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The Rescue Of An Abandoned Labrador Dog

Updated on September 21, 2012

Coco Our Black Labrador Dog

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out of the wilds . . . . Coco emerged
out of the wilds . . . . Coco emerged | Source
crossing over to a new life
crossing over to a new life | Source

Expect The Unexpected

This writer’s story starts 6 weeks ago. Whilst I was in my apartment in Dublin, my partner Mike was going about his daily business fixing cars and motorbikes at his cottage 50 miles away in the tranquil lush green hills of County Laois (Leash). Mike was taking his much needed coffee break when he spied a lone black shadow coming from his wild and overgrown field. Watching it draw closer he realised it was a black Labrador type dog.


Thinking it belonged to one of his farming neighbours, Mike did not pay too much heed, expecting it to mooch around for a while and then go home. This was not the case, so he gave her a drink of water and was chatting to her for the rest of the day, no doubt thinking how cool it was to be talking to a female who did not answer back!

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shall I stay or shall I go? | Source
the first outing to the park
the first outing to the park | Source

One Foot In The Door

Expecting the dog to be gone the following day, he was surprised when he awoke to find her lying on his front doorstep soaking up the early morning rays. He brought her in for a drink, gave her some food and was a bit perplexed at his new best friend. With no collar on her, he still did not think anything odd as many of his neighbours have working dogs for their cattle and sheep. Having said that, he felt she definitely looked more of a “family dog” rather than a working farm dog


This carried on for approximately 5 days during which time he asked his neighbours if they were missing a dog or did they recognise her and none did. The local church and schools also drew blanks. Later Mike took her into the house at night as the temperature dropped considerably. It was at this stage he told me the story and sent me some photos of her. I was immediately struck by how fit, healthy, alert and totally lovable she was. I had always been the one to ooh and ah at puppies and would give Mike my best puppy dog eyes which said “Pleassssse can we get a doggie?” We spoke at length about her and wondered about where she may have come from.

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Lost Or Abandoned?

Coincidently, the same day she appeared at Mike’s, his next door neighbours acquired a new cat so it seemed possible both may have been abandoned together. This is a fairly remote place, 3 miles from a main road and about 1000ft above sea level. It is a small rural community, where generations of families live within earshot of one another.

Looking at this Labrador, we noted the hair around her neck was sticking up in a manner that suggested a collar had been worn in the past and then removed.

All Girls Together

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Suzie and Coco getting aquainted
Suzie and Coco getting aquainted | Source
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smile for the nice man! | Source

Doing The Right Thing

Mike made a lead out of some rope and decided to take her to the County Dog Pound some 30 odd miles away for advice and information. It was at the pound our lives changed. He was horrified to hear that they would take her in but only keep her for 5 days before sending her to doggy heaven. Also if he wished to keep her he would have to wait for 30 days before he could get a licence and legally call her ours.

This seems a bit bizarre as you would think they would also have to keep her for 30 days. That's bureaucracy for you, I suppose! Other than this there was no help or assistance so in all good conscience Mike took her home. He did leave his name and number as he had done with his local vet, local school and the parish priest. Whilst the dog pounds are doing a good job, there is only so much they are physically equipped to deal with. Sadly this is the norm and not the exception here in the current climate in Ireland.

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popping into the lads next door to introduce myself | Source
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on the way home from socializing | Source

Decision . . . .What Decision?

A beautiful, healthy and fit dog with so much love and life in her deserved much more. I have always believed the saying “things happen for a reason” and it is a phrase I have never used more than over the past few weeks.


We had both spoken about how we would love to own a dog but would wait until we were in our new home in Italy. On the other hand how could we not give this vibrant, adorable dog a home? As it so happens, Mike had also grown up with dogs but even more interestingly, we both had Labrador dogs and both always favoured the big breeds of dogs.


Financially it has been a rocky road for us both, having both faced unemployment over the past few years. The last thing we needed was additional expense, but where there’s a will there’s a way.

Ah Mike . . .Thanks, Your The Best!

