Monthly Archives: October 2012

Cooper’s 15 Minutes of Fame

Last week when we told you about Cooper’s visit to The Parthenon, we didn’t exactly tell the whole story.  There was a bit more to his trip than a sightseeing tour.

Cooper was actually there to film his television television debut!  He was there to film a segment for local news segment, More at Midday, and to solicit votes for his Presidential run.  Excuse the poor video quality, the segment didn’t end up on their website so you’re stuck with my amazing video-of-the-TV method.

Personally, I think that since he was the only one to show up for the debate, that ought to get him a few extra votes, don’t you? Remember, you can VOTE FOR COOPER by donating $5 to Agape Animal Rescue.  Or, a $20 donation will cast a vote for Cooper as well as get you a T-shirt with his lovely mug on the back.

And, unlike at the human polls, in this election you can cast as many votes as you like! Right now the race is super duper close, so won’t you please help Cooper pull ahead of the pack (har) and show the world that a lovable, adoptable pit bull mutt can be just as loved and trusted as America’s most popular pet and a local celebri-dog?  He’s got my vote!

Remember, Cooper is still on the market! If you’d like to add Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

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Pit Bull Awareness Day, Music City Style

This past Saturday, pit bull owners and advocates across the country joined together to celebrate Pit Bull Awareness Day.  Here in Nashville, we celebrated PBAD with live music, vendors, a silent auction and of course plenty of pitties! Since Cooper is still “working on himself,” we thought a gathering of that many dogs would be a little overwhelming for him, so I tagged along with adoptable Olive and her foster mom to take part in all the pittie fun.

I couldn’t get enough of these two in their matching sweaters, they were so well-behaved! They just laid there politely while craziness ensued all around them. Some dogs are just far too refined for such silliness as costume and trick contests.

…but not Princess Fatso! She won the costume contest dressed as a 50’s car hop waitress – see her cute little roller skates?

Of course, Olive was right there to congratulate her.

Princess Fatso narrowly beat out the wicked witch…

10-month old Tank even dressed up like his Person…or maybe his Person dressed up like Tank?

Not only was this sweet little girl a complete and total love bug, she has excellent taste in sports team apparel.

(Oscar has the same sweater.)

Williamson County Animal Control was there too, with lots of their adoptable pitties looking for their furever families. We love WCAC, because it’s the former home of both Cooper and Molly Tamale, and unlike many shelters, they happily adopt out pit bull type dogs to approved applicants.

I absolutely fell in love with this little guy – he’s a pit bull/Jack Russel terrier mix!  How cute is he??  Olive was a little smitten, too…

And of course, the highlight of the day….The Pittie Parade!

It was an amazing turnout and a super fun day. Thank you so much to Nashville PITTIE for organizing Nashville’s 6th annual Pit Bull Awareness Day – we had a great time, and I can’t wait ’till next year!

Olive outtake!

Cooper is still on the market! If you’re interested in adding Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

…and don’t forget to VOTE for COOPER!

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Guest Post: If Only I Could Speak Dog

 Well folks, after a year of fostering and blogging, we finally get to hear from Foster Dad! I don’t know about you, but I think it was worth the wait. Enjoy! ~Laura

Dear Oscar,

If only I could speak dog, I would wax idiotic to you all day long.  I would tell you just how important you are to me.  I would remind you of the times that you made me laugh.  If only I could speak dog, I would ask if you knew…

…that no matter how tired I am, every time you paw at the covers so that you can lay under them with your back completely stretched along my legs; I smile? 

…that by making room for me to sit next to you on the top step, then leaning on me once I do, I know why you are called man’s best friend?

…that I find the inquisitive nature of your eyes amazing?

…that I’ve never felt more comfortable sleeping uncomfortably; I know you feel the same way when I hear you sighing as you lay your head on my ribs, squished between me and the back of the couch?

…that even though I shouldn’t smoke; I love how you wait with me outside while I do?  I know you’re waiting because you get up and head towards the door as soon as I put out my cigarette.

