Dogs chase things, it’s what they do. But most dogs aren’t this dedicated! Meet Cody, a sweet senior dog that has been chasing squirrels every day his entire life!
His mom, Christina York, adopted him at just 6 weeks old! And since then, he’s been squirrel-obsessed!
“He keeps an eye on the trees whenever he’s outside,” York told The Dodo. “He has never come close to catching anything. I think his genetics kick in and he is just trying to herd them and keep them where he wants them with that border collie stare-down.”
As each squirrel escaped into a tree, Cody would try to knock the tree down. Unsuccessfully, of course.
After witnessing the daily ritual year after year, York wanted to give Cody the satisfaction of catching that squirrel by finding Cody the perfect toy squirrel companion.
“With Cody turning 14 later this year, I’ve started a kind of bucket list for him,” York told The Dodo. “Number one was to finally get that squirrel.”
After searching high and low for the perfect faux squirrel, York found one and presented it to Cody. Cody’s reaction was EXACTLY what York was hoping for!
“For a few moments there, he was a puppy again – wagging his tail, patting his paws on the floor, swinging the squirrel by the tail around the room,” York said. “When he was done, the snuggling began. Everywhere. All day.”
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Cody won’t let his squirrel out of his sight. Where there’s Cody, there’s his squirrel.
Cody’s mom says, “I think he feels pride and contentment with his ‘catch’ … perhaps he was just trying to catch a friend all along.”
Cody finally got all he wanted, a happy life and his squirrel to spend his remaining days with.
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