I got a sad news from home yesterday. One of our puppies passed away, and even though I was kinda expecting it, it was still devastating. She had been quite weak these past weeks, my mom told us to start saying goodbye --- and she was right. Choco, at 56 (doggy years) died and has gone to doggy heaven.
We have had many dogs in the family. Of the dozens we had come and go, there are four originals, who are most special to us. Gudoy (a poodle who left us many years ago), Hugo (a japanese spitz) who is Binky's dad), Gigi a shih tzu who is Binky's mom) and Choco. We got Choco after Gudoy got a neighbor dog pregnant long ago at Camp Aguinaldo. Without our knowledge, he was keeping a girlfriend and that relationship resulted to two puppies, one of which was Choco.
Of our dozens of dogs, Choco is special for a lot of reasons. But mostly because she is sweet, polite and smart. As a puppy, we were never able to lock her in a cage because she always figured out how to break free. However way it locks, she figures it out and escapes --- mom had to resort to actually pad-locking it.
Another amazing Choco story is when we were moving out of Camp, after my dad retired from the military. For months, my mom had been emptying the contents of the house into boxes and during our final day, mom and her minions (plus us) were putting everything into 6x6 military trucks and the whole house was slowly becoming an empty space and with that luxury, all the other dogs were celebrating. They were running in and out of the house, playing in the garden and playing with anything leftover inside, but Choco was distraught. One by one, our things were being brought to the truck and to the cars. One by one, the cars were leaving the garage. The plan was for mom to take the final drive out the Camp with all the dogs with her, but Choco did not know that. Perhaps she thought, that they were being left behind so she'd lie down at the back of the cars, by the wheel (like a person tying herself onto a tree). She was suicidal, it was so sad, we had to carry her away from the cars several times. Anyway, at the end of our haul, when mom finally took them with her to move to the new house --- Choco livened up and became ecstatic. She wasn't being left after all! Woohoo!
Sadly, Choco left us behind yesterday. It is sad --- you have no idea how much we love all our dogs, but we take comfort on the fact that we know Choco is in heaven now. We love you Choco Mommy! We miss you already!