Do you remember…

…when you first came home from the pound, riddled with a stomach bug, and all you wanted to do was lay on top of, next to, or across the people you had met just an hour ago?

…when Mom and I finally understood what you were trying to say to us when you would move your food from your bowl in front of the window, mouthful by mouthful, across the room to the corner of the carpet before you would eat it?  We moved your bowl there the very next meal.

…when we took you to the lake for the first time, and your water-loving body was submerged and you were free to swim?  I remember that when I picked your front half out of the lake, your paws kept kicking, as if to say “heck, if I can swim in this water stuff, then why not keep going in the air?”

Oscar, I may never be able to tell you how much you mean to me.  So, I can only hope to show you everyday, that it makes me happy to know that no matter how late I’m at work, you would never let anything happen to Mom; that I know how hard you try to please; that you will always and forever be my Friend.  That I’m proud of you, I will Love you Always, and You have changed my life for the better.

Love,
Dad

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A Cooper by any other name…

…would be just as adorable.

Coop. Coopie. Coopie-face. Coop-a-loop.

Photo by Amiee Stubbs Photography

Coo. Coo-coo. Coo-coo-kachoo.

That Cooper. Super Cooper. King Koopa. Mr. Cooper.

Schmoopie-Coopie. Schmoop.  Schmoo. Schmup. Schmuple. Schmupleupagus. 

Sir Coop. Baby Boy. Pig.

Pooper Scooper. Stinker. Stink.

Velociraptor (you’d have to hear his morning yawns to fully appreciate that one).

Wiggle-worm.  Dragon Breath (sorry buddy, it’s true). Goofy Coopie.

Snuggly-Poo. Sweetie-Poo. Darling. Love.

Are you ready to call Cooper “Yours”? Fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue!

…and remember to VOTE for COOPER!

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Cooper Takes the Parthenon

Here in Nashville, we have our very own Parthenon.  No, really, we do. It’s a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece, originally built as a temporary structure for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition. 

Tennessee Centennial Exposition
Photo Courtesy of the Metro Parks Board

It was so popular with the citizens of Nashville that the city decided to have it rebuilt as permanent building in 1921.  It was completed in 1931 after about 10 years of construction – which is about the same amount of time it took the ancient Greeks to build the Parthenon in Athens.

Located in what is now Centennial Park, the Parthenon is a popular photo backdrop for tourists as well as native Nashvillians.  Oscar visited the Parthenon the weekend we sprung him from the shelter, and  Molly Tamale did some sightseeing as a special outing with Foster Mom & Foster Dad, the morning of the day she went to live with her Furever Family

And last week, I was telling Cooper all about the Parthenon and he was all, “What the what? Why have you not taken me there yet, woman? I gotta check this out for myself…”

“Momma can we take a closer look? Pleeeeze?”

The intricate carvings above the columns on the East and West ends of the building are scenes depicting a story in the life of Athena. Fun fact, they are covered with netting to deter birds from building nests and dropping little “gifts” on the tourists below.

Cooper thinks it’s super-cool that just like the real deal, no two of the Parthenon’s 46 columns are the same diameter and aren’t evenly spaced apart.  They also all incline slightly inward, which gives the illusion that the Parthenon is even taller than it actual is (which is 65 feet, if you were wondering). 

While dogs are welcome to enjoy the surrounding park and views from the outside, Cooper wasn’t allowed to see the full-scale replica of Athena inside the Parthenon.  He was very disappointed.

Where would you take Cooper sightseeing if he was Yours?  If you’re interested in adding Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

…and don’t forget to VOTE for COOPER!

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Flashback Friday

Cooper is on quarantine because of The Hack.  We’re keeping Oscar on lockdown too, just to be on the safe side.  Foster Mom has the entire weekend off work, which is rare this time of year.  So we’ve got biiiiig plans this weekend to do absolutely nothing…

Coincidentally, that’s exactly what we were doing in this picture, taken way back when Foxy Roxie was a resident of Foster House.  The funny thing is that even now that we only have two dogs, they still don’t go out of their way to make room for Foster Dad up on the couch.

Happy weekend!

