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Lumby's favourite dog releases 2021 photo calendar

Cooper the dog.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Jerry Mason
November 24, 2020 - 7:30 AM

A border collie that has caught the affection of the town of Lumby in the North Okanagan is set to appear in his very own 2021 calendar.

Cooper, an eight-year-old border collie, became popular around 12 months ago, after his owner Jerry Mason began posting photos of Cooper at different locations around Lumby on social media.

Mason, who introduces himself as "Cooper's manager," said someone suggested a Cooper calendar to him about a month ago.

"I'd never even thought of (a calendar)," Mason told "I thought I'd make 10, or maybe 20."

Mason greatly underestimated the demand.

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Driving a forklift at ACE Building Centre
Driving a forklift at ACE Building Centre
Image Credit: Jerry Mason

So far, he has 130 orders for a Cooper calendar.

"I'm just amazed," he said.

Cooper has become a well-known figure around Lumby and Mason's photos of his dog at various local businesses and other cites have become popular on social media. From driving a forklift to being patted down by an RCMP officer, Cooper has had his photo taken with a variety of people in and around the area.

Cooper's calendar will be in desk format, with each month featuring a fitting seasonal photo of Cooper. In October he's dressed as a ghost, in November he's at the cenotaph, and as May is flood season Cooper is perched on a log in a washed-out creek.

"He's become a bit of a celebrity," Mason said. "I had no idea that he would get such a following, people see him and they're so happy... if he's made somebody's day then that's great it makes it all worthwhile."

With demand for calendars high, printing costs have reduced and Mason's donating any profits to the local art council and the Lumby food bank.

"And Cooper said he wants to do a donation to the SPCA in Vernon," Mason said.

Cooper calendars cost $10 and can be ordered through Jerry Mason on his Facebook page here.

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