Cocoa has found her forever home !!
Here is what we are hearing from Cocoa and her new mommy !!
Read messages below .

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Dear Carolyn,
Thank you for placing me with Fran and Jim (my new mom and dad!) I'm so happy and have already adjusted to my new home and neighborhood...just check out the pictures! I've been a very good girl and I KNOW they love me. Fran rubs my belly and kisses me all the time, even on the lips (do I have lips??). And Jim is teaching me how to "fetch"....he says because I'm a "retriever" I should know how to play ball. It's no big deal to me but he gets excited when I bring the ball back, so I play along. Did you know I have my very own couch? You can see from the pictures how much I love that couch....I spend lots of time sleeping there. I've been meeting lots of new friends on my walks with Fran. She says I'll meet lots more when we walk around Creve Coeur park on Saturdays...I can't wait! Anyway, don't worry about me ... they are taking good care of me and I'm very, very happy ... you picked the best home ever!
Licks and kisses

Hi Carolyn....Hope you don't mind the silly note but Jim and I want to thank you again for giving us Cocoa...she is so sweet and we love her!! She is such a good girl and the best walking companion! Hope you enjoy the pics.
Not only are we helping Cocoa but she really is helping walking everyday, we are both getting our exercise! And yes, pls feel free to use my message and pics on your website...I'd be honored! Take care and I promise to continue sharing Cocoa's adventures with goal is to have all three of my critters (Cocoa & our two Kitties ) in one pic...preferrably all cuddled's a dream right now, but I'll get there!
Take care!

Here is what others who care about Cocoa have to say about her new family and her adoption !!

Oh my gosh I love these people and want to be adopted by them too. (rosemary)

Oh Carolyn!! That made me CRY! Tears of joy, of course! I, too, am SO happy. They are the great home we knew they'd be. I'm soooo thankful!Thank you so much for sharing that with me, I'd been anxious to hear about how she was doing. (Angie

Cocoa's Original Listing and History

Cocoa is a 3 year old Chocolate Lab (slightly mixed we think).
She is female and is beautiful. Have you ever thought you'd love having a labrador retriever but was concerned about thier size. Would you like all the personality, intelligence, goofiness, and sweetness that most labs possess but think an 80 to 125 pound dog might be too much for your home or circumstance?  Well,  Cocoa might be your dream come true. She is a very small lab. She weighs about 45 pounds but with  lab looks and heart.

Below is a short discription of Cocoa during her first week or so with us:  If she interest you be sure to read the update on Cocoa following.  Then be sure to watch her video clip

Cocoa is currently being vetted, and will be up to date on vaccines.  She is heart worm negative.  She will be spayed and micro chipped prior to being placed in her new adoptive home.

Cocoa belonged to an elderly gentleman who was recently forced to move from his home as he is no longer able to care for himself alone.  These companions were forced to say theirlast good-byes.  This was tough for both, man and dog.  Cocoa is somewhat confused now but is absolutely sweet.  She needs a new home to love and care for her.  We really did not have room for Cocoa but could not turn her away.  Cocoa has a shiny coat and sparkling eyes begging for the right person to come along to show her that indeed "life is going to go on for her". 

We are in need of a foster home for Cocoa while we work to find her forever home.

Please view Cocoa's video clip which will allow you to see her
sweet and loving personality. (above)

You can see more of Cocoa by viewing her photo album.
To enlarge photos: Click on First Picture, Run Mouse Toward Upper Right Side, Click on Next... Enjoy !!
Click here to learn more about this breed, the Labrador Retriever

A Little Bit of my own observations and thoughts about the Labrador Retriever
To Me, a Quite Remarkable Dog and for the following reasons:

The Labrador Retriever is and has been the number one registered dog (with AKC) for many years. It is not merely the number one dog, it dominates this position by huge margins. For example in 2006 there were 155 different breeds of dogs registered and accepted by AKC.  Lab's numbers came in as number one with 41,132 litters of Labs registered. The numbers for the following  3 breeds were, 33,040; 23,492; 19,070; There is an obvious decline in the numbers as we drop down. by the time we  reach merely number 14 dog it drops dramatically to 10,791 not even one fourth of the number of Labs being registered each year.  The number 26 dog registered only 4,960 litters a year. From this point on there is a steady lessening of registered dogs. By the time we reach the smallest number 155th dog breed there are only 155 litters registered.

So what does this say and what does it mean, all these numbers? First there is a reason Lab's maintain these high numbers. It is due to their versatility and adaptability,  their all around ability to do so many things well. The Labrador Retriever is a working dog with no end to his potential which ranges from hunting dog, rescue dog, service dog for the impaired, to loving family pet. He can live indoors and be happy in front of a fire place, devoted to his family, loves people,  not aggressive with other animals or humans, is easily trained,  wants to please, is intelligent, gentle and kind and easy to groom and maintain.  Or he is just as happy running across fields and serving as a gun dog retrieving fowl from water. Although loving he is a "tough" dog and easily handles briar's, thickets and the great outdoors.  This is the reason the Lab has stayed in the number one position for so long .  It is easy to see why this dog holds appeal for so many .

But what do these numbers imply for the dog itself?  Obviously each year there are a LOT of Labrador Retrievers born. Unfortunately not all planned by responsible breeders or placed in responsible homes.  Therefore many will end up in a shelter or rescue group down the line for no fault of their own.

This is the part that boggles my mind. I can not for the life of me understand with so many dogs of this breed being bred in such large numbers and for so many years how this dog has managed to remain true to his breed. I am not saying there are no "bad Labs out there, or no problems due to genetics and poor breeding plans" . However, in my personal experience I have seen very, very few . Oh the appearance may be a mite different, the movement not quite right, even genetically imposed health issues with some. Still most Labs are still "Labs" .. goofy happy dogs wanting to please and love on someone.  It almost seems that in spite of human failure and responsibility toward this breed the Labrador Retriever comes out on top with a resilience , I for one can not contemplate or explain.

Only one word of caution comes to mind for anyone who is considering adding a Lab to the family.  That would be "responsibility".  Like most medium to large dogs, Labs need training, routine, and  structure to become good family members. They want to please but someone needs to teach them what "does  please" . Otherwise due to their size and intelligence if left on their own may become bored. This can lead to chewing, digging, and many other undesired behaviors. (they are big and tough, very able to  gleefully  destroy a bunch of stuff pretty easily if not taught a better way)