Meet Cooper, the world’s most curious pup. He loves long walks, play dates at the dog park and sampling organic treats I can’t resist buying at T.J. Maxx.
Cory and I always knew we wanted to adopt a rescue dog. When a seven week old male Labrador Retriever mix came up for adoption at a local animal shelter, we jumped at the chance to meet him and it was love at first sight.
We’ve had so much fun taking our little guy on hikes, introducing him to our friends and laughing at his little adventures, like the first time he was brave enough to jump off the couch. But I’ll be honest, the first few months at home were not all puppy cuddles and games of fetch.
One of us woke up every two hours at night to take him potty outside in the freezing cold. I certainly won’t miss standing in the wet grass of our apartment complex at 3 a.m. wearing a headlamp, bathrobe and my husband’s hiking boots.
Sometimes he didn’t make it outside. We went through several rolls of paper towels cleaning up early morning accidents. Cooper also didn’t like being left alone in his crate and made sure we knew it, loudly. A few blankets even lost their lives during his teething stage.
But none of that matters because he’s just so darn cute.
Caring for a new puppy has taught us lessons about responsibility, compassion and patience. In our marriage relationship we’ve been challenged to communicate better, put the needs of a helpless creature before our own and be consistent with one another in his training. We’ve learned to ask for help, and are so thankful for both of our families who are always willing to watch him for us in a pinch.
Now at five months old, Cooper sleeps in his crate all night, has learned basic commands and his accidents are few and far between. Best of all, he’s friendly to every dog and person he meets.
Happy five months Cooper, we love you!