Cooper Cares

The Cooper Cares project is a very special gift from Tammy Nelson, whose canine companion, Cooper, passed away from cancer in 2018. Tammy and Cooper had not had the opportunity to schedule their photo session, and Tammy wanted to “pay the gesture forward” to another family whose canine was facing cancer. Hence, the “Cooper Cares” award was born.

This project, is Tammy’s way to memorialize Cooper, and also bring a once in a lifetime gift to those in this cancer fight. The “Cooper Cares” award is presented by Steve Dahlgren and Roseanne Opsahl Dahlgren of Dog Grin Photography.

Those awarded receive a complimentary photo session, along with a table top book of priceless memories of the day. All compliments of Tammy Nelson, Dog Grin Photography, and Cooper, who we all know is with Tammy in spirit each day. On behalf of Czar’s Promise, we are forever grateful to Tammy for her ultimate act of kindness and love, in honoring the memory of such an incredible companion, Cooper; and providing the opportunity to create such timeless memories.

“Tycho” and the Cooper Cares Project

Kev and TychoTo our Czar’s Promise family, please meet Tycho, and his amazing dad, Kevin! In the summer of 2022, this ever-so-sugar-sweet collie mix was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, and began treatment to slow the growth of the cancer which impacted his rear leg. Since receiving radiation and palliative care, Tycho and his dad continue to enjoy incredible walks and adventures each day!

Tycho and Kevin, were the recent recipients of the Czar’s Promise “Cooper Cares” Project. This project began several years ago, to honor a very sweet lab named Cooper, who unexpectedly passed away from cancer. His mom, connected with Czar’s Promise, and wanted to honor Cooper as part of her legacy to him. That legacy, was to have a family whose companion animal who had been diagnosed with cancer, engage with Steve Dahlgren of Dog Grin Photography for a fun and fabulous photo session. We truly thank Cooper’s mom, Tammy, for her extraordinary kindness.

And that is EXACTLY what Kevin, Tycho and Bubs did. A gorgeous fall backdrop created the perfect opportunity for an incredible photo session and fun was had by all!

And just before the holiday, Steve Dahlgren, Czar’s Promise and very special community sponsors, Aaron and Stephanie Weber of Aaron Weber Group / First Weber, presented Kevin with the table-top book of those fall memories that will last a lifetime. Gorgeous photos of time spent together in the company which they all loved, each other.

Czar’s Promise extends over the moon paws of gratitude to Dog Grin Photography for donating the photo session, and very special thanks to Aaron and Stephanie Weber for their kindness and compassion in sponsoring the priceless table-top pictorial of Tycho’s very special day.


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