My Best Friend, Cooper

Welcome to the page all about my best friend, my dog Cooper.

Rewind to spring 2015. I was obsessed with animal shelter website. I'm not kidding...I literally went to various pages every day to look at their dogs. It didn't take me long to decide that I was going to adopt a puppy. I found the perfect puppy at the Augusta Regional Animal Shelter and I decided that I would go to the shelter to adopt her as soon as the semester was over. I have no patience...

As you might have guessed from the name Cooper, things didn't quite work out the way that I expected. As I mentioned, I'm so impatient. I knew that I wanted a puppy and I finally gave in two weeks before the semester ended. I called my old roommate, Victoria, on a Thursday after class and told her I needed her to meet me as soon as she got off work to go adopt a puppy. I immediately called the animal shelter to let them know I was coming to adopt "Myrtle"...who had just been adopted 20 minutes before I callled...

"Mooch" aka Myrtle's Brother

As it happened, Myrtle had a brother, Mooch. He was the only one left. After some prodding, Victoria convinced me to at least go look at him and the other dogs. As disappointed as I was after finding out Myrtle was gone, I took her advice and went to play with the pups.

The rest, you might say, is history. I took Mooch into the playroom and I immediately fell in love with him. He was spunky and playful and he never stopped moving. He finally calmed down when I started rubbing between his ears and under his chin. He just collapsed in my lap. I refused to leave the shelter or let him out of my sight for fear that someone else would scoop him up. I waited by the front desk while they harassed my landlord. "Mooch" left the shelter that day as Cooper. How lucky was I that I came when I did because, on our way out together, a family was on their way in to adopt him. We've been doing everything together ever since. He's definitely not so tiny anymore. In fact, he weighs forty pounds more than they expected him to weigh. It's all the same to me, even though I accidentally made him a lap dog and he doesn't realize how big he actually is. There's just more of him to love.

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