Cooper and Maddee

Wine Spectator readers are sharing photos of their dogs. This Sierra Foothills duo helps out in the vineyard and winery at Frog's Tooth

Cooper and Maddee
Feb 12, 2021

Owners: Cooper belongs to Nick Aderman, a partner Frog's Tooth Vineyards & Winery. Maddee is winemaker Will SavoieHoule's dog.

Location: Murphys, Calif., in the Sierra Foothills

Dogs' Names: Cooper and Maddee

Ages: 11 (Cooper) and 7 (Maddee)

Breeds: Cooper is a male Cockapoo, friendly, outgoing, intelligent and loving dogs. Maddee is a female Great Pyrenees, bred to fend off livestock predators. They are known to be very loyal to family and territory.

In a Word: Fiesty (Cooper) and sweetheart (Maddee)

Job Titles: Maddee is the vineyard protector. Cooper would be assistant to the vineyard protector.

Star Quality: Cooper is a perpetual puppy; everyone thinks he is 2 years old. Maddee is the kindest, gentlest dog ever.

Best Bud: Maddee's best bud is the winemaker's son Wilder. Cooper's best bud is Maddee. (He's in love.)

Favorite Reward or Possession: Maddee's favorite is the rubber bungs from our wine barrels. Cooper loves gigantic bones that are way too big for him.

Favorite Getaway: Both love going camping and love lying out in the vineyard soaking up the sun.

Forgivable Flaw: Maddee won't leave winery visitors alone. Cooper won't leave Maddee alone. (Did I mention he is in love?)

Backstory: Cooper is from Lancaster, Pa., and was born on an Amish farm. Maddee was a rescue; her previous owner didn't have enough land for her to roam and do Great Pyrenees things. A few years ago, she stepped in a hole at the vineyard while running full speed chasing a bird. She broke her front right leg in several places and needed surgery. Many friends and winery club members chipped in to help pay for her surgery.

Maddee, a Great Pyrenees, lying on a gravel road at Frog's Tooth vineyard
Maddee: Vineyard protector
Cooper, a Cockapoo, lying in the grass at Frog's Tooth Vineyard
Cooper: Assistant vineyard protector and admirer of Maddee
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