Mocha was an awesome dog with a lot of spunk, sweetness, and stubborness. She was so pretty with short, glossy black and white hair and soft ears. She was becoming the alpha female to her sister Pepper, and they were both just learning how to fetch independently without chasing after eachother. Mocha always wanted to play, chase her sister, or play hide and seek. She knew all her commands but would sometimes be stubborn with you and just sit for a second. She mastered roll over like a champ.
Mocha and Pepper were awesome buddies, always entertaining eachother, cuddling, or playing keep away with toys. If they were too tired to run around outside, they'd just lay down in the living room and bark at each other. Mocha was sneaky, too. She'd always steal toys from Pepper when she wasn't looking even though she herself was just playing with the exact same toy!
Needless to say, she was awesome and we loved her dearly. We still love her and know that she's getting some awesome play time in dog heaven and keeping watch over us. My Aunt Rose sent us the book Dog Heaven after she passed away and I cry every time I read it. It's a sweet book about angel dogs waiting for their owners. It gives you peace at the same time knowing that they still get to play with all the other dogs and the children in heaven, sleep on clouds, have lots of dog treats, and go on walks, and have plenty of fields to run around in.
Pepper was confused for a few days, but she's coping well. She's such a different dog now. She's started to bark occasionally at strangers when we're not around. I think she's becoming more confident in being the alpha and protecting her home. It's awesome to see her growing up. She's knows all her commands like a champ now and will do some of them even without us saying anything. She loves to cuddle and wants to be right by you and know what you're doing at all times. Pepper is most excited to see us right when we get home and can barely contain her excitement to have someone chase her in the backyard, throw her toy, or play tug-of-war. She's also discovered that our bed is the best place to sprawl out and take a nap.
Ironically, their mom birthed another littler of puppies the day after Mocha passed away. We went back and forth on the idea of bringing home another puppy, someone for Pepper to play with and possibly fill the void. But while we all adjusted to the abrupt change in our life (losing Mocha, learning the new behaviors of Pepper, preparing for a child) we felt it wasn't the right time to bring a new puppy home so soon. We all need time to heal, Stephen and I especially. We going to be getting a little stuffed animal that will look just like Mocha soon, and we're hoping it will help us to cope. The first stuffed animal for our baby and something for us to hold onto when we are feeling sad and need to remember the good memories of sweet little Mocha.
Now that I've cried my eyes out, I'm heading to bed.