Cooper of the Adirondacks

Our journey with our rescue dog Cooper began in March of 2015, just a few months after our 12-year-old Golden Retriever passed away. We knew that if we were to get another dog, it would be a rescue. So we went to look one snowy day at our closest ASPCA, almost two hours away, in Queensbury, New York. My husband Mark and I both fell in love with the same dog, a 6-month-old mixed breed that had the physical traits of a herding dog. It seemed like it was meant to be. He was easy to train and very obedient. The day we brought him home and took him outside, we realized he had never seen snow. He didn’t even want to put his feet on the ground, but how quickly he adapted to life in the Adirondack Mountains. It’s almost three years later now, and he loves the snow – so much so that he makes puppy angels on command. He has a lot of dog friends, but his best friend is a Golden Retriever named Fergus. We drive to visit Fergus, and Cooper jumps in the back of the Subaru as soon as he hears Fergus’s name! Cooper is also very protective of our 12-year-old granddaughter, and he sleeps in her room when she visits. He loves to “talk,” and he tries to enter conversations, turning his head to listen to every word. How blessed we are to have him in our lives. The picture shows our fifth Subaru, a 2017 Outback, and we also have a 2018 WRX!

— Patricia Cerbo, Speculator, New York