Introducing Coco (aka Coco-bean)
The SlimDoggy family has expanded. We have adopted a sweet little chocolate morsel named Coco. Coco was turned into the shelter when her family lost their home in the fires in Kern County, California this summer. She was then taken in as a foster by an LA rescue organization.
We first saw her on Petfinder – the same way we found SlimDoggy Jack. She looks so much like our first pup, Sally, it was an easy choice to agree to “foster-to-adopt”. She’s a tall, thin Lab weighing in at about 65lbs and almost as tall as Jack.
Our main concern was her compatibility with Jack. While Maggie loved her big brother, he pretty much ignored her, so there were never any disagreements or squabbles in our household. Given Jack’s age and declining condition, we certainly didn’t want to bring in a dog who would be rough with him, bossy, too playful or competitive. From what the rescue told us, Coco seemed a good fit – very chill & mellow, about 5-6 years old. They also told us that she had a couple of litters of puppies, had just recently been spayed and also had her spleen removed at the same time.
The spleen issue was a little worrisome as that is a symptom, not a disease unto itself, but we decided to bring her home. We knew almost immediately that she was our girl. Her personality is as sweet as chocolate and she is as mellow as can be. Her introduction to Jack was uneventful. We met down the street and walked them together – a few gentle sniffs and then on their way. A perfect introduction.
First thing I wanted to do was get her checked out by the vet. She had a very stiff gait which was concerning and her ‘mellowness’ seemed almost like discomfort or pain, so off to the vet we went and boy I’m glad I did. Poor girl has a laundry list of health issues.
In addition to the concerns about her walk which turns out to be hip dysplasia/arthritis and her spleen, she also has a bladder infection, a couple of small mammary tumors that will need to be removed and biopsied and several broken teeth which will also have to come out. The spleen issue could be a multitude of things ranging from very bad to very mild. Unfortunately, the vet who removed it didn’t do a biopsy, so we don’t know, all we can do is watch for any new signs to crop up that it is something that needs additional treatment. Any of you who have had a dog with hemangiosarcoma know what I’m talking about. We’re hoping it’s not that.
So, we will have a long road with this little sweetie, but obviously she has already taken up residence in our hearts and we know that we can help her and so we will, just as we helped her brothers and sisters before her. We don’t know how much time she has, hopefully many years, but however long it is she’ll be loved and cared for and spoiled rotten like her brother Jack.
Jack, incidentally has shown a more than passing interest in her – more than his other sisters, but I’m thinking that may have to do with the bladder infection that anything else or maybe he has a crush on her like we do.