Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dogs of Marshwood Cottage: Cooper

Since we have four dogs in addition to seven cats, dogs are a very important part of life at Marshwood Cottage. It is long overdue for us to formally include them in our daily Cat of Nine Tales posts. 
We begin in order of their seniority (age).

This is Cooper, our 15 year old Jack Russell Terrier.

He’s been DP’s heart and soul, and inspired her to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

In his long and eventful life Cooper has been an Assistant Carriage Driver with DP when she drove a carriage in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

He was a professional model for Pet Edge pet supply wholesaler where many of his shots from 10 or more years ago can still be seen.

Cooper was a muscular and agile star athlete... 

kept buff by running in Flyball Tournaments for several years.

You can see him run in this video from 2009 (turn your volume down!).

He even earned his “Iron Dog” status for running Flyball for 10 years!

Cooper’s won many titles in Obedience Trials and was a Therapy Dog.

Today, Cooper is retired from active life. He has mellowed a lot!  Since he is 15 years old, he is going senile and has become a bit "lovably" goofy. He is now earning many new titles like "Old Man," Gramps," and "Cooper Magoo." 

Although the former athlete is arthritic, mostly deaf and mostly blind, he still enjoys a couple of walks a day in our woods and lives for treats.

Thanks for reading about Cooper!
We'll feature our other three dogs in the days ahead.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Cooper sure is a cool dog. Thanks for sharing his story with us.

  2. Mom loves JRTs! Cooper, you deserve to relax after all those years of competition!

  3. Wow, Cooper was (is) famous! Thanks for featuring him. :-)

    BTW, our human knows they're Jack *Russell* Terriers, but sometimes she inadvertently calls them Jack *Daniels* Terriers. LOL.

  4. Wow! Cooper is great! We like dogs. And we're delighted to see them included. Super glad to meet you!

  5. Cooper looks like a great dog. Those Jack Russells are something else. The good ones are just great. I have known a lot of good ones. Love the races. This was fun. Great post. Take care.

  6. Cooper looks like a lovely dog, and has done a lot of things during his life.


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