An Open Letter to the Person Who Left This Sweet Dog at the Kill Shelter

This letter, written by blogger and dog-lover Jamie White, was featured on The Huffington Post’s website. She lambasted the person who dumped their senior dog – the one they had for 12 years – at the pound. Her experience with this senior dog, Cocoa, and her letter, were too good not to share.


You don’t know me, and for your sake, you’d best hope and pray that you never have the misfortune to meet me.

How do I know who you are? Because the people at Animal Control gave me Cocoa’s intake sheet. You know, the one you filled out. The one that said Cocoa was 12 years old and you’d had her all those years. The one that said you were moving to a pet-free apartment and couldn’t take your faithful companion of 12 years. You know, the one that you said was a “sweet old girl — a wonderful companion.” The one that said you had limited funds.

Here’s the thing. I’m deciding not to print your name here but you know who you are. I could call you a number of other names, none of which you’d like very much. When I saw Cocoa’s picture on the Animal Control website — when I saw that grey muzzle and read the description stating that her people of 12 years, her family, had surrendered her to the pound — it broke my heart.

I once had a dog that was so ornery she got in trouble for biting a kid on the butt because he’d been tugging her ears. When the city quarantined my dog for 48 hours, I was fully prepared to leave my home, leave school, leave everything in the dead of night, everything except my dog. I was going to Thelma and Louise our asses right out of town. I wasn’t playing. Because that’s how I roll. No dog left behind.

So when I saw that picture of Cocoa, I just couldn’t understand why someone would dump a family member. And my empathy for that dog consumed me, until I made yet another rash decision and I rushed to the pound to adopt her.

9.25.13 - Letter to Senior Dog-Dumper

Act in haste, repent in leisure. That’s my motto.

When I got Cocoa, I had pink eye and a sinus infection. I was so sick, but I went and got her anyway, because I was worried that dog was terrified and that she was going to be euthanized. I was worried she was alone and scared, looking everywhere for her family. I couldn’t stand the thought of it — and she wasn’t even my dog.

It took me two days of antibiotics before I finally realized why Cocoa might have been dumped at the pound. Something tells me Cocoa didn’t become highly incontinent over the course of the week between you dumping her at the pound and me bringing her home.

It took us a few weeks, but we finally got the right dosage of meds to keep the incontinence mostly in check. I was happy, Cocoa was happy, and the house was clean again.

But that didn’t last long. Just a few weeks after I got her, she came down with acute pancreatitis. That meant she needed antibiotics and special food, food that cost me $2.25 per can, and she could easily eat two cans in a day. But that wasn’t even the worst part of that office visit. You probably know what I’m going to say next, right? About the tumors?

They couldn’t be sure whether the tumors were causing the pancreatitis, so we decided the “wait and see” plan was the best course of action.

And I became more and more convinced that you had abandoned your family member because you knew she was sick. You knew she had cancer, and you couldn’t afford to treat her or to help her. What upset me so much is that you couldn’t be bothered to drive the extra 20 minutes to take her to the Humane Society, a no-kill shelter. Or to even take her to your own vet and have her humanely euthanized with you there to comfort her.

So every few weeks I had to go buy expensive food for Cocoa, the family member you dumped at the pound. The dog that you abandoned. And every few weeks I would buy her “old lady pee pills.” I found that XL toddler pull-ups worked the best, once I cut a hole in the back for her tail.

And we waited.

In the meantime, Cocoa went to the mountains. She fell over the side of a small mountain, she saw deer. She had so much fun. She would get frisky and try to play with my other dogs right after they ate. It happened every night. She was so cute. My boys loved her and accepted her, like they accept every sad story that comes home with me. They would even let her have the hammock bed every night if she wanted it.

On Sunday mornings I would sometimes let all the dogs come climb into bed with me for a while. Cocoa really liked those mornings. She liked to be included. Sometimes I’d have all three dogs and two cats up there. She loved it.

But all the while, those tumors were still there. And surgery wasn’t an option.

This week Cocoa’s belly started swelling. I kept waiting for it to subside but it didn’t. Yesterday we went in for X-rays and found that the masses were too big, her belly too full of fluid to even see her organs. We could try diuretics to remove the fluid, but that was just a Band-Aid. This wasn’t going away. And I didn’t want Cocoa’s last days to be filled with consternation over having accidents in the house again. You see, that’s the difference between us. I worried about how Cocoa felt. I could look in her eyes and see the stress when she had accidents.

So we didn’t do the meds. I brought her home and figured I’d give her a few last good weeks. I would spoil her and make her feel like the Grand Dame she was.

But it didn’t turn out that way. Turns out today was Cocoa’s last day.

Here’s the thing, though. Instead of dying on a cold floor in a cold building with people who may or may not give a damn how her end happened, she died in my arms. I held your dog’s head in my arms and I whispered in her ear while she slipped away. I told her what a pretty girl she was. I told her how much I loved her as I stroked that spot just above her eye.

I made sure she knew she was loved. I made sure that my face was the last face she saw, that my voice was the last voice she heard.

You might wonder why I’m telling you all this. You might wonder if I just wanted you to know that Cocoa was okay.