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The Choosing Of Her Name

Mike asked me to come up with a name for her knowing how I favoured the unusual kind! I had named our family Labradors, Rocha and Charo. Rocha, our Golden Lab, after a place in Portugal (Praia Da Rocha) which we had visited as a family. Charo, our Black Lab, was an anagram of Rocha. I gave Mike a list, knowing full well some would not be his cup of tea!


We decided on Coco, after spending some time with her, a name I felt suited her colouring and breed. It was also the name of the intriguing fashion designer Ms Coco Chanel whose fashion and fragrances I am a long time admirer of. Similar personality traits to Ms Chanel have already started to emerge! An Independent streak, flirty with the male species and an instinctive 6th sense.

What's The Hold Up? Let's Go!

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 Less of the lip please, no back seat drivers allowed!
Less of the lip please, no back seat drivers allowed! | Source
this is the life, being chauffeur driven
this is the life, being chauffeur driven | Source

Starting From Scratch

For the past month we have been on tender hooks, not knowing if we were going to be able to keep her or not. Would someone claim our Coco? Praying the phone would not ring, we discussed buying her a collar, a lead, doggie bowls and even a bed? Which injections should she have if any? Was she spayed?

Educated guesses aside, the list of questions and dilemmas were long. We were becoming more and more attached, bonds were being made and routines being implemented. The rope lead while functional at the time was now just too embarrassing and so a proper collar and lead was purchased from Maxi Zoo, the largest pet accessory chain of stores in Europe.

Mike had gotten into the routine of bringing her for an early morning walk along the country roads and she goes into a frenzy like state when he utters in his best high pitched voice Walkies!

I have seen how this beautiful black dog has given love unconditionally and how it has brought a spark into Mike’s troubled eyes. It is something truly magical to see how Coco can get him out of the bed early in the morning when all of my attempts along with numerous alarm clocks, fail! Maybe I should start licking his face? Or maybe not!

Me And My Buggy Buddy . . Mini Petrol Head

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Getting Your Dog Checked Out - The Medical

A vet we saw at the Blue Cross, an Irish volunteer animal charity, surviving on public donations and goodwill, as apposed to any government subsidy, put her at about 3-5 years old and in excellent good health overall. She had been weighed and estimated to be approximately 8-10 kg overweight, so definitely not under fed.



We had found what looked like a stitch left in her which the vet removed saying it appeared most likely to be from her being spayed, given her age. Not knowing her history we have to assume she may not have been spayed, received her required vaccinations or had her dose of worming tablets as the vet cannot be 100% sure on all counts.

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Coco - Our Pride And Joy

She is the most well behaved dog I have ever seen, a dream to take for a walk on or off the lead, never barking at other dogs or even cats and sits when told to do so quickly followed by giving you her paw! A real character who loves nothing more than going in the car for a wee drive! Everywhere we go people stop and pass comment on her, in car parks, in the pet store or out walking. Our Coco is firmly one of the family now and whatever the circumstances that guided her here, her future at least is one that will be guaranteed to be full of respect and unconditional love with plenty of fun!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a beautiful girl and a lovely story.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      What a beautiful dog, she looks so happy in your company. Really enjoyed reading this, thank you. A rewarding relationship for all concerned.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Wow, that was fast! Thank you Just Ask Susan for commenting! She really does bring so much love and humorous antics daily. Appreciate your visit, Cheers:-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks innerspin, She is such a lovable dog and oozes personality. Looking at her stretched out on her bed as I write about her is truly special! Appreciate your lovely comments!

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      Jake Frost 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Such an amazing story, so beautiful. I'm glad you took the time to write this, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

      Well done! Voted up, beautiful and followed!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      What a beautiful and lucky dog, Suzie! And a wonderful story. :) I once found a very small orange and white kitten on a snow pile near our house. The vet estimated that he was only a few weeks old. We figure his momma was moving him and a passing snowplow scared her. He'd been out there for awhile when I happened upon him.

