On Friday afternoon the 15th of October 2010 we said goodbye to our beloved dog Cocoa. She was 13 years old and had lived a full life. The tears have flowed freely the past few days, but the smiles and laughter come quickly and easily when we remember the fun and silly times we had together with her. Cocoa we miss you.
Our chocolate lab Cocoa was born July 1997 and we knew we had an especially cool and wonderful puppy when one evening while seated at the dining room table we looked down to see that she had fallen asleep with her entire nose buried deep in mom’s leather purse. She was always on guard to protect her family from the ”ferocious” dachshunds next door by barking at them nonstop, but only if the kids were close to that particular fence otherwise she would play with them by running up and down the fence line. She loved to play nonstop with us in the yard. Her favorite game was fetch, you throw it I go get it and don’t bring it back. Also don’t leave a shoe or sock unattended in the yard because you may not ever see it again. Her favorite nemesis was those dastardly hot air balloons at which she would bark and bark until they were out of sight. On one occasion a hot air balloon “dared” to land in the field behind our house. Oh boy did Cocoa defend her home and family by barking so ferociously that they packed up that balloon and we never saw it again. We didn’t have the heart to tell her that they were just landing and packing up anyway, she was so proud that she had “scared“ them away. She knew when we were happy and she was constantly wagging her tail and ready to play. She knew when we were sad or not feeling well and she was right there sitting next to us constantly keeping an eye on us. She loved to play in the snow often hopping like an antelope through the deeper snow. She liked to run through the snow with her nose down and this would cause snow to stick to her whiskers and pile up on her snout what a funny look this gave her. Oh you wacky dog! In the summer if there was a lot of playing and running going on she would suddenly run over to the kids little plastic wading/swimming pool and just climb in and lay down in the water. Oh you wacky dog!
Thank you for your unconditional love and trust. Thank you for always being there waiting patiently for us to come home from where ever. Thank you for being an important part of our family. We will miss you and remember you forever.