Today, I came across an article discussing the profound bond between humans and dogs. It delved into the idea that the pain of losing a pet can sometimes surpass the grief of losing a human family member. This resonated deeply with me, prompting me to share the story of my beloved Cobee, whom we lost this year.
I vividly recall the day Cobee entered our lives on August 26th, 2005. He was among a litter of puppies at a friend's shelter. The instant connection was undeniable; our hearts were instantly captivated.
At that time, my wife and I were just starting our journey together – a new marriage, home, and life. We hadn't planned on adopting a dog, but Cobee's charm was irresistible. The very next day, he became a part of our family.
Our first visit with Cobee was to my mother's. Though not particularly fond of dogs, she too was smitten. From then on, Cobee enjoyed the pampering of a doting grandmother. He was our first child, our constant companion, and the center of countless cherished memories.
For a decade, Cobee accompanied my wife on her annual trips to the West Coast. We were devoted pet parents, even before the term became popular. Our bond was pure and simple: mutual love and happiness.
However, in 2007, our world was shaken. Cobee, then only 18 months old, showed alarming signs of distress. After a tense search on a holiday weekend, we found a vet who diagnosed him with a herniated disc. Despite the financial strain, we opted for surgery, refusing to consider any other outcome.
Post-surgery, Cobee faced a challenging recovery. We were told he might never walk again. But with unwavering care, especially from my then-pregnant wife, Sevana, a miracle occurred. Cobee not only stood but eventually regained full mobility.
When our daughter was born, Cobee's protective and loving nature shone even brighter. Their bond was magical, and our family enjoyed eight more blissful years together.
However, life threw another curveball. Cobee was diagnosed with Cushing's Disease. Despite some dogs living long with the condition, it took our Cobee from us within a year. His passing on March 15th, 2018, left an irreplaceable void in my heart.
The pain of losing Cobee was unlike any other loss I've experienced. It's a sentiment that might be hard for some to grasp, but it's my truth.
In honor of Cobee, I've immersed myself in the pet industry, championing the cause of shelter animals and promoting quality care. Cobee's legacy is my commitment to making a difference in the lives of animals everywhere.
For all the pet parents out there, this isn't just a business; it's a testament to the love we've felt. Cobee, my angel, your love carried us through the toughest times. You'll forever be cherished.
Ara Bohchalian, President and Chairman (IVS)