      When my father came home from the hospital, the kitten would not leave his lap. It was adorable. :)

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      editsvcs 4 years ago

      Coco is absolutely beautiful and looks to bring much love to the family. Congrats on deciding to make her part of your story.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi JakeFrost,

      Thank you so much for your valuable comments! I am touched that you read and enjoyed, it was a story that I wanted to write as it was incredible to watch unfold. Your votes and sharing are truly appreciated, many thanks!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ya Terrye,

      Lovely as always to have your comments, you busy busy lady! What a gorgeous story about the kitten you found, I'm guessing that the kitten stayed. You never do know what is around the corner when you least expect it. Coco has made a huge impact in our lives in such a short space of time, constantly surprising us with her canny personality!! Always appreciative of your support my friend :-):-) (second smiley from Coco!!!)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi editsvcs,

      Thanks so much for commenting, she is adorable and very much loved! She is a joy to watch with Mike in particular. Every time we go out in the car she is expecting to go too and it is comical to watch her excitement!! Appreciate you taking the time to comment, many thanks again!!!:-)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Of course we kept the little guy. :) My dad said, "Well, we can't just put him back out on the snowbank, now can we?" It's always a pleasure to read one of your works, my friend. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Glad to hear the wee thing found a home with your dad! Thanks for the vote of confidence, I take it as a great compliment from a talent like yourself !!

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      Raptorcat 4 years ago from North Lauderdale, FL

      This is a good story, though not quite as eventful as our rescue of our Pekingese, Max (full story on Doggyspace.com and video of the trip on Youtube - Raptorcat61 - Rescue Ranger pt's 1 and 2).

      Short version:

      The lady who was fostering Max had a heart attack and ended up in the hospital, one of her daughters went in collected as many of the dogs as she could, all but 4, took them to the pound and told them to put them all down. Max and another Pekingese hid under a sofa that she couldn't move, a foxhound got out and ran into the woods (found by doggyspace friends the next day, who also got Max and the other Peke out of the house) and the fourth dog belonged to the lady's son (who has Downs Syndrome), who threw a fit when she tried to take him.

      We were supposed to meet Max's transport in Jacksonville (the halfway mark) to bring him home to us in Ft. Lauderdale, but that fell through, so I drove 12 hours each way to get him from the folks who had him, in North Carolina.

      Now we have Max and he has become both a certified therapy dog and my emotional support dog.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks Raptorcat, glad you were able to give Max a new home with you. Sad circumstances but things happen for a reason and if Max had not hidden you would probably not have him. Thanks for visiting!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Not only is Coco beautiful but so are her new owners! A difficult decision for you two I'm sure but with wonderful results. I hope you all spend many happy years together.

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      Raptorcat 4 years ago from North Lauderdale, FL

      True there, Suzie.

      A the trip to get Max also got us on the list for the local Pekingese rescue group. We are, in addition to our 50lb GSD mix (female) and our 12lb Peke mix, Max (male and self-appointed alpha dog), we are also fostering a 15 lb Peke that is named Dancer.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I so enjoyed your tale! ( trying to sound British here) LOL this is an adorable story, Coco (Chanel) looks a good bit like my Bella, who oddly, has a sister named Coco Chanel. Awesome story!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tillsontitan!

      Thanks for your lovely words, Coco is such a joy daily and it seems as if she has been here much longer than a few months. There are many abandoned pets, in particular dogs here in Ireland unfortunately. We are thankful that Coco chose Mike's door to knock at ! Thanks so much for all your support and comments, I always appreciate them!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Well done Raptorcat !

      Your home must be busy with 2 and soon to be 3 dogs. Growing up we had 2 together so I know how much time they take but also remember how much love they give unconditionally. Congratulations on being so caring and giving!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi rebeccamealey,

      What a coincidence our Coco shares with your Bella. At present Mike has her out and about with him in his car doing messages. She LOVES this and is so good, sitting up on the backseat watching everything and as quiet as a mouse. Appreciate your visit, comments and support! :-)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Suzie. What a great story. My wife has the same saying, "things happen for a reason". How wonderful of you and Mike to take this beautiful dog into your lives. Maybe Coco knew what she was doing when she chose her new home. I hope you get many happy and healthy years together.

