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.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Wait Until You Hear What Happened to Me!

I've got some news for all my friends in cyberspace. That last trip to the veterinarian's office on Friday really was my LAST trip! That's okay because I'm at the Rainbow Bridge now and I'll tell you all about this amazing place in a minute. First, I need to talk about my last day on earth.

When my mom got up that morning she'd already had an appointment with the vet but when she saw me sleeping in a heap on some pee soaked newspapers, she didn't need the vet to tell her I was too worn out to stay with her and Dad much longer. But we went anyway.

The vet on duty was a nice guy and he handled me, my mom and dad with gentle compassion. The three of us were together when the doc gave me the fatal injection but to tell you the truth I don't remember when my spirit left my old body and soared to this wonderful place I'm at now. The veterinary had given me a fast acting sedative before the injection so all I really remember is Mom and Dad petting me and talking softly about how much they loved me. When I woke back up I looked at my body and was shocked to see it strong and handsome again, just like the Rainbow Bridge poem says happens when dogs die.

And even more shocking, I could gaze down in the water below the bridge and see my Mom and dad. They cried a lot that afternoon and I tried to tell them that the body Mom was digging a grave for wasn't really me anymore but they couldn't hear me. They gave me a nice funeral, next to my fire hydrant. My old body was resting in the small cardboard casket from the vet's and I was wrapped in my favorite blanket.

When I was alive I was a jealous dog. Once when a neighbor brought a puppy over to the house I lifted my leg and peed on the little guy. I'm ashamed of that now that I'm up here and I have learned an important lesson about love. And guess who taught it to me! When I got here at the bridge my adapted brother and sister poodles---Jason and Sarah---who lived at my house before I came along, were waiting for me. All I had to do is look into their sparking eyes to understand that humans have an unlimited supply of love to give to ALL their four-legged kids.

I've heard stories about Sarah and Jason all of my life. So I knew that Jason has a wise old soul, ever calm and very intelligent, and that dimwitted Sarah had been a puppy mill dog with poor health and she only lived five years. Mom used to say that Sarah was a sweet thing who should have lived with a little girl because she loved getting dressed up in sweaters and Halloween costumes. Mom would smile if she could see Sarah now. She's wearing a pink fairy princess outfit. Jason says that's the nicest thing about being up here, we all get to do what we love doing the most. Some dogs here strut the show rings---even the mutts who always want the thrill of a win. Some dogs run the tunnels trials or compete at fly ball. Some dogs just roam and smell the flowers or chase the birds or nap in the sun.

I don't know how much longer I'll blog from the Rainbow Bridge but I know I'm going to stick with it for a while, to help my humans transition to my replacement---they can't be without a dog in the house for long. My mom even called the place where she saw the schnauzer puppy a few weeks ago and he's still there. Mom told Dad, "That's a sign we should have him." She taking him to see the thirteen weeks old fuzz ball tomorrow and I'm going to tag along in spirit. If they bring him home, I'll blog for the little guy until he can take over this page for himself. In the meantime, Jason and I are going to go pee on some pine trees while our little princess sister sprinkles fair dust as she follows us around. ©


Beloved, Furry Son of Don and Jean

June 1, 1992 to April 24, 2008

The Rainbow Bridge Poem

Can be found at



Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Oh my - what sad news this is :-(

Run free sweet Cooper - we were only just getting to know you - you will be sadly missed :-(

Big hugs to your mum and dad too.


Asta said...

I'm vewy sowwy we nevew met when you wewe still on this side of the bwidge, but you look like a vewy sweet and bootiful doggie, and I wanted to come and tell youw pawents that I will pway that theiw sadness goes away. I see that you aweady thought of ways to help heal them..what a sweetie you awe..I hope my angel sissy and bwuvvew come say hi to you in heaven,,I'm suwe they will welcome you wif open paws.It's so nice to heaw that you felt no painm, and that you awe at youw best and having a wondewful time ovew the bwidge
thank you fow youw post
smoochie kisses

Lacy said...

sad woofies , i am sooo sorry for your loss...my sis angel lacylulu will b there with cooper...please if theres anything i can do, i am here for u...run free and without pain little cooper, and hunt lacy, she will make a good playmate for u....

a sad,
bear and
angel lacylulu and their mama..

Snowball said...

I am sorry to hear about your lost.

