Two years ago today, on June 21st, my Uncle Bracken came to live with us, so today felt like a good moment for a throwback. I’ve known Bracken all my life (almost, anyway). On my second day home as a pupster, the parents took me to meet my Grannie and my Uncle. It was love at first sight for me, but less so for Bracken. He didn’t appreciate me hanging from his velvety ears with my sharp pupster teeth. Or peeing all over his home with excitement. But I adored him. He was my wiser, older dude.

My Uncle Bracken,

by Harris

In those first few years, we’d go for walks together at weekends. Sometimes we’d go on holiday together - Mum, Dad, Bracken and me. We had adventures. And Bracken taught me pretty much everything I know about parental training, and all the ways in which we could mould/boss around our humans to do pretty much what we want them to do. Yes, he’s a wise fellow.

And then, in June 2017, Grannie left her old home and went to live somewhere else, and Bracken came to live with us. Life changed. I was no longer an only pup. You might think this was hard for us lads but it wasn’t. Bracken might not have been delighted about my arrival back in 2011, but by this stage we were best buddies. Now, we’re inseparable.

These photos are from June 2017 to December 2018. A kinda random selection, but they all hold some memories for us.

Like that day my Uncle considered modelling for a shampoo range, then realised this required a bath.


1. he loves food more than anything in the world. 2. he loves his Dad more than anyone in the world. 3. he is another-level stubborn.

He can rock a bow tie.

And a neckerchief.

And denim.

And a hoodie with a kinda Nordic vibe.

And knitwear.

And a pom pom.

And what about Bracken and Mum, you might be asking? Well, their relationship is a bit more complicated. It goes something like this: Bracken loved Mum, then I turned up, and Bracken wasn’t best chuffed that Mum had chosen me. Clearly, he didn’t blame Dad for this. Just Mum. What can I say, us hounds are complex. He’s forgiven her over time. Sort of. This next photo isn’t very good, but it pretty much sums this up.

Mum: “I love this spud.” Bracken: “Just get her off me.”

Okay, yes, sometimes he loves her.

My Uncle, my best buddy, my dude.

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  • rg117

    This is absolutely the best story you’ve ever done...relationships ‘mong the hounds...great!!!

  • coppernotes

    Thank you! @rg117 That is so lovely to hear. I’ve had this one in mind for a bit... all the feels! 💞

  • milica23

    Truly adorable ☺️

  • coppernotes

    Thank you @milica23 🥰 all the feels with this one!

  • ajthibodeau

    Such a great story! Both boys are so lovable!

  • finknottle

    B. is really unique!!! Such a character looks right out of his face. And I can see, Harris really is his best buddy!!! 💞

  • coppernotes

    Thank you @ajthibodeau 🥰 these guys are such strong characters! So different but so determined in their own ways.

  • coppernotes

    @finknottle there’s only one of Bracken for sure! And yes, you can see it in his eyes. He’s so strong-willed. And yes, these two are the best of friends. Bracken has ‘trained’ Harris to bark for his food. Harris isn’t hungry, but Bracken will start crying and look at Harris, and Harris gets up and starts barking at me. That’s how tight they are!

  • travelswmyphone

    Isn’t he such a dapper fellow and you can really see his character

  • coppernotes

    It’s funny @travelswmyphone as the lads were into their stylin’ as city fellows but other than jumpers on cold winter days, they don’t do this stylin’ now. No more bow ties these days! But yes, Bracken is such a character and has such expressive eyes. Very different to Harris but just as distinct in knowing who he is.

  • coppernotes

    Thanks so much for sharing this one @Steller @jordanfoy 🙌🏻 The lads send a gentle grouch of appreciation! 💫

  • kerrieturcic

    This is the sweetest!

  • coppernotes

    Ah thank you @kerrieturcic ☺️These guys are just 💞💞

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  • Mohamadi

    😍ilove dog😍

  • mombo

    So cool

  • coppernotes

    Thank you @mombo 💫 These lads... 💞

  • coppernotes

    Thank you! @Mohamadi ❤️✨

  • FlowArte

    So beautiul and cute!

  • coppernotes

    Thank you so much @FlowArte 🙌🏻☺️✨


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