLED CLOSE, EVERY NIGHT, AND GREETED ME EVERY MORNING WITH HUGS AND KISSES.

THE VETS ESTIMATED COOKIE WAS SIX OR SEVEN YEARS OLD WHEN I FOUND HIM IN A KILL SHELTER AND IMMEDIATELY-BROUGHT HIM HOME.

MONTHS LATER, WHEN I FOUND A LARGE DOG-- WRAPPED IN BARBED WIRE--- ON THE OLD HIGHWAY, COOKIE GREETED HIM AS IF HE WAS A LONG-LOST FAMILY MEMBER. COOKIE AND CUBBY BEAR QUICKLY BECAME "BEST BUDDIES."

COOKIE'S FRIENDLY AND AMAZING PERSONALITY-- PLUS HIS BEAUTIFUL LOOK--ATTRACTED PEOPLE LIKE A MAGNET.

WE'D ONLY BEEN IN OUR HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE HOME SEVERAL WEEKS WHEN---ONE NIGHT, WE EXPERIENCED A SUDDEN--- SCARY STORM--- WITH HEAVY RAIN AND ENDLESS THUNDER/LIGHTNING. REALIZING SEVERAL UNPACKED BOXES WERE STILL ON THE OPEN DECK---I OPENED THE DOOR TO PULL THEM INSIDE WHEN-- COOKIE RAN PAST ME. COOKIE WAS AN INDOOR CAT WHO FAITHFULLY-USED THE LITTER BOX BUT APPARENTLY THE STRANGE HOUSE AND LOUD STORM HAD HIM CONFUSED, DISORIENTED, AND, SUDDENLY, HE DISAPPEARED INTO THE NIGHT-- THE STORM-- THE DARKNESS. I CALLED AND CALLED HIM BUT HE WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. THE NEXT MORNING, STILL FRANTIC TO FIND COOKIE, I MADE COPIES OF HIS PHOTO AND DROPPED THEM IN MAIL BOXES NEARBY. BUT---NO ONE RESPONDED.

ON THE THIRD MORNING, DETERMINED TO FIND COOKIE, I BEGAN DRESSING WHEN--SOMETHING INSIDE-- DIRECTED ME TO LOOK OUT MY BEDROOM WINDOW. AS MY EYES DESPERATELY-SEARCHED THE CREEK BELOW--I SAW HIM. YES, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL COOKIE, LYING ON HIS LITTLE SIDE WITH BOTH PAWS OUTSTRETCHED---AS THE FAST-MOVING FLOOD WATERS POURED OVER HIS HELPLESS BODY.

I WASN'T CAPABLE OF CLIMBING DOWN THE CREEK'S STEEP EMBANKMENT---BUT I HAD TO REACH COOKIE-- IMMEDIATELY! REALIZING I NEEDED HELP, I CALLED THE VILLAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT. WITHIN MINUTES, A FEMALE OFFICER CAME TO MY DOOR--TO HELP. SHE WAS, TRULY, AN ANGEL.

THERE'S NO REASON TO DESCRIBE MY OVERWHELMING SADNESS. ANYONE WITH PETS KNOWS---WE ARE NEVER PREPARED TO LOSS OUR PETS--OUR BABIES. THANK GOODNESS, THE POLICE OFFICER WHO RESCUED COOKIE"S LIFELESS BODY---UNDERSTOOD MY GRIEF---AND SHE TOOK CARE OF THE EMOTIONAL DETAILS.

TODAY, COOKIE'S ASHES ARE LOVINGLY-SECURED IN A PRETTY BOX -- RESTING BESIDE ANOTHER CLASSIC BOX-- CONTAINING THE ASHES OF MISS STARR-- MY MOST-ADORED AND UNFORGETTABLE-- STANDARD POODLE.

I'M AT PEACE BECAUSE I KNOW-- WHEN I DIE---MY ASHES WILL BE "JOINED TOGETHER" WITH MY FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY---FOREVER. YES, WE WILL ALL "REST-IN-PEACE" TOGETHER ---NEXT TO--- MY OLD FRIEND--- THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA.

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17.10 | 01:42

I miss being Facebook friends with you! Hope you are well and happy.

Tammy Brookover Jay

15.10 | 01:28

Love all of this. I'm so lucky to be your neighbor,

30.08 | 16:26

Sally, my friend, I love your writings and sometimes they make me cry and then smile. I love you as if I had known you all my life. God Bless you each and every day in all you do.

29.08 | 19:19

Lol, I loved reading this story! As a female that dated a couple men with Harleys, I totally understand and met Harley Guy myself, many times over!
I hope you get your 3wheels someday soon!

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