'Cookie has been with us for only 2 months and from the moment I met her, I fell utterly head over heels in love with her. The moment she was released from her cage in the car park at Gatwick airport, she put her 2 front paws over my arm and I swear she gave me a cuddle. She was so nervous in the car, bless her, and she still is. She totally resists going in and just can’t relax but what do you expect from a young girl who has raised herself on the street for over a year?
Cookie has AMAZING survival traits. She loves to chase birds, squirrels and cats – she is so funny. She eats any kind of poo that is going and rolls herself in any that she can too. She is a bit of a chewer – my brand new rug got it early on followed by shoes, wrapped presents and copious other things. I started to liken Cookie to a toddler and realised that I had to Cookie-safe the house. The love Cookie gives you though far outweighs the teething problems. She is super, super affectionate. She loves cuddles and is so affectionate to anyone that will give it to her. She is pretty fab around other dogs and although it appears she is playing rough, she is actually just really playful and full of energy.
Cookie hasn’t really caused us any problems. She settled in on day one and upon offering her a bed, she knew that was her space instantly. She point blank refused to sleep in a cage (we tried) – it just wasn’t for her.
Cookie was only given her name a month(ish) before she came to us yet she responds well to it. Se is sitting for food, sometimes responds to the command “wait”, “off”, “no”. She has selective hearing though and if off the lead and on a scent or a bird chase, she is deaf! This is her survival instinct though and combined with her previous street life and the terrier in her, this is to be expected.
I let Cookie off her lead quite early on as she is REALLY energetic. She needs to expel her energy and being on a lead all of the time just isn’t cutting it for her. We go to open fields with no nearby roads. She has become really familiar with our frequent walks and has developed her own little routines now as to what spaces she likes to explore. Cookie isn’t keen on her lead AT ALL. She hates her harness and still pulls. I am still working on this. She is so nosey and inquisitive and desperate to catch birds that she just lives life at a much faster pace and the lead really restricts her fun. We do have quieter more subdued days, but her personality, on the whole is full of vitality. Cookie has made lots of doggy friends close by and even knows, the gardens to look in for her pals on our daily walks.
Cookie is starting to fetch a ball and knows is becoming familiar with the word “ball”. She doesn’t fetch it with every command or throw; it just depends what is taking her fancy at the time.
Cookie is partial to jumping for moths, flies and anything else she thinks is food. She does eat her dog food, but much prefers human food like chicken and ham. She is a good girl and eats carrots, broccoli and loves her Kong toys to be filled with cream cheese and peanut butter. She has really started to enjoy playing with her toys and keeps herself amused at times.
Cookie has responded well to not jumping on the sofa, but each day she has a mad half hour where she runs from garden in to house like she is being timed for some kind of doggy agility – the sofa is often one of her touch down spots. If she is really excited to see you, she will jump on the sofa for a cuddle. Cookie won’t go up the stairs though, I'm not sure why, but this troubles her a little.
During the day when we're not at home Cookie is walked by a dog walker. I feel that she needs 3 walks a day, just because she is so energetic. On the one day I left her without a mid-day walk, she destroyed anything she could get her teeth into, so she needs stimulation. Perhaps as she matures, this will change.
I can honestly say that Cookie really has changed my life. I never imagined I could feel so much love for a dog. I can tell she loves her life with us. Country life suits her and she really has embraced her home comforts. She has got lots to learn, but no more than any toddler.
Thanks so much WAHF for all that you and your team do, it really does make such a massive difference.'
- Denise Brown