The trip back from Ohio was long but uneventful. Coco was a very well behaved young Collie and enjoyed the trip more than us.
After the first 2 days in her new home, we knew we had found a keeper. She met and got along well with Skip, our blind older Collie, who readily accepted her. It took about 10 days to switch her over to her new diet, accept her new bed, and dive into the blanket at the side of the bed where she sleeps on and off during the night. We kept a leash on her when we introduced her to our grandaughter. After the usual sniffing, she gave her a kiss on the ear and all was well.
Our vet was pleasantly surprised how good of shape she was in. Everyone in the building had to stop in the exam room and see this lovely little girl. Give Lori a pat on the back for the great job she did fostering Coco. With a clean bill of of health, we made her next stop our pet groomer.
After dropping her off, the groomer called me and said her undercoat was so heavy under her chin and chest area that it was hurting Coco when she tried to remove it . So we had to clip her close in that area. Sure doesn’t look like the furball in the internet pic.
Coco has attached herself to my hip. I get up … she gets up. I go out the door … she wants out the door. It’s comical to see her follow me from room to room. When Carolyn and I are in different areas of the house, she has to run from place to place to keep track of us. She has started playing with toys, stealing slippers, and even helped Carolyn with her sewing project. She looked so funny with red thread wrapped around her and dragging a bobbin around, I had tears in my eyes from laughing. Lori said they thought Coco was about five. Well maybe 5 going on 3. She gets so excited she leaps in the air and does 180’s before touching the ground, races by and gives head butts in passing, splays her front feet and gets ready to pounce again when outside.
In closing, I must admit she has filled a void that was left with the passing of our other little girl (Lottie) a few months back. Each day we learn something new about Coco. She is a real gem.
Thanks to all the great folks at Almost Home!
Al and Carolyn French
P.S. On October 23rd we entered Coco in a Humane Society contest, and she took 3rd place. What a girl!