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Kudos are in order: our friend Shari and her superstar Australian Kelpie Ozzie won “High scoring started dog” and “High Scoring Combined Other Breed” at the Australian Shepherd Club herding trial in Arlington, Washington last weekend! Shari tells us, “Ozzie was a Champion this weekend in Herding and handled & penned the most skittish sheep I’ve ever seen!” The great Ozzie is already an agility champion, and herding is just her latest challenge—“We’re hooked!” Shari adds.

Shari & her husband William also owned the unforgettable Australian Kelpie Nick Nick, one of our all-time favorite canines, and a champion both in the arena and in our hearts.

Here’s a photo of Ozzie when she was just starting her herding career — nothing quite like that Kelpie intensity!

Congrats, Ozzie & Shari!!!!!!!     xoxoxoxo  Cooper & Swirl

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It’s only 17 miles up the hill, but spring comes late at 5,200+ feet…

We met new friends at the top of the ridge:

Owen the Lab, taking a sun break with his ski buddies.

And a talkative Gray Jay …

It felt like we were on top of the world & could see forever …

It made Swirl smile …

… and Cooper wag his tail–can you tell?

For these pound pups, it was a great day to be alive!

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Have you ever-so-gently HALF awakened your beloved pooch…

 … enough so that by raising his head just a tad, his body

…now unbalanced

begins to slip…

…and without quite waking completely,

…he is fully rearranged but still sleeping

–except at a lower elevation? Ha!

Priscilla caught our fav Boxer bad boy Jack doing just that.

Sweet Dreams, Jack!

zzzzzzzzzz…

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Not to the rainy Northwest, or the snowy East Coast…. We think they’ve all… gone to Macy’s!

Our friend Patricia checked out the incredible floral decorations at the venerable NYC institution, and they were spring-delicious, but what we loved to see were the photos from the pet parade held to welcome spring to the Big Apple!

From Basset Hounds to Bulldogs, Cooper wished he could join their fun in the sun…

Now, if spring would only come to us, too!

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Like us, our fav Boxer boy, Jack, would like to shake off the last of winter’s snow!

“Snow be gone!” says  the Coopster. We second the motion!

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It certainly has seemed like the longest winter on record… so we welcome the first day of Spring with a celebratory chat between Cooper and his favorite little Jack Russell Terrier in all of the the Lone Star State, Bella.

She’s got a big family to look after: Randi (one of the best darn equine photographers we know!), her husband Greg, daughter Abbi and their 4-legged family: Alex, Miss Texas, Uncle Fluffy, Swirl (yes, there’s another Swirl! meow) Baby and Smokey. With so many to look after, Bella doesn’t have a moment to dally, “Hey Coop — y’all ready to chat?”

Cooper: Bella, you were sure a little cutie pa-tu-tie! Should we all call you Bella, or do you have a nickname you prefer?

Bella: Now don’t tell, Coop, but at first I thought Miss Naughtiness was my name… I look innocent, so I can get away with murder! But now that I don’t bite ankles quite so often (have you tried them, Coop, quite tasty!), I prefer to be called Bella.

Cooper: I, too, am trying to resist the urge to nibble on shapely ankles, Bella… So, what do you chew on instead?

Bella: Uncle Fluffy. That sweet cat is my fav chew toy. Nothing compares! Tho once in a while, Miss Texas will tell me to take it easy on the cats…

Cooper: Miss Texas? Who’s that?

Bella: Miss Texas is our watch dog supreme, but she has a warm and fuzzy side, especially when she calls me LLC: little, loud & clueless… isn’t that sweet?

Cooper: Hmmmm…. Miss Texas could be right!

Bella: What? … I have another favorite toy, Coop–my green rope! Do you play tug-o-war? Come and  play–I’ll share! Alex is always too busy to play…

Cooper: Now, who’s Alex? Such a big cast of characters!

Bella: At 11-years-old, Alex is our elder statesman. He speaks with an Australian accent, and definitely is the ‘smart one.’ Alex trained me to jump up into the back of the truck. Isn’t that cool?

Cooper: That patch over his eye is quite dashing, don’t you think?

Bella: Sure is, Super Coop! Got to run–spring & Uncle Fluffy are calling me!

Coop: Nice talkin,’ my pint-sized Texas friend with the 10-gallon personality!

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Nearly a dozen years ago, we met Cindy Rackley as part of a big story for Horse & Rider magazine on ‘animal communicators,’ and discovered that Cindy was trained in many alternative healing therapies for both people and pets, such as reiki and homeopathy. For years, she’s also been deeply involved with the Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary in California.

So, it came as little surprise that her son, Cody Rackley, would be the co-founder–with Jill Anderson–of something as grand as Shadow’s Fund and the Sheltering Oak Sanctuary, a rescue organization devoted to senior dogs and other canines whose sad fate leads them to crowded shelters with a slim chance of adoption.

Shadow’s Fund is named for that smiling senior citizen pictured in this post, who was abandoned by his owners after he’d given them 15 years of devoted service.

No way!” Cooper says. But wait–this has a happy ending, little Coop…

Cody and Jill brought Shadow into their family, and he brought them the mellow companionship and understanding heart that senior dogs just seem to acquire over the years. Here’s a link to their tribute to Shadow–and as our friend Priscilla would say, we double-dog-dare you to watch it without a getting a little ‘sand’ in your eye…

And so Cooper and Swirl would like to thank Cody and Jill for their determination and steadfast devotion to all critters who are down on their luck, thru absolutely no fault of their own. We support you, 100%!

“A wag-of-the-tail to Cody and Jill, and Shadow’s Fund!” says the Coopster.

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Recently, our friends at 2 Brown Dawgs bestowed upon us a special honor, when they shared their Stylish Blogger Award with us at CooperAndSwirl…. “Hey, Thanks!” sez Super Coop.

We have just two things to say:

“Happy Birthday Thunder!” says Swirl. “He’s 1 (very handsome) Brown Dog.”

And we’re honored to be a part of a very talented blogging scene, that constantly involves, informs and incites loads of laughter and fun. We can help create a more dog-passionate Universe, by putting one paw in front of the other …

So, Thanks!

“Does this mean we get treats?” asks Cooper.

Sure, and it means we get to pass the honor on, which we are delighted to do, very soon…..

 

 

 

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When we last saw Little Gorda, she was doing handstands in the snow! Actually, we also saw her in video on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, doing that amazing walk on her front feet across the snow … But now, this precocious, TV star terrier is about as weary of winter as the rest of the country… Is Spring coming, Gorda?

Here, Gorda, sister (in spirit) to our fav bad boy Boxer, Jack (who loves pillows) is doing reception duties for her owner & our great friend Priscilla and her husband, and waiting and watching… for Spring.

“Can you see it coming, Gorda?” asks Cooper wistfully… “It must be just around the corner.”

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Jack, casually, “What pillow?”

 

Cooper, “Jack, you know, the pillow with the white cover? …. “

Jack, “Yea? Whattabout it?”

… a special thanks to Priscilla for sharing this de-light-ful photo of our favorite bad bad Boxer boy!

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The forecast was ‘cold & clear’ –and the morning was both–so we headed to a little bay by John Wayne Marina. Yes, THAT John Wayne donated the land for this pretty little port. Although the tide was out & the sands were perfect for beach combing, with the temperature stuck at freezing, we decided to forego the water & waves, and explore on the grassy path …..

It turned out to be a good choice, because we met other intrepid walkers and made a new friend–a little Pekingese dog!

His name was Perki, and he was 10-years-old. “I’d never guess it,” says the Coopster. “He was quite spirited & spry!”

The Pekingese–also known as the Lion Dog–is an ancient breed which originated in China over 2,000 years ago. There is a magical legend about the breed:

A lion fell in love with a butterfly. But the butterfly and lion knew the difference in size was too much to overcome. Together they went to see the Buddha, who allowed their size to meet in the middle. From this, the Pekingese came.

