Some dog lovers are upset about the recent actions of well-known talk show host, Andy Cohen. After rehoming his rescue dog of seven years due to “unpredictable aggression,” the star has now visited Wacha twice in the year since he let him go.
Cohen made the tough decision to rehome Wacha after he began to display aggression around his newborn son. The TV host states that he explored every option before ultimately deciding to place Wacha with a family friend.
“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.” – Andy Cohen
Wacha now lives with the family that watched the pup each time Cohen had to leave town for work. The Beagle mix grew to love his second home over the years, making for the smoothest transition possible when Wacha went to live there permanently. Cohen states that Wacha is extremely happy with his new family.
While the dog now lives in Connecticut, Cohen has made it a point to remain in his life. He schedules visits with the pup and takes him for walks around his former New York stomping grounds.
“I took him out for an hour walk, which is what I plan to do now, I plan to see him still. 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.” – Andy Cohen
Choosing to rehome a beloved pet is never an easy decision. In this case, Cohen did what he felt was best for his child and for Wacha.
For those who wonder if continued visits are cruel or somehow preventing the dog from moving on, consider this: not only did Cohen place Wacha in a home where he was already comfortable, he also seems to have waited several months to a year before beginning his visits.
Applied animal behaviorist, Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. has been working with, studying, and writing about dogs for over 25 years. When asked whether it would distress a dog to have his former owner come to visit, she said it depends on how settled and stable the dog is in his new home.
Cohen appears to have taken this into account before resuming his relationship with Wacha. By self-rehoming the dog, Cohen spared him from the shelter system. Staying in his life is just the icing on the cake!