I’d like to disabuse you of that notion. I’m writing this letter to let you know just what a piece of sh*t I think you are. If you ever do read this letter, know that I, along with my many animal-loving friends all over this world, think you are the lowest of the low. You don’t take a 12-year-old dog, a “sweet old girl — a wonderful companion,” and dump her at a high-kill shelter. You didn’t even give her a good chance.

She got lucky the day that I saw her picture because let me tell you, my animals want for nothing.

And to all the people reading this who “knew” Cocoa Loco, all of her friends around the world, here’s where the story ends.


  1. Anonymous says on  09/24/2013 at 8:47 am

    You Gorgeous Beautiful Soul. Love what you did, Love the way you love ☺️ And yes What pieces of Shit!!

    • Anonymous says on  01/03/2015 at 9:37 am

      No, pieces of shit don’t take their dog to the shelter where, not an angel rescued her, but a sanctimonious self righteous person only interested in shaming the previous owner. If the original owner had just tied her to a truck and dragged her to death, or set her on fire, then I would consider them pieces of shit. It’s people, like the author of this article, who will create more trauma and injury to pets by creating this shaming of people that take their pets to the shelter. I am grateful that they do, as I have 2 wonderful rescue dogs that were thankfully given up by their previous owners.

      • Anonymous says on  01/15/2015 at 11:12 pm

        I do not know any other way to say this…f**k you. There is no way that anyone would agree with you. Perhaps you feel this way because your rescue dogs are headed for the same fate if they get sick. Talk about sanctimonious, and self righteous!

  2. Anonymous says on  09/24/2013 at 9:01 am

    i had a terrier mix for 18yrs and she was in kidney failure for the last nine months i tried everything to keep her going but in the end i had to let her go it still breaks my heart to this day i often talk to her i have her buried in my flower bed and called it mollys garden i cant understand this person omg i couldnt leave my dogs to a high kill shelter or even a low or any shelter they are my friends my buddies i love my dogs

  3. CityDogOwner says on  09/24/2013 at 10:42 am

    My faith in humanity restored, however briefly…

  4. Vicki Gramm says on  09/24/2013 at 11:09 am

    Cocoa Loco found her “true” family at 12. Wish all abandoned, dumped, surrendered seniors had someone like Jamie to come to their rescue. Bring them into the fold. The family. If I didn’t have 7 already, and the county didn’t limit the number of dogs that “good” families could have…I’d find my Cocoa, every chance I got.

  5. Mike Caulfield says on  09/24/2013 at 11:27 am

    Thank you for you being you

  6. Anonymous says on  09/24/2013 at 12:52 pm

    Love you and love your huge, generous heart!
    And you are right… That person is huge piece of shit.
    Maybe when they’re old, gray and peeing on themselves they find themselves alone… Karma can be one serious bitch. Rest your gentle soul, Cocoa.

  7. Cheryl F says on  09/24/2013 at 1:41 pm

    God bless you and every animal that has the extreme good luck of knowing you. Yes, there are people who take their old pets, their sick pets, their no longer wanted pets and just dump them wherever. Those people should fry in hell.

    But you, you are the one who keeps the rest of us in hope. Thank you.

  8. Furkid Mom says on  09/24/2013 at 1:45 pm

    Wonderful letter!!! Thank you for making dear sweet Cocoas last days her best. Owner is a piece of crap and should feel horrible for what was done to Cocoa but he/she wont because people like that are so selfish they care about no one but themselves.

  9. Jacquie B says on  09/24/2013 at 3:12 pm

    Run free and fly high, dear girl, knowing that you were truly loved in your final days.

  10. Lynne B says on  09/24/2013 at 5:11 pm

    Hoping that when they are old that their family take them to an old peoples home and just dump them R.I.P.Cocoa,loving hands held you when you went to Rainbow Bridge,run free and young again sweet girl..

  11. Trish J says on  09/24/2013 at 5:55 pm

    Words are inadequate to describe the gratitude I feel for the loving connection you provided Cocoa in her last days. Bless you for reaching out to her and I thank God of this universe that people like you are here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  12. Maxie's mum says on  09/24/2013 at 11:06 pm

    Beautiful letter – I was looking to buy a house and went to view a property. The estate agent said to me and my partner ‘ oh don’t worry about the dog’ I said ‘what dog?’ He pointed under the house and there in the filth and dirt was a dishelved skinny animal that looked so horrid I was initially scared to even go near her for fear she may bite me. I went ballistic at the agent and demanded the owners contact details, as the house was vacant and no-one was living there. He obliged and I rang the RSPCA immediately and threatened to steal the dog, they were no help and put the owner on notice and gave them 48 hours to ‘sort’ the dog out. I rang the owner, who abused me for calling the RSPCA. It took every ounce of my being to talk the owner into giving me the dog. Mind you thus person worked for the Salvation Army and claimed to he a Christian. She actually said to me ‘what do you want with an dog like this?’ I finally got the dog and when I took her to the vet they were initially going to report me for animal abuse. She had mange, inverted eyelashes, a bone imbedded in the roof of her mouth, rotten teeth and she was incontinent. She was about 12 or thirteen years old. She had an operation to help with her eyes & remove the bone and remove some teeth. She came home with us and gave our family three of the best years of OUR life and I miss her every day. She my Cocoa and I am privileged and grateful that she found me. And yes, the day I held her in my arms and told her it was ok and the pain would be over soon I thought if her previous owner, that ‘Christian’ woman and I wanted her to know that I loved the dog as though I had her since a puppy – I was the last face she saw and she was loved by me. Xxxxxx

    • Margie Fittin says on  09/25/2013 at 6:23 pm

      You brought tears to my eyes. Thank God you did not leave the dog there alone and suffering. Thank God for your love that you gave that dog for those 3 wonderful years. It is shattering to think what so many animals go through because they had the bad luck to be owned by such low life people.

