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Cooper the Socialite Dog Entertains Neighborhood by Hayley Sanders him, the Bryans say he is o-f~ ~ou"~n-~nal always waiting at the gate Fans of veterinarian au- thor, James Herriot, might remember the story Oscar the Socialite Cat, about a tabby cat named Oscar who spent his time making friends, working and attending neigh- borhood social events. Imag- ine the surprise of the Bryan family of Halfway when they discovered fheir dog, Cooper, was the golden retriever ver- sion of Oscar. Cooper's story begins four years ago when he was one of nine puppies born to Ron and Nancy Neal's golden retriev,- ers in fall, 2006. That winter, he was adopted by Andrea Bryan as a birthday present for her sister, Stephanie, who had spent several months recovering from a debilitat- ing illness. Andrea hoped that a new puppy would help en- courage Stephanie to get bet- ter and help the whole family heal from the loss of their beloved Malamute, Ollie, who had died a couple years be- fore. Stephanie named her new puppy "Cooper" because her horse was named Archie, and Betty Cooper was a friend of Archie in the comic strip. They knew right off the bat that he was special. "We got an angel dog," said mom Lauri Bryan. For Stephanie, he was the "perfect nurse dog" and the whole family fell in love with him. It wasn't long after that the rest of the neighborhood followed suit. The Golden Retriever is a sporting breed originating in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s and used predomi- nantly for hunting birds. De- veloped by Lord Tweedmouth, the retriever we know today is a combina- tion of the now extinct Tweed Water Spaniel, Irish Setter, and Bloodhound. They have a soft mouth for returning game und i,/ i a.ged, their dense inner coat protects them from dbl'd/~nd the outer coat is water repellent, so they love the water. But it is the retriever's intelligence, gentle temperament, loyalty and eager-to-please attitude that has made it one of the Photo by Hayley Sanders LAURI, RICK AND STEPHANIE BRYAN with their "an- gel" socialite, Cooper. most popular dog breeds. Not only do they generally make great family pets, but they are frequently used as ser- vice dogs for the handicapped, as drug detectors and for search and rescue missions. Like most golden retriev- ers, Cooper is extremely so- cial and loves people. Even as a puppy, he was always ready to greet visitors, could play fetch for hours and was gen- erally up for any activity. He has been taught to under- stand various commands and directions and could even be trusted to carry the lead rope when Rick Bryan was break- ing a colt. But the first hint that Coo- per led a "secret life" came when their neighbor, Joy Cole, who lived a couple miles up the road from the Bryans, called to let them know Coo- per was at her house. "Rick went and fetched him and we decided to chain him up because we didn't want him running all over," said Lauri. "He was very de- pressed about being chained up." Shortly after that, Joy called and said, "I didn't mean to have him chained up, he Library District Gets Adler Grant Baker County Library Dis- trict was awarded a grant for $10,000 from the Leo Adler Community Fund last month. The gift will be used to re- place the library's obsolete spine label printer and ac- quire thermal imaging people counters for the main library. Data on the number of an- nual visitors to the library is a required element of impor- tant national library rank- ing and granting agencies. "Every year, the Leo Adler grant helps us make a giant leap forward in our service capabilities and workflow ef- ficiency," said Library Direc- tor Perry Stokes. "But with the struggling economy and state funding cuts, we are especially grateful for the support this year." PAYBACK Ote, t foe Oiftd Sweatshirts T-Shirts Doffle Bags. Blankets when they come home at night. goes with walks with us ev- ery morning and we don't mind at all. I just wanted to let you know where he was so you wouldn't worry." After that, Cooper went for regular walks with all the neighbors who passed by, and they all seemed to look for- ward to spending time with him. As time went on and Cooper's popularity grew, he started to expand his adven- tures. Cooper can regularly be found heading out with his next door neighbor, Tony Chetwood, and Tony's Black Labrador best friend, Coal, to help with irrigating the fields or driving up in the forest to get firewood. He is particularly fond of horse- back riding and will provide his "protective services" to anyone taking a ride in the woods or going to cut a Christ- mas tree. One time, he even went On a cattle drive around Bear Waltow and got a ride home with the rancher that evening. "It always amazes me how many people know Cooper," said Lauri. But no matter where his daytime adventures take PUBLIC NOTICE Halfway Library is accepting bids for snow removal on a per re- moval basis. Bids can be dropped off at the library in Halfway or Baker City, or faxed to 541-523- 9088. If you have any questions, please contact Library Director Perry Stokes at 541-523-6419. Bid period closes December 10, 2010. Working Dog Despite Cooper's frequent travels and popularity, the Bryans were still surprised to learn he had gotten a "full: time job" with TracUtilities this summer. The company spent a good part of June through October installing fiber optic line and repairing flood damage up Fish Lake and Clear Creek Roads. While working next to the Bryan's property, Cooper be- friended the TraeUtilities workers and quickly became a favorite. He received on-site "job training" such as delivering tools and notes between work- ers, was in charge of keeping the flaggers company, called lunch breaks and rode on the backhoe. He also kept track of favorite sticks that were stored on the backhoe for fetch-time use. His work ethic was amazing and his punctu- ality made him an ideal em- ployee. When the distance from the Bryan house made it dif- ficult for Cooper to walk to the jobsite, he would be wait- ing at the gate at 8:30 a.m. sharp for workers to pick him up, and they would drop him off when the workday ended at 5:00 p.m. He was so bonded to his co-workers, that his boss, when he came out from Boise on the weekends, would come by the Bryans to visit Cooper. Cooper does have his faults though. According to Stephanie Bryan, "he is afraid of the dark and can't sleep outside," which makes them feel bad when he has gotten into an argument with a skunk, taken a dirt bath or has been swimming in the ditches and can't sleep in- side. His habit of making friends means he is a terrible guard dog, especially when deer come around. He will make 'a show of acting fero- cious when the family is watching, and then doing absolutely nothing when the deer start to chew on the newly planted trees. But faults aside, accord- ing to all his family, "he is worth it" and is "a special boy." Both Cooper and the TracUtilities workers were pretty depressed when the Clear Creek job was over, but no doubt the resourceful and social canine will find another way to get about the neigh- borhood. Special 8atherin8 plannecl I {or the hohda, s? Let us help! We can cater all your ~avorites! Book Sale This Month at Baker Library The Friends of Baker County Libraries begins its Winter Book Sale on Satur- day, December 11 at 10:00 a.m. The sale will run through Friday, December 17 during regular library hours. A large number of videotapes will be sold, as well as books. Most items are duplicate copies the library has received as dona- tions. Proceeds go towards funding literacy campaigns and events such as Books for Babies and the children's Summer Reading Program. "Books make great gifts!" said Library Director Perry Stokes. "Stop by for a bargain and to support the library." FEATURING NIGHTLY DINNER SPECIALS' DINE IN oR TAKE OUT , THURSDAYS FRIDAYS HIOtlWAY 86 & PINE CEEK Open WED-FRI 3PM-CLOSE; SAT-SUN I]AM-CLOSE; CLOSED MON & TUE U/HIIT'S RCA DVD/CD Player Reg. $104.99 ..................... $49.99 011 hi[Ill V-Tech Cordless Phone w/Answering System ....... $34.99 LI$1? 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