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LETTER: An ode to the cookie lady

A thank-you to the older woman who has doggie treats for pets out for a walk

Down Webster Road, just north of the Vedder River lie two trails, the dike between Webster and Lickman Road and the Rotary Trail off a small path from Webster onto the Rotary Trail that culminates at the Lickman Road parking allowing access to the river and trails.

On any given day around 10 a.m. one can see the cookie lady Catherine, or so I am told is her name. She is not overly nimble like the dogs she encounters and carries with her a bag of dog treats for these rambunctious canines .

I have often wondered why would she put funds out for dog treats? She seems to genuinely have a love for our four legged friends. She also once told me she used to have a little dog. My dog, Baxter sees her trudging down the trail with her cane from far off and strains at his leash to get to her. I have often wondered if the cookies are to keep the dogs from jumping on her as she throws them out away from herself? A wise motion no doubt for someone encumbered by mobility as one gets older. Whatever the reason it is a kind gesture. I once offered her my coat on a blustery cold day, but she got quite angry with me. I understood that as independence is key to those of us who are aging. I too am an elder.

She makes the effort with her cane every day.

She cannot walk well, stride or jog down the trails, however what she does do is brighten the dullest of days.

Baxter and I thank you.

Georgia Kirkpatrick

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