Choni (1996-2007)

Flat-coated Retriever
Picture of Choni   (1996-2007), a female Flat-coated Retriever

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Home:Marin County, CA  
Sex: Female   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Choni (1996-2007)

Choni Baloney, Hone

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:

April 19th 1996

Food, chasing balls and getting her butt scratched

Getting her nails trimmed, rental cars and hotels

Favorite Toy:
Tennis ball

Favorite Food:

Favorite Walk:
Fort Funston

Best Tricks:
Looking dolefull

Arrival Story:
Choni is my first dog as an adult. She is also the first dog I've ever competed in dog sports and she introduced me to the dog world. More importantly, she has taught me so much about life, people and myself. Now 10 years old, she is retired and spoiled rotten.

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"Choni" April 19, 1996 - March 6, 2007 BlacknSweet Jael, the Seductress UD, RE, JH, MX, MXJ, WCX, AD, EAC, EGC, EJC (plus 1 SH leg, 8 RAE legs and all but one leg of her AAD) Very early this morning, Choni was relieved of her brief struggle with cancer and allowed to go in peace and join her littermates at the Rainbow Bridge. I held Choni in my arms to the very end; it was so difficult to say goodbye to such a dear friend and companion. Choni was many firsts for me. She was my first dog as an adult. She was also a yellow flat coat: a coat color that was shunned by many in the community at the time she entered the world. I had no intention of getting involved in dog sports and knew nothing of the dog world, but given the wrath I received when I entered the flat coat community, I decided to check it out. Because of her coat color, my life forever changed. We trained, we learned, I made mistakes, we trained again, we learned and we performed. In her career, Choni became nationally ranked in the top 10 for flat coats in agility and in obedience. She received most of her titles with blue ribbons and high scores. Although earning more than enough points to be in the Hall of Fame, Choni was never recognized because of her coat color. In the past, while attending national specialties, my belongings were vandalized and Choni or I were slandered. Most of the times I handled this with good humor, and, on a few rare occasions, I lost it. I am glad to note that the negativity we received was limited to a minority. After demonstrating the good that can result from a genetic "flaw", opinions have changed and Choni and other yellow offspring are better (not entirely) accepted as wonderful pets and companions who are also equally capable of a wonderful career in the performance (non-conformation) sports. Despite the bad, nothing could detract from our relationship. For me the greatest compliment I ever received came not from ribbons or applause, but rather from perfect strangers coming to me after we performed to tell me how much they enjoyed watching the pure joy that Choni exuded while working together with me. So many times we were one in the ring, a perfect blend and balance. There was no better feeling. Choni was also my rock and anchor. She saw me through several career changes and major hurdles in my life. She gave me the focus and unconditional support that was immeasurable and priceless. Her humor and stubbornness made sure I never underestimated her. She had a perfectly sweet temperament and would rarely create mischief (unless there was food involved!). One of her passions in life was tattling on Tavi who frequently got into trouble. She also was a passionate retriever. She was birdy and the first dog in her kennel line to earn a JH and WCX. She quit working for several years after I sent her away for hunt training but eventually returned to her love. She remained passionate about tennis balls right up until the end. Late December, Choni came up lame and during the subsequent work-up, my vet found a mass on her spleen which was immediately removed. Diagnosed with a plasma cell tumor, the cancer progressed swiftly and aggressively despite a brief and belated attempt with chemo. Yesterday Choni became paralyzed from the waist down and it was time to let her go. The only activity Choni could enjoy at the end was in fact, her greatest joy, the ability to eat. Choni came into this world with a voracious appetite, which on a couple of occasions, got her into trouble. Yesterday. she got to eat all day: liver, beef, chocolate cookies. macaroni and cheese, greenies, chicken and peanut butter. She enjoyed every last bite. Her spirit remained intact right to the end. She was a sweet, sweet dog. Loved by everyone who met her. Choni was impervious to the controversy about her color and accepted and loved life to the fullest. She will not only be missed by me but also by her sister, Tavi, and her brother, Frankie. Be at peace. I love you, sweet Choni.

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