Welcome to The Levi and Cooper Chronicles. I'm the 'Cooper' and my baby brother is the 'Levi.' We're not siblings in the literal sense of the word. He's a miniature schnauzer and I'm a miniature poodle but our differences go far beyond our breed. You see, I'm the famous angel dog who blogs from the Rainbow Bridge. Well, not famous down on earth but up here in doggie heaven all canines get to do whatever we like and I like blogging. We dogaroons up here can also gaze down through the magic water under the bridge and keep tabs on our humans. Isn't that cool! After I discovered the magic water, I decided that little Levi---who got adopted into the family shortly after my departure from earth---could use a guardian angel. When he blogs he types in pink and when I put my two cents worth in I type in blue.

Monday, May 5, 2008

It's All Mom's Fault!

I shouldn't laugh at Mom. I really shouldn't but she can be an airhead sometimes. Yesterday she got up promptly at eight to take little Levi outside. Right away he peed and she got all happy-wiggly with him, human style, making him feel good for doing his job so quickly and in the right place. So far so good, right? Then she called him up the steps from the dog yard and he came but he didn't want to go in the house. He plunked his little butt down on the deck and here's where Mom made a big mistake. She picked him up and made him come in the house anyway and he promptly pooped on the kitchen floor. Levi is going to be SO confused if Mom doesn't learn to read his very obvious body language soon. Jeez, a blind monk on a mountain top could have seen that one coming. Hello! It was morning and he'd had another poop and pee free night.

Levi is getting five minute training sessions several times a day. He almost has it mastered to come when called, sit when asked and is no longer resisting walking on a leash...well, accept for when he wants to poop and Mom has her blinders on. Yesterday he even went to the door for the first time and sat down waiting for his leash to be attached so he could go outside. Fortunately, Mom saw him do it. Holly molly, she needs to find a better way for him to let her know its poop and pee time in the old corral---and quickly. She can't always be near the laundry room to see him sit patiently waiting for her to open the door. Oh, and add this to little Levi's list of accomplishments: he finally figured out how to go down as well as up the required three steps off the deck.

Speaking of corrals, when I was earth bound I never had an issue with my bathroom duty yard being covered over with shredded bark, but Levi does. He goes out there and tries to chew on every single piece of bark, all 300 pounds of them. Mom got so exasperated trying to dig bark back out of his mouth she finally took a rake and rounded up all the bark she could into one corner. That exposing the dirt which created another fun activity for Levi---rolling in the mud and getting himself tangled up in his retractable leash. He's so little that he can fit through the slats of the fence so he has to be leashed out there for now. I sure gave Mom a run for her money when I was Levi's age---I was bullheaded compared to him---but he's no slouch at creating his own brand of doggie drama.

Every day at tea time when I come to the Rainbow Bridge to check up on my humans, I meet the nicest canines doing the same thing. We laugh and cry with our families and trade stories about our time on earth, but not in a sad way. We are happy and contented here because even though our humans don't always know it, we're still with them in spirit. ©



Petra said...

Oh, Levi is really keeping your mom busy! She was lucky he didn't poop on HER --- just the kitchen floor.

I would LOVE to chew all of that bark in your yard, too, if I had the chance. It sounds to me like Levi is going to be a fast-learner.

Maggie & Mitch said...

We love hearing your point of view, Cooper! You're sure smart!
Levi is coming along nicely under your watchful eye! He'll be potty trained in no time at all!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Joe Stains said...

Go Levi, way to make a stain!!!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...


Levi sounds like a clever and saucy little one!

Heehee. I can't wait to hear more about him as he grows.

Cooper, I just want you to know that I'm missing you, but I'm so glad you are having a good time over the rainbow bridge!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Levi's Mom...

I saw that you were looking to potty train Levi with the door bells! My human has a couple of those door bells things. She was gonna use them for me, but I picked up pottying outside a little too quick...so they have never been used! If you would like them just let us know and I will have my human send them out to you ASAP!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

COL. Sam ASTA-fari Joe H. Pinkerton Peabody, Esq said...

Whew, Levi is a handful. Hopefully, your mom will get it together soon. How soon those hoomans forget, from one put to another, huh? Hoomans have the shortest memories!

Anonymous said...

Aww poor Levi , he'll get there in the end. He is such a little cutie.
I made a few mistakes as well. it wasn't my fault though it was ails and d fault they like your mum didn't read my body language.

Cooper if Levi turns out to be like you then he'll be such a wonderful dog just like you.

lots of licks


Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

If you change your mind just let my human know! These are really nice bells, they came from "In The Company of Dogs." I would love to eat them, but I would be more than happy to make my human get those out to you ASAP! And they are free...

Also, Levi, you keep yourself outta the wood...it hurts a lot to get those suckers out!

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Emma the Golden Girl said...

and the Canine Kids said,
We are so sorry to hear that you passed on to the Rainbow Bridge but we are glad that you are sharing your insights with us.
We love to read everything you write.
Levi sounds as though he is doing a great job trying to learn those most difficult puppy tasks and to stay dry at night already is pretty amazing!

Jake of Florida said...


How pawsome that you can share your thoughts from the Rainbow Bridge. We think your Mom must be a very exceptional person to recognize how clearly you can see from out there.

And Levi is a cutie!!!

Jake and Just Harry

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Let us know how the bells work! This will be like the experiment with Pavlov's dog!

Levi, the great bell ringer! Heheh

Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, Cooper and Levi -

Cooper, we wish we had met you when you were here. You are such a smart doggie. Mama told me (Hershey) that my older sister (Bosco) was very intelligent just like you. Mama misses Bosco so much - she has been to "schnauzer paradise" for two years. Mama is glad that Bosco can play ball like a young pup again but she hopes that Bosco is not having too good of a time without her and Papa.

Levi, you will get the hang of "doing your business" outside. It took me a while too but sometimes it was my fault and sometimes it was Mama's and Papa's. Miniature schnauzers are intelligent - just ask my Mama.

Love -


Hi, Levi -

It's nice to meet you - we don't get to meet too many miniature schnauzers.

happy said...

Hehehe...Levi sure is keeping your mom busy.

Lacy said...

woof's Levi and angel cooper...its ok levi, u will learn soon, u got the bestest teacher, ur brudder Cooper...and cooper, angel lacylulu said she verwy muchs enjoys meetin and having all the chats wiff u..

b safe,
~rocky and company~