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I wanted a brown Labrador, blonde and black ,
I love them all
But I had made up my mind, anxiously I sat waiting for a call,
From the breeder, the phone rang ,
They had a brown female pup,
I could be there at three, I couldn’t wait to 
Cuddle and pick her up!
A grown up woman was I, but couldn’t contain my excitement.
We already had an eight year old male gold lab, 
Would he father her?
The door opened, a woman was holding a beautiful 
Pup with brown fur,
I finally took her in my arms and held her tight next to 
My beating heart,
We fell in love right from the start!
She certainly was not six weeks old probably five, as her 
Brown liquid eyes looked into mine,
My Husband who is the most loving man in the world, 
Just smiled,
And gave the two of us some alone time!
As we were driving back, she snuggled comfortably
Into my arms, 
It was winter so I brought an old baby blanket that I had,
Coco, gave me a loving look with those liquid brown eyes, 
My husband jovially asked me, will you still love me a tad!
I named her Coco, my son’s idea, and brought her home,
Carefully watching them both, and how Plato would react.
He sniffed her from top to toe, lay down, and put his head 
Head between his paws, and looked quite 
Confused to be exact!
Even my son who was in his fifth month of backpacking through
South America with his future wife, phoned to ask about Coco!
She was our baby, and followed me everywhere, to and fro,
My husband and son played soccer with Coco, they said
That she was an excellent goalkeeper, who an opposing
Team would dread!
We had three wonderful, happy years with
My loving dog Coco,
But one evening out of the blue, her legs were slow, her eyes
Sad and she didn’t seem as well as like two days ago.
We immediately took her to our local vet,
Everyone loved Coco, our brown beautiful pet,
He gave her antibiotics and hoped they would work
But a week later we took her back to the vet,
This time he said she must stay, and would not let
Her come home, he expected the worst, my tears,
Began to flow, and my greatest fears
Were about to come true, we asked for blood tests
And a cat scan and an MRI too, but she had cancer
Leukaemia which is horrible and fast, she had two weeks
Said the vet, until this dreaded disease peaks! 
He looked at us in a knowing way,
Coco had to leave us, what more can I say!
We had her cremated and she lies in our garden,
Under her favourite rose bush
Where she used to lie in ambush,
Ready to run after Plato who pined for her and
Was very sad,
We brought him a new puppy, which made glad,
But Coco was his soul mate,
To die young, was her fate!

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 3/24/2019 3:14:00 AM
it's a couple of years ago when dogs became man's best friend! the loss of one them that's been attached to you, oh, many a silent tear fall!
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Date: 3/31/2019 11:37:00 AM
Absolutely Kibuuka - we have had several dogs over the years, but somehow Coco was almost human - thank-you for a heartfelt comment. Poetry hugs, Jennifer
Date: 3/15/2019 10:33:00 AM
It hurts to lose a pet. It's like losing a child. I've been through it myself many times . I have loved all my pets and have had dogs and cats all my life. A wonderful tribute to your beloved Coco. God Bless, JB
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Date: 3/16/2019 12:46:00 PM
Hi Judy, absolutely and their stay with us is so brief. I loved all my pets also, but for some reason Coco an I fell in love! She was the brightest, most loving, endearing dog for me and I was devastated when I lost her. Thank-you for a wonderful comment. Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 3/13/2019 1:14:00 PM
- A deeply moving writing, my soul sister - I have three dogs today and I love them all in their own special way - They are my best friend in both good and bad days :) - I know they will not live a long " human life "... I've always had dogs in my life ... I know this grief, my friend - A wonderful poem about Coco and her friends :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 3/13/2019 3:00:00 PM
The fact that they die so soon is heart rending dear soul sister! We have had many dogs in our home but Coco was just that bit more special - her eyes when she looked me were just like my mothers who passed in the same week that we got Coco. Enjoy all your pets and love them as much as you can from day to day! Blessing and hugs, my very dear friend. Jenny
Date: 3/12/2019 8:02:00 PM
G'day Jennifer … very sad indeed, and brought back memories of our recent loss, a Jack Russell cross that was with us for over sixteen years. You tell such a good tale Jennifer - Lindsay
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Date: 3/14/2019 12:47:00 AM
Hi Lindsay - sorry to hear about your Jack Russell - you get so attached to your pets that they become part of your family. sixyteen years is a long time for a dog to live and then the dreaded day came, when you had to part - we have a 13 year old lab who is no going to last much longer but we have two younger ones also. Thank-you for a heart felt comment Lindsay Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 3/12/2019 6:38:00 PM
this is so sad, Jennifer. I had a cat that died of cancer, but she got to live a long good life before that. You are a good teller of your stories!
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Date: 3/14/2019 12:51:00 AM
Writing stories is what I enjoy doing best Andrea and there is so much that has happened in each one of our lives that I could go on forever.. Thank-you Andrea - god Bless and many hugs, Jenny.
Date: 3/12/2019 6:38:00 PM
also how you cuddled the dog bringing it to your house. this is how i felt first time I saw my Eskimo Ollyver.
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Date: 3/12/2019 3:00:00 PM
So sad when we lose our beloved pets...A heartfelt write Jennifer..
