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To Cooper

If you come across this blog at some time, you may see the dedication on the upper right. A dedication to Cooper. If you don’t know us, you wouldn’t know who Cooper was. If you have known us for any length of time, you know and don’t need to ask. And, now after nearly a year since he passed, I can finally start to express my feelings about Cooper – at least in images, maybe not so eloquently in words. I’ll let these do the talking for me…no need to say he was a fine-looking fellow. This blog-post may change over time as I edit it with additional photos and text. I’d like to put the images in chronological order, or at least add dates to them where I can.

First winter (2000) - Japan House in the background.

Charging the photographer.

He could be feisty, as Kathy will attest to his early years – never mean, just independent. As you can see here from our Millennium New Year’s Party, he was not real happy about being picked up.

Millenium celebration at 909 front porch.

It is hard for me now to distinguish those years of Cooper that were pre-Henry…as Henry has become so much a part of our lives and appears in so many photos with Cooper. Looking back, Henry probably has as much reason, if not more, to miss Cooper than we do. Here’s one on the back porch at the old place and I can see we have already remodeled the kitchen and added the cupola over the deck (which would make it ~2005), so Henry must have been around somewhere.

Back porch at 909 (2005/06).

Cooper taking it easy on the bench at 909 (Spring 2005).

Sugar plum faeries, Kathy and Cooper curled up on my pillow as usual (around Christmas 2002).

Kathy with Henry and Cooper beneath the Sunsinger at Allerton Park (April 2005).

Allerton Park near The Last Centaur sculpture (April 2005).

Cooper and Henry in 2003 (professional photo, not mine).

Out at Parkland Community College (October 2005).

Nearly every summer we went to Michigan, either to Pentwater or to Grand Haven, always along Lake Michigan and the beach.

Near Grand Haven, waiting to get in the truck.

Windy day on the beach at Pentwater.

Enjoying a dip in a calm Lake Michigan.

Sun setting on an impatient Cooper, looking out the front porch, Pentwater.

Mixing it up with Henry on the beach (the tennis ball is no longer an issue).

The "dog monks" after a hard day playing, at Eleanor's cottage (photo by Jan).

Setting sun on the beach, "golden hour".

Smiling with Kathy on the beach, his last trip to Pentwater (2010).

My family portrait.

I still remember Cooper looking out over the water, late this one afternoon. I can’t help but wonder if he knew something was up – like he was trying to tell us something in the only way he could. There was no bird or boat to catch his attention, and maybe he was simply taking it all in knowing he would not get back.

Lakeward gaze (2010).

The Cooper sphinx (2010)!

I recall this next pic, because this was the summer my knee was in bad shape and prior to surgery we went to Pentwater (August 2005). I hobbled down to the beach at the Oceana clubhouse (no stairs there) and started up the beach while Kathy came to meet me with Henry and Cooper. It was windy and their fur is windswept, but they saw me and were heading my way without delay.

Not sure who's walking whom...(2005).

More to come!!

Finn’s First Winter

One of the joys of having a “puppy” is seeing his reaction to the first snowfall. Now, I will admit that our Finn is hardly a puppy anymore, at least in dimension. He is as large as, if not larger than, our Henry, which puts him in the 70+ pound category. But, mentally, he’s still a pup – full of crazy excitement at anything new – pulling me down the street (my tennis elbow is coming back!) and darting for such interesting things as a blowing leaf. And don’t get him started on squirrels, rabbits, and birds that happen to land nearby. So, I just wanted to publish a few photos of Finn (taken with my new Canon 7D, of course!). Pretty obvious that the cold does not bother him – and it shouldn’t – he’s got a fur coat that would keep an Eskimo warm!

Obviously not ready to end his walk

High spirited

Just a little snow on the nose!

Joining Henry for a chomp on a "log"

Two peas in a pod

Artsy Finn


Dogs (and People) on Vacation

It has been a tremendously long time since I posted anything here and I am feeling quite guilty about it. After all, what is the sense in doing this if you don’t post anything? Now, it has been so long and I have so much material I don’t know where to start! I thought I would start with something personal and humorous. It involves Kathy and me and the “boys” (Cooper and Henry) and our best-buds Laura & Gale and their two “girls” (Bonnie and Morgan).

We all spent a wild and woolly weekend in Pentwater, Michigan along Lake Michigan in a cottage my family spent many summer days when we were all much younger. I say wild and woolly because the weather on September 3 was as windy as I have ever seen it on the Lake. Small craft had no business being on the water and I would bet that many large craft stayed in that day as well. Actually, that is not the point of this post and I will take time at a later date to expand on the weather that weekend.

My purpose today was to talk about taking photos with animals in them. And, especially, animals and people together. And further, animals and people using a tripod and timer so yours truly gets in the photo as well! The idea was to get everyone in a photo together on the beach before the weekend ended. No problem, right? Yeah, try to get four dogs and four people all looking at the camera on cue.

Here’s our first try:

Get the picture? Pure mayhem!! Everyone was pretty well set until I ran out from behind the camera to get in position. But, when I tried to get there, Cooper and Henry jumped up to follow me. And, the wind was blowing so my cap started to come off (hence the hand to my head). We all looked up to smile for the camera, pausing only to wonder if the camera had already fired (it had). So, OK, let’s try that again. Everyone hold still…

Hey, not too bad! We, the people anyway, are looking at the camera and we even have a bit of a low-to-high people profile. Let’s try one more for good measure.

That’s about the best I could hope for without having someone with their finger on the camera trigger. I have many more good photos of us (of course, I’m not in them). Here are a couple of my favs.

There are many, many more. I will keep you “posted.”