Ron Howard Mourns the Death of His Beloved Dog Cooper with a Heartwarming Tribute

Gaone Pule
Apr 12, 2021
11:30 A.M.

Award-winning film director and producer Ron Howard paid a heartfelt tribute to his beloved pet dog named Cooper as he recently announced his passing on social media.


Actor Ron Howard is mourning the loss of his dog Cooper who he says was an exceptional part of his family. Ron took to Instagram in honor of his companion.

He wrote, "Here I am with my new pup 13 years ago. Cooper! Today he passed peacefully. He grew up to be an outstanding part of our family who will be missed."

Ron Howard attends the IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village on January 24, 2020 in Park City, Utah | Photo: Getty Images

Ron Howard attends the IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village on January 24, 2020 in Park City, Utah | Photo: Getty Images


The Oklahoma native shared that he often praised his dog as he used to walk alongside him obediently. "I'd say, 'You're a fine, fine special kinda canine.’ And he was. RIP Cooper-Duper,” he added.

The writer posted a photo snuggled up to his pup as he posed, holding him. The picture showed the 67-year-old with his eyes closed as Cooper licked his cheek.


His followers also showed compassion for his loss and took to the comments section to share some comforting words. "RIP Cooper. Our dogs bring something to our lives that we didn't know was missing," said one user.


Another commented, “This photo radiates so much sweetness. So sorry for your loss. Dogs are an absolute blessing to this world." Other users shared the same sentiments while the rest told their own stories of losing their dogs.



Ron may have lost his dear friend, but he still a doting dad to four children. According to Closer Weekly, the actor has always made his family his No.1 priority.

He is a dad to Bryce, 40; Jocelyn, 36; Paige, 36; and Reed, 34, whom he shares with his wife, Cheryl Howard. The couple’s eldest child Bryce is arguably the most famous child as she followed in her parent’s footsteps by becoming a sought-after actress in her own right.

Bryce has twin sisters, with one half of the pair being Paige, who also pursued acting and has appeared in TV shows like the "Medium.” Paige's other half is Jocelyn, who, unlike her sisters, leads a private life. The youngest sibling is Reed, the only son out of the four and is an avid golfer.



Their loving parents celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first date in November 2020. At the time, Ron took to Instagram to honor his spouse and shared the gifts they got for each other.

After five years, Ron and Cheryl tied the knot on June 7, 1975. In 2019, the “Happy Days” star told People how he instantly connected with the mother of his kids when he met her as a junior.

He told the publication that when he met Cheryl, also 67-years-old, there was never anybody else and added the secret to their solid marriage is communication.



Aside from being a loving family man and husband, the Hollywood legend has more credits under his belt in the show business. Ron made his first stage debut at the age of two.

He made his directorial debut in 1977 with the film "Grand Theft Auto," which was co-written with his father Rance Howard and produced by Roger Corman.



In February, the filmmaker revealed he hates pickles as he reminisced on his appearance on "The Andy Griffith Show" back then. Ron was forced to eat them during one episode titled "The Pickle Story."

According to him, it takes some serious acting skills to eat your most hated vegetable onscreen. Ron was six years old when he filmed the episode and said biting the pickles was an unbelievable burden.

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