For information about adding Cooper to your family, please visit Agape Animal Rescue.

…and don’t forget to VOTE for COOPER!

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Ahem, ahem…

Cooper’s got a case of the yucks!

While Foster Dad and I went out of town last weekend, Oscar stayed with a friend and Cooper got to spend the weekend at his favorite doggie daycare, which also does boarding.  Unfortunately, while he was there it seems he picked up a little case of tracheobronchitis….otherwise known as kennel cough.

Kennel cough is highly contagious and spreads very quickly among dogs housed in close proximity, like vet offices or boarding facilities.  Even though our boarding facility (like most) requires all dogs to be current on their vaccines, the vet explained that the Bordetella vaccination is more like a flu shot – while it lessens the chance that a dog will become infected, it’s not a guarantee against each and every strain.  

If you’ve never heard a dog wheezing from kennel cough, consider yourself lucky – it is horrible sounding.  Cooper has this dry heaving wheeze, that sounds like he’s choking and about to wretch.  Poor guy!  For reference, if you need to recognize it, it sounds a little like this:

Just kidding.  (But for those of you keeping track, yes, this is our second blog post containing a Zoolander reference.) 

The good news is that just like a human cold, most dogs will recover from kennel cough without treatment.  However also like a human cold, persistent ongoing kennel cough may lead to a more serious illness like pneumonia. Always consult your veterinarian if you think your dog might be infected. Cooper came away from the vet yesterday with a combo anti-inflamitory/steroid, and a prescription for extra snuggle time. 

The bad news for Coop is that since it is highly contagious, he’s on complete house arrest – that means no doggie daycare, no adoption events, and maybe the worst of all – no Agility! We were scheduled to start Cooper’s second round of Agility classes this weekend, but unfortunately he’ll have to sit out until he’s all better.

Once Cooper is all, well, re-coop-erated (har), he’ll still be looking for his furever family! If you’d like more information about adding Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

…oh yeah, and VOTE for COOPER!

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Oscar Lets Loose

Last week you saw how my foster bro goes a little crazy sometimes after his bath.  Well did you know that I’ve been known to let loose every once in a while too?  Probably not, since I’m usually so refined. 

But every so often, I just go nuts.  I usually try to do it when nobody is around, because honestly it’s a little embarrassing showing my wild side like this.  But last week, momma caught me…

I mean, it’s a lot of responsibility being such a wonderful foster brother, I can’t be expected to hold it together all the time, now can I?

Oscar’s foster brother, Cooper, is available for adoption! If you’d like to add Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

…and don’t forget to VOTE for COOPER!

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Book Review: Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know

This blog started off as a diary to chronicle our adventures as we navigated our way through our first experiences fostering dogs.  We also wanted to get our foster dogs as much exposure as possible, so we talked about their personalities, quirks and funny habits.  Over the past year, our blog has morphed to include tips on dog training, social etiquette, and news about large-scale rescues.  And now we can add “book reviewer” to our résumé!

TLC Book Tours  is a virtual book tour website – not to be confused with the television network home of one Miss Honey Boo Boo. Over the summer, Trish Collins (the “T” in TLC Book Tours) contacted me about writing a review on our blog for a new book of short stories from a dog’s point of view. So wait a minute, I thought, you’re going to send me a free advanced copy of this book about dogs (!!) and all I have to do is tell my wonderful blog readers if I liked it?  Well score one for Foster Mom, because what Trish didn’t know about me was that in addition to being just a little bit dog crazy, I also happen to be a huge book nerd.  And books about dogs? Let’s just say, the last three books I read were A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey, and The Art of Racing in the Rain.  Loved and highly recommend them all, by the way, but they are not the subject of this review…

Last month I finally got my paws (har) on the book in question, Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You To Know by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson.  I already knew (by doing some advanced cyber-stalking research) the description of the book as listed on their website:

In this book, 11 courageous canines reveal the secrets they have kept for centuries.  A series of 115 short essays written by eleven different dogs who are willing to tell the truth — every last dirty, hairy, bit of it. Why they always dash to a rug when they have to throw up. Why they eat furniture when endless chew toys are nearby. And why they’re always absolutely starving.

