They say time flies when you’re having fun and it’s certainly true when I think about the 7 years that have passed since I brought Cooper home from the RSPCA!
He’d been abandoned just after Christmas 2012 at the age of about 3 months, an unwanted Christmas gift most likely (some people are arseholes!) I’d wanted a dog of my own for some time so in the new year my ex, Dave, and I went to have a look in some shelters. There was never any question about whether we would buy from a breeder, it just wasn’t an option. Not with tens of thousands of healthy dogs euthanized in shelters every year in the UK.
We looked around the Dog’s Trust, Merseyside Dog’s Home and finally the RSPCA in Halewood. And that’s where we found Coops, though he was called “Tails” at the time. Probably because it never stopped wagging! He bounded over to me as soon as they let him out of his cage, wiping his snotty nose all over me as he had kennel cough! But that was it, I was in love!! We had to leave him there for a couple more weeks to recover and get neutered but on the 31st January 2013 our lives changed forever!
It’s been a rolloercoaster living with this guy! There have been plenty of tears of frustration and I threatened to take him back to the dog’s home on numerous occassions in the early days! I’ve been worried sick about him at times and thought I was going to lose him on one occassion. I’ve had lots of changes in my life (including splitting up with Dave and becoming self employed full time) BUT he has always been by my side! He never fails to put a smile on my face and most days I actually laugh my head off at something the big dope has done! I’m so proud to be his mum and so grateful his first family didn’t want him! He’s my best friend and soul mate and I can’t imagine my life without him!
I love you Fathead, you little shit!!
Doggy photo-shoot at home
To mark our 7 year anniversary I decided to update his modelling portfolio with a little shoot at home. He’s had a camera shoved in his face since the day we met so he’s a pro now! It does still take several treats to get him to co-operate though, he’s not soft!