12/13/2003 - 10/29/2019Yesterday we said goodbye to our faithful, amazing, miniature labradoodle who was almost 17 years old. Cooper, was truly the best dog with the kindest personality and our lives are better for his presence in our world.
He had grown very tired the past few months and there was no interest in the things that brought joy for so many years. Though the frisbee king title was retired several years ago, he loved treats in his ball, chilling on the sectional with family or enjoying his paws in the hot tub. But all of those favorites became things from the past and his quality of life was not fit for such a regal king. It’s a blessing to have peace in your heart when it is time to say goodbye and have the option to make Cooper’s end on this earth as peaceful as possible.
Thankfully, Dennis, Tobin, Muffin and I were able to spend one last evening and morning with Cooper. He ate Frosty Paws, Carrot Cake, Hamburger, Donuts and pancakes-all happy to oblige whatever treat was put in front of him. We each spent time alone with him and at the scheduled time of 1 pm, Dr. Maggie arrived. Cooper greeted her with a tail wag and sniff and Muffin barked. Dennis, Tobin and I all sat right beside Cooper talking turns petting and talking to him. Dr. Maggie knew the Cooper would enjoy a stiff margarita to begin the going home process so he received his margarita and we all stayed with him. We affirmed all the compliments that Dr. Maggie said about labradoodles and what great dogs they are. She commented on his pretty fur and color and we agreed, it was the best. We told her of his love for the water and love of chasing a frisbee in the river and lakes. Other favorites were his snow covered back yard, running away and eventually coming home on the walk of shame on Sunset Drive covered in various animal poop. Not to forget his partner in crime, we talked about him and Muffin tag teaming to chase squirrels in our backyard and catching several.
After 10 minutes or so, we knew he was so relaxed and ready to go home where Griffin and Grandma would be there to greet him. Another injection, and shortly after he was gone from this world, but not gone from our hearts. We ended our goodbye with this prayer.
Holy Creator, give us eyes to see and ears to hear how every living things speaks to us of your love. Let us be awestruck at your creation and daily sing your praises. Especially, create within us a spirit of gratitude for the life our our beloved, Cooper, who has lived among us and given us freely of his love. Even in our sorrow we have cause for joy for we know that all creatures who dies on earth shall love again in our new creation.
Naples, FloridaOctober 30, 2019
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I am so grateful I got to know Cooper. He was a sweet and loving dog. He will be missed.
Praying for your family❤️
~Jenny Hanson
Jenny Hanson - November 8, 2019
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