After Dallas and Jim H. lost their boy Furio to Lyme Disease a year ago, they were a bit apprehensive about taking in Cooper. “I still wasn’t ready for a new baby after losing Furio, but we took Cooper in with open arms.”
In July, twelve week-old Cooper joined their home. His owner had been called up for military duty and couldn’t keep him.
Cooper required a lot of TLC in the first few months of his new life with Dallas and Jim. “In the first week I took him to the vet four times” writes Dallas. “I think initially coming from a pet store, not having his first set of shots until he was twelve weeks old and then being left in a cardboard box for eight hours a day took it’s toll on Cooper’s little body. He had herpes in both eyes, a virus, and then a diagnosis of severe food allergies. Dr. Kinkaid was a life saver. We talked every day, twice a day.”
“My Dad said Furio sent Cooper to us because he knew it was the best place for him to get the love and care he needed.”
“With his food allergies, Cooper did really well on prescription dog food, but he developed a ruptured disc in his back and had to be medicated with anti-flammatories, pain pills and muscle relaxers. Between these and plenty of bed rest he was able to avoid surgery. I felt bad for him; for a while he wasn’t able to see his friends and play.”
“Cooper did wonderfully at his first Christmas and only chewed up one ornament!”
“He truly enjoys his fenced backyard. We have an acre, so his job is to chase all of the birds, squirrels, rabbits and deer out of his area. He lays out on the back deck and naps but always keeps one eye open for intruders.”
“He had his first swimming lesson with Aunt Bandy.”
Striking a pose!
“He’s showing some behaviors that Furio had. Cooper loves playing with a blue hanger, nibbling on his Daddy’s ears, and car rides. I see Furio in him more and more as he gets older; both the good and the bad, but he’s also doing things we aren’t used to — like eating bugs.”
“This Monday, January 29th will be the one year anniversary of our losing Furio. It’s going to be a very rough day, but I know that Cooper will help us through.”
“We’re very grateful that his brother Furio sent him to us!”
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Welcome to The Daily Corgi, Cooper!
You’re cute as cupcakes, you are.
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See Cooper in action on youtube: