Update on Cooper
Hi everyone, remember me? I was the person adopting the weimeraner and kind of freakin out about everything.
Well all of my worries were for naught.
Cooper is doing fine, never tries to jump into the water, he does chase the kitties, but since they come out when he's out, I think it's a game. He never barks at them or acts aggressive, so I don't think he would hurt them. He sees my husband and I on the porch picking them up and loving them, so I think he knows they are part of the family.
His favorite activities are fetching the ball and going to the beach. We go walking on the beach often and he absolutely loves it. We go when there is no one on the beach and we let him run. He never runs too far, he frolicks through the water and when he does get a bit ahead of us he stops and waits until we catch up. The only thing, he loves rolling in dead fish... yuck. Since I'm afraid of bathing him too much, when we get back I clean him with baby wipes. They work, since he doesn't have an odor.
I have lots of great pictures, but since I still haven't figured out how to turn them into thumbnails, I can't post them. If someone could help me out with that I'd appreciate it, because I have some great photos to share with you all.
If I have a complaint about Cooper, it is his constant need for attention. The way I deal with that is take him out first thing in the morning and play fetch for about 30 minutes to kind of release all that energy. I do it again in mid morning and then we try to go nightly to the beach, unless it is raining, which it has been doing for weeks now.
He is also very co-dependent and I mean very. He follows me everywhere, he is always underfoot. I can't tell you how many times I've almost killed myself tripping over him.lol. My neighbor says she couldn't stand having a dog like that, but it really doesn't bother me. I'm co-dependent myself, I'm happiest when I'm with someone, I have always hated being alone. Cooper is the same way. I guess what I'm saying is, I can relate to him. He is my buddy, I'm never alone. I can't say that I don't like that. However, it would be nice to have a few minutes out of my day that he isn't with me, just haven't figured out how to do that yet. We only have one vehicle right now and my husband needs it for work, so I can't leave the house or anything.
My husband loves Cooper, but I think he's a little jealous of him. If my husband and I are hugging, Cooper jumps up on my back. I have to repeatedly tell him to quit jumping, something he is getting better at, but still has a problem with. If my husband and I sit by each other on the sofa and steal a little kiss, Cooper has to jump up between us, licking my face. I think it's cute, hubby doesn't think it's so cute.
My husband says that Cooper is ruling our life. This worries me because I don't want my husband to resent Cooper. What he means by that is, when Cooper wakes up, we have to wake up. When we go anywhere, Cooper has to come with us, because I hate caging him (unless we have to). So my husband says that I want to go less places because I would have to cage Cooper. He's probably right, but I don't know how to change that. I can't stand caging him unless it's to go to bed.
I absolutely love and adore Cooper, he's my buddy, but I don't want my husband to feel like he's more important to me than him. However, I asked him over and over about adopting this dog. I told him it would be a huge change in our life and that it would be a really big committment. He still said yes. Well I feel like it is a like adopting a child. I know some people say animals are not human, but I love Cooper like I would a child and I treat him the way I would a child. Am I over the top here? I hope I'm making sense. I mean I know he isn't human, but I swear, he is so intelligent that it feels like he is sometimes.
I do have a question. I bathe Cooper once a week. We bought the Advantage flea stuff from the vet. He doesn't have fleas, so I'm thinking his skin might be dry because he scratches. Am I bathing him too much. I bought a natural oatmeal soap for him and I add virgin coconut oil, mixed with water to condition his skin and coat. Is once a week too much? Because he lives inside, it's important to me that he is clean, he gets in the bed with me when hubby leaves for work. Shhhhhhhh, don't tell hubby.
Anyway, I would post pictures, if someone could tell me how to turn them into thumbnails. He's soooo beautiful.
I hope all is well with all of you and your babies. Sorry it's been a while, but I am trying to get this business off the ground and I have a show coming up July 18th, so I've been real busy making products.