December 17th 2014
Cooper was.. well I would say… Not planned! 😊 A few days before Christmas of 2014, Michael took me out for a last minute Christmas gift for the dogs (oh please! Yes! Our dog(s) get a gift for Christmas too…) at a pet store a few miles away from where we live. The store was closing its doors. It was selling dog accessories, toys, food but puppies from puppy mills too… Good thing they closed! And the sad story is… well they had to get rid of the puppies they had left or they would have to ship them back to the Puppy Mill in question… or just give them up for adoption at the local shelter… The fate of these poor babies was not looking too good… I was trying to focus on finding a chew toy for Buddy (tunnel vision… I know…) and felt something wet touching my arm. I immediately turned around and saw Michael holding the most adorable white Lab puppy in his arms. I melted… Not sure what were Michael’s intentions, I looked up at him and must have had the most questioning look on my face because he cracked up laughing and said “pick puppy food as well and a harness that fits. Merry Christmas Baby!”.
It was simple, sweet, touching and very unexpected. A perfect Christmas Miracle 😉.
We introduced Cooper to Buddy that night and Buddy immediately adopted him. They became best friends, brothers, inseparable buddies and Cooper soon outgrew Bud. To this day, Cooper always sits by Buddy, or lays by him. Buddy looks weary when Cooper is not around. They are very much attached to each other and it really is awesome to watch.
Of course, as any Labrador, Coops is very goofy, a Master in "goosing" 😉 and a beautiful, loving, sweet and funny boy never afraid of getting in trouble and in our home, he is the “Mama’s boy”.
Born in France in the late 70s, raised in West Africa, in the Ivory Coast, I was always surrounded by animals. Tortoises, Dears, Porcupines, Mongoose, Horses, Camels, Goats, Rabbits, Geese, Cats, Wild Birds and more... I grew up wanting to be a Vet, but my path led me to appreciate the behavior and psychology of dogs more than the medical aspect and physiology.