Cooper is home from hunt school! Hurray! He is much better behaved and just seems more solid and confidant. And he looks like a barbarian:
In this picture, Coop’s in all his untrimmed glory. Look at those mutton chop sideburns! You can’t see it from this picture, but if his topknot were pulled back, you could see that those sideburns go up the sides of his nose and join the topknot at the V in his forehead. Except for the naked nose (and his naked tail and naked neck), you might think he was a (gasp!) poodle.
This picture also doesn’t show his legs. I purposefully have not trimmed his legs since July, knowing that we’d be going into the show ring in early December.
But did he come home with long, grown-out leg fur? No, he did not. Either someone has been cutting burrs and debris out of his feet and legs (not that likely), or his daily running through the fields and grasses at hunt school has torn or broken the fur off his feet and legs (more likely).
Come December, Jayme is going to help groom him to get his as handsome as possible for the show ring, and whatever she can do will be a miracle. But I know Russ will miss Coop’s nature-boy sideburns.
I’m just glad to get my Coop Man home.