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12/4/2012 6:01:00 AM
Editorial Column: A third chance for Coco
Coco takes in the December sun.
Coco takes in the December sun.

Rich Thurlow

His unofficial long name is Mr. Kokomo Muncie the Third (I never use III since I find myself saying "eye, eye, eye" instead of "the third"). But you can just call him Coco.

Life started off tough for him. His first few years were spent in a small cage for upwards of 18-20 hours a day. His life got much better when he came to live with us.

He's mixed, part pit bull and part shih tzu, so we refer to him as a bull shiht. If the two breeds don't sound like a good mix, you might be on to something. His front legs look mismatched, like they are on the wrong side of his body. His back legs are incredibly short. He's a hilarious sight when he's on his stomach with his legs straight ahead and straight behind him.

As for his face - well, if you wait too long between haircuts you've got a contender for ugliest dog in the world. Once we got him groomed, he actually looked cute. He has been neutered.

Coco excels at sleeping, he looks funny when he runs, and it's best to have him on a leash for the first 30 seconds when someone new comes to the house. With the right guidance he warms up fast to other people, dogs and cats.

He's not so good with toddlers, which is why I'm writing this.

If you're the kind of people who like dogs, including dogs that like love and snuggling on your lap, please send an email to me at rthurlow@kdminer.com. Tell me you want to take him to a good home and I'll deliver him, with up-to-date shots and two bags of his favorite food.

Coco had a rough start to his life. Now it's up to me to make sure it doesn't end too soon.

If you're the right person, I hope I get your email.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Too Bad

While it is nice of you to take the effort to find the dog a good home sometimes the buck stops with the person who realises an animals short comings. Whatever they are he could be trained to become the perfect pet. There are trainers out there to help with any issues. Obviously he spent some time in his current home as haircuts are mentioned. It takes about 2 months or longer to go from short to unkempt. This dog will eventually have bonding issues as he is passed around over and over. This area has a very poor track record in finding animals a good stable home given the quantity out there.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: biker randy

So what are Cocos bad habits(since you want to get rid of him)?

2 months ago we got a Chipom puppy(3 mo.) He's 1/2 Chi-hua-hua, 1/2 Pomeranian to be friends w/our black Pom. What a character ! Smart as a whip. He has a dear shaped face and longer legs. Still growing so still waiting to see how big he's going to end up being. He was real timid at first, but not anymore ! Thinks he's a bad ass.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Use the Classifieds:

He can because he's Editor of the paper. Try getting a life will you.

Perhaps you would rather he put the dog out in the street to be run over? Geez! The world gets uglier by the day.

Coco's very cute and I have a grandchild that would love him but due to some circumstances, it would be better if I passed. I'm still thinking it over.

My first dog's name was Shoebutton. That's because it was the 1940's and we wore high top shoes that buttoned up. His first act was to chew on my shoe buttons.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Oh, Come Now

Once again, people have to say nasty things just for the sake of it.
While I'm not interested in any more dogs, here's to hoping Coco finds a good home!

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Web Dawg

@ Use The Classifieds - Rich is doing a good thing here. That's what small town papers do. If you don't like it then send an email to the editor, Don't ruin a good story for us with all your negative crap.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Use The Classifieds

Rich, why don't you use the classifieds like everybody else! Oh that's right, your trying to quantify your existence. Got to fill those pages or they will think your not doing your job.

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