    • Anonymous says on  10/03/2013 at 11:16 pm

      I have found that many Christians don’t care about animals or help them. They say there is nothing in the bible about helping animals. I completely disagree and don’t see how a Christian can watch any animal suffer.

    • Edith says on  11/04/2013 at 4:04 pm

      This beautiful God’s creature has crossed The Rainbow Bridge and spent the last years of her Senior life with a wonderful person who showed more compassion than the self proclaimed previous Christian owner. God bless you.

  13. Anonymous says on  09/25/2013 at 6:20 pm

    What a fabulous story. Not because of the piece of crap from hell who did what they did. But you, who made the last days of a dying dog a wonderful place to be.

  14. Anonymous says on  09/25/2013 at 6:26 pm

    that’s right people are sick you have a good heart … I would have posted that persons entire name !!! Shame to the people who left that dog to die…your time will come you will end up in a care home with a dirty pamper on …

  15. Anonymous says on  09/25/2013 at 6:27 pm

    You story has made my heart ache with sadness that somebody could leave sweet cocoa loco to die after twelve years of unconditional love. It has also made my heart ache with joy you took her and made her last days happy and comfortable ones. Rest in furry peace miss cocoa xx

  16. Lindsey says on  09/25/2013 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you for doing what you did for this old girl. 12 years of love and loyalty shouldn’t be returned with a trip to the pound. Those people are soul-less sacks of shit.

  17. Anonymous says on  09/25/2013 at 6:59 pm

    I am now convinced that there are actually two separate species of human. There are those that “get it” and those that do not.
    This is the only explanation I have managed to come up with to explain the unfathomable, utterly perplexing, and completely dismaying act of dumping a life long companion after a decade of more of love, loyalty, and faithfulness without so much as a second thought. With the same casual way someone may return and misfitting pair of jeans they are able to nonchalantly hand that perfect creature made of pure love over to a stranger, turn their backs and walk away. A wholesale lack of empathy for the feelings of a vulnerable and innocent creature who consequently would NEVER EVER leave your side.
    One day……one day they too…..these other species of humans …….will find themselves old…. alone…..cold…frightened…confused. Then…..and I guess maybe only then……will they come anywhere close to understanding how that creature felt.
    And I can only pray that the horror of what they did will hit them like a ton of bricks.
    I also am quite sure that, as they lay there alone and dying with bed sores on a gurney……they would give nothing to have their faithful companion with them …to comfort them in their final days and hours.
    Maybe…..maybe then they will finally “get it”.

  18. Kara says on  09/25/2013 at 7:04 pm

    I cannot even fathom leaving behind my dogs, who’ve just turned 12 and 6. They are my fur babies and beloved members of my family. If either of them got so sick that I could not afford their medical care, I would talk with my vet about pain management options and I’d be holding them when they took their last breath. It’s distrubing to me that someone could do this to a dog they’ve known for 12 weeks, let alone 12 years.

  19. Sandy says on  09/25/2013 at 7:23 pm

    Jaime White you are a truly amazing person. Last year I adopted a senior Cocker Spaniel. His family lost their home and surrendered him. Luckily he was surrendered to an amazing no kill shelter. I went in to look at another dog, but a family got there ahead of me and took that dog. One of the shelter workers asked me several questions and pointed out the cocker. I took him for a walk and played with him. I took him home. That was a year and a half ago. Jake has been such a blessing to not just me, but my whole family. When my mother was sick he was right by her side the entire time we visited(which was a lot because I lived upstairs), and when my mother died he was a comfort to us. He would grieve too. He would jump on her bed and sigh. Now my dad is sick, and Jake is his best buddy. I don’t think that I will ever adopt anything other than seniors from now on.

  20. Anonymous says on  09/25/2013 at 7:40 pm

    I love this. I have two rescue dogs at home right now, one with cancer, one just a puppy. Both dumped.. one just put out (old, with cancer) and one left at the vet’s to be a blood donor. Unbelievable.

  21. Muiris de Barra says on  09/25/2013 at 7:41 pm

    On behalf of Cocoa I say thank you, I so happy that she died knowing that she was really loved again. Thank you.

  22. Anonymous says on  09/25/2013 at 7:51 pm

    Print their names for them to live the shame

  23. Cassie P says on  09/25/2013 at 7:54 pm

    I sit here bawling as I type this. Thank you and bless you for giving that beautiful dog the love she deserved up until the very end. I’m going to pull my dogs in a little closer and snuggle with them a little longer tonight. Again, thank you for being you.

