I picked up Cocoa from Kelly in Lake Forest about noon today and you would think that she has been with me all her life.  She is a darling dog who is badly in need of grooming but that will happen.  Right now she is on an antibiotic regimen for a puncture would on her face (which might have been caused by nip from another dog), Kelly, who is a vet, treated the wound and gave me the antibiotics to give Cocoa.  We don't want to have her groomed until the wound heals.

Cocoa is calm, loving and follows me around like a little brown lamb.  She is friendly with Holly and has met and is friendly to all of our Maltese.  I don't think that she received much loving in her prior home because, she really eats up the affection we give her.

Anyway, she is certainly welcome and is quite a lady...

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Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on August 15, 2013 at 7:17pm

I'll bet she's so much happier now! 

Comment by Richard Crowe on August 15, 2013 at 6:36pm

Cocoa looks a little better and feels a LOT BETTER since she had the abscessed molar removed.  We expect the lesion (from the abscessed tooth) on her face to be healed by Tuesday, 8/20 and have an appointment with our groomer...

Our groomer is an ex poodle breeder and is quite proficient in sprucing up poodle/doodle type dogs.

Comment by Richard Crowe on August 12, 2013 at 12:33pm

Kelly, you asked me about the harness I told you about. 

It is the PetSafe Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness which has "D" Ring attachment points at both the dog's back and the chest.


I like this model better than the one I have for Holly because the bottom strap is a different color making it easier to orient when yu are putting it on the dog.  Holly is pretty good on a lad and I only use this when I expect to be in crowds of people.  I usually only attach the lead to the front ring for Holly.

Using a normal lead on the front ring allows quite a bit of control however, for a dog that really pulls, the double snap EuroLead with one end attached to the chest ring and the other end attached to the back ring really works.


I have seen this combination work on a 60-pound, unruly rescue pit bull who had never been trained to a lead.  Within seconds he was walking demurely with a tiny young lady at the other end of the lead...

I suspect that you might have to special order the harness and lead from Petco.  When I visited my local Petco, they didn't have the faintest idea of what I was talking...

I am also pretty sure that the harness and leads would be available from Amazon.com...

Comment by Kelly Blackwood on August 12, 2013 at 12:56am
Richard, thank you so much for driving all the way to Lake Forest to pick up Miss Coco. She really is a little lady. You made me laugh when you called her a "little brown lamb", because that's exactly what we were calling her this morning. I know she is going to do great!
Comment by Jacquie Yorke - DRC Director on August 12, 2013 at 12:45am

Thank you Richard and Judy!.....And thanks to Kelly Blackwood for taking a 6 hour detour to save Cocoa's life!

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on August 11, 2013 at 11:39pm

Thanks for opening your heart and your home  to this sweet girl, Richard. I know she is going to blossom under your care! 

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