Monday, April 30, 2007

Shout-out to Emmy

Thanks for the comment! My mother showed me your picture, you're very pretty. I don't know what "getting married" means, but if you're willing to share your toys, we can get married. Come visit us soon!

Why do parents have to work?

This morning mommy and daddy woke up early for once. Mommy and I went on a walk and met a nice lady who gave me a treat. She's my new friend, I will be looking for her every morning when we go on a walk. I had a few meltdowns on my walk, but mommy made me sit and helped me to calm down. Sometimes I just can't control my excitement! I get so excited that I start jumping around and I can't stop! I think that might be why my first parents gave me away. I'm glad I have new parents that will help me learn to be calm, because mom says people like calm dogs -- and I want everyone to like me!

Then mommy worked from home. I laid right next to her on the floor. I was very good, because mom said if I was bad, she would never be able to work from home ever again. I don't know why she can't work from home all the time. I promise I would be good.

Today we got new furniture in the living room. I'm not too sure why it's called the living room, because no one lives in there. I'm not even allowed in there! I got so excited when the delivery guys came, I couldn't contain myself. I wanted to greet them, but mommy wouldn't take the gate down from the kitchen doorway. She went to greet them, and I wanted to go too, but couldn't because of the dumb gate. I didn't know what to do, I was soooo excited! So I jumped up on the kitchen table. I don't know why, but I just couldn't help myself!

I wanted to supervise the delivery people, but wasn't allowed. Mommy said they might drop a sofa on my head. She kept me gated in the kitchen and family room. I stood guard at the doorway and supervised from there. The delivery men were very nice, they let me give them hugs. I think that deep down inside they really wanted me to help them.

Then mom took me on another walk. I was very good on this walk. Sometimes, when I felt myself start to get excited, I would sit down on my own. I'm learning to figure out when I'm getting excited and how to calm down. Mom says she is very proud of me and that I'm a very smart dog.

After we came back, mom changed her clothes and went to work. I had to go in my crate. I don't mind going in my crate, and mom says she has to go to work so she has money to buy me toys and dog food. So I guess I can live with her going to work, because I sure do love toys and dog food!

Sunday, April 29, 2007


Today was a great day! Mommy and daddy slept in again, but once they got up I ate breakfast and mommy and I went for a long walk. We met another golden retriever on our walk and he was mean. He kept trying to jump on me, so I hid behind mommy. Then he decided he wanted to come on our walk with us. He was very rude running around in people's yards. I walked like a gentleman and stayed with Mommy. At the end of our walk, we went back to the other dog's house and rang his parents' doorbell, but no one answered. It was sad that there was no one there to take him inside. Maybe that's why he was so rude, he didn't have nice parents like I do.

So we came back and then we spent sometime in the back yard. I love the backyard. I could sit out there all day, as long as mommy or daddy would sit with me. I also met my new next door neighbor Joe. Joe says I'd make an excellent bird dog. He seems nice. I also met Joe's dog Peaches who is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Which is a pretty big name for such a little dog. I was very brave since we were separated by a fence and I barked at her. She just rolled her eyes at me.

Then daddy took me on another walk, and I came in and took a nap. When daddy walks me he walks really fast and sometimes even runs with me! It really tuckers me out. When I woke up, there was another golden retriever at the porch door. Mommy said it was my Aunt Tori. She looks exactly like me! We must be related! Aunt Tori came with my new grandma and grandpa. I love my grandparents! They were so nice to me, they brought me toys including a fun new squeaky ball. They both, especially my grandpa, made a big fuss over me. They both kept saying what a good dog I am.

Aunt Tori and I played outside. Then we came in and ate dinner. Aunt Tori took up all the space under the table so I had to lay under mommy's chair. I stayed there all through dinner. I didn't mooch once! After dinner we had a cake for mommy and grandpa's birthdays. Mommy says it's not polite to tell you how old she is, so I won't mention it.

Then, after dinner, I learned about something called the "Cake Fairy." Apparently, somehow, cake gets into dogs' bowls after the people eat. I love the Cake Fairy, I hope she comes to dinner every night! But mommy says she only comes on special days.

Grandma and grandpa left after dinner, and mommy and daddy took me on another walk. Mommy keeps telling me how good I was today. She says she is very proud of me.

I'm really beat after all the fun and excitement from today...and from all the walks! Now I'm going to nap until it's time to go to bed.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

I have a new home!

Hi! My name is Cooper. I'm a one year old golden retriever. My parents just adopted me last night from the Golden Retrievers In Need Rescue. They drove the whole way to Ohio from Pittsburgh just to get me. I had been staying with foster parents for close to two months. They were very nice and took great care of me. They were very patient with me, even when I wasn't so good. They had some cats who drove me crazy. The cats kept taunting me by doing things that I thought I couldn't do, like walking on the coffee table or the back of the couch. But I showed them, I got right on the table just like the stupid cats. I miss my foster parents and foster brother, but I sure don't miss the cats.

Anyhow, after spending a few hours at my foster home, my new parents decided that they loved me and wanted to take me home with them, and late last night, I drove with my new parents to Pittsburgh. They tried to put me in the back of the car, but I was very lonely back there, so I jumped into the middle seat, then when my new mom got out of the car, I jumped into the front seat with my new dad. They told me I couldn't drive with my dad, and made me sit in the back seat with mom. That was okay, I slept most of the way with my head in her lap. About two hours into the ride, I woke up and started to eat my luggage that my foster mom had packed my bed in. My new mom then hid it from me.

After two and a half hours in the car we got to my new home and I explored the back yard with my new dad and then came inside and explored the inside. I sniffed absolutely everything in the house, and stole a stinky sock from the hamper. Then I went into my crate and went to bed.

We slept in in the morning, and when we woke up, my new parents tried to take me on a walk. It was raining and I was starving, so I pretended like I didn't like walks so they'd let me come in and eat. It worked! I ate breakfast, then we played for a bit. I love my new daddy. He's definitely the boss. My new mommy, however seems like she might be a bit of a pushover.

My new dad left in the car, and I was home alone with mom. I got a little nutso and tried to eat her arms. She tried to get me to stop, but I didn't listen. So she went and got on the telephone. I heard her say my name and that I was wild and needed some help with my manners and that I would benefit from going to school. I'm not sure what that meant, but I didn't like the sound of it, so I tried to eat the phone while she was talking on it.

After she got off the phone, I tried to make nice with my mom by making her laugh. I chased my tail for a good 15 minutes. I actually caught it a few times. She took video of it. Maybe she'll let me post it for you all to see.

Then we went for a walk around the neighborhood, and mommy said I was very good. We saw a kitty, and I didn't even try to chase her! The walk tired me out for a bit, so I took a little nap until daddy came home.

Now daddy is home and we're watching the football draft. They say I am now a Steelers fan and can't root for the Browns anymore. Mommy also says I have to stop being an Ohio State fan and have to be a Penn State fan.

My latest trick is that I figured out how to get into the bay window behind daddy's chair. I learned that from the cats.

I'm feeling a bit antsy, I'm going to go pester my new parents and get them to play with me. I'll write more later, I hear tomorrow my new grandparents are coming to visit and will be bringing my Aunt Tori.