Sweet boy Cocoa has moved to his forever family after 1 year and 2 days in foster care. Cocoa was very lucky to have had 4 foster families during his year plus stay with RAGOM. Every one of his foster families helped him grow and learn that humans are kind and that he was safe and loved. He came to my home in August, still a pretty frightened boy. Immediately he bonded with Willow 12-112, another puppy mill survivor. I think they had a very special bond and she understood that he needed her help to learn that I was ok and that he could trust me. My three resident dogs also welcomed him to the family and made sure he saw them getting and giving lots of love and attention. I would never be able to foster dogs like Cocoa or Willow if not for the help from my resident dogs. During the 6 months he was with us, he made very good progress and was a very happy boy, I know he will be very happy in his new home too.
Cocoa's new family is committed to helping him learn that they are fine and that he is safe. He is very lucky to have found a family with two moms, a 5 year old Goldendoodle and a bird. They will take it slow and make sure he knows that he is home for good. First reports are good, he is eating, drinking and doing all of his dog business outside. As expected, it is a little challenging getting him back into the house, but he is wearing a long leash 24/7 and has come inside on his own a few times. The understand it will take time and patience before he is 100% comfortable with his new family. They will be taking Cocoa to classes designed for shy dogs. I know he will enjoy this as he is a very smart boy and will love his one on one time with his new moms. He loves going for walks and that is something he will do on a daily basis with his new doggies sister. I couldn't be happier with his new family and new home, it is exactly what I so hoped he would find.
Thank you to everyone who helped care for Cocoa. He is one very lucky boy to have so many friends in his RAGOM family. Have a great life Cocoa, your buddy Willow and your foster family is cheering for you and wishes you the best in everything and we all miss you.