copper dog has been with our family for 99% of his eight years, and in that time he's gone from a crazy puppy to a lovable bad dog to a wonderfully good dog. along the way, he's also become a dear friend to our children, especially olivia. here's a little comparison of olivia and copper over the years.
olivia and copper were big pals from the very beginning. in this first pic, olivia is about 3 months old, and in the second pic, she was around 7 months old.
here, olivia is around 18 months old and is taking advantage of the comfort of her copper pillow
olivia is around 2 and a half here and is loving her copper pillow
i caught this shot this morning. with his mobility so greatly reduced, copper cannot get into the middle of whatever the kids are doing, so we make it a point to go to him to snuggle, pet, and talk to him. olivia often reads him stories...always ones about other dogs. this morning, she was listening to kidz bop on the ipod, and she decided to lay on copper while she enjoyed her tunes.
we're giving copper's new med regime another 5 days before we call his doc back and ask for the big guns. josh built a ramp for copper so he can get from the deck to the yard a little easier, and josh also took the futon mattress off its frame so he could sleep on it (it's been "his" couch since he was big enough to jump onto it. our goal, though, is for copper to be able to join us in play and take (short) walks with us and just generally have a good quality of life.