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As I mentioned in the introduction thread, I lost my sweet girl, Cocoa, about two months ago. She was a special dog for many reasons. So loyal, so loving, so much snarky personality. I had always been a "big dog guy" until meeting her. Always had labs/shepherd mutts etc. she was the first terrier I really got close with and I loved her attitude. We did a DNA test that told us she was half beagle and a half long haired Jack Russell terrier. What a great mix.
Anyway, I met her just a couple of months after my now-wife and I started dating (about 8 years ago). She was initially adopted by my wife's brother when he was 16. But then he went off to college and wasn't able to keep her in his dorm, obviously. So my mother-in-law had her but she was going through some health problems so she came to stay in my apartment for what was supposed to only be a week or two. She never left lol. Love at first sight.
She was with us through so many milestones, good and bad. Moving to our first house, marriage, the birth of our son, the adoption of other dogs... And sadly, my brother-in-law, Cocoa's first "owner", passed away at 20 years old about a year after we got her. We viewed her as a living link to him.
While she was still with us and getting older, I would often listen to a beautifully sad song, "Pet Politics", by a great indie rock band named Silver Jews that I knew would encapsulate my feelings when she eventually passed. So about a month after we lost her, I made the following video for her. I am generally a very private person but this was an important part of the grieving process for some reason.