Cooper, a small, loud, and big-hearted dog, believes he is protecting his family by barking at people and animals he dislikes. However, his family does not always appreciate his efforts. Cooper makes it through a difficult situation with kindness from others whom he previously disliked. To the surprise of his family, Cooper learns to be more accepting of others, and happily finds friends all around him. This story encourages dialogue with children about the humorous misunderstandings between Cooper and his family.