Everyone in Bart Harvey’s young family was distraught when Cisco, their 13- year-old Lab-Shepherd mix, was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma and died a few months later. Cisco had been Bart’s dog when he met his future wife, Jill, but he quickly became “our” dog, and then a guardian and playmate to Bart and Jill’s two daughters, Emily and Casey. After several lonely weeks without Cisco, Jill suggested adopting a new dog from the local shelter.
So, one Saturday, Bart, Jill, Emily, and Casey spent much of the morning on the floor of the shelter, playing with all of the dogs and trying to decide which one to adopt. Eventually, Bart and Jill noticed that one small puff of a dog kept jumping between Emily and Casey, making them laugh and squeal with delight. “Cotton” had chosen them.
After filling out all of the paperwork and making a donation to the shelter, Cotton and her new family drove off to meet Dr Chase, the veterinarian who always had cared for Cisco. “You got a good one,“ Dr Chase said after examining Cotton. “How old is she?” asked Emily. “I’m not quite sure, Dr Chase responded. “However, from her teeth, coat, eyes, and overall condition, I’d guess somewhere between six months and two years. In any case, you and Casey have a new friend for a long time!” Casey smiled at that thought and said, “Let’s make today Cotton’s birthday!”