Happy 10th Birthday

July 7, 2015

Dear Cocoa,

Today you would have been 10 years old.  We would have had a party for you with goofy hats and dog cake on paper plates and presents  and salmon skin.  Instead, I am missing you more than ever.

I know things at the Rainbow Bridge must be beautiful – with lots of bunnies and deer to chase and snow and  pizza crust too, but I miss you.  I still miss your adoring eyes when I come home, and I miss our walks through the south woods and Meadow Estates.

Next week I am getting a new puppy. I wish you could have been here to help me train him – to show him where to pee and how to act around children and cats. All I can hope for is that he will smell you on your toys and bowls and beds and learn to be as gentle and accepting as you were.

I am trying to keep our paths and trails clear, but it is no fun walking without you. Last weekend was the Fourth of July and there were morons in Meadow Estates setting off so-called  legal fireworks for three days.  And there has been a lot of thunder.  Each time I hear it I think of you, but then I remember that it doesn’t bother you anymore.

The new puppy will be called Toto Too because   he is coming from “over the rainbow.” Part of that is to honor you.  I will remember that after the awful thunder ends, there can be a beautiful rainbow and that will remind me of you.

I will always love you,

Big Bitch


Christmas Portrait


Thanks, everyone!  I am doing great!

Remembering all the great times I had.  It was a great run.  I’ll see you all again some day.  Until then, remember “I wuv youuu.”  Thanks for loving me so much.  Your best friend, Cocoa von OppenheimOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They Call this HOSPICE?

In case you have not heard, I have been put on “hospice.”  My people took me to a different vet that smelled weird and did not have any treats.  They stuck a couple things in my hiney and shaved my belly, then prodded me with a cold stick.  Big Bitch cried.

But a couple days later they took me to the mountains and there was still snow and it smelled delicious!

I get canned food now.

If this is hospice, I kind of like it and wonder why I didn’t get it before.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA