We drove an hour and a half north to get him. It was a hot, scorchy sort of summer day and my madras clad legs were sticking to the vinyl. So we rolled the windows down and Jason Mraz gave us the remedy. My curly hair whipped in the wind and I squeezed Justin’s hand a little harder, as the butterflies I’d been floating turned in to a full on stampede.
For thirteen years, I had dreamed of having a golden retriever. Ever since DJ Tanner got one on Full House. And apparently, that’s the kind of show that sticks with you. Because for thirteen years I’d dreamed of him….and now we were on our way to pick him up. Just an hour and a half more north and a few more sticky legs on vinyl.
When we pulled into the drive way, I was practically frenetic. A barely audible hum of constant energy in motion, as cell after cell crashed into one another like dominoes in a chain reaction. And this kinesis moved me forward.
Up the path and through the front door. And down a winding stair case to the den. Where three golden fuzz balls stood to greet us. A boy and his two sisters. I picked him up and held him at arms length as we two sized each other up. We stared like that in silence for a long time. Then I whispered, “Hi Cooper”… and he bit my ear.
And just like that, I found my new best friend.
On Monday, Cooper turned six. Six years of belly rubs, belly laughs, gimme paw, go get it, fetch it up, face in laps, face kisses, and more nick names than any dog should ever have to endure. Coo-coo Ca Choo. And our lives would have never been the same without him. So yea, I’d say it was worth the thirteen years. And y’know, an extra hour and a half of sticky vinyl.
So in honor of Cooper’s birthday we decided to give away some Cold Stone Creamery to one of you guys so you can go celebrate with him. :) Just leave a comment below and Cooper is going to “randomly” pick one lucky winner to receive a $25 gift card to Cold Stone. But just as a tip, he told me comments involving peanut butter and/or blueberry yogurt will get instant brownie points. :) And…..Go!!