  24. Martha says on  09/25/2013 at 8:35 pm

    What you did for Coco was priceless and will be repaid. I have to say it takes huge guts to take a dog like Coco under your care and not many would take that step, even those on this wall praising your letter. So even though I might not be as brave to save a Coco, I cherish and love my pets, 2 cats and 1 dog, and will be there giving them the best possible life until the end. If all pet owners committed to that, we wouldnt have so many abandoned souls at the pound. Thank you for what you did.

  25. Sally Ortiz says on  09/25/2013 at 8:49 pm

    While searching on-line for a rescue Brittany, I saw hundreds of color pictures of beautiful dogs up for adoption. There were accompanying stories of what wonderful dogs they were, qualities they had, things they loved. Then I saw the picture that changed things for me forever. It was a black and white picture of a Brittany on a chain outdoors with the only comment…” male, orange and white, senior Brittany–this dog is in a kill shelter.” The address given was New Hampshire. We live in Ohio. I decided the distance was irrelevant and emailed them to say we would pick him up. By the grace of God, truly, I got a return email saying the dog was actually in Ohio– We adopted him, named him Chance, for the “second chance” he was given, and spent 6 joyful years with our boy. He became blind. He became deaf. He became, finally, too ill to continue life. When he died in our arms as the vet eased his last day, it was the saddest day in our lives. Rescuing a senior dog was the most rewarding act we could’ve done–but his love for us was a gift from God.

  26. Elizabeth says on  09/25/2013 at 9:04 pm

    You have done a wonderful thing. There is no justification for people who would dump a family member because they’re inconvenient, or would move somewhere their family member can’t go.

    That being said – I wonder what I would do in this family’s situation. Assume they can’t afford to treat the cancer, or even to euthanize Cocoa. She needs help. If they take her to the Humane Society and tell them the truth about Cocoa’s condition, the shelter will turn her away. If they take her there and DON’T tell the truth about her condition, she will be adopted out to a family who will be (as you were) stuck with a difficult and expensive situation. Maybe the least awful in a bunch of terrible options would be to take her to the kill shelter where she will have to wait for a short time, and then will be humanely euthanized, which they can’t afford to do for her themselves?

    It’s not what I would do, and I personally think people shouldn’t take on pets if they can’t afford to be responsible for them, start to finish. But I can’t begin to guess other people’s circumstances, and wonder if they had any good alternatives in this case at all.

    Bless you for doing what you did. I wish there were more people in the world like you.

    • Anonymous says on  09/26/2013 at 11:47 am

      Good point. Do not judge, lest you be judged. All you know is that the person gave her up. You don’t know that persons circumstances or how they felt. It’s wrong to assume they were heartless, cruel, and uncaring. Maybe they just felt little choice. I don’t know — but I’d like to think that they had hope that someone would step in where they couldn’t and you did. Which is noble of you, but what would be more noble, would be to do it without the hatred toward the former owner.

      You never know what people are dealing with, and for the most part — they are trying to do the best that they can with what they have.

      • Robert says on  11/17/2013 at 1:21 pm

        I have to agree that this poison letter is way over the top. Never judge until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. I’m glad that Cocoa ended up in a home that gave her love, respect and an end of life with dignity. I had the same thing when we adopted my son-in-laws Marine Corps war dog when she was retired by the Marine Corps. A few short years later she developed multiple severe and very expensive medical problems. We paid the tens of thousands of dollars, changed diapers like a baby and generally nursed her as long as she had a life to live that was a decent life. When the systemic failures became untreatable and her quality of life (pain was extreme) diminished severely we put her down sitting and holding her as a family. It broke my heart! Not everyone has the money to be able to do this. Not everyone has the strength of character to watch an old friend die. Any number of circumstances could have put them in a no win scenario that you cannot understand or know. Perhaps take up an additional motto – “Be quick to show compassion, slow to judge and slower still to condemn.”

    • Anonymous says on  09/27/2013 at 1:13 pm

      I agree. Many people just don’t know what to do in such situations. They seem to choose what is probably quick and easiest option for them. But they may feel horrible about this and be haunted for a long time. I would like to be very confident when I say – I would never ever do it myself. So far I never had to even consider such situation. I lived in a few countries and never left my pets behind when moving from one to another. I had my dearest dogs and cats to the end without consideration to the costs or efforts that it took to keep them in comfort for the last months of their lives.
      But we don’t know all details of this or many other cases and we should not judge in haste.
      I think that what is missing in our network of shelters, rescue groups and social networks is a non-profit service that would provide counseling to those who may need it in situations like this. If we had such service, perhaps we could offer comfort, help and rational advise how to deal with such an overwhelming issue. And I am convinced that such support could be very helpful if it offered viable options. It would save lives of many pets and reduce a number of hateful comments. Lets look for what is good in people and try to build on that.

