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Monday, March 7, 2016

Ode to our Cooper John (2011-2/17/16)

Coop Resting on "His" Sofa

Coop with his BEST friend Bosley
It seems that I have to do this more often than I like. Only a month ago I posted “Ode to our "Little Boy" (11/26/07-1/8/16)”.  Now we have lost another member of our family—Cooper. We got him from our local animal shelter when, we believe, when he was about a year old. The story we got of how he came to the shelter was vague, but he was either a runaway or abandoned. How anyone could have abandoned this wonderful creature is totally beyond any rational thinking. I have now done 3 obituaries about our animals since beginning this blog. These are very difficult to do, but are cathartic to my soul. See “Life”. 
Coop's "please give me a treat" look.



Cooper, as you can see, was a beautiful animal. He loved absolutely everyone and seemed happy to the end. He would greet everyone with a smile (literally), a wagging tail and was never aggressive to any human. To a fault, he would greet everyone even if they were a hundred yards away. His greeting always meant jumping up onto you when he saw you and give you a great big lick. 

Coop's really intelligent look.
We are not sure exactly his breed, however, my wife found “Sprollies” after he was gone. This is an English breed mixing Springer Spaniels and Border Collies. Unfortunately most pure breeds and deliberate mixes and susceptible to different diseases. Springers are apparently prone to certain autoimmune diseases and he was no exception. He developed what we believe to be Myasthenia Gravis in his middle years and never recuperated. Compounding that, he probably developed carcinomatosis from which he rapidly deteriorated and eventually resulted in his euthanasia. The exact cause of his downturn is still a nagging question. 

This was again one of the hardest thing we ever had to do. Dogs are your children once the later are grown. They really do love you unconditionally and can never be replaced. They hold a very special place in your heart and once the hole is there, it can never, never be filled. We now have the ashes of 3 of our canine children on the mantle and we simply cannot bring ourselves to part with them. Maybe someday. 
Think I just peed look.

God I miss you Cooper. The thought of you will always bring a smile and tear. I will sorely miss our daily drives in the countryside and the tail-wagging smile which greeted me every time I returned home from work. Nikki and Milo told me to tell you they miss you as well and someday we will all, including Bosley and Sheba, be together again. 

My never ending love, 

DAD (IdahoAngler@live.com)

Tags:   Ode to my "Baby Girl" Sheba
            Ode to our Cooper John
            Ode to our "Little Boy" Bosley

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