Something about Cooper just makes you fall in love with him over and over again.
Maybe it’s the perma-grin? The puppy enthusiasm? The stunning good looks or comic timing? The tail that wags so hard that there’s a distinct thud-thud-thud on whatever surface it’s against, even if it’s a soft pillow? The fact that he wants to please you SO. BAD.
…or the fact that he simply can’t all the time, even though he tries so hard – it’s enough to bring tears to your eyes.
When you leave the house, he will break your heart in half – the way he gets so freakin’ excited, “Surely you’re going to take me with you!” then you watch his ears droop as he realizes he has to stay home while you head out to some exiting adventure without him. If only I could explain to him that work or the grocery store are not, in fact exciting adventures!
But when you come home again, the excitement and pure joy you see on Cooper’s face is enough to make the stress from even the worst day fade into a memory. That’s not even fair, because it’s not just on his face – the elation Cooper exudes seems to fly off of every inch of his body – it’s contagious. There’s just no really good way to describe it – Cooper is Happiness.
At the same time, it’s gonna take a very special kind of family for Cooper. One that has unending amounts of love to give, and lots of patience. I’m not gonna lie, Cooper is a handful. He’s clingy. He’s needy. He wants to be right next to you all the time. He reminds me of this, but sped up about a hundred times, and not standing nearly as still:
He sleeps on our pillow at night - not just in our bed, but up on our pillows. He’s still not 100% potty trained – his limit is about 5 – 6 hours he can spend alone without leaving a little puddle on the floor. He has separation anxiety and a taste for hardcover books, remote controls, CD’s, coffee table corners, pillows, board games, leather chair arms, and pretty much anything else that’s handy. He refuses to be crated – he’ll either escape or make himself bleed trying to. He’s dog reactive on a leash. He’s possessive of his toys and his People, and will snap at another dog if they try to invade his cuddle space.
“Hey, wait just a minute! Aren’t you trying to get Cooper adopted, here? Shouldn’t you be advertising his good qualities instead of listing the bad?”
Of course, our end game is to find Cooper the most perfect Furever home in the entire world. That is – the most perfect home for Cooper. We’ve already had one match that we thought was made in heaven turn out not to be the “happily ever after” we thought it would be, and the last thing we want to do is repeat that. We want Cooper’s new family to know exactly what they’re getting with Cooper – a lovable snuggly little wild man, with boundless energy and an appetite for chaos – who is utterly impossible not to fall head over paws in love with.
Cooper’s quirks could take months to work on, and will probably need a lifetime commitment of continued training and practice. We’re taking steps to work on each and every one of them, which I’ll talk more about later this week. Every day is a learning experience with Cooper, but man, oh man…we just love this dog.
After all, sometimes it’s the dogs that are the hardest to love, who need our love the most.
If you’ve got enough love and patience in your life to share with Cooper, please fill out an application with Agape Animal Rescue.