I have ALWAYS been an animal lover. When I was granted a wish from the Make A Wish Foundation at a young age, I decided to get two little Yorkies, Lucy and Dobby. When Lucy and Dobby came home they quickly became part of our family, we loved them greatly and they showed us pure unconditional love back. They kept us warm, gave us kisses and made us laugh, pretty much everyday! They lived long beautiful lives together and we couldn’t be more thankful that they were a part of our family. They were our best friends. Lucy and Dobby, passed away peacefully last month. Dobby passed in his sleep with his sister by his side and a day later Lucy passed peacefully as well in bed with her mom. They were 16 years old at the time of their passings. Our family will miss them greatly and we are saddened by their losses, however we know it was there time to join God in his kingdom and we believe they could not have gone in a more beautiful and peaceful way.
In addition to Lucy and Dobby, another dog joined our family a few years ago. He is the goofiest, smartest and most loving little guy there is. Brady quickly stole our hearts when he joined our family. Once again we were surrounded by kisses and love all the time! Brady loved the yorkies to no end, he became the “protector” over Lucy and Dobby, his elderly siblings. Brady too shows us all unconditional love but he undoubtedly has one best friend…Brady AKA “B” became my Dad’s wingman, going everywhere with him and guiding him through opening his own business…. Tailor Made Dog Care, a dog daycare and boarding facility where dogs can go to run, jump and play 24/7! Brady loves his Dads choice in business!
After losing Lucy and Dobby, our home felt different… I felt myself longing for a “best friend” of my own. Lucy and Dobby gave us so many beautiful years, I knew they would want our family to keep going and provide another dog an amazing life like we did for them. My mom, didn’t seem to think a new dog was the right fit during this time in our lives…. but something in my gut kept telling me that it was the right time, that our family needed to welcome another member.
If you have been following my blog for some time, you would know that I have talked a lot about struggling with anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression took a huge tole on my life this year… I felt like I had a black cloud over my head, moving with me everywhere I went. When I saw my Dad with Brady and other’s with their dogs, I felt like I needed my own doggy best friend to help me through the ups and downs in my life. I saw the pure enjoyment dogs brought to their owners and craved that feeling I had felt before with my own dogs. I craved the unconditional love from a furry family member.
After a lot of encouragement (from me lol) my mom finally asked me if I wanted to go to the animal shelter and look at puppies. Of course, I did not hesitate, we hopped in the car and headed to the shelter! We met this amazing little guy with big goofy paws. My mom and I fell head over heels in love with this puppy. He showed us his warm, loving, funny personality right away… He felt like he belonged as a part of our family…. turns out, he did! That day, Cooper became a part of our family! I was filled with a burst of happiness when Cooper came home… He makes me laugh even when I feel down. He is there to listen when I feel anxious. He’s a complete snuggle bug all the time! He makes any little task feel like an awesome adventure. He is the best shot gun ridder on any car ride. And most importantly, he is my my furry best friend… the best companion a girl could ever want. I truly believe he was sent to me by God. Cooper has truly made my life brighter and improved my mental health immensely. Everyday we go on journeys together and spend the day side by side, enjoying every moment. Cooper keeps me active and most definitely keeps a smile on my face. Being Cooper’s dog Mom is an amazing feeling.
At the end of the day, I cant help but think that God has a plan for all of us. God only gives us the battles we are strong enough to handle and gives us everything we need to get through the toughest of battles. God gave me Cooper to help me through my battles. I am forever thankful.
Cooper…. Mama loves you endlessly! You are so much more than “a dog”. You will always be my best pal! Love you Coop