CoCo, My Santa Fe Companion
This sweet little Border Collie lives across the highway from where I am staying in Santa Fe. According to her owner, CoCo is an "outside dog" with her own doghouse. He provides food and water for her there and has paid attention to her veterinary requirements: spayed, all shots with ID tags on her collar.
Shortly after I get up in the morning, CoCo appears on the backyard deck, remaining there 'til I leave for my adventures. When I return she lopes down the gravel driveway and beats me to the door. She'll remain on the deck every night until I go to bed, even if I'm in a different part of the casa. It's hard for me to honor my friends' request not to feed her or let her in their casa. Because her owner is gone almost all day long, 10-month old CoCo is alone and literally starved for affection and companionship. Because our family are animal lovers, an outside dog is a foreign concept to me and hard for me to understand. I'm worried that someday she might be injured or killed crossing the highway from her house to this casa. When I'm not here, one of my friends gives her some attention also. If I were driving instead of flying home, I think I would be tempted to engage in dognapping and whisk her away to Minnesota because of her sweet temperament and good nature.
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