RIP, Cooper.


andrahyb said...

Dear Cooper,

We came across your crossing over the Rainbow Bridge via DWB news.

Thou' we had never met/blog together before - Nonetheless your paws touched our little hearts deeply. I hope you'll be able to send dreams to your hoomans on earth -- We understand cause when Mummy & Daddy lost our brother 'Old Goofy' they were devastated. It's nice to know that you are back in the God's house, your little body renew! health whole & free! May his Grace touch you & your hoomans...

Do blog from Heaven to all of us here! Shalom...

Rudolf & Goofy Junior

The Thuglets said...

Copper..we are so very sad to learn you have crossed over the rainbow bridge. But now you are now are in a lovely place where you can run free.

We send lots of positive thoughts and hugs for you mom and dad cos we know how sad they will be and how much they will miss you.

We also think that the doggie they have seen is meant for them..to help them through their sadness.

Big Nose Pokes
The thuglets & their hoomans

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

Oh my...I am so sorry to hear about Cooper. This is Amy, Mr. T-Bone Beasley's human. I can't stop crying, I'm just so sorry Cooper is gone.

It sounds like he had such a great life. I mean he got his own fire hydrant and everything! I'm so very sorry for your loss, but I'm glad he is in a good place.

Please let me know if there is something we can do for you.


Molly the Airedale said...

We didn't know you very long, Cooper, but we grew to love you very quickly! Mom is shedding heaps of tears for you! Our hearts go out to your mom and dad!

Love ya lots,
Maggie, Mitch and Sue

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Cooper...of all the posts we've read on DWB's this one is the most inspiring. I dreamed bout my father, Cooper about 6 months after he died...(oh...I'm a hooman...) and in my dream he called me...made a few cracks and left handed compliments so I knew it was really him and told me that you get to pick the best time in you life and do it again...he said he was "calling" to tell me he was marrying my mom again that night. Then she got on the phone...they both sounded so happy...just like you Sweet Cooper!!!

I know your parents are grieving like we all do when we loose a beloved pet...our hearts are with them now!!!

Tell them to come and visit our bloggie...and let us know about that cute fuzzie butted schnauzer they're goin' to look at!!

Lotsa terrier zen headed your way...

Mumsie...aka Marilyn
Babystan....triple terriers in trouble most of the time!!!

Anonymous said...

The Mom and I are very sad for your loss but now you are running free big man.

Juno said...

Dear Cooper!!!

We're in shocked. We knew someone who is very cute (you!) signed our guestbook but we couldn't find your blog. A week ago or so, we finally found you on DWB blog list and wanted to come but we couldn't. Now we regret. :( We're so sorry that we weren't able to visit you while you were on this earth.
This is very sad news but now we know you're ok over the bridge. You've been loved so much by your family. :) Please run freely and enjoy meeting your friends.

Hugs to you and your family.

Momo & Pinot

Faya said...

Cooper, que ton repos soit doux comme la joie que tu as donné autour de toi....
I am sorry for the loss of your Cooper...
Kisses, Faya

the many Bs said...

oh Cooper, we didn't even get to know you - a fellow poodle. we're so sad and sorry. your story made us sad and happy too. you really are a wonderful little kiddo and we're just sorry that we didn't get to know you when you were here. we're glad you're all happy and strong at the Bridge though. that's a comfort to your parents too.

we want to tell you and your parents that they should get the little schnauzer puppy. we are a sign also. we are the 4Bs - Bailey, Baxter, Brody and Benson, and we are 3 1/2 poodles. Bailey is 1/2 schnauzer! so you see, we'll be related!

we have a little sissy at the rainbow bridge. her name is Bijou and she is 1/2 poodle and 1/2 schnauzer. if you see her, could you tell her hi for us and that we miss her? she was only 3 months old when she went to the bridge and she only lived with mom for one week. mom is still sad for her.

we will come to visit your bloggy again and see how you and getting along and your parents. we know they will be sad because they loved you so much. it was hard for them to let you go. we will try to talk to them and make sure they are doing okay. we'll tell them to cherish their happy memories of you.

you rest easy, little kiddo. even though we didn't meet you in life, you will still be part of our hearts.

BBBB and our mom, peg

Mary-Margaret O'Brien said...

