“Main man” has been one of Cooper’s many nicknames over the years. I’m not sure where it came from… I’m thinking it’s from some movie or TV show.
And even with today’s events, he will still be my main man, my pretty boy, my belly-rub boy, and all those other masculine, boy-type things.
What happened today? Cooper was neutered.
I have long resisted this surgery. I have always believed that a dog or bitch needs their reproductive organs from a health perspective, and with Cooper especially, because of his SLO (an auto-immune disorder), I wanted all his hormones in place to support his immune system.
But with Tooey’s being spayed, I began to see that such surgery can be a good thing. She had increasingly suffered from false pregnancies and mood swings, and since we wanted no more puppies from her, spaying seemed the kindest thing to do.
Because of Cooper’s SLO, his elbow dysplasia, and his cataracts, we’ve always known that we would never use Cooper to sire any puppies. So that was not our issue. And throughout his puppyhood and adolescence, Cooper had all of his hormones to help his body and mind develop properly. So that wasn’t the issue either. The issue now is that with a new boy in the house, we could see tensions between them escalating beyond what we could handle with discipline and training.
We tried other things first, including talking to Carlin’s and Cooper’s breeders and the owners of their sires; consulting a behaviorist; employing various discipline and training tactics; and simply keeping the two dogs separated. All of this helped, but nothing seemed to really de-escalate the tension. And also, their conflicts made me very stressed and unhappy, and I’m sure my stress added to theirs to make everything worse.
Nothing was working, and all the breeders and experts were recommending that we neuter Cooper. Still, I resisted.
It’s only when we began to seriously consider finding Carlin a new home that the idea of neutering Cooper began to seem the only thing left to try.
So we made the appointment, and today Cooper was neutered. I hope neutering helps enough to make it worth it.