Andy Cohen Shares Heartbreaking News That He Had to Re-Home His Dog Wacha
Wacha was a constant for Cohen, often seen on his show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Cohen even keeps a small stuffed beagle by his feet in the studio. Plus, Wacha was often featured on Cohen’s Instagram, earning his own verified Instagram that has 225,000 followers.
Needless to say, making the decision to re-home Wacha could not have been easy or made lightly. Cohen explains in an emotional and heartbreaking Instagram post that he had to come to the realization he needed to find a better living solution for everyone.
Wacha was Cohen’s first baby
Cohen was a dog dad long before his son Benjamin was born. This is why making the decision to re-home Wacha was so difficult.
“I’ve put off sharing this news as long as I could,” Cohen began his post. “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,” Cohen continued. “No effort was spared in the attempt to help Wacha feel adjusted.” Cohen also featured his dog trainer on Watch What Happens Live who described how he worked with Wacha shortly after Benjamin was born.
Cohen re-homed Wacha out of love for his son and his dog
Cohen shared that an “incident” led him to believe that having Wacha in a home with a toddler wasn’t safe for anyone.
“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,” Cohen admits. “Keeping him here could be catastrophic for Ben and worse for Wacha.”
However, being the great dog dad he is, Cohen found an ideal living situation that allows him to continue to be in his favorite pup’s life. “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 shared.
Even better, Cohen says Wacha is doing well. “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.”
Wacha’s pawprint is on Cohen’s heart forever
Cohen admitted despite feeling happy that his dog is in a loving home, he still misses him.
“My dog changed me,” he remarked. “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.”