Update on the Coopmesiter ...
He won't get near the kennel... at all. We packed up the car early this morning and for this trip, we're using Oma's travel kennel since it's bigger than Coopers... that way, he can ride in it, sleep in it and I don't have multiple cages/kennels/crates laying around. I put the kennel in the car as usual and Cooper was acting his normal self as he and Adrianna went on a little stroll together.
We got ready to leave and I put him in the back of the car so he could get inside the kennel and NO WAY would he go near it. That is odd because he immediately goes inside his kennel in the car... every time, no questions asked. Ade spent about an hour trying to coax him in it as we drove down the highway but nope.. he wasn't going in.
The kennel is the type that you can open and "split" in half - top and bottom - so we tried doing that and he wasn't buying into our little charade.
We eventually stopped at a store and I bought some clorox wipes and cleaned it out really well, let it air dry and then put his food inside and he STILL wouldn't go in.
<enter evil chi mom>
After all that, I decided the only way to conquer your fear is head-on, so I just picked him up, tossed him in and shut the door. We got back on the road and he cried for about 20 minutes then finally settled down and went to sleep.
I swear, I wish I knew what freaked him out so badly. His behavior is completely unlike him, even when he's frightened. I've never seen him act like he has acted the last 12 - 18 hours.