      Hey, when are you moving to Italy? How exciting. Fill me in on the details when you get a moment. Bill

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a sweet and inspirational story! Coco is beautiful and I love that her personality reminds you of Coco Chanel. I rescued a little puppy who had been abandoned and run over. Although we live in an apartment where pets aren't aloud, a friend agreed to take her and she's now a spoiled princess. It's such a good feeling to help someone, even if that someone is a dog! This is an awesome piece, SuzieHQ! Voted up and shared!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a heart touching story. It all sounds so familiar. Hubby and I rescued a black lab several years ago, we named him Jake. I wrote a hub about him too. Jake came to us as Coco came to Mike. I absolutely agree that some things happen for a reason. Wonderful hub! Voted up and awesome. Have a great day! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks as always my good buddy for reading and comments! It is true things happening for a reason, I believe. Coco really is settling in well and loves her daily walks in the countryside. She even came out of the hedge late last week when out for a walk carrying a large hedgehog! She then put it at Mike's feet and then promptly picked it up and carried it home, placing it on the grass! Mike was amazed and is thinking she may have been a gun dog before. I will email you on Italy Bill. You must be off soon to Sicily!! How envious I am!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespawoolf,

      That's a great thing you did! I know the apartment rules, as I have an apartment that also says no pets. This however seems to be abused as many do have cats and dogs of all sizes. Appreciate your comments as always and for voting and sharing!! Have a great day!:-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks sgbrown,

      Always great to see your smiling face! What a coincidence you too rescued a black lab! I must read your story!!

      Love the name you chose, Jake. Now we will be getting Coco her passport for when we go to Italy next year so more stories no doubt with that! Appreciate your lovely comments !!

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      What a moving story. coco is cute. Certainly he brings a smile to anyone's face. Great hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi FullOfLoveSites,

      Thanks so much for visiting, much appreciated!! Coco continues to make us laugh daily, she really is a character! Thanks again :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not sure how I missed this one but I'm glad I found it. I'm not sure who I like more, the dog or Mike! What a great guy you have my dear, and that dog is precious. Bev and you would get along famously; there is no such thing as an abandoned dog that Bev would not like. :)

      Great story!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ha!! The cheek of you, The dog or Mike!!!! LOL Mike is laughing as he is beside me as I read your comment! He is a great guy though, jokes aside and that story of how we met is a hubnugget winner for sure when he allows me print it!! LOL Appreciate your visit and thoughts as always my dear friend. :-)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      What a lovely story and such a beautiful dog. Her eyes show her love and she seems to have at last found a loving place to stay. Great that you decided to keep this abandoned dog as dogs are the most faithful and never one to forget goodness.

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi rajan,

      Thanks for your lovely comments and votes! Dogs really are so loyal and faithful, the universal givers of unconditional love. Appreciate your words as always! :-)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Awe...what a great story! Enjoy the rest of your days with your precious Coco. We once adopted a part black lab from the streets but it appeared that she had been abused. She was scared to death of men in particular. She joined our family and was much beloved and eventually got over her fear of men. Her name was Trudy. This really touched my heart! Up votes and sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Peggy,

      Lovely to see you! How wonderful you have had a similar experience, bringing such joy into your lives with Trudy. Coco funnily enough at the start was also a little scared if Mike raised his voice and would promptly have a pee. She is so good though and even putting ear drops in her ears doesn't seem to bother her. Appreciate your great comments, votes and for sharing! Have a great weekend!:-)

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      What a beautiful dog. This story brought tears to my eyes. I love that it has a happy ending! You are so lucky to have found each other.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks Deborah for visiting and commenting! Much appreciated! Yes, the entire story was incredible to watch unfold as it really was as if this had happened to us right now for a reason. Coco is definitely one of the family now and makes us laugh daily with her antics and personality! Cheers again!:-)

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      Pritchard 4 years ago

      Such an inspiring story! Our dogs rescued us rather than we rescued them. Sadly in the States many dogs (and other pets) are being abandoned due to the recession. Terrible stories about dogs left behind when the bank takes the home back from their owners. Horses being left in the middle of the desert by farm owners who can no longer feed them. It is truly sad so to read such a wonderful story as yours, warms my heart!! Thank you so much for making my day.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Askme,

      Thanks very much for your lovely comment, love to think I made someone's day!!

