Coco's siblings were all adopted through CCHD Rescue, Molly, Margaret, Jimmy and Jake.
Just under 4 years old, Coco is 1/2 Aussie 1/2 Border Collie.
Please read what Lisa, caregiver to the humans that produced these dogs, and advocate for Coco and her siblings wrote about her:
"Her whelp date January 2013. - female - red (brown) and white. She is very petite at approximately 25 lbs.
This little dog was not a favorite of the elderly couple who bred these dogs. She was the runt of the litter and said to "not listen" or "untrainable" since she was a pup.
A relative of the couple states that she is crazy, but I feel she is vastly misunderstood. She is very intelligent, in my opinion, and small which is a problem because she seems to figure out how to squeeze out or crawl through every enclosure.
She had been penned by herself far from others with little socialization. She has a growl like she is feral. It is not a typical dog growl. However, she has never tried to be aggressive with me.
When I arrived I built a 16' x 52' pen and put Coco, two other females of approximate age and my neutered 10 month old male, Oliver. She did very well and because Oliver knows no strangers, wants only to play with everyone, he and Coco hit it off and have played for hours. Coco and Oliver love to wrestle and play in the small pool of water. They will play tag and tug-o-war. They are very "grabby" with their front legs. When she first met me she wrapped her front legs around one of my upper thighs and she had to be peeled off.
Coco still gets out of the enclosure and has to be moved to an enclosure she can't escape. I tried to put her in with Margaret & Molly and she stayed in a corner and growled if the others tried to come near. They cowered in one corner and she another divided by 12 feet of open ground.
Then I moved her to a 6' x 16' enclosure that shared a side with Margaret & Molly. Once they had about a week of acquaintance time through the fence, I moved all three into the 16' x 52' pen with the other three to play. Coco wanted to play with Molly, but Molly cowered and tried to hide from the others. Coco didn't want to play with Margaret.
On another occasion when I entered the enclosure to refresh the pool water, Coco grabbed my ankle with her teeth, but did not bite me or leave a mark. More like her natural herding instinct. Another time she jumped up and grabbed the flabby part of my upper arm and pinched it with her teeth. Again I don't believe that she was being aggressive but this is how she plays with Oliver. They grab each other and wrestle and maul each other.
If I reach out to her with my hand, she licks and nips with her teeth, in more of a happy playful manner. She barks at cats and chickens, but sometimes I think she does it almost for "master approval". Because when I observe her through the window, she lets cats come in to her enclosure and lay next to her. If Molly and Margaret barked "There is a cat in your cage!" Coco would chase it out.
I observed Coco having a mild seizure 8/18/2016. Was outside feeding the cats and dogs and observed Coco, unable to stand with out losing her balance. She looked drunk and scared. I was able to console her, got her to relax and not try walking around. It passed. She had regular bowel movements and ate her dinner within minutes of the seizure passing.
The elderly couple could not confirm if she had it happen before. If my situation was different I would adopt her myself. I think she just needs love.
Update: I have been working with her and she walks well on a leash and is excited whenever she sees me. I can get her to "heel", "halt", and "sit". I have been trying to work with "down" and "off" but it is harder for her to understand. She has growled with me when I have had to pick her up. She also growls when she is having to be re-introduced to the pack after training sessions."
Coco is a gorgeous dog, that had very little chance at life. No socialization until Lisa came on the scene. She now has a chance. Even a completely feral dog, can become the best companion. I can give 50 examples from my own rescue alone.
Seizures can happen for a myriad of reasons, Sometimes it becomes a disorder, sometimes it's an isolated instance. It's full disclosure here, she was observed having one. But it was months ago and none observed before or since. My own childhood collie was epileptic for the entire 15 years we had her. You manage with a dog you love.
Coco deserves a chance.
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