chocholate lab 16 If there are two things that I love it

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					If there are two things that I love, it is chocolate and Labradors. It
only made sense that I would adopt a pair of chocolate Lab puppies. I
adopted them at twelve weeks old. I named the pups Coco and Mocha which
was only fitting.

I adopted the chocolate Lab puppies through a friend and they did not
have any papers. I was fine with that because I did not plan to breed
them or anything. You should have seen the look on the vet’s face when I
inquired about spading and neutering the siblings but we really wanted to
make sure that the pair didn’t breed.

I took the chocolate Labradors home and set up their special area in the
mudroom just off of the kitchen. I gave them both their own beds, bowls
and water dishes. Everything had their names on it with a simple phrase,
“I love my chocolate Lab” on them.

Coco is the female and she tends to be more delicate with her belongings.
Mocha is the male and he was definitely less concerned with the
consequences for destroying his stuff. I bought both of my chocolate lab
pups a ton of chew toys in the hopes that they would stop chewing the
steps and rug in their room.

I knew that Lab breeds tend to chew and chocolate Labs are no exception.
I just didn’t realize how prolific their chewing could really be. By the
time the puppies were done, the wallpaper, rug, stairs and lower shelves
were mangled beyond recognition.

After the puppies were through with the mudroom, spring arrived and we
were able to take them outside more often. The chewing lessened and our
little chocolate Lab pups were getting very big. At one year Mocha
weighed in at 63 pounds and Coco was 57 pounds.

We quickly found that the puppies were now full fledged dogs. The cost of
food was growing as rapidly as they were. The vet bills were becoming
more and more frequent. We were forced to decide if we were able to
actually afford to keep both of our precious chocolate labs.

I was devastated by the thought of having to choose between them. The
day came when I was laid off from work and money became a very important
issue. We struggled with what do with our two large pup-children.

I took my chocolate Lab dogs to the park and noticed that there weren’t
very many dogs in the park. I decided to start a pet sitting business.
Six months later, I have a lucrative little company. I had to hire on
help. Most importantly, I was able to keep my precious chocolate Lab
pups, Mocha and Coco.