Cooper Yellow Labrador Retriever Male 3 Years Old ID #2762
June 28, 2020
Cooper continues to be a lovable joy in his foster home but is still looking for his forever family. A physically fenced yard is a must for Coop, not only because he LOVES exploring and hanging out in the backyard (sometimes all by himself), but he has also become quite the squirrel (and rabbit and cat) chaser.
Cooper loves going for car rides and going on walks.
And he also loves his quiet time too. As you can see from some of his blog pictures, he is quite the “lounger.”
May 16, 2020
Cooper had his first post-surgery 3-month follow up scope at VRC with Dr. Sadanaga on Friday (5/22). There was some regrowth of the tumor and Dr. Sadanaga was able to remove it with laser surgery through Coopers throat (no need for external surgery on Cooper’s neck). Coop is a little more quiet than usual but recovering nicely on soft food and medication for the next week. Another follow up scope will need to be scheduled in 3 months.
I wanted to work with Cooper on his “dog meeting manners,” since he still pulls and barks when we pass most other dogs on leash. Fortunately, some great Brookline volunteers offered to meet us with their 3 labs and see how Cooper did with introductions.
The first meeting was with Katie (a current Brookline foster) which went really well, as Katie is such a sweet calm girl (plus Cooper and Katie had briefly met once before in the VRC parking lot).
The next intro was with female Pepper who is very friendly and very energetic. Pepper’s exuberance did initially bring out some barking and pulling from Cooper, but after some verbal corrections, treats, and some walking, Cooper calmed down nicely.
Next came the intro with Colin (a super sweet male lab who can also sometimes be a little “barky”), and we were all pleasantly surprised to see that both boys were nice and calm around each other.
All in all, it was a great exercise and I was very proud of Cooper. I think the lesson learned is that the calmer the other dog, the calmer Cooper’s reaction.
April 14, 2020
Cooper is doing well and is enjoying sheltering in place (and all the extra time and walks) with his foster family. He continues to be a sweet affectionate boy who is always looking for head scratches and belly rubs.
He also really loves his time in the back yard – playing and exploring. We continue to work with Cooper who can still sometimes get “excited” (barking and pulling) when we encounter some dogs and/or people on our walks.
Coop really wants to please and has made great progress with listening to verbal corrections.
March 12, 2020
Last week, Dr. Sadanaga from VRC contacted us with the results of Cooper’s surgery.
What Cooper had in his throat was a chondroma (benign tumor), And although the doctor removed a sizable amount of tissue, there was not a completely clean margin on one side. Dr. Sadanaga is suggesting that Cooper be scoped again in about 3 months to check for any regrowth. If all looks good, he recommends another scope 6 month after that. If it starts to grow back at any point, Dr. Sadanaga would go in again to remove any new growth plus a little more tissue with the goal of still getting clean margins. Dr. Sadanaga said that he feels this could be completely curable as long as we “stay on top of it.” So, at this point, there may or may not be another surgery in Cooper’s future.
Otherwise, Cooper is doing great and just had a recent follow up appointment at VRC to get his staples out. I was so proud of how well behaved he was in the waiting room when seeing other dogs, and he also had a friendly meeting with sweet Katie (another Brookline patient of Dr. Sadanaga’s) in the VRC parking lot.
Cooper will be available for adoption soon, with the condition that Cooper’s new family go back to Dr. Sadanaga for Cooper’s follow up care. If this is not geographically possible, then Cooper’s new vet would be asked to consult with Dr. Sadanaga. Dr. Sadanaga has also offered to personally talk to any families that are interested in adopting Cooper if they have any questions.
It is not going to be easy for us to let go of this sweet boy, but our hope is to find an awesome family who will love and care for Cooper for many years to come
Happy Leap Year Day from Cooper who is doing so well after his surgery. The muscle man t-shirt is part of his wardrobe for now in case the shaved area around the incision on his neck starts to get itchy.
We did find out that Coop is a “pill-spitter-outer” so we had to change from pill pockets to bread and peanut butter to hide his pills.😁
Cooper’s follow up appointment at VRC is March 10th. And we should be getting the biopsy results sometime this week.
Cooper’s surgery has been moved back one week to February 26th due to another urgent case that required care this week.
In the meantime, Cooper is enjoying life with his foster family. He still loves that rocking chair but has also now discovered how comfy a new dog bed is.
We took a trip to a busy park this weekend to expose him to some different surroundings to see how he would do. (He rides really well in the car !!)
There were people jogging, playing basketball and tennis, kicking soccer balls, riding bikes and scooters, playing with a remote-control car – and Cooper just trotted on by. He didn’t even pay much attention to the geese in the park.
As far as Cooper’s behavior toward other dogs in the park, we worked on keeping Cooper within sight of other dogs but at a “comfortable” distance. He got rewarded (treats and praise) for staying calm, and he responded well to distraction and/or a verbal correction if he started to pull or bark. Overall, he did really well and this will just be something that Cooper’s fur-ever family will need to continue to work on with him.
Cooper is smart and really wants to please. He soaks up any and all attention and love that you have to give, and he has tons of love to give in return.
He loves belly rubs, head scratches and boy, does Cooper love that rocker! And, despite my attempt to keep him off of our other rocker by trying to block him with a large pillow, he instead found the “extra cushioning” quite comfy.
Cooper is one handsome, affectionate boy who deserves lots of love to make up for those years that he didn’t get any love. We will update Cooper’s blog after his surgery with hopefully all good news for this sweet pup.
Cooper’s biopsy on the mass in his throat came back negative!! No cancer or infection – just some inflammation and tissue granulation. His follow up at the vet is scheduled for January 14th.
Cooper continues to be a very sweet and playful pup who loves being around us and just can’t get enough affection. Many times he will sit very close to one of us and once we start rubbing his head and chest, we are really not “allowed” to stop which he communicates with adorable head nudges.
He loves to go for walks and for the most part is very good on the leash. He gets a bit excited (with some brief pulling and barking) if we pass another dog but takes a correction well.
He also enjoys playtime in the yard, and hopefully our neighbor’s cat won’t decide to visit, since Cooper’s history includes a high prey drive when it come to cats.
He is used to being on the furniture, which we don’t usually allow, but he looked so cute in my rocking chair that I had to take a picture of him before asking him to hop off.
When Cooper’s mom recently took him in to her vet to get him neutered, they detected a lump near his vocal chords. Cooper will be seeing the vet this week to get that further checked out.
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