Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Day in Life of Cookie, the Fearless Warrior Rotthound

Every time I realize that Cookie has been with us for four years, it's a funny feeling. On one hand, it seems like time goes by too fast and yet it feels as if Cookie has always been with us.

I don't know if she ever reflects on the first year and a half of her life, but if she does, I think it only helps her appreciate the life she has now.


Cookie never really looked back from day one.


I would have to have been pretty strange to be whisked away from everything she knew. But at no point, she looked distraught. She took to us and her new life immediately.

It is always easy to upgrade.


Pre-trained by Jasmine, mommy has always been thoughtful of Cookies needs and wants. Most of the work on mommy has already been done, and Cookie only has to fine tune her to have things to her own liking and teach her a few new tricks.

This is a day in life of Cookie.


Daddy wakes up first with mommy to follow soon. Cookie usually likes to sleep in a little bit, knowing that the time when her fun starts is coming. Unless she has to potty, she waits until mom and dad have a sip of their coffee and putz around a bit.

When she does have to go, daddy takes her potty, and she returns to bed. She's always been great this way, never being the one to decide when the day should start.

When mommy starts putting on her socks, that's the official start of the day.



Cookie gets all excited and has a lot to say about that. I still can't get over her "vocabulary."

Then mommy puts on whatever clothes and boots are best suited for the conditions, grabs the leash and off to the great outdoors.

While Jasmine loved hiking, Cookie is a hunter, and that's what she enjoys the most. Mommy has some rules about that, such as never chase anything that's bigger than yourself. In general, hunting mice and frogs are encouraged, trying to hunt squirrels is tolerated, with the rest mom keeps insisting on being ignored. Sometimes, though Cookie gets to do some fox or bunny tracking.

If you have to lift your nose up to sniff it, don't chase it.


The above is a summation of mom's hunting rules. If you have to lift your nose up to smell something, it's either too big, too far, or both.

This year, almost the whole season consisted of frog hunting because it rained enough for the places they like to gather to stay filled with water. Only on rainy days the frogs don't come out and play, so it's back to mice hunting.

The first walk is about 45 minutes to one hour long. Then it's time to go back in the house for some breakfast. Cookie greets daddy because she hasn't seen him for the whole time, has her breakfast and goes to rest and wait for the next outing. Mommy starts up her computer and goes to work, and daddy usually goes to work outside.

About an hour later it's time to go out again.


Same amount of time, same activities unless something more interesting comes up. On the way back Cookie goes to check to see what daddy is doing and see if he needs any help such as pulling wood of a pile he's trying to make.


Then back inside and it's mommy's lunch time.


Mommy always makes sure she has something on the plate she can share when she's done. Meanwhile, much of the days, daddy gets ready to go to town, and Cookie has to come along to make sure daddy doesn't get lost. She's daddy's official navigator.

Cookie particularly likes trips to get gas because the guys at the gas station always come out to say hi to her and give her a cookie. Sometimes there are things to bark at, and sometimes there are not.

When Cookie returns from the trip, she gets a short rest, and it's time for her third outing of the day.


Upon return, she looks forward to getting a bone to chew on though sometimes she decides to save doing that for the middle of the night.

She does that while mommy does some more work.

Towards the end of the day, it's time for a closing walk.


That typically consists of more hunting activities and then going around looking for places that require marking.

By the time mommy "calls it a day," Cookie is well and tuckered out.

Sometimes daddy has some chips and sour cream, so Cookie gets to mooch some off him.


When mommy is done working, it's dinner time.


Cookie gets her dinner first, while mom and dad's is cooking. After mom and dad have their meal, they make sure they share a bit of something good. Then it's potty time. Cookie likes to be a good girl and go potty because after that she gets her dessert.

Then she really is tired and goes to rest while mom and dad do whatever moms and dads do at the end of the day.

Of course, there is a lot of love and smooches distributed throughout the day, for which Cookie repays by licking everybody's faces clean.

Sometimes there are longer rides to go and buy more goodies for Cookie's food and treats.


Daddy usually gets to buy some things for himself too. Cookie always thoroughly inspects every box and every bag to see whether she's going to allow it in the truck and whether there is something yummy for her in there. Which there always is, at least in some of the bags.

Cookie gets an average total of 3 hours of exercise daily, not counting any rides.


That's the minimum she needs to be happy and content. Other than on really hot or really cold days when it has to be a bit less.



She seems pretty satisfied with her daily routine. What do you think?



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