While these stories are rarely posted here, Brave Dogs also does some boots-on-the-ground advocacy, and this week I met 16yr old Coco and her person, Val. They’ve been through some tough times, and found themselves homeless... through it all they have had each other.
However, Coco was in serious need of medical attention. Val knew it and was concerned... but there was more than just fear of her dog’s health in her eyes. So, after introducing myself, I told her the words she needed to hear: “I’m not here to take your dog.” The relief was immediate, and it allowed an open and honest conversation... for it was obvious that there was only one course of action left to relieve Coco of her pain... 💔
Val took a tremendous leap of faith in allowing me to overnight Coco, for she needed an early drop off at my vet to be seen between appointments. And, as always, Kirkwood Animal Hospital went above and beyond, treating her with gentle care, giving her fluids and pain meds... and making clear that Coco was welcomed back (preferably as soon as possible) with Val to help her on the last part of her journey.
Coco spent one final night with her mom... she was fed, kept as cool as possible, but more importantly, she had the company and love of the person that was her world... it was clear that Coco, such a #BraveDog
, had been holding on for Val’s sake... and they would soon have to say goodbye. And today, they did. For all Coco had given, Val returned the loyalty by letting her go.
I asked to share their story because it is good to remember that some brave dogs have very brave owners... ❤️ And if anyone knows of any resources that can assist Val to get her back on her feet - a room to rent, a mechanic that can give a good price for helping fix her car that is not operational and where she has been sleeping, please reach out.
Thank you to Eleinna Anderson for first spotting Coco, and to Jennifer Colletto for connecting me and Eleinna.
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