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Date: 3/12/2019 11:41:00 AM
Such a touching piece Jennifer, so lovely penned with good rhyme too. I remember having a black lab called Cora when in my teens, living then with Mum and Dad out in the country so it could have the freedom to walk together. Such a beautiful pioece indeed. Have a blessed day, Gordon
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Date: 3/12/2019 12:42:00 PM
Hi Gordon, A very beautiful comment - thank-you Gordon - Labs are the most loving dogs I have ever come across - we have three at present - the eldest is about thirteen years old and unfortunately and very sadly is very sick - it is just a matter of us making that awful decision. Poetry hugs, Jennifer
Date: 3/11/2019 10:56:00 PM
Beautiful, before reading I was going to ask, so this is about Coco Chanel LOL
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Date: 3/12/2019 12:22:00 AM
The French fashion designer - no Coco was even more beautiful - LOL - but she was such an intelligent dog and had the most amazing green eyes - I could almost swear that she understood me when I spoke! Thank-you for a fun comment Arthur, Poetry hugs, Jennifer
Date: 3/11/2019 2:35:00 PM
Lovely story...Beautiful Coco...
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Date: 3/11/2019 3:12:00 PM
Thank-you Arturo, your words give me a world of meaning -Take care, poetry hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 3/11/2019 1:24:00 PM
Well done, Jennifer, pets are such a comfort to our souls doesn't matter how many of them. I'm so sorry of your loss. I just had my Peanut diagnosed with pancreatitis, I too was afraid to lose him. His diet has changed to no fat so I monitor everything he eats, but sometimes it's hard when we are outside and people tend to throw their food on the street . He picks it up so fast I don't have enough time to get it or get my fingers bit. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 3/11/2019 1:59:00 PM
Hi Eve thank you for a heartfelt comment - Pets are certainly soul soothing and I have heard they can actually feel and detect when we are ill or have some disease. I know it is heartbreaking when our pets become ill because they cannot tell us of their pain, but we see it in their eyes! Please let me know how Peanut is doing, i can tell how much you love him. Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 3/11/2019 10:08:00 AM
We have all lost something in our lives and know well the ache of parting. Lovely poem Jennifer. Poetry hugs.
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Date: 3/11/2019 10:46:00 AM
Thank-you Victor - yes an ache that almost seeps through ones whole being. I feel your ache and sadness Victor and your poem on the second anniversary of my wife's death is heart wrenching. Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 3/10/2019 4:22:00 PM
Jennifer..this is beyond beautiful!.. I wrote a poem The Cat That Left. Please Read it, if you so choose. I did not go though the agony you did with Coco..but I have with 13 other cats that had cancer, diabetes, and other maladies. Each time nearly y shreds me to pieces. So hard to say good bye to our loving, Panagiota
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Date: 3/11/2019 12:34:00 AM
Thank-you for your kind comment and for understanding Panagiota, sorry you had to lose lost pets also but as Dear Heart said below by loving, grieving is inevitable. Have a good week Panagiota. Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 3/10/2019 3:50:00 PM
yes, i can so relate, jen... i had to put to sleep 2 of my dachshunds, and the older one's ashes kept in a jar remain at home... a moving poem for dear coco...huggs
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Date: 3/11/2019 12:30:00 AM
Sorry for your loss Nette, our pets become part of our family and it is heart rending when the vet tell us nothing else can be done after trying so hard to save them - the vet was crying with me. Thank you for a sad but lovely comment. Poetry hugs, Jennifer
Date: 3/10/2019 2:15:00 PM
Hi Jennifer, You penned such a heartfelt write about your dear pet CoCo. The love that you and your family had for her was evident in this write. Coco was so lucky to be apart of a family that loved her. I'm sorry for your loss-Alexis
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Date: 3/10/2019 2:58:00 PM
Thank you Alexis, I really loved your comment - yes Coco was very special to all of us - my husband named me and her "Mary and her little lamb" for everywhere I went, she followed! Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 3/10/2019 1:06:00 PM
I know exactly how you felt Jennifer, we lost two spaniels over the years, they are certainly part of the family. Tom.
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Date: 3/10/2019 2:53:00 PM
Coco was our baby girl - she was part of our family and will always be remembered as such. Thanks for your comment Tom, I know the feeling! Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 3/10/2019 1:02:00 PM
No reason to be sad. Many people go through life sans love, so any loved creature has been blessed indeed! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 3/10/2019 2:51:00 PM
Hi Rico, Very sad to go through life sans love , almost an intolerable thought, because everybody should experience some kind of love in their life. My pet was somehow so different, almost as if she understood my thoughts, almost as if she was human - she was my best friend! Poetry hugs, Jenny.
Date: 3/10/2019 11:47:00 AM
So sorry to hear about your loss.. Always sad when a pet dies..
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Date: 3/10/2019 12:59:00 PM
Yes it is SO, thank-you for understanding. Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
Date: 3/10/2019 11:12:00 AM
Jennifer, I am wiping tears away, how beautifully written and beautifully sad, there is nothing more dreadful than losing a pet, of losing that unconditional love, the price of loving is grieving. I know your pain well having lost my beloved cat to death, recently. She died in my arms and I held her for hours. This is a FAV for me ~
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Date: 3/10/2019 11:23:00 AM
i Dear Heart - the price of loving is grieving - I am so sorry about your loss also, I know how hard it must have been! I have had many pets in my life, but Coco and I bonded immediately she was put in my arms. I have a photo of her on my desk from when she was 3 months old - I loved her to bits. Thank-you for your comment Dear Heart. Poetry hugs, Jennifer.