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My Darling Cooper, 2002-2015


Ask anyone who has loved a dog and they will tell you, the only bad thing about dogs is that they always die too soon.

My Cooper left me for the rainbow bridge on Friday, and I miss him terribly. I can’t tell you enough how wonderful he was, how sweet and full of love and joy. I never once saw him snap at another dog over food or toys, he never grumbled when I woke up him or moved him, and he would always give me a kiss, every time I asked for one.

He was also great at snuggling on the couch.


My sweet boy had a really hard start at life. You can read more about it here, but I just don’t want to go into it again. Instead I want to focus on his life with me, which began December 7, 2007. The moment I saw him I knew we were meant to be together, and I never had a second of doubt. I’d like to think his life from that moment on was full of happiness. 


I’ll admit I spoiled the heck out of that dog. He was even granted a lifelong free pass, meaning he could never get into trouble for anything! Not that he ever did anything wrong, of course. He was the best dog. We used to joke that he was just happy to be here, because he was always in such a good mood. 


He had a lot of medical issues, but we dealt with them the best we could and always kept him comfortable. He was such a little trooper. And he was ALWAYS there for me! He got me through my divorce, through Betty’s death, through my Dad’s death, through the terrible breakup that led to me buying my little condo that truly ended up being his forever home.

I believe with all of my heart that he held on as long as he did so that he could make sure I was okay. And once he knew that I was finally in a good place, he knew his work was done and it was okay to go. I love him so much and am so grateful for the nearly 8 years I had with him. I’m most grateful for his love, and for how he always took care of me. 

I’ll never forget you Buggy, and I’ll miss you forever! 



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  • Aimee B. September 28, 2015, 12:25 pm

    Aww, Barb, I’m truly sorry to hear about Cooper. My heart goes out to you. What a beautiful precious boy! That unconditional love they gift us with remains with us forever as do the paw prints left indelibly on our hearts. Sending you lots of love. (((hugs)))

  • JoAnn Lakes September 28, 2015, 12:34 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. It’s so hard when we lose our best companion.

  • Mary Ruth Harden September 28, 2015, 4:13 pm

    So sorry for the loss of you sweet pet.

  • Beverlee September 28, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Oh my Dog. That is the most beautiful freaking post I’ve ever read. You two were truly meant to tough out life’s shitstorms together. I’m so sorry for your loss but happy you found each other. On behalf of animal rescue, I thank you. I’m gonna go bawl my eyes out now….

  • Denise September 28, 2015, 7:45 pm

    Dear ((Barb))
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your precious boy, Cooper.
    The pictures of your handsome, sweet Cooper showed pure love. It’s clear that you loved each other very much – an unbreakable bond.
    It’s so difficult when a family member passes, but always know that Cooper is with you, in your heart. And that, he will always love you!

  • Marey September 28, 2015, 8:11 pm

    What a sweet, sweet boy. So sorry to hear he’s no longer by your side – but I’m sure your memories of your time together will continue to live on in your heart. Stay strong…

  • Starr September 28, 2015, 10:45 pm

    Oh Barb! I am so incredibly sorry for the loss of your sweet angel, Cooper. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  • Susan September 30, 2015, 4:21 pm

    So sorry to hear about Cooper – what an amazing journey for him that, thankfully for you both, landed him in your loving home.

  • Epicurean Vegan October 1, 2015, 5:10 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! We also just had to put our dog down two weeks ago–he was 8, so I understand how painful it is. My heart goes out to you.

  • Angie October 2, 2015, 6:54 pm

    I am so sorry, my friend. HUGS.

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