Nicknames: Suzuki Ookie, Spooky Ookie & Ookal of the Ochils
Gotcha Date: September 16th 2007
Birthday: March 16th 1998
Likes: Playing with my little son Jason.
Pet-Peeves: Being left alone or away from Jason.
Favorite Toy: A little stuffed tiger that used to be Cora's.
Favorite Food: Anything! She favours meat. She is carefuly watched as she has a sensitive tummy.
Favorite Walk: West End Park
Best Tricks: Catching toys mid air. She's also the queen of mischief.
Arrival Story: Ookie came to me on September 16th 2005. We had just moved into our own house and my husband agreed to allow me to have another dog. We had our 14 year old Alaskan Malamute X Cora at the time. We knew she wouldn't have much longer but I had always thought she would have been happier with another doggie pal. So we adopted Ookie through Second Chances for German Shepherds: http://www.second-chances.com/ They did a home check and then offered us Ookie. She was then about 4ish years old. The offical story is that her family were moving to Australia. She and Cora got on like a house on fire! Sadly we lost Cora in November but I am positive that those last months were her best. Ookie grieved so badly that we got in touch with Second Chances again to find her another friend. They sent us a 7 year old white German Shepherd whom we named Kavik in February. We lost Kavik less than a year later, but that's another story. Ookie and my young son have made a lasting bond and she is his dog heart and soul. Ookie now shares us with an all white Alaskan Malamute named Icy.
Bio: When we first got her she had seizures. This was thought to be caused by Epilepsy and she was on medication to correct it. Mid 2009 I noticed that Ookie was draging her back legs a bit. I was frantic with worry that it was the start of Digenerative Myleopathy (DM or CDRM in the UK). This is the disease that killed Kavik. After blood tests it was discovered that Ookie has a severe under active thyroid. Once she was on the right dose of medication to keep her in check we took her off her anti-seizure med. I can happily report that her fits were the cause of her thyroid problem alone. She is much happier without the other med. She's back to the happy Ookie that we all know and love. I do wonder if she was given up for adoption because of the seizures. But we'll never know. She recently became incontinent and our vet thinks she is doing it more out of senality than a physical problem. Her age is now estimated at 10+. This was a big shock to us as it added as much as 5 years on the age we thought she was. In the end she stopped understanding that she needed to poo or pee due to a short circut in the brain. I put her down in January 2010.