OCONTO- Yvette Mannon, a rancher near Oconto, Nebraska wrote a children’s book about their dog, Cookie, who had run away from their caretaker near Cozad. The book, “Cookie, Where Are You?” encapsulates the adventure their dog had to go on.
The dog was found almost 50 miles away from where he had run away from in Cozad.
“From my parents farm to where we found him, Cookie had to cross the Platte River, Interstate 80, three tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad, and Highway 30,” Mannon said. “It was a miracle that he was protected through all of that.”
KRVN was able to broadcast the details of Cookie missing, which led to him being found.
“We called into the radio station, gave you an update, and you put it on air,” Mannon said. “Right as you guys were mentioning it on air, M.J. Hart saw the dog.”
Mannon knew that the story of Cookie and the way he was able to survive was too good of a story to not tell, so began to write things down. Mannon sent the manuscript of the story to three of her teacher friends in Texas, and they knew this was a story that need to be shared.
“If you can get a kid to be emotionally attached, then that could help them want to read the book,” Mannon said. “If I can take true life stories of our animals from the ranch, and put in a form that’s gonna cause a kid to want to read, that’s my passion.”
The book “Cookie Where Are You?” is available on most online book stores. Mannon also plans for a second book about Cookie meeting a White-tailed deer.