In the 9 months I’ve had you, we have had so many ups and downs. There were nights I cried because I thought I would never get to sleep, and there were days I cringed as you barked at every dog in the park. However, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t worth it. As you approach your first birthday, I look back on those nights when I carried you down the stairs 3 or 4 times so you could go to the bathroom. The times where I had to stand out back in all kinds of weather because you were too afraid to go out on your on. I laugh remembering how I had to (and still have to) chase you around the dog park because some dogs don’t enjoy you barking in their face while you try to play. I shudder every time I walk by the two custom-made couches that you ate for dinner while the cheap hand-me-down is still intact. I get so angry when I think how neither of the cats can live in peace because you think they are toys meant for you. But I smile when I wake up in the middle of the night to your face staring at me, asking if you can come in the bed. And I love how you try to be your best and to stay focused while on our runs–despite there being squirrels at every turn (and I know how much you love squirrels). Nothing makes me appreciate you more than when you are absolutely exhausted but follow me into every room of the house and pass out at my feet each time I stop. I love when we play hide-and-go-seek with treats around the house. You are a hound yet you can’t seem to smell anything. It cracks me up how every person at the dog park knows who you are, not only because you are loud, but also because you love to walk and stand in-between everyone’s legs. It brings the biggest smile to my face when I take you to a lake or on a hiking trail, running around like crazy with your tongue out the side, but you check back to make sure I’m OK every couple of minutes . But even with all of this, nothing can beat the moments when you come over to me and put your head on my shoulder and close your eyes. And when I tell you that I love you, you respond with a gentle lick to my cheek. What makes it more special is that I am the only person who you do this to, despite the amount of people in your life that love you. I can not thank you enough for picking me as your human. I love you so much Cooper. I look forward to many fun days to come.
Posted by Rachael Grosso