my other love

oh no, i’m not cheating on harry. meet “cooper” our beloved golden retriever. this is actually my big sister’s dog but he has grown to be the love of the family. i met cooper when he was 4 months old.  he’s very playful and friendly (as all retrievers are). but because of his size, we hardly walk him outside, afraid that he’d drag us to the road. it’s sad because he’s all cooped up in the small space at the back of our apartment. he can maybe take a few turns or we can run and play a bit but the back is all concrete. it’s really difficult for us when we find a new place because we would always have to consider him and where we’d put him. (you see, my family moves every 4 years — we don’t do it on purpose but we just feel like it. but then, that’s another story.)

i have always imagined cooper running free in a green lawn…jumping at birds or maybe chickens. not on an all concrete space. in our old house 3 years ago, whenever he’d get the chance to escape out of our gate, he’d run after the chickens and we’d have to clamor to catch him. my mom found him one time holding a small chick between his paws, rushed to him, afraid he might have killed the chick only to find out that he was only playing with it and the chick was all wet with his saliva.

cooper is like our youngest baby brother. i found him really sick once and had to carry him to the vet. my sister took off from work and so did my mom and dad to be with him at the vet. cooper ate a poisonous frog and we were lucky to have found him earlier. i know though that bigger dogs have lesser human years to live compared to smaller ones. cooper was diagnosed with a heart worm last year and was predicted to have only a year to live. he’s old now but still somehow active. i love cooper as he was my silent best friend back when i got all depressed after graduating college.

i love this dog because he understands without saying anything.
do you have a pet that you love so dearly?

striped polo – thrifted
denim shorts – props
sneakers – chuck taylor’s
pink suede belt – random
pink sunnies – thrifted at manalili
gun-metal wire cuffs – props

dog-tag necklace – custom-made

Follow vanilla ice cream


  1. Gizelle… thanks for sharing such a sweet story about Cooper. He is adorable. I can see how you can't help but love him.. just look at his sweet face! I hope Cooper stays around longer than expected… 🙂 I love my Maltipoo, Pooma. I don't know what I'd do without her.. Pets really do give your unconditional love. I love when I come home, she's always at the door to greet me with licks and her tail wagging like crazy… makes my heart melt. 🙂

    I hope you're doing well sweetie!

    xx Love & Aloha


  2. Aw, what a sweet post. I love how your sister's dog looks so happy and cheerful. I guess any happy dog like him can lift someone's spirits 🙂 I feel happier just looking at him being playful! Cute chicken story 😀 What a sweet dog!

    I have 2 cats…which i love! But they are not as affectionate as dogs of course :p


  3. i have seven dogs, they all make my life brighter, especially when i go home. i think pets are put in this world to unconditionally love us and we can pick a lesson from them 🙂


  4. awww thats sooo sweeeeet! my dog's name is Nash although its a she.. I named her after the former friend who gave it to me.. men are such dogs ehehhe..

    like your cooper my nash doesnt do much exercise. so like me she is all fat eheh.. she is just a plain aspin but i love her dearly.


  5. He is lovely! He's got such a sweet face! I really hope that he will stay with you for many years to come.
    I have a cat. She's really good companny, but she's a lot more independent than any dog.
    When I finish studying I really think about getting a dog!
    Have a nice weekend! Kisses!


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  7. My Mum has a pooch called Cooper 🙂

    I have 3 dogs and I love them very much, even when they're driving me nuts! x


  8. What a lovely post! Cooper looks so sweet, even though I'm really not a dog person at all. My heart belongs to my cat Oscar who is just wonderful.


  9. I love him! But only in these photos as I am scared of dogs, big ones especially. Haha

    Pets are not allowed in our building, unfortunately. If the landlord is okay with it, we'd deffo have a piebald dachshund. 🙂


  10. Harry won't get jealous. I thought it was about another guy. Hahaha! I have a pet, a shitszu, who behaves like a real princess in my home. I love her dearly despite her attitude.

    Love your very laid-back outfit. Very chic! xoxo


  11. aawwww sweet cooper. our cooper is sweet but mean sometimes..hehe One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why.

    nagkatawa ko sa chick na part.. hehe he's lyk chubby. murag permi gahilam-os c cooper namo ky tilapan ni chubby.. hehe

    hope ur cooper will be ok. chubby will have his operation this monday, i hope he will be fine.

    i salute to all dog lovers. im proud ur one of us. hehehe


  12. aw so sweet story! I like your dog he's so cute and really can take away all the sadness. I hope he'll live more happy years, and I hope he'll get well soon!

    I also have a dog, and we have her for 4 years now, I super love her coz she cares a lot of my baby 🙂


  13. SO ADORABLE. And I don't just mean the dog!! 🙂

    I totally know what you mean. It's kind of weird to think how people can love their pets so much. Like, “it's just a pet, not a human.” But I love my dog so much. They really are a silent best friend!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!


  14. that dog is so adorable.i'm not fond of animals pero kung ing-ana na dog,ok lng. ^=^
    i like your striped polo,gizelle!i like stripes na karon.


  15. aww cooper is gorgeous! I have a golden retriever back home too and i miss him to bits! I can't wait to see him when I go home next week, and will definitely be posting pics of him on my blog 🙂

    thanks for sharing sweetie!


  16. Cooper is so adorable! Here at home we have 2 dogs, 9 cats and 2 turtles hehe. My “panganay” doggie is Woo and he's already 8 human years old. :]


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  18. gizelle you've got such a cool big doggie ! ive got a toy sized pooch as well 🙂 he never fails to make me happy when im down 🙂

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