The dog was actually much older than it looked.
It was truly a difficult time in Cody Leightenheimer’s life – recently, he and his wife had tragically lost 2 children due to a miscarriage. The man had felt that he had a hole in his heart which was a bottomless pit – and he thought would never be able to patch it up.
But a miracle happened one day while he was working at a wood flooring factory, he was approached by a tiny puppy. The unexpected encounter would lead both Cody and the little canine on an incredible journey that would prove to be forever unforgettable.
“I instantly wanted to abandon post and grab the thing for cuddles, but I had work to get done. This pup wasn’t having none of that though. He walked up to me and stared at me with his huge eyes.”
“I pet him and noticed instantly that he was flea-covered, matted, and not in the best physical shape. As I looked closer, I realized that he had a lot of gray around his muzzle, ears, and face.”
“He wasn’t a pup at all. I got him chicken-ish fast food during my lunch because he was so thin that I could feel his bones. I started sending these pictures to my wife planning on pleading to bring him home.”
“I didn’t have to because she beat me to the punch. I thought that I would have to herd him away from doors all day until I could clock out and take him home. The little guy fell asleep on the floor and stayed there all day.”
When the time came to knock off from work, Cody was finally able to bring the dog back home. He washed off many fleas from the dog’s fur coat, now named Cody and then took him to the vet. Cody had an enormous list of existing conditions which included stunted growth from malnutrition.
He also suffered from cataracts and one dilated pupil caused by blunt force trauma to its little head. Cody also had ulcers in his stomach, which caused vomiting, along with four oronasal fistulas, rotten teeth and complete deafness.
Cody and his wife Kasie named the dog Rooster Cogburn after John Wayne’s character in True Grit. Toothless was a nickname added by their 5-year-old daughter as she loved the character in How To Train Your Dragon. Toothless Rooster was a Shetland sheepdog, estimated to be between 8 to 12 years old with a weight of only 7.3 lbs.
Toothless Rooster Cogburn was estimated to survive for a mere 3 months to a year. “He made it to one year before he got too sick to grace us with his awesomeness for one more day,” Cody recalled. On June 2, 2014, Cody and his family bid goodbye to the little sheepdog. Rest in peace, Toothless.
“His vets, our friends, a theater full of patrons when he performed a walk-on role in a play. He truly was one of a kind. We hope that we gave him enough good memories to wipe out any bad ones that came before.”
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