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Pet Tales: Unexpected delivery brings boost in hope for future

Pet Tales: When a puppy was unexpectedly left in a Del City family's yard, the Sudik's lives changed.
by Heather Warlick Published: September 10, 2012
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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.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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