51-year-old Andy Cohen has given his fans an update on his dog Wacha’s new home life after having to rehome the pup. On SiriusXM’s Radio, Andy recently appeared and revealed to the public that Wacha, who had been previously showing some aggression signs, has actually been doing very well since he was placed into a new home.
Cohen didn’t go into a lot of detail regarding the specifics behind the decision to rehome his dog, but he stated that it was a tough choice to make as he had to examine all aspects. Cohen further revealed that the decision was a unanimous one after consulting with many different experts in the animal field, including the dog trainer Brandon McMillan. What really struck him, he shared, was McMillan’s warning that if anything were to go wrong, Wacha could have faced euthanasia as a result – and Cohen didn’t want it getting to that point. Since Cohen is also a father to a 16-month-old son, Benjamin Allen, he didn’t want to potentially face a dangerous situation that then left Wacha facing the possibility of being put down.
As Cohen explained, “That obviously is the untenable situation that I couldn’t have lived with.”
Cohen further went on the chat about Wacha’s relocation to Connecticut and how well he was doing as a result. Cohen stressed that his former dog was happy and that was Cohen’s biggest concern. He even got to go visit Wacha in his new home.
“I took him out for an hour walk, which is what I plan to do now, I plan to see him still,” Cohen continued.
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Cohen also added that the new owner saw no signs of depression or anxiety in Wacha following Cohen’s visit and that the dog is doing well. Regardless of how well Wacha is settling into his new life, it’s still a heartbreaking experience for Cohen having to make the tough decision for his pet.
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I’ve put off sharing this news as long as I could. As you may know, Wacha is my first baby, my beautiful rescue puppy. He is my pride and joy. When he came into my life, my world changed. Over the nearly seven years that I’ve been blessed to have Wacha in my life, we have worked to address some occasional random signs of aggression. No effort was spared in the attempt to help Wacha feel adjusted. After an incident a few months ago, numerous professionals led me to the conclusion that my home is simply not a good place for him. Keeping him here could be catastrophic for Ben and worse for Wacha. The good news is that he now has a permanent home with his second family, in the place he lived every single time I went out of town. He is thriving. We still see each other, but a piece of my heart is gone. I miss his weight on top of me first thing in the morning. I miss him waiting for me in front of the shower. And I miss the sound of his paws on the floor when I come home. I am not the same person I was when I got him. My dog changed me. He opened me up to love.. to caring… and ultimately to having a family. When I think of him – let’s be honest, when don’t I think of him – it’s with the clarity that we were meant to come into each other’s lives exactly when we did, and that he’s happy, which gives me peace of mind. We did rescue each other. Thank you, Wacha.
Cohen shared, “My heart was broken. It’s a heartbreaker. Wacha is going to stay in my life — that’s what I want you guys to know — this dog is going to stay in my life. He is a part of my life. It’s just not anything I could have imagined would happen, but it did.”
Back in May Cohen first began to be open and honest with the public about his struggles with Wacha and how that led to him having to be rehomed. He shared a post on Instagram where he revealed how much he’d struggled and grappled with the decision and had been putting off sharing the devastating news for as long as he could.
In the post, he detailed out how much Wacha had meant to him, revealing that the pup had become a part of his life just at a time when he really needed a loving presence the most. Unfortunately, Wacha then began to display some concerning signs of aggression, and despite Cohen not sparing any expense to make his dog feel better there still occurred an incident that had “numerous professionals” really pushing for Cohen to think about rehoming Wacha. But Cohen is happy to be able to tell the public that his beloved dog is now flourishing in his new home.
He followed up, saying, “When I think of him – let’s be honest, when don’t I think of him – it’s with the clarity that we were meant to come into each other’s lives exactly when we did, and that he’s happy, which gives me peace of mind. We did rescue each other. Thank you, Wacha.”
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