  27. Kimberly says on  09/25/2013 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you so much for giving cocoa the most special, comforting, loving, safe last weeks of her life!
    Thank you for your letter and for saying what all of us animal compassionate people think!
    It feels, on a daily basis, that we mostly clean up other peoples messes- the ones that abandon their pets on the side of a road, that move out of a house and leave their pets inside house or tied up outside to fend for themselves, the ones that dump their pets at kill shelters without batting an eye! Sometimes it feels like 1 step forward, 2 steps back…. For every save, there’s 10 more owner surrenders, owner abandoned, owner dumped…
    I read one story recently of a family that surrendered their senior 12 year old baby at a kill shelter, only to walk out of that shelter w a puppy that they adopted!! That’s the lowest of the low- pos scumbag heartless, selfish low life!!!
    Trading in your faithful , loving, loyal companion of 12 years for a smaller, cuter model?!?! What a throw away society we live in. The lack of compassion of the human race sickens me so often…. :(((((

  28. Ginette says on  09/25/2013 at 9:38 pm

    I hope that the sad sack of shit (yes, former family, you) gets a glimpse of what it might be like to get old alone, to be abandoned. For you, liar without even a portion of a heart, I wish you lonely, lonely days in a dirty hospital bed, with no one to visit, no one to explain why and how you ended up there. As heartless as it may sound, I hope you get to experience such despair one day.

  29. Brandy says on  09/25/2013 at 10:45 pm

    *tears* thank you for loving Cocoa for the rest of her life… there are no words I can use to express how grateful I am to you for the love you showed Cocoa. I don’t consider her ‘their’ dog… Cocoa was yours in ways she could never, ever be THEIRS. *huge hugs for your beautiful heart*

  30. Lorraine says on  09/25/2013 at 10:49 pm

    You made me cry …god bless . Amen

  31. Anonymous says on  09/25/2013 at 10:55 pm

    You wonderful kind soul. Bless you for making this beautiful girls final days filled with love. What a wonderful person you are.

  32. Anonymous says on  09/25/2013 at 11:40 pm


  33. Jackie Newberry says on  09/26/2013 at 12:16 am

    To the wonderful warm hearted caring person that took this beautiful soul in as one of your own you are a very special soul. I agree with every word you wrote, you do not have a family member for 12 years and then just dump them like they don’t matter. These people are spineless trash and I hope they can live with what they did to their baby.
    God bless you for loving this beautiful soul and being there while she left this world. She no longer has to worry about being left to die without someone there that loved her.
    Godd bless you. Jackie

  34. Triveni says on  09/26/2013 at 1:51 am

    I held my nine year old German Shepherd Leo in my arms the day he left this world , he succumbed to spleen cancer, that day I lost my best friend and companion.

  35. Judy B says on  09/26/2013 at 2:34 am

    My last two dogs have been senior dogs. Both came to me because their people had died and remaining family were unable to take them in. Adopting senior dogs comes with it’s own set of expenses and heartache, but also with wonderful rewards. Each of these dogs got all the medical treatment they needed, and I held them as they breathed their last. I am now “fostering” an 11 year old boxer, who may never be able to return to her owner because he is in jail. She is sweet and loving and I suspect “foster” may turn into “adopt” if it lasts very long. No old dog should be abandoned and left to die alone.

  36. Anonymous says on  09/26/2013 at 3:00 am

    THANK YOU !!

  37. Jennifer Andersen says on  09/26/2013 at 5:00 am

    Thank you Jamie for this letter and for being such a hero. Thank God Cocoa had someone to love her in her last days. RIP sweet old girl. I will never understand the people who act like their animals are disposable. How can you take a member of your family, a loving friend and companion, and do this to them? I have 2 black labs and I would like to tell a little of our story. Two years ago, I married a man from Denmark who I had known for a very long time. The decision was made that I would be the one to move because my husband had kids from a previous marriage and I didn’t want to take him away from his children. I spent a lot of time and money getting all the things done that was required of me to bring my dogs with. I could have never given them away or left them at a shelter. Max and Mya were 12 and 10 when we left Iowa for Denamrk. I worried every second of the 14 hour journey to our new home that they would be fine and that the people from the airline would treat them kindly. We all survived and I think the trip was much more traumatic for me. What brave little souls they were, spending 14 hours in their kennels and not even having an accident. Now they are 14 and 12 and loving retirement here. We live only 5 minutes from the ocean and they love to go to the beach and swim. It helps with the arthritis that has started tp develope in their back legs. They have also gained a new human dad and sister who love them just as much as I do. I know that their time here is growing short, but they have a family who loves them and will care for them to the best of our ability until the very end. When you get a pet, it is a life long commitment. It isn’t something that goes away when it isn’t convenient anymore or costs too much. I know there are so many people out there who feel the same. God blees each and every one of you. We have to continue to stand up for what is right.Thanks for listening and reading this.

