The Bata family’s 2-year-old golden retriever, Cooper, usually has only one thing on his mind — play, play, play. He loves to join the Bata siblings — 11-year-old Taylor and 9-year-old Sam — for backyard fun at their Rock O’Dundee Road home. The friendly golden’s favorite pastime is playing fetch with his tennis ball. He will climb up the ladder on the swing set or dive into the ocean for hours to retrieve a ball — often stuffing up to three in his mouth at one time. When he finally needs a rest, he doesn’t miss an opportunity to snuggle up on a comfy couch with one of the members of the Bata family, who think their buddy is “very cute!”
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