Cooper doesn’t appreciate being teased. Now, there are exceptions to this rule, if, for example, you have a rope toy and you waggle it and quickly move it around, that is fine. Obviously he could absolutely take it at any time but he is humouring you by allowing you to play with him and enjoy yourself. People sure do like wiggling toys at him.
But Cooper does not like being teased about Amelie.
Who is Amelie? Well, Amelie is a FRIEND. That’s right, a friend. Not some girlfriend and it’s super annoying when people saying “oooo, is Amelie your giiiiiirrrrlfriiieeeeeeend?” in a mocking way. He feels simply quite cross. He gets it, he knows Amelie has been gifted with luxurious snow white curls, a perfect black wet button nose and eyelashes that go on for days. HE KNOWS. But he just really likes that they both like chasing sticks. What’s wrong with that? There doesn’t have to be some ulterior motive behind him wanting to spend time with her and there definitely doesn’t need to be the insinuation that they might make little beagle/poodle hybrid offspring together. Though, he does agree, they would obviously look adorable because Cooper is well aware of what a handsome spread of genes he has.
Cooper likes that it’s easy to spend time with Amelie. They can lie in the sun together in silence and just enjoy the presence of the each other close by. It’s comforting and familiar and peaceful. Isn’t that a nice version of love?
What can you learn from your dog?
There are so many permutations of love. We might love our parents and children and childhood best friend. We might lust from afar after Hollywood’s latest leading A-lister. And how about that friendly guy on the tills at the supermarket who so carefully packs our shopping? We like to pigeon hole our complexity as humans, whereas our dogs just tend to love indiscriminately around them. It might be their default emotion. What would happen if it were ours?