Cooper Tuesday: FAQs

I said I wasn’t going to be That Girl who blogs about her dog all the time but one of my favorite bloggers (Tanie of Unicorn Parade) posts photos and anecdotes about her pups all the time and to be quite honest, the world is a little bit of a brighter place for it. I feel better about life just knowing that Georgie, Kichou, Dougal and I are all sleeping underneath the same blue sky.

The last few weeks in Coopertown via Instagram

Cooper gets lots of attention on walks, which I totally understand! He’s super cute and quite unusual looking. If he wasn’t mine, I’d definitely have to stop and talk him his owner and give him lots of pets. But recently I feel like I should either get him a t-shirt or hand out cards with Top Cooper FAQs, though because I am not exaggerating when I say that once a day I have to answer at least one of the following:

Q: “What kind of dog is that?”/”Is that a ________?”

A: I don’t know anything about his background, best guess is Basenji/Rat Terrier mix.

Q: “Does he bark?” (in response to me saying that he is probably a Basenji mix)

A: Yes, but not much/only when excited.

Q: “How old is he?”

A: About a year.

Q: “How much bigger will he get?”

A: You’re looking at it.

Q: “Who’s a good boy?”

A: :3

Q: “Can I feed your dog some popcorn?” *


Of course you can!

A couple weeks ago, a couple stopped me on South Congress to pet Cooper. They told me had a Basenji/Corgi mix at home (sidenote: if the Google Image Search results are any indication SUPER CUTE MIX OMG). The guy told me that one day when he was walking his dog, someone accosted him (much like he was accosting me in that moment), to ask if his dog was mixed with Basenji. When he replied in the affirmative, he was asked “It’s like living with a really bad roommate, isn’t it?” And then we had to laugh together to keep from crying.

* Okay this question has really only been asked once, which was last week and it was asked to me by a little girl and was pretty much the most adorable thing ever. I would probably feel weird about it if a grownass person asked me the same thing.

Music Monday: AlunaGeorge

When I was a teenager, I was really into The Scene and fancied myself a tastemaker but now I am older and mostly just want to listen to all the music I liked as a teen. In the past year or so, I have eschewed torrenting and other sources of illegal downloading in favor of a Spotify Premium subscription. The downside of that is that if I can’t find it on Spotify or iTunes, I’m more likely to just give up so I don’t actively participate in music discovery as much as I use to. When I find a new artist or song that I’m really excited about, it’s a rare but welcome occurrence.

AlunaGeorge are from the UK and both their sound and their faces would not be out of place on an episode of Skins or some other show about sexy teens (I don’t know, they’re probably in their 20s so that comment should come off as too creepy?). I’m into the 90s R&B/pop throwback vibe but it still sounds modern. Their song “Your Drums, Your Love” has been on repeat on my various listening devices for the last two weeks, which has been annoying and difficult due to the single having not been officially released in the US yet so I’ve been streaming the video on YouTube several times a day.

On the plus side, “You Know You Like It” which is also fun, as well as a handful of other songs they have released, are currently available on Spotify, Amazon and the US iTunes store. I’m really anticipating their official full-length stateside release, which will hopefully be soon.