Cooper, together with his two brothers Benny and Lucky, was first rescued by stray feeder Francis and Shirlin from a construction site in May 2017. They were all around 2 months old then and were timid and shy.
In particular, Cooper is a little brown Prince Charming with a striking white patch on his chest. It seemed like he has a white tie with a brown tuxedo, which makes him unique and easily discernible from the rest of his siblings.
We took Cooper and his brothers down for their first adoption drive on 28 May 2017 - Pets @ Coast. We had hopes that bringing them down for as adoption drive will increase their chance of finding their forever home.
While we actively find adopters for Cooper, Fosterer Suzalini's toilet-trained tiny Cooper and taught him basic commands such as come, sit and he knows that "no" means that it is not allowed. He is good with other dogs and children. However, he remained timid and needed time to warm up to people.
Cooper went for his first home trial stay in August 2017. We were hopeful but it was unsuccessful.
Undeterred, we continued to keep him in foster care and this time, we wanted to find separate fosters for the three siblings to train their independence. All three of them remained a bit timid and still takes time to warm up to others. Of the three, Cooper has the smallest build and we thought he might be HDB approved too. This opened up more options for his adoption and fostering.
The quest to find separate foster homes for the 3 of them became more urgent in October 2017 as their fosterer were unable to foster all 3 of them at the same time due to unforeseen circumstances.
Cooper is the smallest among the 3 (HDB approved) and has been to few trial homestay but failed. The reason for failing the trial homestay was because he is too timid and will hide under sofa and refuse to come out. He is not interactive when he is not with his brothers.
Lucky, the medium size amongst the 3 is timid as well. He could not walk well on leash when he is not with his brothers. Sometimes he will tremble in the new environment and refused to move. However, when back at foster home, he loves to be touched and hugged, seeking attention from fosterer. He is a very affectionate boy.
Benny is the biggest amongst the 3 but not very big size compared to a full grown mongrel. He is also a shy boy but the bravest among the 3. He is like a big brother protecting his brothers and giving in to them.
All the 3 brothers are very close and dependant of each other. They share their food, play together, sleep and cuddle together. Its heart breaking to separate the boys but we had no choice. They needed a home themselves to become independent for separate adoption or we have to find a family who can adopt all 3 of them at the same time.
Months passed, and Cooper was making slow process opening up. Vera (formerly known as Ying Ying) came to the rescue and started teaching Cooper to learn to play away from his brothers in March 2018.
Vera played the role of the big sister, inviting Cooper and Benny to make themselves at home and to trust her daddy and mummy. This was like a role reversal when months ago, the 3 brothers also tried to make the scared and sad Vera feel welcomes on her first day at the foster home.
We wondered if it was fate or that the dogs know that they need to support each other emotionally in new environments; the dogs' thoughtfulness and warm interaction really tugged at our heartstrings.
Cooper went for another trial homestay a few days later. He made himself at home and had good appetite. We were optimistic and hoped for the best. However, unfortunately, his home stay trial failed yet again.
By May 2018, we had taken Cooper to a few adoption drive such as One Furry Fiesta on 17 June 2017 and 6-8 April 2018 pet Expo. He was met with many of our familiar faces such as Pam and Eric with Orla, and there were inquiries for him at every event.
Cooper was placed on yet another home stay on 1 May 2018. We sincerely hoped that Cooper can be more confident and independent and be accepted by them.
Cooper remained timid and this time round, we decided to send Cooper for another 'socialising' training at Vera's house. He is easily frightened and will always hide in a corner when there is a visitor in the house. We hoped that through the stay with Vera, he will open up and be more confident.
Xavian heard that Cooper remained very shy even after 3 weeks of stay at his potential adopter's home and brought Vera to visit him as he believed that Vera will be able to bring Cooper out of his fear. Cooper immediately brightened up and came out of his usual hiding spot when he saw Vera, becoming cheerful and started to play with her.
Potential adopter gave a big smile and felt relief to see Cooper enjoying himself, finally. Thankfully, Cooper started to open up and began to trust Zhi Ming and Chen Yen, slowly, but surely. We decided to extend his trial homestay. Potential adopter is a great animal lover and we didn't want Cooper to miss this chance.
Indeed, there is always a guardian angel out there watching out for the homeless dogs. Cooper finally found his guardian angel on 17 June 2018, after failing a few trial homestay.
Zhi Ming and Chen Yen were looking for a dog and we thought they were looking for small breeds. However Chen Yen inquired on the type of dog that was harder to be adopted and considered a Singapore Special when we replied so. We recommended Cooper and told her about poor Cooper who had failed a few trial homestay because of his shy and reserved nature and that he had been looking for a home for over a year.
Chen Yen decided to give Cooper a chance and we brought Cooper to her for trial homestay. The trial homestay went on for 2 months as Cooper needed a long time to open up to new people. Zhi Ming and Chen Yen never gave up on him and continued to shower him with love and concern.
We are glad we always have very nice and kind hearted people at Purely Adoptions. You guys made our rescue work more meaningful and rewarding. Thank you Zhi Ming and Chen Yen. You might think that your adoption of Cooper is a small gesture but it meant a lot to us. Cooper has been to so many trial home stays and we always felt very sad when we receive a message to take him back. He is a good boy and deserves a good home. You came along and gave him a chance. He is able to have a home because of you. Its a happy ending everyone is looking forward to. Thank you once again.
Just as we thought we can close the case on Cooper, we received news from his adopters. Cooper ran out of his house around 4.30pm on 27 June 2018.
A search team comprising Zhi Ming and Chen yen, their friend, their helper was formed immediately to look for him. Xavian and his parents also brought Vera down to join in the search and we went down to help as well. Few hours passed and we finally caught sight of him in a forested area. We went towards him but he was running away, probably frightened by the noise of the passing vehicles. He has always been a timid boy since young.
We used Vera to lure him out and he recognised Vera and started to play with her. He had a great time running around in the forest and getting Vera to join in the fun. He was happy. A kind passerby saw us trying to catch him and gave us a piece of KFC fried chicken to use as a bait. Cooper took a bite but ran away. Xavian tried to get hold of him and was bitten by him in the end. He ran back to the dark forest and we continued to wait for him to appear.
He came out at times but always ran away each time. This went on for a few hours until he stopped appearing at all. By then, it was late and we had to call off the search. Owner stayed on until the last bus at the nearby bus-stop passed by.
We thought we could continue our search tomorrow but a few hours later, in the wee hours of 28 June 2019, we received a call from the Traffic Police. They contacted us as Cooper was wearing a Purely Adoptions Tag and broke the news that Cooper had passed on. It was a case of hit and run. We contacted Mobile Pet to collect him and arranged for a cremation ceremony that morning.
His sudden demise came as a shock to us and we could not express our grief. We had spent a lot of effort to find a good home for him since his rescue at 2 months old. We put him through multiple trial home stays before finding a really nice family who loves him a lot. Rescuer Shirlin even cried out in joy when she learnt that Cooper was adopted and that became a beautiful Father's Day present for her husband Francis as well.
Everyone was very sad at the farewell ceremony. Cooper's owner, Zhiming and Chenyen were crying out loud; Mrs Mar (Xavian's mum) could not hold back her sorrow as well. Everyone was very upset. We separated the night before in hopes of gathering back to find Cooper yet a few hours later, we gathered again at the nasty reality that that morning will be his final farewell. He is really gone, forever.
Copper, we hoped you had been happy for the past 1 year. You have been well taken care of since you were rescued at 2 months old - from your foster homes to your adopted home. You have been pampered with lots of food, treats and toys. Run free and start a new life again. You have been a very good boy in this life and will be deeply missed.