Dear Cooper - Thank you everly so much for telling me how it is at the bridge. My aunt Rose is there, and my Uncle Sneakers. And my great GREAT aunt, Susanna Valentina Gonzales y Rodriguez y Hernandez y Chihuahua. I can't wait to meet you but it'll be a few years. Mom's still all teary-eyed from reading your story, but I'll help her through it. That's what us pups do best, dontcha think?

Love and smoochies...


Agatha and Archie said...

Cooper,We are sad with this news but most of all sad for your Mom and Dad because they are the saddest right now and we know you are in really good company with all of our pals up there....We wish you all the running and warm days and cookies and treats forever and to your Mom and Dad we all send hugs and kisses...Our Moms and Dads know just how they feel...Love Agatha +Archie

Crikit, Sparky, Ginger! said...

Cooper we are so sad we jus met you at the Chat and then we learn the sad news. We left so we could send up prayers fur you family and cry a bit. It's wonderful how you plan to help your family from God's Garden and we know you will enjoy all your friend that arrived before you. You look sooo adorable and we wanna read all your adventures so when we meet you over the bridge we will know each other.

Love Licks to you and healing hugs to your family

Mack said...

Run free little Cooper. Hope you find my Emily to play with you up there.

Hugs to your momma and dad.


Lola Smiles said...

RIP sweet Cooper. Run free at the bridge!
Wigglebutt Wags,
Lola Smiles

Unknown said...

I learned about Cooper from Mary-Margaret and I just am very much in love with Cooper's post from Rainbow Bridge. What a wonderful tribute and what beautiful writing about what it is truly like from the eyes of a dog.

Kimberly, Simon and Hallie

BenTheRotti said...

Oh Cooper, We didn't know you very long but we always enjoyed visiting you and we are so sad to hear you have left us but happy you are strong and healthy again at Rainbow Bridge and that you will continue to blog for a little while.
Run free and let your spirit soar Sweet Cooper, you will be very much missed and always remembered.

Our thoughts and love are with you Don and Jean

Ben & Sue xxxxxxxx

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

Thanks you all for your kindness and wonderful words!

Cooper's Mom and Dad

MJ's doghouse said...

awwwww shucks cooper...you shoulda been a writer. I am so happy your trip over the bridge was a pleasant one. My sister cat went the same way last summer. If you see a crabby old cat...that is actually very beautiful, name poshton...will you tell her hi from mj....

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

That is such sad news but we know you are still with your Mom and Dad in spirit. You will truly be missed..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus and Louie

Jake of Florida said...

Hey Cooper, We didn;t get to kow you very well -- but certaimly cried to read that you were gone. But then, when we read that you've found friends at the Rainbow Bridge, and are feeling fine again, we tried to dry our tears and think og the happiness you must have given your folks while you were here on earth.

With love,

Jake, Just Harry, and our Mom, Joan

i said...

We are so sad to read this. We're only just getting to know you and grew very fond of you, Cooper. We'll really miss you. Keeping your mom and dad in our thoughts and prayers.

Princess Patches said...

Rest in peace, sweet Cooper! Run free with lots of our other blogging buddies! No offense to you, little guy, but we are glad your pawrents are considering the Schnauzer. Mom says nothing heals a broken heart faster than a new furkid. She knows from experience!

Aire-hugs to your pawrents!
Poppy & Penny

Johann The Dog said...

So sad you are gone dear Cooper! Kisses and hugs to your pawrents. We are glad you are going to tell us all about what it's like to be over the Rainbow Bridge.

Woofs, Johann

Latte said...

Oh dear, just saw the news... run freely on the rainbow bridge Cooper.


Deetz said...

Thank you!!!! and my mum hugs you. Soon Gizmo my lil pal will be crossing over, we just don't know when. He is 17 now. He has mouth cancer and has had two tumors removed. My mum said you helped her with your words.

FleasGang said...

Cooper, we are so sad that you couldn't wait around long enough to tell us more stories. Now we may never know about the time you were chased by a lion. Have fun with your new brother and sister. We'll try to keep an eye on your pawents while you're away.

The FleasGang

Misadventures of Widowhood said...

The dog community is truly awesome. These are all such wonderful comments and we thank each and every one of you.

Cooper's mom and dad, Don and Jean

Ozzie, Rocky and Lola said...

