Cooper has been living with us in Ames for almost a week now. He is a 1 1/2 year old male that was neutered on Thursday and looks to be all Golden. He has settled in very well. He loves other dogs, rawhides, Nylabones, and stuffed toys. We are working on crate training which he hated in the beginning but is really starting to get the hang of now. With a treat he will now go in all by himself. Good boy!
Cooper is a typical young golden energetic, playful, and loves attention. He loves his head and belly scratched and likes to give kisses. He rides well in the car, is starting to get used to the gentle leader, and makes sure he lets you know when someone is at the door or if he needs something (like if he wants the resident dog to give him the Nylabone). That happened earlier in the evening tonight and I couldn't figure out why he was barking until Mia got up and walked off, he took the bone and all was quiet again. He has shown no resource guarding of any kind towards people and the only thing I've seen him guard towards Mia is a rawhide. Cooper is a real easy guy to fall in love with. He has loved anyone he has met and likes to be around his people.
He can be a little unsure of new things at times but I think that is him just settling in. This afternoon I was trying on my wedding dress and walking down the hallway and he started barking and barking. He couldn't figure out what this big white thing on me was and had to make sure he checked it out first. It was pretty funny!
Cooper doesn't countersurf and knows sit and we are working on wait. I definitely think he is a pretty smart guy as fast as he picked up the crate training and would do great in an obedience class.
And for the best news of all Cooper has already found his forever home. Jim and Marilyn who transported him all the way from Minnesota to Iowa last Sunday decided that they really wanted to make him a part of their family! He will be going to his new home in a couple of weeks after he is all healed from his neuter and his new dad gets back from a business trip. His new dad gets to work from home most of the time so Cooper is going to be one lucky boy!
Here are some pictures of this lovable guy!
Cooper will be at the Waterloo Petsmart event this weekend, showing off what great dogs come from Ragom and showing off his new friend Bugsy that he will be meeting on Saturday morning. He can't wait to see everyone!
Just wanted to let everyone know that Cooper's adoption was finalized today and he is headed back up to Minnesota with his new family. Congratulations Cooper, Jim, and Marilyn, we will miss having him around here but are very excited that he has found his forever home!
Hi, Mr Cooper here...
Who says the number 13 is unlucky?? I am the luckiest guy in the world. I have been in my new forever home now for 11 days and I have been to the off-leash doggie park 11 times! I just love that place because I get to run like the wind and I get to meet lots and lots of other doggies, I just love meeting other doggies.
I also get to return the big favor RAGOM did for me by going with Dad on home visits where I can show people what wonderful dogs you can get with a mere click of a mouse, whatever that means! My Mom and Dad give me lots of hugs and lots of toys and really good food, my coat is getting really shiny already and I even had a lady at the dog park call me a "Super-model", she said I was gorgeous, tall and thin, a Super-model!
The fenced yard is great, whenever I need to do some business I get to go outside without a leash and git-er-done, what a concept. Dad won't let me run free off leash yet except at the off-leash park because I do not always come to him when he hollars COOOOPER, one of these days I will get to run free in our big 2 1/2 acre yard, I can't wait.
I have been wearing this thing Dad calls a Gentle Leader, I get a cookie for putting it on and one for taking it off after walks on the leash, I do not like wearing it, but it is well worth it, I guess!!
I have been hearing about this place on a lake with a big long dock that I can jump into the water from and also this place in the woods Dad calls the Deer Shack where I can chase critters all over the forest and collect wood ticks, I cannot wait to go to those places, they sound wonderful.
I miss my first mom and dad sometimes, they were very good to me too. I know they called RAGOM because they love me and want only good things for me.
I will let you know how I am doing again in a few months after I have seen this lake place and the deer shack.
Bye for now,
Mr Cooper, Coop for short!
Here is the update I promised in my last posting. I am very happy at my new home, I could use another dog to keep me company because I just love other dogs, but I get lots of attention here from Jim and Marilyn. I get to go to Jim's deer shack up north which I love, and I get to go to the lake cabin up in Rice, MN which I love even more! I also get to go on the road sometimes with Jim to do what ever it is he does! I love the water, so Jim has been playing water fetch with me quite a bit.
I am getting better on a leash and I'm doing much better off leash too. I will be turning two in October, so if Mom & Dad think I was fun before, wait till they get a load of me in my terrible two's !!
Oh ya, I completed the Better Dog 1 course at MVHS in June and received a passing grade, Yea! The picture with three Golden's is me on the left, my cousin Rosie on the right and my good friend Copper from up north in the middle.
One more thing, I want to say thanks to Jessica in Iowa for fostering me initially, you foster folks are awesome. Bye Bye, thanks RAGOM.
Hi, Cooper here.
Well, I have been with my new family now for about 1 year and 10 months. I am a very happy dog, I would still like to have a doggy companion in the house with me because I just love other doggies. Mom is going to retire soon so I am hoping that she will approve the idea that dad and I have been floating for quite some time!
I still get to go to doggy park quite often and I get to go to the deer hunting shack with Dad quite a bit, unfortunately though, the lake place is now closed for the season, I really miss swimming and fetching balls in the lake.
I have gained a little bit of weight, but everybody says that I am a very handsome boy.
Anyway, I just wanted to tell everybody that I am doing very well, I am very happy and I know that my new mom and dad love me very much. Merry Christmas to all of you wonderful RAGOM folks, and Thanks so much for all you do.
P.S. The new photo is me up at the Deer Shack November 2010.
Just when I thought life could not be any better, Dad buys me another new toy! Now we have a sidecar motorcycle to go to the beach and to the doggy park in.
At first I did not want to get into it, but when dad took me straight to the doggy park in it I was hooked after the second ride!!
I have been swimming allot this summer, and I just got home from 9 days at the Deer Shack where I got to hang out with Rosie and Copper again.
Thanks Ragom for all you good folks do.