  38. Ben Grimes says on  09/26/2013 at 5:19 am

    You are a truly wonderful and special person. I’ve adopted a 10 yr old Lab called Brian, my last rescue died at 11 after a whole year of having him, a gorgeous German Pointer called Peter, he had been thrown out of a car in the wilds of Scotland and left to die, luckily he was delivered safely to me. And like Cocoa Loco, I made sure the last voice he heard was mine. I’m not how long I will have Brian for, but he has bought so much love and joy, every day is special with him. X

  39. Anonymous says on  09/26/2013 at 8:20 am

    I’m not a ‘dog’ person really, more of a ‘cat’ person, or so I thought.
    My old boy had been dumped at the local pound, they don’t kill but couldn’t look after him properly. He was advertised all over FB and eventually I convinced my other half to let us take him. He was an old GSD, no idea how old, but knackered anyway, couldn’t walk properly, probably been on a chain most of his life. We were told he’d maybe ‘last’ a couple of months. I thought well, thats ok, I want them to be the best couple of months he’s had, I changed his diet, raw food and holistic medication and he blossomed, as much as an old boy could.
    18 months later, he went massively down hill, his last walk was off the patio and off to lay under the pecan nut tree, I called the vet and we had him put to sleep as the sun was setting, with me holding him. He’s now sleeps under the fig tree :)
    He was the best first dog anyone could have (naturally, I am bias :) ) and I still miss him dearly, but I’m so glad we took him, he opened my eyes to the ‘dog’ world and though, yes its painful to go through and I so wished I’d had him when he was younger, I’m very glad I did it and I would encourage people to take on older dogs, they really are worth it and I’d do it all again in a heart beat :)

  40. Heather says on  09/26/2013 at 9:26 am

    What an amazing person you are. I am having a hard time write this, because of tears in my eyes. God bless you, Cocoa Loco was very lucky to have you in her finally moments.


  41. Michelle says on  09/26/2013 at 10:56 am

    Bless your heart! I really wish there were more people like you Jamie.

  42. nice to know there are others who appreciate the unconditional love given to
    us by our dogs and reciprocate accordingly…if we knew each other we would
    be friends…jp

  43. Anonymous says on  09/26/2013 at 11:27 am

    As a furry baby Mom, I am going through these last days with my 13 year old beautiful, old girl. Cocoa reminds me so much of her, from the gray hair, to the sweet look in her eyes, to the cancer that will soon take my Chloé. We’re in the “I’m going to spoil you rotten with anything you want” stage right now – today she had a fine breakfast of bacon and eggs. Thank you for doing what is right for that beautiful little soul.

  44. Anonymous says on  09/26/2013 at 12:37 pm

    Not everything is black and white. And until we are supportive of helping people FIND ways to keep their pets, then we can’t keep condemning them. Off the soapbox please.

  45. Anonymous says on  09/26/2013 at 12:59 pm

    Love you and what you stand for. They are our angels and those who don’t understand that are missing out on the best that life has to offer. Bless you.

  46. Anonymous says on  09/26/2013 at 1:11 pm

    Although what this lady did for Cocoa was sweet, I found her letter to be quite harsh. She has no idea what the circumstances were behind this dog’s family placing her in the shelter and is making assumptions based on the worst possible scenario. There could have been many reasons other than dispassion for what the previous owner did. It is possible that this person was unaware that the shelter was a ‘kill-shelter’ as many are simply clueless to these things and maybe they thought they were doing the best thing for a pet they could no longer care for. Maybe they thought they had no other option and couldn’t bear to euthanize their friend but thought she’d have a good chance at being adopted. This lady needs to get off her high horse and show some compassion, humility, and forgiveness for other humans. No one is perfect but the best should try to be seen in others, instead of calling out their faults and bashing them to the world. We all need love and kindness.

    • Kurt says on  09/27/2013 at 10:27 pm

      Dogs are mans best friend, and you have empathy for people who, as soon as theyve got to care for or pay for, they just throw it in a shelter, NOBODY is going to adopt a dog with Cancer and Bowel problems , and saying ” Maybe they thought they had no other option and couldn’t bear to euthanize their friend but thought she’d have a good chance at being adopted” just shows how full of shit your head is, you must have a 2 digit IQ and live in your own fantasies, and saying ……………… This lady needs to get off her high horse and show some compassion, what do you think caring for an elderly dog, which has incurable cancer, and giving the dog a big slice of Love……you should keep your twisted view on animals where your brains are, ie Up your Funkin Arse, Ive never read so much Bile, which is probably why you havent got any friends………….funkin Dickhead!!!!!

  47. Anonymous says on  09/26/2013 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you for doing the best thing!

  48. Anonymous says on  09/26/2013 at 5:46 pm

    what would you rather they have done, left her alone and defenseless in the open, or tried to kill her themselves and not accomplishing their task leave her to die, to get attacked or hit and killed by a car??? yes, they should have manned up and euthanize her, but taking her to the shelter is a FAR cry from worse things they could have done.

  49. Anonymous says on  09/26/2013 at 7:16 pm

    This was fantastic! I literally cried my eyes out by this story. I loved how honest and genuine this was. I can relate to this story 100%.I adopted a 6 year old English bulldog from thank god, a non kill shelter who ended up having lymphoma. He was a doggy angel who made such a huge incredible impact on my life for the short 5 months we had him. I might have rescued him the day I adopted him but he truly rescued me.

  50. Ally's mom says on  09/26/2013 at 7:21 pm

    I read these stories and horrible stories of abuse and after I finish crying I want to buy a gun and hurt these despicable excuse for human beings. I put my 12 year old rescued German Shepherd down a year and a half ago and cried over her this afternoon. Again. How do people like this live with themselves? You are an angel for rescuing Coco and giving her probably the best moments of her life. God bless you!

