Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Cuckoo For Coco "PUFF"
When we accepted CoCo from Grace, she warned us that he's "Trash Aggressive" - meaning if he's got something, even if it's trash don't try and take it out of his mouth! He's like Oscar the Grouch - once it's his trash, it really is HIS!! This sweet little guy ... he really is sweet ... he just likes things a certain way - as in HIS way. He was adopted out a little bit back but apparently someone went to grab something out of his mouth and he got a little nippy. So ... he was returned.
:( I don't know the family's story but I'm hoping they had small children and were a little nervous of his behavior. But that incident with CoCo is why small dogs generally don't do very well with small children. They have very little tolerance for kids without manners. Many groups will refuse to even adopt a small breed dog to a family with small children, just because of the potential for disaster. I had a dachshund puppy once for adoption and a lady with a baby contacted me about adopting him. I told her over the phone that dachshunds are not a good choice for such a small child. I told her to go look for a mellow, bigger dog like a lab. But she showed up at PetCo anyway. When I turned her down, in person, she and her husband were furious with me and started yelling about how I wasted their time and how dare I judge their child. Now that's the kind of person if the dachshund puppy ever did bite the baby, then they'd handle it worse than most probably.
One of the disappointing things besides his adoption not working out is that a friend of mine knew someone that wanted to adopt him. Well, during the time that he was adopted this person adopted another dog and now that we have CoCo back ... she can't adopt him. ::sigh::
I think CoCo would do great in a home with a more mature couple or a single woman. He definitely seems to appreciate my company more than he does Joey's. He likes to quietly sit and be pet. He's not much of a player and he doesn't really interact with the other dogs. He doesn't snuggle up to them or greet them, but he doesn't act territorial or aggressive to them either. He seems to be house broken and he LOVES going out in the yard and hanging around to guard the alley. :) He doesn't let anyone go unnoticed when he's outside, which I find to be a wonderful trait in a dog.
Here's hoping CoCo finds a wonderful home soon. He's only 4 years old but his personality is a little older in my opinion. As usual, CoCo just needs to find the perfect home. If Lesa was able to find a home for a little chihuahua that would rather bite someone than look at them I think CoCo has a good chance of finding a wonderful home. Once he finds his perfect place I'm sure he'll not be as cuckoo of a coco puff. ;)