It’s tongue-dragging hot.
Way too hot for the Pacific Northwest. This afternoon, it was 107 degrees at Pepper’s, the training grounds in the Puget Sound area that Andy uses for his more-than-novice dogs.
And at WaterDog Kennel, it’s just about as hot. But Andy assured us that Cooper and the other dogs who stayed back at the kennel are all fine in the shady barn. They get fresh, cool well water four times a day, and the barn is staying in the 80’s.
Andy also said that Cooper “certainly has the desire.” That’s for sure. Going out and getting things has always been Coop’s passion, from when he was a little puppy.
Now, Andy says, Cooper’s retrieving, coming back, and holding (not dropping) the bumper.
He also added that Coop’s beginning to eat a bit better and cooperate a bit more.
OK, so that “beginning to eat a bit better and cooperate a bit more” worries me a bit. That means that, at least for awhile, Cooper wasn’t eating all that well and that he wasn’t really all that into it. Oh, dear.
I’d like to think that it’s because he misses me (and Russ) as much as I miss him. But I hope he gets over that and enjoys himself, like a little kid away at camp who comes to realize how wonderful camp can be.