    • Jay says on  10/18/2013 at 4:52 pm

      No conscience is how they live with themselves & oh, no heart either…..Cocoa reminded me of my girl who was a lab/golden mix that i had to put down last year. I kept her for a year of total incontinence (well, more so towards the end, she was 15 & god it was one of the worst days of my life & i still can’t get over her, she was the 4th dog i raised on my own, had many other animals growing up)….i couldn’t even conceive of giving up a dog because it was sickly. It would have been more humane to do what one of you suggested & what i had to do, put her down lying in your arms, the last face & act of love she will experience on this earthly plane. May Cocoa be running free & painless with my girls & all the multitudes of dogs waiting for us.

  51. Anonymous says on  09/27/2013 at 9:08 am

    Thank you so much for what you did for Cocoa.
    Wish there were more people like you out there.
    I cried my eyes out after reading your letter.As
    for those people who had here before they to
    will get old. Hope they get their sorry asses dumped
    as if they were garbage and not worth another thought.
    Oxygen thieves

  52. Sandy says on  09/27/2013 at 1:28 pm

    This story made me very sad. Cocoa was lucky to find you <3 Thank you for sharing this with us dog lovers. My dog is 6 and loved sooo much. NEVER would I part with her and dread when she gets older. I worry the minute shes sick. She's a very important deeply loved part of the family <3
    God bless you and may you have many happy years with your beloved animals.

  53. Kurt says on  09/27/2013 at 10:09 pm

    You are such a wonderful person, I don’t even know how I came to be here on this site, but glad I did, Cocoa’s story had me sobbing my heart out, I lost both my dogs, Toby to Old age(18) and Tessa to Cancer (12), Im just totally disgusted how people can mis treat any animal, not just dogs, thankyou for sharing this with everyone, and may Cocoa’s so called owners Rot in hell for eternity!

  54. laurielee211 says on  09/27/2013 at 11:23 pm

    Omg, you are the most wonderful person in this world! !!! I’m sitting here CRYING like a baby! !!! I’d love for someone to beat the SHIT! !!! Out of that jerk

  55. Liz says on  10/01/2013 at 7:03 pm

    I will never understand how people can be so heartless. When you bring a puppy (or older dog) into your family it is a till death do us part commitment. I am so glad that Cocoa had you at the end. I have had to put down two dogs due to illness and old age. Each was loved and cherished. You are a wonderful person. God bless.

  56. Dawn says on  10/03/2013 at 11:28 pm

    It takes a very special person to help these helpless animals. I was surfing pet one night and saw a pic of an older Jack Russell ( I have a weak spot for Jacks). He was pulled out of a kill shelter by a rescue group. I drove 2 hours to adopt him. When I got there I realized he was a lot older than they thought. And was not healthy either. The rescue group was afraid if they told me everything I would not want him. He was approximately 14 and owned by the same family his whole life. When they found out he had lymphoma, they dumped him at the shelter. He had never been in a cage before. The poor dog was almost blind and deaf, he must of been terrified. I took him home and he did well with my 4 dogs, never had an accident in the house, and even played with my young Jack. He loved sleeping on his big, fluffy dog bed. He lived 5 months and 3 weeks before we had to put him to sleep. He was in my arms in the end. Is all I have to say to people that do this to a family pet, there is a special place in hell for you.

  57. Anonymous says on  10/04/2013 at 12:35 am

    I work for a dog rescue, and one of the things we grapple with is working with people when it is time to actually relinquish their dog to our organization. Everyone has a story, and sometimes it is difficult to keep our opinions and our judgement to ourselves, to the result that the dogs are not given over. However, it is critical because to do so means the best for the dog, and the best for the people, frankly. When you attack with such venom it makes things harder for all of us trying to do the best for the animals. This is why dogs are abandoned, shot, drowned, even poisoned instead of taken (responsibly) to shelters: people who are willing to give up their dog to give them the best possible outcome deserve some sympathy. Try to have the same compassion for the mammals that are people (not perfect, not gods, struggling here between earth and sky as we do) as you do for dogs and you will achieve more than you can believe.

    • Jay says on  10/18/2013 at 7:08 pm

      I don’t want to start an argument, i just want to say that, the most responsible thing is to take a sick, ailing animal to the vet to be put down, not in a shelter in unfamiliar territory, where they will be scared to death. I’ve had 4 dogs that suffered, esp 3 of them, at the end, and my face & voice were the last they heard, no matter how much it hurt me, there is no way i could relinguish my babes to the unknown.

  58. Michele Cannon says on  10/04/2013 at 2:35 pm

    Excellent letter! Thank you for loving this sweet girl and making sure she wasn’t alone.