Well that sounded promising.  As I started flipping through the book, I noticed that the pages were filled with bright graphics and adorable photos and doodles of our heroes and heroines depicting their adventures. Every page included an individual short essay by one of our eleven narrators.  Though “essay” seems to be the wrong word – these musings are written out in letter form, that might as well start with the words “Dear Human.” These dogs are, after all, breaking rank from their fellow canines and divulging the deepest of secrets to their guardians.  And I am so glad they did!

We’ve all wondered what our pups were thinking with an inquisitive head tilt or a guilty look. Well wonder no more, because it’s all here – “why do we eat grass, why do we circle, why do we bark?”  Each dog has their own personality and writing style as they discus everything from how they feel about dressing up in clothing to the circle of life.

You’ve got Moonbeam, who “accidentally” tricks her hippie Person into thinking her dead life coach is haunting their guest house.  There’s Sarge, the German Shepherd who just can’t seem to hold down a steady job until he finally learns to enjoy retirement.  Darling Sophie, an elderly Cocker Spaniel, spends her pages reflecting on all the special moments she and her Person experienced together as she nears the end of her life.  But far and away, my favorite narrator was Tinkerbell, the high maintenance Chihuahua with a Great Dane sized attitude and her own Facebook page.  Hilarious!

Now, for the negative…in the animal rescue world, we all know how essential it is to spread the importance of spay/neuter.  With four million dogs and cats put down every day (that’s one every 8 seconds), pet overpopulation is a huge problem.  While I chuckled at Bandana the Border Collie lamenting that after being left at the vet, he awoke to find that his favorite balls were gone, I didn’t care for the light tone the authors took with poor Gabby, a long-haired Dachshund who found herself knocked up by her first birthday, or with Rufus, the Bloodhound who tracked down a bitch in heat and had his way with her in a parked van. Those bits left me feeling a little icky. While I get that not everyone gets their dogs fixed, I would have liked to at least see the pet overpopulation theme addressed in the same approachable way the authors dealt with other serious topics in the book, like dogs being abandoned on the side of the road, and moving on after the death of a beloved pet.

The only other bummer for me was that there were no pit bulls represented among the narrators.  However, with the hundreds of breeds of dogs in the world and these authors only picking 11 of them to feature, I can hardly fault them for that.  Still, it would have been nice to see the hilarious antics of a pit bull portrayed from his or her own point of view. Maybe in a sequel?

All in all, would I recommend this book? YES. Any dog lover who can look past the “puppies having puppies”  parts and take this book for what it is – a lighthearted fun read that at times is laugh-out-loud funny – will surely enjoy this book.

Thank you, TLC Book Tours, for including our humble little blog on your virtual book tour for Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know. We loved the book, and we had a blast!

Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour…

October 2nd: Peppermint PhD
October 3rd: 4 The Love of Animals
October 4th: Kritters Ramblings
October 8th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
October 11th: notes from a dog walker
October 15th: The Written World
October 16th: Dog is God in Reverse
October 17th: Book Hooked Blog
October 18th: Book Dilettante
October 22nd: Our Waldo Bungie
October 23rd: Savvy Verse & Wit
October 24th: Something Wagging This Way Comes
October 25th: 24 Paws of Love
October 26th: A blog from the dog house…
October 29th: Dog Foster Mom
October 30th: Reading on a Rainy Day
October 31st: Rescued Insanity
November 1st: Books & Things
November 2nd: Mr. & Mrs. & Nola Kisses
November 5th: Proud Book Nerd
November 6th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf

Hey, don’t forget about this guy –  Cooper is running for president AND is available for adoption!  If you’d like to add Coop to your family or cast your vote for him, visit Agape Animal Rescue.

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Post-Bath Cooper Crazies

Cooper is such a champ in the bath tub.  He doesn’t love it, but he takes it like a man and let’s us do our thing. 

But when it’s over, this happens:

Happy Friday everyone!

If you’re interested in adding Cooper to your family, please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

…and don’t forget to VOTE for COOPER!

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