Sometimes a dog comes along at just the right time. Even though Cody Leightenheimer rescued the small Shetland sheepdog that he and his family named Toothless Rooster Cogburn, Cody might argue that the dog rescued him. Over the time he spent with Cody’s family, Toothless Rooster Cogburn truly earned the title of man’s best friend.
Cody and his wife were in a dark spot, facing relationship issues and having just gone through two miscarriages, one right after the other. Around this time, Cody was working at a wood flooring factory, and he noticed the dog that would soon be known as Toothless Rooster Cogburn one day on the job. The dog immediately came up to Cody for attention, and Cody snapped a picture for his wife, who insisted he bring the dog home.
The dog was in bad shape and had clearly been through some difficult situations, so the first thing Cody and his family did when he got home was wash him, getting rid of dozens of fleas. They decided to name the dog Rooster Cogburn after John Wayne’s tough character in True Grit, and Cody’s daughter added Toothless based on the dog’s lack of teeth and the character from How to Train Your Dragon.
A trip to the vet followed, where the extent of the dog’s issues were revealed. According to One Green Planet, Cody thought Toothless Rooster Cogburn was a puppy due to his small size, but the vet determined that this was actually an adult dog with a stunted growth due to malnutrition.
The vet gave Toothless Rooster Cogburn three months to a year to live. Like the fighter he is, Toothless Rooster Cogburn made it the full year before peacefully passing away with Cody and his family at their home. The dog made such an impact on Cody’s life that he dedicated a gallery to Toothless Rooster Cogburn, complete with pictures and a firsthand perspective of his life with the dog.
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