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; Coco was born on the streets of Costa Rica, searching for food with all of the other homeless and unwanted dogs struggling to survive. As a pup he loved to chew coconuts, which ultimately lead to his name. He was underweight and his coat was dull and patchy. He was very frightened of people as he had not yet been shown kindness, but would play with the other dogs, including one that had already been taken in by a loving family. Through the mutual love of their dog, one of the gentle sons was able to gain his trust and would eventually sneak him into the house, where all three boys would play with him. With some time and love, their parents were able to win him over as well and with medical care, good nutrition and care he blossomed into a beautiful and happy older pup. He then started to feel that all people might not be so bad after all! The family was re-locating back to the states and decided to make it official and bring Coco too! During a huge going away party he became frightened and after being moved to a quiet place, was surprised by two of the guests and unfortunately nipped them. The family did not want to leave him behind and still brought him back to the US with them with them to continue to help him gain confidence. He could greet strangers on the street without issue and was a superstar at the park where loved to play with other dogs. That said however, Coco did nip on several other occasions when he was uncomfortable with new people or situations. In these cases he would bark or growl first to show his fear, but people do not always head these warnings. After much deliberation the family realized that Coco really does need a more low key and predictable home, where he will not feel that he needs to defend himself, his family or home from anyone. They loved him dearly, but knew that they just couldn't giv
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