Sugar “Cookie” Manker

Cookie came to us February 4, 2017 from Animal Rescue Inc. in Maryland. She was found as a stray in the Baltimore area and went to animal control. At that point the rescue got her. She needed spay surgery, eye surgery and some care of skin and a cyst on her hip. She got fixed up and was ready for adoption. We applied for her and after the home visit we adopted her. Her name was Sugar Cookie but we shortened it to Cookie. She fit in very well with our other dogs which are Shih Tzu, Yorkies and Maltese. Cookie was kind and loving. She liked to explore the house and learned how to use the doggie stairs to get up on the sofa. She liked her beds but did not like to be crated. When we would go out she was fine without being crated and just stayed in her bed in the kitchen. Cookie did not mind going to the vet or being groomed however she was not fond of riding in the car. She would let you put little dresses on her and she liked her sweaters too. My friend Marie in France made her some very cute little dresses. Cookie liked to go out in the fenced yard and look around and bark at the labs next door. We would laugh as when she would bark, her feet would lift off the ground. She was fun and loving and just a sweet little companion. We have 5 dog beds at the radiator in our kitchen and Cookie claimed one of the end beds but would use another one if someone was in there. She ate well and enjoyed graham crackers for her special treat. Cookie was here about 4 1/2 years when she started to decline a little. She had a heart murmur and that was stable but she was not seeing as well as before and her little back legs started to get weak. She could no longer go up the dog steps but was quite content in her bed in the kitchen or her bed in the computer room. She slept in bed with us until a few weeks ago when she started to fall out so we made up her bed with extra blankets for the night in the computer room. She seemed fine with that idea. A few weeks ago she started to get weaker and needed help to stand to get a drink and we fed her in her bed. Again, she was fine with that. She could walk just a little in the yard and then we needed to hold her out there too so she could go to the bathroom. She had 2 bladder infections and after the last one she seemed to not get too much better. It became hard for her to get outside in time to go to the bathroom. We did not mind helping her like this as she was always so appreciative. We knew that her quality of life was declining and we decided that it was time for her to make her journey to the Rainbow Bridge. On December 28, 2021 at 10am Cookie left for the Bridge. I just know that her friend Precious was there waiting for her. They were good little friends. It was such a hard decision but one made from love. I know that when we look up at the sky at night we will see a bright star and that will be our Cookie. We have cried a lot in the past days. Cookie is buried in the backyard with the other pets. We know she is at peace now and we know that our lives will never be the same without her.

Sugar "Cookie" you will forever be in our hearts and we will love you forever.
December 29, 2021
Vicki and John Manker