  59. Anonymous says on  10/16/2013 at 10:26 pm

    You are an angel for saving this poor dog from a life in the pound. A life where she wouldnt know why her family left her, a life where she would be waiting every day for their return. I had three dogs all at the same time for most of my life. I’d had one since i was 6 years old. Last year at age 21, i watched as our youngest dog, a 12 year old basset hound, also a rescue, lost her battle with cancer as well when we could do nothing about it to make her healthy again. We watched as the euthanasia took effect to end her suffering and wept bitterly for hours. Now, at age 16 and 15, my other two dogs are still moderately healthy. Sure, a little arthritis in one shoulder, and maybe they dont see or hear as well as they used to, but they mean more to me than i can express. Those dogs are almost like siblings to me. They’ve seen me go through grade school, graduate from high school, and, Lord willing in 7 months when i walk across the stage, they’ll have been there all the way through college as well. The thought of dumping them off anywhere has never crossed my mind. It’s unfathomable. It’s not an option. I cannot express my level of disgust for someone who would gain that dog’s trust for it’s entire lifetime and throw it away like it was nothing. Thank you for what you did. I know when i see the sweet little white muzzles on my dogs, i thank God every day for another day with them. May God bless you.

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  61. clare says on  11/06/2013 at 11:29 am

    thank god you were there for cocoa you gave this lovely girl what she needed till the end iam sure she felt your love and at last she was treated like all our doggies should be if only everyone had half your compassion the dog race would be better off. bless you truly.

  62. Anonymous says on  11/09/2013 at 8:57 am

    When you have truly done something unselfish, it is enough that you know this.

  63. Anonymous says on  11/13/2013 at 10:44 pm

    I have been procrastinating about going to the pound this week to adopt a 12 year old jack russell. I already foster one plus have my own dogs and the foster is forever as she has health and behavioral problem. However after reading your letter I know that one more just has to come home. No 12 year old dog should be in the pound. Thank you for writing that letter you have inspired me to do the right thing and give an old girl a good home for as long as I can. When her time comes she too will die knowing she is loved and be burried on the farm with all the others that were so loved. I know people go through bad times but why would they not contact a rescue? Truly unbelievable. Thank goodness for people like you that Cocoa had only happiness at the end.

  64. Anonymous says on  11/14/2013 at 12:12 am

    Too bad you couldn’t use some of this mass of energy and money to help a child in need. Why do dogs in rich countries with 12 good years of life rate above children in other countries? People like you disgust me, placing dogs so far up on a pedestal above helpless children.

    • Anonymous says on  11/14/2013 at 9:16 am

      No one is putting animals before children. This article has nothing whatsoever to do with children. There are people working diligently to help save and feed as many children as possible, it’s just that animals deserve to be saved and helped also. Every living being, whether it be human or animal, deserves the chance to be loved and cared for. If you don’t see that then you are definitely lacking compassion and are usually the kind of person that abuses animals and probably humans too if given the chance. Too bad if we disgust you, because when it comes down to it, your opinion doesn’t matter anyway! I pray God changes your heart and gives you the capability to feel compassion for humans and animals alike!

  65. Gale says on  11/14/2013 at 11:13 am

    One by one, they pass my cage,
    A little old dog, arthritic with age.
    Way past his prime, can’t run and can’t play.
    They shake their heads slowly and go on their way.

    I once had a home, I once had a bed,
    A place that was warm, and where I was fed.
    Now my muzzle is gray, and my eyes slowly fail.
    Who wants a dog so old and so frail?

    My family decided I didn’t belong,
    I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.
    Whatever excuse they made in their head,
    Can’t justify how they left me for dead.

    When I had come to the end of my rope,
    You looked at my face, and I finally had hope.
    You saw thru the gray, and the legs bent with age,
    And felt I still had life beyond this cage.

    You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
    And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
    We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
    You love me so dearly, you want me to know.

    I may have lived most of my life with another,
    But you outshine them all with a love so much stronger.
    And I promise to return all the love I can give,
    To you, my dear person, as long as I live.

    I may be with you for a week, or for years,
    We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
    And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
    I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.

    And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
    My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
    And then I will brag to all who will hear,
    Of the person who made my last days so dear.

    I LOVE my Seniors!!! I, too, would live out on the street before I would give up my fur babies. They are my soul :)

    • Jonsie says on  11/14/2013 at 3:58 pm

      This made me bawl my eyes out! I have an elderly dog I rescued and I can’t imagine him sitting in a shelter waiting to die! One word people….RESPONSIBILITY!!

  66. Anonymous says on  05/13/2014 at 11:47 pm

    Yes, you wrote exactly how I feel, as I too, adopted a 12 year old frightened little girl that I named Sophie from the Atlanta Humane Society. She was adopted as a puppy from the same shelter that she was returned 12 years later. Scared, alone and wondering where her humans were, she sat there for months being overlooked because of her age, arthritic body, loss of some vision and hearing. I knew had to bring her home. I loved her before I met her. I loved her before I touched her or held her for the first time. It’s going on 2 years this summer that she became part of my family. She has settled in nicely and gets along well with my other shelter rescues; I have 5 dogs now including Sophie. I tell her every day how much I love her. I tell her how beautiful she is every day. Yes, it was an unlucky day for her when her despicable humans dumped her, but I get to love her for the rest of her days, lucky me!

  67. Anonymous says on  09/24/2014 at 4:41 pm

    What an amazing letter! Bless your soul!

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