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Pet Pawsitivity: Charlotte and Cooper’s Story

“I often talk about ‘being more Cooper’ when life can get a bit much. It helps me keep perspective,” says Charlotte Dixon about her dog who joined the family in 2020.

“I often talk about ‘being more Cooper’ when life can get a bit much. It helps me keep perspective,” says Charlotte Dixon about her dog who joined the family in 2020.

“No matter what’s happening in the world, Cooper needs the same things every day – love, play, exercise and food. That consistency, and his absolute lack of knowledge about anything to do with the pandemic, has been a real comfort and I think has helped keep us all focused on today – learning how to not think too far ahead.

She adds: “He gives the best hugs! And he gives us a reason to get out every single day. If any of us are feeling stressed or overwhelmed – I’ve noticed that we all individually gravitate to giving Cooper attention; sitting with him, stroking him, talking to him, playing a game of tug-of-war with one of his toys. He’s always there and ready for fun or a quiet moment of connection. He’s never too busy or too stressed. He just wants to be with us – and that’s been a massive help for getting some balance back and de-stressing.”

Charlotte, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager for Purina, says the biggest change has been how much time her family have spent outside on walks together, since Cooper’s arrival.

“The physical exercise has been amazing,” she says. “Walks together with the kids have meant we’ve done some brilliant exploring and been outside so much more than we would have otherwise. For me and my husband, when we need a break and some alone time, we take it in turns to put our headphones on and take Cooper for a nice long walk. I feel a million times better and able to be a better mum/colleague/wife once I’ve done one of those walks.”

Cooper’s also been the perfect playmate for the younger family members.

“Cooper’s still a puppy really, so he makes us laugh every day,” she says.

“My daughter adores it when he chases his tail. Me and my son were crying laughing when he saw himself in the mirror and started barking at this ‘intruder’ dog and trying to find him behind the mirror. He also likes jumping in the bath and trying to dig a tunnel every morning when the kids are brushing their teeth before school. It never fails to get us all laughing.”

 “Welcoming Cooper into our family last year brought us so much – companionship, fun and a positive focus when spending so much more time at home. He’s been a fantastic playmate for the kids,” she adds.

 

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