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The Life and Times of Copper Swearingen

Copper passed away today

October 29th 2004 11:01 am
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Copper's mom here again...Copper lost his fight with pneumonia early this morning, 10-29-2004. Thanks for all who prayed for him.


This is from Copper's Mom

October 27th 2004 7:51 pm
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Copper had to go to the hospital today. He has taken the pneumonia following his heartworm treatments, and things don't look very good for him. Anyone reading this, please pray for our Copper, that he gets well and comes home to his Mom, who loves him so much. Thanks so much!


I'm home from my heartworm treatments!

October 22nd 2004 8:12 pm
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I came home today from being treated for those heartworms. Boy, those treatments are tough. I don't feel so good at all. All I want to do is sleep, and my tummy doesn't feel good either. My mom tries to get me to eat my treats after I take my walks, but I really don't want them. I ate them, because she asked me to, but they didn't even taste good to me. She cooked some chicken for me at suppertime, and I ate a bite or two. She seemed like she was happy I ate anything. I think she is worried about me. I am staying very close to her, because I was scared when she left me at the vet's. I don't want her to leave me again, ever. I love my mom. I think everybody was glad to see me. My human brother, Paul, came with mom to pick me up. And he did have to pick me up, literally! I couldn't even jump into the van. Usually, that is no problem for me. But when I got home, I did jump out of it. Home is GOOD, GOOD, GOOD! Fred was glad to see me, but she got all excited and wanted to play. I just didn't want to. I feel very nervous and jumpy, and I hollered when my human sister, Shelby, stepped over me. I didn't mean to scare her! She just startled me. It's been a long couple of days, sis! We have a new brother who is just a little tiny guy. His name is Frodo, and he's a chihuahua. He's a pain in my butt, too. He wanted to play, and I finally had to growl at him to make him go away. I like him okay, but today was NOT the day! I will close for now and write more when I feel better. Thanks to all who kept me in their thoughts and prayers, because those heartworms were worse than the vet thought at first. I know I will be better very soon, though, because my mom takes the very best care of me! Love, Copper


Going to the hospital

October 20th 2004 7:23 pm
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I had to go to the hospital today for those heartworm treatments. I was so scared! My mom had given me a bath, so I was all nice and clean for them. When she left me, I was shaking like a leaf, and wouldn't even take a cookie. I will let you know how I do with these treatments.


Doing Fine!

October 15th 2004 8:29 pm
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I'm feeling so much better these days. My mom had to give me some medicine the other day, for something called "tapeworms". She gave it to me in some hamburger meat, GOOD, GOOD, GOOD! I'm going to have to go see the vet in a few days to be treated for something she calls "heartworms". I don't know exactly what they are, but she says I will feel even better when they are gone.

She found a new sister for us, a kitty sister. She is a little tiny white kitten, and she was sick when mom brought her home. She had been in a fight with another cat or dog, and her ear was all torn up. Fredder and I cleaned her up, all right. We put that good drool all over her, and now she's right as rain. Mom just calls her Baby, so I guess that is her name. She's really sweet, almost as sweet as a basset! Mom put a picture of her with us, getting a good doggy bath.

My home is the best. Sometimes I think I really aggravate my mom, like when I eat something I shouldn't (off the table or counter--oops!), but she never is harsh with me. She always talks to me very sweetly, and I love her so much that when she leaves the room, I cry for her. I want to be right by her side always, like I am right now. I ask all of you to pray to the good Father for me as I go for my heartworm treatments. It must be something pretty bad, because when my mom talks about it, she gets very worried and sad. So pray to the good Father for my mom, as well. She is the best mom in the world! Love, Copper


My Forever Home

September 12th 2004 4:36 pm
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Hi, my name is Copper. I'm a 6-year-old Basset Hound.

I came to my home from a bad situation. In my former home, I used to be very happy. I belonged to my master, who took me hunting and fishing a lot. But he passed away more than a year ago. His wife didn't mean to be ugly to me. She didn't beat me or anything. But she works so much, she forgot to feed me. I never got much fresh water. I lived in a tiny pen with only an old coffee table for shelter.

My new Mom heard about me from a friend of her children. Tommy told her he knew a lady who had a Basset Hound she wanted to give away. Mom told him to bring me to her! Tommy came to get me with my new human brother, Paul. When Paul saw me, he was so upset by the way I looked, he called Mom to be sure she wanted me. She said YES! So home I came. (Sorry about pooping in your truck, Tommy....)

When I got to my new home, I was so scared I tried to run away. But my new Mom has a big daughter named April who is VERY fast. She caught me and tied my leash to a tree. I got as far away from everyone as possible. My new Mom came and sat down on the ground. She has the SWEETEST voice! She talked and talked to me, but I was so suspicious. I hadn't been touched by a human in over a year. But she sounded so I came a little closer, and a little closer, and finally she put her hand on my head. She cried and almost threw up. I was so sickly and so dirty and smelly. She gave me some water and food, but I was too nervous to eat.

I thought this might be a pretty good situation, though. She patted me and played with my ears. So I finally put my head in her lap. She picked me up and took me in the house, where I had a new experience--THE BATH.

Mom plunked me in a tub of warm water and scrubbed me within an inch of my life. The water turned black twice. I came out smelling like a rose! (Mom says I'm full of poop--I still smelled like a hound.)

They put me back on the leash and took me outside. Of course I did my business. I don't know why they made such a big fuss about that. Any good ol' dog knows you do your thing on the grass. We went back into the house, and she gave me what they call a "bone." I didn't know what that thing was, so I left it alone. But I did notice that the girl they call Fredder came and gobbled it up.

I figured out the "bones." They are GOOD!!!!! Mom also makes us homemade cookies sometimes, and they are even better. I live with Mom, Dad, my human brother, Paul, and my two human sisters, April and Shelby. I have a Basset sister named Fredrika, but they all call her the Fabulous Big Fat Fredder. And I have a little Siamese sister named Akasha, but Mom calls her Squeaky because she talks a lot. She gives good kisses, too. At least she doesn't wash my whole face like she does Fredder--that kitty tongue is rough!

I got to meet a gentleman who Mom calls "the Vet." He poked and prodded and took samples of a lot of places I'd rather he had left alone. He told Mom I was in pretty good shape for someone with my background. I have heartworms, but he said I was only in Stage one, which isn't too bad. He gave Mom some medicine for my ears, which he says are infected--so that's why they are still stinky! Also, he gave her some medicine because he says I have worms in my tummy.

I guess when Mom gets me in good shape, we will have to do the treatment for heartworms, which I am told is pretty bad. But I'm not afraid. I'm not afraid of anything, anymore. Mom, Dad, and the rest of the family love me very much, and I love them. I wish everyone everywhere had a home like mine. I wish you could meet my family. You'd love my Mom. And boy, she's a great cook! (Sorry about those pork chops, you should have told me they were for YOUR supper, Mom!)

Now, if someone could only explain to me why she calls us Slobberslingers.....?

Love, Copper

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