Unexpected delivery brings hope for future
Sometimes you don't know what you're missing until you have it. That was the case for Cathy and Jackie Sudik, of Del City. It was an unexpected stroke of luck that brought the Sudiks together with a lovable ball of fur they named Tobi Dawn.
Jackie Sudik had been diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma just five days before Christmas in 2005.
“Our dreams of growing old together were shattered!” Cathy Sudik wrote in her Pet Tales submission letter.
Though he is currently in remission, the couple made a pact that if Jackie did die, Cathy would sit at a particular tree in their yard at sunrise every year on the couple's wedding anniversary and Jackie would be there in spirit.
Flash forward to July 22, 2009.
About 3 a.m., a man was seen getting out of a pickup truck and gently lowering a tiny puppy over the Sudiks' chain-link fence, near that very tree. About 8 a.m., Cathy heard a strange noise outside. She opened the door and saw “the cutest little puppy standing under that tree looking at me.”
She immediately fell in love with the adorable little ball of fluff.
She brought the puppy inside, got it settled and then went shopping for anything and everything the precious puppy might need, all the while wondering how she would tell her husband she wanted to keep the dog. They hadn't ever had a dog in the 15 years they'd been together.
“When he got home that afternoon his reaction was the same as mine when I saw her,” Sudik wrote. “He laughed when I told him about my $200 puppy shopping spree. I was so relieved!”
A veterinarian estimated Tobi Dawn was about six weeks old.
“That put her birthday on or near our anniversary,” Sudik wrote.
DNA testing showed that she was a mix of German shepherd and Chow Chow.
72-pound lap dog
“She went from nine pounds to a 72-pound lap dog,” Sudik wrote. “We have definitely spoiled her but she is such a good dog. She is very smart and has an awesome personality.”
In July 2011, the Sudiks adopted two baby kittens Tobi Dawn rescued:
“She kept scratching at the door and when I would open it to let her in, she would walk over to the gate and stare into our garage. After about the third time, I looked into the garage and saw the tiny little kittens lying limp from the extreme heat. We tell everyone that they are Tobi's cats. She loves those cats and they love her! It is so funny!”
The Sudiks want to extend a special thank-you to the person who dropped Tobi Dawn into the their family.
“To the man who chose our yard to put her in, I want to say thank you so very much! You will never realize how much we needed her in our lives at that time. She brought both of us out of our depression and we are so blessed to have her. We never knew how much happiness and love a dog could give us. We cannot imagine life without her.
“My husband has been in remission for quite a while now and our future together with our dog is looking bright. We are blessed in so many ways.”
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