Anyone who knows me knows I have this awesome best friend. Her name is Pooka C. Cohen. The C is for "Cuddles" who was my childhood dog, and what Pooka certainly isn't. (Cuddly) But that doesn't stop her from being one of the best dogs I've ever known, though I might be a little partial. She is perpetually happy, she is smart, well behaved and full of personality and charm. She's a goofy dog who thinks she's tough. (Kinda like her mom). She is a "meatball" as my Aunt so lovingly calls her, who will eat anything you offer her and then grace you with her belly to be rubbed. The one thing I've always been so pleased with is as she's started to get older she never exhibited any real signs of aging. Her best friends are dogs no older than 2, she is 11 (I'm sure many of you have seen the videos of her playing with them). We used to go on long walks together all around Brooklyn and stop to roll in the grass (her, not me). She would run through my parents yard playing fetch with me all night if she could or dig holes at the beach and run after her favorite toy-until recently, when running through their yard "hunting" (she's terrible at it shhhh) she partially tore the CCL ligament in both of her legs. The CCL is equivalent to the ACL in dogs and is apparently a very common, but debilitating injury in older or active dogs. Now our long walks are limited to going out to go to the bathroom or being carried everywhere. Have you ever seen a dog smiling? That was Pooka on our long walks. She is still in good spirits but it looks as though the best option for Pooka to enjoy the rest of her life as she had been before is by having surgery to repair it. This surgery is not low in cost. I am asking that any of you who have met Pooka, or not met her but told me how much you love her through her photos and videos give anything you can towards this surgery. She is my best friend and I tell her that everyday and I just want to be able to provide her with the best "golden years" possible as she has provided me with 11 years I could never imagine without her. Pooka and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.