My name is Cocoa Charlie!

Labrador Retriever Dog for adoption in Toronto, Ontario - Cocoa Charlie
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Speaking of Dogs Rescue

Facts about Cocoa Charlie

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11396958

Cocoa Charlie (CC) is almost 9 years old and lived most of his life in a backyard and small laundry room.  We've had him to the vet and other than an arthritic left back knee (that doesn't slow him down at all) and a pending dental he is in good shape! CC LOVES nothing better than to retrieve a ball and have his belly scratched.  The vet recommends swimming over running and CC loves to swim, so throwing a ball into a pond to fetch is a good way exercise him.

CC shows no signs of resource guarding , is social and friendly with both men and women, is housetrained, loves to cuddle and gets along well with other dogs.

He can often become overexcited when he sees small dogs, cats or children.  He is eager to greet everybody he meets but he can sometimes be a bit overwhelming with smaller animals and people due to his size and enthusiasm .  He currently lives with two female medium sized dogs and respects them (he sometimes humps but when told to stop by the other dogs he listens and stops)  

CC does not walk well on leash but he is learning and just needs consistency, positive reinforcement and practice. 

Since being in his foster home CC has not been left all on his own.  CC lives with 2 dogs and 2 humans.  "Only once and very briefly, we left him alone and he howled the entire time" says his foster mom adding "he doesn't ever want to go back to his lonely life so it would be best for him to go to a home with another dog; ideally and preferably a female if possible".  

More foster notes:

CC loves when the leashes come out!   He does a little dance and sings a little song.  I tell him to sit and we wait until he sits before the leash goes on.  CC is starting to discover that the calmer he can be, the sooner we can go out the door.  CC LOVES his walks. 

CC doesn't mind the car at all.  He can't quite jump up into our SUV so I have to help lift his back end in. 

CC is a chewer.  But he seems to know the difference between a toy and a non-toy.  CC chewed a child's doll that was left where he could get it but he has never chewed a shoe or a table leg or book or anything that wasn't a toy. 

The vet tells me that CC is a good weight and it is important to help CC maintain that weight.  

CC knows sit, lie down, drop it and fetch. 

CC will bark just once or twice when somebody walks by and will quickly quiet down.  CC has a big, deep growl when he thinks its needed, which is when we're all in bed and somebody makes noise outside.  Because of that growl, I've never felt safer or slept better! 

CC is a happy-go-lucky, big old lug. Sometimes he snores but not too loudly.  CC's snoring is another nighttime noise that makes me sleep better.   


About Speaking of Dogs Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Who are we?
Speaking of Dogs Rescue Program is a Canadian registered charity. We are a volunteer-based dog rescue in Toronto that is dedicated to assisting dogs from shelters as well as taking in dogs surrendered by their owner when space allows. We have a focus on helping senior dogs. Our dogs are lovingly cared for in foster homes until we find them a suitable forever home.

*Speaking of Dogs Rescue is the operating name of Speaking of Dogs Rescue Program, a not-for-profit charitable corporation in the Province of Ontario.

Charity Registration Number: 841098791RR0001

Foster Homes
Sadly, each new day brings a flood of emails and telephone pleas to help yet another abandoned dear dog. We try and help these displaced dogs through our rescue efforts and networking. We are always in search of new foster homes where a dog can be cared for and loved until a permanent home is found. Speaking of Dogs Rescue covers food, medical attention and all the supplies required for the dogs in foster care. Foster parents need be responsible and patient people who will provide a safe environment for our dogs. A foster contract must be signed. This is a serious responsibility; however the experience is very rewarding. If you can open your heart and home to a foster dog please contact us. We have a comprehensive Foster Manual available for people who are considering becoming a foster parent.

Wish List
Canned quality dog foods
Martingale collars
Harnesses – all sizes
Blankets and cozy beds
Toys and treats
Brushes, shampoos and other grooming supplies
Financial support for the many medical procedures required, microchips, food, supplies and professional grooming

Come Meet Our Pets...

All our dogs are in foster homes so meet and greets are by appointment only

Our Adoption Process...

Our process begins with an online pre adoption questionnaire followed by a telephone interview
Once both have been completed we consider suitability and if we feel the adoption candidate is a potential match we arrange a meet and greet with the dog you are interested in
From there we schedule a home visit and check personal and veterinary references
Our adoption fee is 350.00