Happy Tails – Cooper and his new home!


About a week ago I went on my Facebook page and saw a note from a woman named Alex looking for photos I had taken at the Watertown Humane Society of her new canine companion, Cooper. I got overly excited (imagine that) and asked if she would write a story about how Cooper came into her life (and how he ended up all the way in Colorado). I absolutely love hearing from people who have adopted dogs I’ve captured.  It helps me know that what I am doing is actually making some sort of difference in the world.

When I met Cooper, he was a great English Setter – who happened to be a *bit* energetic ;). He had the most fabulous tongue after he zoomed around the kennel space:

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After I took these photos, I was hoping he would find a home that would understand this “bounciness”, and it sounds like he has moved in with the perfect patient humans:

So, we had rescued a dog back in 2004 and we lost him this past March due to kidney failure. It was a terrible loss and is still hard but I was so lonely after Todd died and the house was so empty so we knew we would get another dog eventually. The shelter thought Todd was maybe an English Setter/Australian Sheppard mix so I was looking at English Setter rescues just to see the dogs. We applied with OESR and they sent us a picture of Cooper and asked if we would be interested. He was so cute so we agreed to a foster to adopt situation. They tried to arrange transportation for him but someone ended up saying they were driving all the way to CO from WI so it was arranged for them to do the drive.

Cooper was purchased as a puppy but wasn’t fixed so he didn’t get along well with the owner’s other dogs. He eventually sold him to someone in Minnesota but that guy had the same problem with him not getting along with other dogs, so he took him back to Wisconsin and tied him to the original owner’s porch. That guy had already gone out and purchased a new puppy, so he went the next day and dropped him off at the Watertown Animal Shelter. I am not sure how OESR found out about him but that is how we came to have Cooper with us.

He had been in the animal shelter for two months when he got in his crate and was driven all the way out here to Colorado. Needless to say, he was a little hyper and wound up when we first got him. We were a little worried that things might not work out. All he wanted to do was bark and run around the house and we were used to having a calm dog. It was really stressful the first couple of days. I ended up getting him into some emergency dog training the next day and he gradually started to calm down. Thank goodness because we really wanted it to work out. I also thought there was some meaning behind the fact that Cooper came to us exactly 4 weeks after we lost Todd.

Now we have had Cooper for almost 3 months and he is a part of the family! It’s funny that Todd went through a couple of owners and was adopted and returned twice but he was the best dog and he was meant to be with us. I feel that same way about Cooper. He had a couple of owners who didn’t want him, and he ended up with us and we just love him to pieces. He is such a cuddle bug! He isn’t the best listener, YET, and he acts a little crazy sometimes, but he is ours and we wouldn’t ever dream of getting rid of him. Most of his time is spent with me and my boyfriend, Will. I have four kids who are not home for the most part. My daughter is almost 24 and is nearby but doesn’t live with us. I also have two 21 year olds an 18 year old boy. All are in college 2-3 hours away so they are only home sometimes. So far, they think he is a spaz and they are always telling him to “chill.” He is so cuddly though, I know they really like him deep down! He also has some “grandparents” who live in our neighborhood, Ann and Ron, who watch him when we are going to be away from home for longer than a couple of hours. They watched Todd for us for 10 years, pretty much Monday through Friday, and he loved them so much. I am glad that they are willing to watch Cooper and he seems to enjoy going to their house to visit too. I think that Cooper is still a puppy at 2 and in time he will settle down a bit more but he seems to get a little better every day. He’s especially cute when he is sleeping!

Here are a few photos Alex sent me as well – it looks like he is a very happy boy.  Thank you so much for letting us know how he is doing!!

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7 Comments on Happy Tails – Cooper and his new home!

  1. Alison Durell
    June 30, 2015 at 8:10 am (7 years ago)

    What a joyful ending for Cooper! Such a beautiful dog, and who can resist the energy exuding from his body and that tongue! Sometimes things work out as if they were just meant to be. The similarities to their rescue of previous dog Todd with Cooper’s story would seem that Cooper had a guardian angel dog watching over him. With love and a permanent home, a little more training, Cooper has the ending he deserves.
    Having done a lot of fostering and placement myself, I can appreciate how good it is to have follow-up on your photo sessions, Hannah. It makes your work so much more meaningful to know that one has had a small part in “happy tails a wagging in forever homes.”

  2. Diehl Elkin
    June 30, 2015 at 9:26 am (7 years ago)

    It truly makes my heart ache when I hear of adopted pets being returned. By the sounds of it the other two “owners” did not give him a chance, by not neutering him or training him or understanding that all dogs need an adjustment period. Thank God Alex has that understanding and is able to love him just where he is in his “manners path” right now. Thank you Hannah for the original photos that got his happy face out there and thank you Alex for understanding and loving this guy!

  3. Donna
    June 30, 2015 at 10:14 am (7 years ago)

    Great story! I’ve got 3 rescued pups, 2 of whom were full of — how did you put it — “bounciness” when we got them. They had each been through 2 owners each before we got them. Love them all to pieces and would never get rid of them. Now I’m just working on getting great photos of them like you do! Thanks for the photography lessons and great dog stories.

  4. Greg Le Grand
    June 30, 2015 at 10:53 am (7 years ago)

    These bird dogs are so full of energy. Not surprised he’s still going strong at 2. Our English Cocker is 6.5 and she’s just starting to appear like a ‘normal’ dog, whatever that is. Very happy for Cooper. His face shows he’s in the right place.

  5. Ann
    June 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm (7 years ago)

    We transported Cooper for Alex and fell in love with him…..a bundle of energy yes but with 4 setters we expect nothing less….glad we were able to make this happen

  6. Anne Brandolini
    July 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm (7 years ago)

    I love happy endings! I will never understand how people can abandon their pets. So glad Cooper got a third chance.

  7. Deborah D
    July 12, 2015 at 5:38 pm (7 years ago)

    So happy for Cooper’s Happy Beginning! And getting ’emergency training’…I love young Cooper’s family.

    I feel a strong urge to smack the first two ijit owners for not neutering him and committing some effort in training.
    Cooper ended up in a great place now, thanks for sharing his update!