5/7/2003 - 11/5/2019COCO
Sixteen and a half years ago
You came into my life.
You were in a pile of puppies that they called “lab mix”
Because so many are.
We never found out what “type” of dog you were.
We only know that you are
A friendly dog
A sweet dog
A smart dog
You were my first dog in many years.
The first ever that I picked out
As a grownup.
Your ears flopped down at the beginning,
Then slowly rose to attention.

Your color
Your zest for life
Gave me your name
Coco, after Coco Chanel,
Who famously said,
“Beauty is zest.”
But like that other Coco
Your beauty wasn’t the only thing
That defined you.
Zest for life
A fierce independence,
(The latter made many believe you were part husky.)
A love of running on canyon trails
Chasing balls
But never really returning them.
You never cared that much about
People pleasing.
But you did please everyone anyway with
Your constant smile
Your wagging tail.
You have lived in three houses
The last one being the best because
Jacques joined our little family,
The nicest, kindest man we ever met.
You bonded instantly.
You tolerated your little brother Jack and never
Acted like the alpha dog you were
Unless he stole, or tried to steal,
A particularly yummy treat!
You have many nicknames
Coco Puff
Coco Nut
Coco with the marshmallow paws
Your proud spirit will live in me always.
We will never forget you.
Kathryn AtwoodSalt Lake City, UtahNovember 8, 2019
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