What a brave little soul you are Cooper! The Rainbow Bridge is blessed to have you! Wish we could have met you sooner, but we will look you up whenever it is our time to pass that way!

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

I was so sorry to hear about Cooper and me and the Mommy's thoughts & prayers are with you now.

The Mommy lost her Samantha when she was almost 15 years old & that's when she adopted me and then my four brothers from DROH.

The Mommy misses Samantha & thinks about her everyday but she has me now just like you now have Levi.

The Mommy said she bet Cooper and Samantha are running free and having a wonderful time together with all the other doggies up there & that you will see Cooper again someday just like she will Samantha.

Love Mona

the many Bs said...

hi Cooper in heaven & Levi & Don & Jean, we just checked in and saw little Levi here. we are happy for you, but still sad...

we wanted to tell you that we like what you said about a dog in every home and a home for every dog. we think that's perfect.

we also want to add you to our friends list so we can come back and see you again and again. okay? we promise to be nice and not bark too much.


Randi said...

Oh..I am so sorry to hear of Copper's passing..but I know he is off running around like a crazy pup with my brother Dublin who went to the bridge a year ago...

Run free & wild Cooper!

We love you...

Love & Licks,

Amber-Mae said...

I'm so so so sorry to hear about Cooper's passing. He had a wonderful many years with you guys & it was just time for him to go. I'm sure he's looking down on you guys right now saying Thank You that you've let him go. Free from any pain that he was suffering from. You were great parents of him & I'm sure he loves you for that. Be strong & RIP Cooper...

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Koobuss said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your great little dog, Cooper. His last story made me cry. It was not so long ago that my family went through the same thing with 14 year-old Koobus III. And this is why I am here. I, Koobuss IV, am his replacement. My family loves me more than you can ever imagine. It's the same love that your family will have for the new little puppy they bring into their home. You will live on in their hearts through him.

We send out deepest sympathies on the death of your dog, Cooper.

Love and Koobuss Kisses,

Anonymous said...

Oh Cooper, I am soo sorry i haven't been to see you before you went to Rainbow bridge. I got such a shock when i realised you were away. I can hardly see what i'm writing for the tears building up in my eyes.
Run free now that you are at the rainbow bridge. I didn't know you for very long but you will still be missed soo much.

Take care and big cuddles to your mum and dad.

lots of licks


BookingAlong said...

Cooper - I had no idea such changes were afoot. I imagine you running, no arthritis, waiting to see those you love again someday, even as you watch them from afar. That is what I imagine. Meanwhile, I'm sending your owner a virtual hug, tears streaming down my face. Humans are odd that way.

parlance said...

Cooper, I know I shouldn't cry, because you are happy now, but it's hard to remember that when I think how sad your family must be that you can't be with them.
I'd love it if you could keep blogging for at least a while, to share more anecdotes of your life on earth and to tell us how your family are getting on.
I've been worried for the last few weeks because it did sound as if you needed to move on, and at last the time has come. Be happy!

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

Cooper, We are glad you are running happy and pain free at the rainbow bridge. We hope that we can get to know you better when we arrive. We certainly did enjoy the posts you made on our blog, and hope you lead your little bro to meet us, too!

If you see our cousin, Sweetie, and brothers Bob the Cat, Soupie and Fritz, tell them that we miss them and we will see them soon!

Sophia and Abby said...

Oh Cooper, we're glad you're happy and healthy again. That's so wonderful that you're blogging from Rainbow Bridge to help you mommy and daddy. Say hi to our sister Brandi and our brothers Trubble and Riley!

Roxie, Sammy, Andy and Shermie said...

Cooper, we have heard about the Rainbow Bridge but we have been afraid to go there since our mom wouldn't be there. But now,after you have told us about it and even though we don't want to go for many, many years, we feel like it will be okay. If we can look into the water and see Mom and know she is okay, we will be happy to wait for her to join us.

Run through those fields with your brother and sister. You are lucky to have had so much love on our side of the bridge and then find more love waiting for you on the other side.

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

Dino and Family said...

This absolutely broke my heart. Cooper, although this is the first time I am reading your blog, I could tell that you have some very amazing humans. You were very lucky to have them as your owners and I am sure they were lucky to have you too! Big furry hugs to your parents!


Michelle L. Devon said...

Oh goodness... I'm sitting here bawling... (sigh)

Godspeed Cooper, even if I'm a little late.