      Yes, it is so sad how recession has affected the pets and animals. It is a similar here and true also of horses being abandoned. It is nice to be able to do a good thing even when faced with tough times ourselves. Cheers again, have a lovely weekend!:-)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Suzie, how beautiful Coco is and how lucky you are that she found you. I loved your story. Rated up, interesting, beautiful and absolutely awesome.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Koffee Klatch Gals,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments and votes! It has been a win win situation for us all! She continues to surprise and delight us in her antics and is one smart cookie, playing Mike and I off against each other. We seem to be bad cop good cop at times! LOL Cheers again!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Coco is just precious. Stray animals are normally so much more loving than dogs and cats from a breeder. The best pets of my life were strays and shelter pets. I too can see how the economy is hurting animals. I live in an apartment and so many people have moved out and abandoned the sweetest cats. I feed as many as a can. Very vital information for everyone!

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      What a wonderful outcome for Coco and you, I still miss our Black Lab/Golden Retriever Patches. For 10 years he was my shadow and protector Best wishes to you, Mike and Coco. Robert, Kentucky USA

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tammy,

      Thanks so much, always great to have you here! I have seen it in my own apartment complex where animals are actually prohibited but so many have cats and dogs of all sizes. Thankfully I and Coco are adapting to life in the country out in the wilds now at Mike's! Appreciate your support always :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Robert,

      Thank you very much for taking the time to visit and comment, it is much appreciated! The Labs/Retriever's are wonderful breeds from my own family pets we had, so I can understand you missing Patches. Coco continues to grow in character and really does make us laugh at some of her "carry on" . Many thanks again!

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      LucidDreams 4 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

      What a great story....Looks like an awesome dog that deserved your love. Good for you and Mike.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi LucidDreams,

      So glad you enjoyed our story - you just never know what's around the corner . . .or across the field in our case!! LOL Appreciate you commenting ! :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Oh--my heart just turned in all the good ways that a heart can---I also have a pound puppy who is now 10 years old----Lovely write about a lovely piece of heaven in your life--sharing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Audrey,

      Lovely to see you and thanks so much for your kind comments and support!! Lovely way you have with words Audrey. Its great to know so many people can identify with taking on an abandoned or rescue dog. Coco is a wonderful bright light in our lives. Appreciate you sharing!!!

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I love happy endings-- this was a delightful tale, well told and I am so glad to have met and gotten to know a bit about Coco. Thanks for sharing her and her story here on Hubpages

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi robie2,

      Lovely to see you here, Thanks for visiting! Some things happen when you least expect and Coco was certainly unexpected but is so much part of our little family now! Thanks for your comments, I appreciate them robie!

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      So happy to read this. Magnificent story to start my day.

      I'm sharing this.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi wetnosedogs,

      Love your avatar pic! Thanks so much for reading and I'm thrilled it has brought a smile to you first thing in Montgomery! It's near lunchtime here! Coco has been a great addition to our family and I do laugh at her antics! Thanks for the share!! :-)

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      Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      What a great story, Suzie. I love labs - this one is definitely special. She's blessed to have found you both. Thanks for sharing this heart-felt story.

      Well done and voted up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Ann 1Az2,

      Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to comment! Mike and I both grew up with Labs so it was as if it was meant to be . . . . . W are starting to think she needs a puppy (or maybe it's just an excuse as I would love a little pup) so watch this space!! lol Cheers for the votes Ann :-)

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      Kate McBride 4 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      This is a lovely story and the photos are great too. Voted it up and interesting. Thanks for sharing this hub :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks so much for reading! Glad you enjoyed how Coco has become well and truly part of the gang! She loves going for a drive and is certainly not camera shy!! Appreciate your votes and interest! :-)

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      Rhonda Humphreys 4 years ago from Michigan

      Your so lucky that Coco picked you for her furever family. It was meant to be. What a beautiful story,loved the pictures. Voted up,beautiful and interesting

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rhonda,

      Thanks for your lovely comments! She has given us so much in her short time here so we have all benefited here. Glad you liked the photos, we have taken so many, she is quite the model!! lol Cheers for your votes and support !

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh so beautiful and here's to so many more.

      Eddy.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Thanks very much for dropping by! Coco is well establishing herself now with us and a constant reminder of the importance of unconditional love. Appreciate your comments Eddy!! :-)

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