One Chinese Empress said, “Let the Lion Dog be small; let it wear the swelling cape of dignity around its neck; let it display the billowing standard of pomp above its back.”

“We were all ‘billowing’ in that cold wind!” says Cooper wryly.

Too soon, it was time to move on & explore more. Bye Perki, great to meet you!

 

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With word that a late winter snow was forecast, we went to our local co-op feed store to stock up on critter supplies, and much to our delight the manager Jeffrey had his #1 helper at work–his fabulous Golden Retriever, Scooter. That dog takes his job seriously, meeting & greeting with boundless goodwill and a dazzling smile.

Scooter didn’t even object when we asked if he’d pose on a bale of hay (we’ll take a ton, Mr. Salesman Scoot, you’ve sold us!)… even tho that domain in usually reserved for the barn cat.

Scooter joined Jeff over 4 years ago, when he was just a wee pup, and co-op customers have watched as the lanky Golden Boy has grown up and up and up (“He’s a tall glass of water!” Cooper says). When Jeff’s at his computer, Scooter takes a well-deserved break in the their office.

Our friend Scooter epitomizes all that is good & great about Golden Retrievers… their loyalty to family, the enthusiasm they shower on their friends (BTW which is everyone!), and their kind & generous natures. Swirl wasn’t with us at the co-op, but if she had been, we could imagine a conversation between our pert Miss and that dashing Scooter, much like the one between Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant in the classic movie, Charade:

Swirl: “Do you know what’s wrong with you, Scooter?”

Scooter, suavely: “No, what?!”

Swirl, demurely: “Absolutely nothing.”

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Some people just bring out the best in their dogs, and this surely could be said for the owners of Mishka & Moki. While the Alaskan Husky is renown for stamina & athleticism, their intelligence and devotion are beloved by their fortunate families. And who wouldn’t like a relative just like Mishka?

Look out Justine Bieber — Mishka has her own youtube channel & her song is climbing the charts!

If you need some smiles on a gray or snowy day, click here to meet Mishka and listen to her sing!

OR, enjoy this conversation with Mishka:

 

“Good Dog!”

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Hold the presses!

Cooper and Swirl’s best little buddy, Precious, tells us that:

it’s Aunt Marge’s 90th Birthday this week!

“Now, that’s headline news!” Super Coop declares. “Hey Precious, wake up sleepyhead … I guess somebody must’ve partied hardy at the Birthday Bash!”

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Cooper and Swirl’s great friend Priscilla shares this sweet vintage photo of her husband’s father, Billy, and his Boston Terrier, Jackie, circa 1922. Priscilla has a couple of revealing stories about that angelic-looking little boy and his napping pup …

“Billy grew up in New York, so that’s where the picture was probably taken. His father was a violinist in burlesque theaters, but also played Carnegie Hall! Bill did not get the musical gene, but went on to become a big Pentagon mucketymuck. And he always liked dogs.

Many years ago, when my husband and I had a Boston Terrier, Bill asked my husband what Boston Terriers did. He asked this while the dog was snuggled on his lap. My husband answered, “She’s doing it, dad.” …Bill clarified his question with, “I mean, do they hunt, are they for sport, working dogs — what were they intended for?” … But my husband insisted, “She’s doing what she was bred to do: sit on your lap and keep your knees warm —  that’s it.” … He left out: they bite bad little boys….

You see, Bill once said to me, categorically, “I don’t like Boston Terriers.”  Why is that? I asked. “Because one bit me when I was a kid,” he said sullenly, and pouted like he was 5-years-old… What did you do to it? I asked… Indignantly, he said, “That’s just what my mother said!” But he never told me, what he had done … Yea, he was 5, you know he did something …”

“We love this photo,” Cooper says, “and thank Priscilla for sharing it with us!”

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